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Andy Aragon, a longtime Tucson Volvo parts-yard and repair-shop proprietor, has moved the repair part of his Revolvstore closer to the center of Tucson's Volvo market -- 802 N. Fourth Ave., a few blocks west of the UA. The parts side of the Revolvstore, one of the nation's largest Volvo-only junkyards, is still operating on a 1 1/2-acre lot at 5275 E. Drexel Road. It's near the end of a rotten, truck-filled two-lane road that snakes through Tucson's auto burial grounds in a strip of desert between Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Interstate 10.

"We've had people that came in from Sweden and took pictures out there for hours," Aragon said.
But it wasn't such a joy for urban Tucsonans seeking repair work, Aragon said. So he studied his customers' home addresses and waited for a chance to lease the former gas station and general auto repair shop on the northeast corner of North Fourth Avenue and East University Boulevard.
Revolvstore Service Center has been open at the new location only since the beginning of this month, but Aragon said he's booked up. It's no surprise -- he said he can look out at the busy intersection at almost any time of the day and see a Volvo, new or old, either in traffic or parked along the avenue.
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But Tucson, Key and Aragon said, is full of them and their loyal -- and often frugal -- owners.
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"The Chinese have the money to do something with the product," Aragon said. "They're going to have a market for the cars in China, and they're going to keep making cars (for the Western markets) in Sweden and Belgium." Key mostly works on the older, pre-Ford models, but Aragon said he continually pays to get access to official
Volvo software and training for his staff. As long as he does that, he believes there will be business for him.
"The new Volvos have a five-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, so they go to the dealer," Aragon said of owners of the latest models.
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"There are very few cases that I've ever seen a fatality in a Volvo," said Aragon, whose junkyard is made up mostly of wrecks.

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