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Thursday, 17 March 2022 16:47

L.A. Residents Furious at Auto Repair Shop Parking Exotics on Neighborhood Streets

Written by Brad Anderson, CarScoops

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Residents in the Los Angeles area of Silver Lake have been struggling with limited parking for more than 20 years, largely because of one local car repair center.

As reported by Jalopnik, since at least 2002, residents in Silver Lake have been complaining about the fleets of PorschesFerraris and Maseratis routinely parked in spots that are supposed to be reserved for local residents. Since nothing has been done for two decades, homeowner Brian Behrend got in contact with a local news publication and let them know what was happening.

 

After seeing Behrend’s email, a crew from NBC Los Angeles headed to the area before dawn to see who was hogging all the street parking. It turns out each morning, workers from Hi Tech Automotive, a repair center for high-end cars, park customer cars waiting for repairs on the street. The publication said an entire block was soon filled by Ferraris, another was full of Porsches and various other cars were parked in nearby residential streets.

 

Local municipal codes note it is illegal for car repair centers to park customer vehicles on the streets. NBC Los Angeles also found parking enforcement officers were not ticketing any of the expensive cars during a period of street cleaning, despite all other vehicles parked on the street being ticketed.

 

The city has known about Hi Tech Automotive’s parking practices since at least 2002. In fact, it has handed over multiple citations to the shop and threatened fines in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2014 and 2017, but no fines appear to have actually been issued.

 

Speaking with NBC Los Angeles, Hi Tech Automotive owner Koko Bakchajian said he was...


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