COSTA MESA — He's come a long way from Tehran, literally and figuratively.
But after living in California for slightly more than a decade, Hamid Afrasibi has finally found the American Dream inside the Costa Mesa Auto Dismantlers on Placentia Avenue, where he wheels and deals in used auto parts.
"But you have to work like a horse to live here … your life has to be all work and no play," said Afrasibi, 49, an auto mechanic by trade who buys junkers from customers who just want to get rid of their vehicles.
He then either fixes them or sells off their parts piece by piece, offering an affordable alternative to the much more expensive new parts sold at auto dealerships.
"If a car is good for its parts, then I chop it," said Afrasibi, a native speaker of Farsi who in the course of 10 years has become proficient in the English, not to mention the slang of the auto trade.