Northern California

Co-Owner Manuel Garcia stands next to the many certifications his shop has earned. (Photos by Justin Abner)
San Lorenzo, Calif.—It sounds simple enough: offer good service and quality work and become a successful collision repair shop. It’s the mantra of many shops to consumers, but some shops take it to another level. George McGill’s Body Shop, in San Lorenzo, Calif., co-owned by Manuel Garcia and Luis...
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA The Milpitas City Council recognized Service King Collision Repair Centers for its contribution to the city’s beautification efforts during recent a bi-monthly meeting. Service King recently opened doors to its state-of-the-art 70,000 square-foot Milpitas repair center in August...
CAWA President and CEO Rodney Pierini encourages attendees to bid on auction items to benefit CAWA’s scholarship program.
Las Vegas—The CAWA annual dinner meeting, held in conjunction with Industry Week in Las Vegas, raised more than $26,000 for CAWA’S Memorial Scholarship Fund, generated from the event’s live auction and raffle. “The auto care industry is in the public interest and the public good,” CAWA President...
Roy and Johanna Doral employ two dedicated diagnostic technicians, and all techs are salaried. “Everyone works together in a collaborative environment,” he says.
San Leandro, Calif.—Potential customers at Doral’s Auto Repair often ask, “Are you expensive?” Well, that depends. “We’re not expensive, but it might be expensive to fix your car,” says Roy Doral, owner of the San Leandro, Calif., shop. The “expense” comes down to what repairs and parts are needed...
Big O Tires announced the reopening of its San Jose location.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Big O Tires announced the reopening of its location in San Jose, which marks the 100th location in California for Big O Tires. Franchisees Chris Monteverde, Abe Matar and Savendra Dutt now own and operate 17 Big O Tires locations. “We’re excited to reopen this location and...
Randy Greenblat (l.) and his son, Keith, run the show at Auto Collision Center in Daly City, Calif., a shop that has been in operation since 1992.
Daly City, Calif.—By maintaining several OE certifications, embracing the aluminum age, embracing ongoing training and being active members in trade organizations such as the California Autobody Association (CAA), Auto Collision Center is flourishing despite fluctuations in the economy.  Repairing...
Nathan Chukes (left) teaches Auto Body Refinishing and Robert McTaggart covers Auto Body Repair at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education. Between the two, they have more than 30 years as instructors at the school.
San Jose, Calif.—With two veteran collision repair instructors leading the way at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE), this highly respected tech school produces the new metal technicians, painters and estimators of the future. By adapting in order to teach its high school-level...
Sacramento, Calif.—Assembly Bill 1858, environmental justice legislation authored by Assembly Majority Whip Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in September. Co-sponsored by the State of California Auto Dismantlers Association (SCADA) and the California...
Sacramento, Calif.—The Automotive Services Council of California (ASCCA) played a role in defeating Assembly Bill 1174 (Bonilla), which would have required the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to post on its website all complaints against an automotive repair dealer without any due process. The...
Michael D’Adamo, the owner of Joe D’Adamo Tire in Napa, learned the business from his father. This year, the shop celebrated its 51st year in business.
Napa, Calif.—A fixture in this small town that is best known for producing some of the finest wines in the world, Joe D’Adamo Tire has been in operation for more than a half century. By offering the full gamut of tire, alignment and suspension services in addition to mechanical repairs, this shop...

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