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Dorsey Porter joins GMP Cars as a Lamborghini Master Technician.
ASCCA’s Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Fly-In will be Tuesday, April 25, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Capitol Event Center, Sacramento. It will feature legislative appointments, guest speakers, industry exposure and legislative/regulatory updates. Visit ASCCA.com for more information. GMP...
Owner/GM Julio Castillo is always looking for better tools, equipment and repair techniques to fix approximately 70 cars monthly.
San Francisco—A skilled musician who once had a popular Bay Area salsa band, Julio Castillo plays all the right chords as the owner of Emerald City Auto Body in San Francisco. A 45-year veteran of the collision repair industry, Castillo opened his doors in 1972 with his partner, Bruce Davis, and no...
Fresno, Calif.—Medco differentiates its PBE supply and mechanical tool and equipment distribution company with market knowledge, value-added services and on-time delivery, said Todd D’Angelo, vice president U.S. sales for the PBE division, serving traditional jobbers, auto parts stores, and mobile...
Bonnie Estes (left) runs the show at Vanguard Automotive Repair with her daughter, Shelby Clark, who helps out on occasion.
San Rafael Calif.—After a disruptive divorce that left her with sole ownership of the business, Bonnie Estes built Vanguard Automotive back up from challenging circumstances to become the No. 1 Women Owned Automotive Repair Company in Marin County. Within just two years, she was able to make a...
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...

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