They say "you are what you drive" in L.A. That's why -- if you want a first-hand look at how some of the locals are riding out the recession -- just take to the streets around 7th and Montana. The car pictured above, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage (CA License #6GUZ581) -- would turn heads any day, but look a little closer. The owner has been delivering pizzas for Dominos up and down 7th Street. I'm sure it takes a lot of (pizza) dough to make ends meet when you're saddled with payments on a $132,000 sportscar. Then there's the Mini Cooper pictured below. The owner of this car was so busy cutting corners he accidentally lopped-off the back seat. The result is a car so "stubby" it can pull-in head-first where others need to parallel park. Now that's what I call tightening the seat belt ...!