Northern California

Sacramento, Calif.—California’s new motor vehicle market remains strong with more than two million vehicles expected to be sold in California in 2017. During the first quarter, the market grew nearly 1 pecent while sales nationally declined 1.4 percent. “2017 has seen slower growth in California...
O’Reilly Auto Parts’ Oscar Manzo is Counterman of the Year.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Mazda North American Operations announced the names of 123 U.S. dealerships that have been recognized with the 2017 Mazda Gold Cup award. The Gold Cup award is an exclusive designation given to a Mazda dealership for its focus and dedication to customer satisfaction and new...
From left: Jerry Kubitsky, Jack Molodanof, Stuart Terry, Steve Vanlandingham, Dave Kusa, John Eppstein and Mitch Mendenhall network at the 2017 ASCCA/CalABC/CAA Joint Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Day.
Sacramento Calif.—Every April, the Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA), California Automotive Business Coalition (CALABC) and California Autobody Association (CAA) co-host the Joint Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Day in order to meet with their representatives at the...
Office Manager Lauren Gonzalez (seated) and Owner Giovanna Tanzillo run the front office at Uptown Body and Fender in Oakland, Calif.
Oakland, Calif.—By doing things her way, Giovanna Tanzillo, the co-owner of Uptown Body and Fender, has been increasing her business every year since she opened the doors with her partner Lisandro Allende in 1992. When it comes to things such as hands-on customer service, community involvement,...
Bryan and Becki McGinnis say that no matter how much one can know about diagnostics, there is still a lot to learn.
Auburn, Calif.—In a small town like Auburn, news travels fast, so if you’re not providing top-notch service to this small community of roughly 14,000 people, they will know it. So, when Bryan McGinnis, who co-owns and operates Autovantage Service Center with his wife, Becki, gets new customers in...
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 roars into Sonoma Raceway, June 24-26.
When it’s summertime in Northern California, that means it’s time for racers from Antioch to Ukiah to start their engines on tracks all over the region. Racers from amateurs to veteran professionals will be competing in 19 tracks from now right through Thanksgiving. Here’s our list of every track...
Parts and Service Manager Donna Westlake and Parts Manager William Hammond at Fairfield Chevrolet and Subaru see “a huge opportunity” in increased wholesale business.
Fairfield, Calif.— Donna Westlake hasn’t seen much that surprises her anymore after 23 years in the dealership parts and service business, but consumers’ general misconception that they charge more than independents has her scratching her head. But she’s up to the challenge, and it’s working. “When...
Owner Phil Weaver at Image Autobody is the second-generation owner of a 24-year-old shop.
South San Francisco, Calif.—Phil Weaver Jr., the owner of Image Autobody, knows what he is talking about when he discusses automotive paint and the best techniques for applying it. Before assuming the ownership of Image Autobody from his father in 1996, Weaver did all the shop’s painting for 11...
Jeff Lagges, formerly of AllData, has joined SHIFTMobility.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Foster-based SHIFTMobility announced that Jeff Lagges will be joining the company as chief sales officer and as a member of its executive team, CEO Pavana Jain said. Lagges was part of AllData from its early days in 1990s, serving as president from 2001 onwards following the...
Sacramento, Calif.—The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) has announced its recent corporate sponsorship with O’Reilly Auto Parts. “O’Reilly Auto Parts is a household name, both for us in the automotive service industry and for anyone who has ever needed fixes for their vehicles,”...

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