04/10/2012 11:30 am ET

In Queens, Redefining ‘Mechanic'

IT is a men-only club, these auto-repair hawkers who battle for your business as you bump your way down the pothole-pocked streets of Willets Point in Corona, Queens.

At least until you get to Dacar Auto Radiator, a wedge-shaped repair shop located where -- this is so Queens! -- Willets Point Boulevard, 127th Street and 37th Avenue converge.

Suddenly there is Pasiana Rodriguez, 43, a woman in a form-fitting jumpsuit. She waves you over and begins bargaining for the repair job before you even stop.

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