Northern California

Novato, CA (January 25, 2017) - Proudly servicing the finest cars of Northern California, GMP Cars is the only luxury automotive boutique in the Bay Area. GMP Cars is pleased to announce its recent expansion of in-house services, which now includes mechanical servicing options for Lamborghini...
The team at Folsom Lake Ford was presented the Blue Diamond Parts award for wholesale sales of Power Stroke diesel parts. They earned the Million Dollar Club and Top 50 Dealer Volume and Growth Award. Pictured, from left, are Russ Bartram, Mel Miroth, Tom Broskie, Phil Lamb and Andy Carpenter.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Mike’s Auto Body presented five refurbished vehicles in December to five families at its new ADAC Antioch location, making it the third Benevolence Presentation in 2016, which brought Mike’s Auto Body grand total to 66 cars through 16 years. The cars, parts, paint, mechanical...
Owner Patrick Banta has developed a communication platform called Ryde that helps his production and keeps his phones from ringing all day.
San Francisco, Calif.— By using a wide range of time-saving devices in its daily operation, All American Automotive in San Francisco almost runs like an autonomous car, according to its forward-thinking Owner Pat Banta, who started his career in automotive repair as a technician before opening All...
STAUNTON, Virginia, Jan. 11, 2017 – Federated member Vaca Valley Auto Parts has announced its plans to move its headquarters to a newly renovated 30,000 sq. ft. facility in Fairfield, California. The grand opening will coincide with the company’s 43rd anniversary on May 1, 2017. “We are very...
Owner/GM Javier Vejar at Fix Auto Palo Alto is a third-generation collision repair professional and currently a board member for the California Autobody Association.
Palo Alto, Calif.—With autonomous cars driving by the shop almost every day and companies such as Tesla and Google nearby, Fix Auto Palo Alto (formerly Cavallino Collision Center) is right smack in the middle of the future of the automotive industry. Owner/GM Javier Vejar, 37, has been in the...
From left: Chuck Sulkala, NABC executive director; Kathy Mello, TGIF Body Inc.; Elizabeth Clark, NABC vice president of Industry Involvement; and Marie Peevy, chair, NABC Awards.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Derek Sorenson, of Firestone Tire & Service Center in Carmichael, was named Bridgestone Retail Operations/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year. Sorenson was one of 45 automotive professionals recently recognized at the ASE Fall Board Governors meeting. In addition to...
Rocky Carlisle, instructor for the BAR, explains new rules, procedures, and resources available for instructors and students.
Fullerton, Calif.—The California Automotive Teachers (CAT) association most recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 at its two-day fall conference at Fullerton College in Fullerton. “The conference was a great success,” said Don Schumacher, president of CAT and automotive technology...
Las Vegas—The average amount of electrical wiring in cars will nearly double, recalls will continue to be dominated by software-related issues, and OEMs will attempt to make further inroads to corner the market on vehicle data and telematics. Those are only a few items of concern highlighted by...
Campbell, Calif.—Staying ahead of the game by pursuing ongoing training and adapting to emerging technology while being a leader at ASCCA, Dave Kusa, the owner of Autotrend Diagnostics Auto Repair in Campbell, Calif., is taking his veteran shop owner experience to guide ASCCA in 2017. As the 2017...
People can make a difference. December 14th, Christmas will come early to Five deserving families. Local companies working together to help make life a little easier for those less fortunate. Each year the collision repair industry as a whole comes across cars that are “written off” by either the...

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