Southern California

California’s new vehicle market continued to climb in 2013

Sacramento, Calif.—The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) reported that new vehicle registrations increased 11.9 percent during 2013 over 2012, outpacing U.S. new car sales growth of 7.2 percent last year.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Riverside, Calif.—Isaac Gallardo, co-owner of Inland Empire Autobody & Paint, said he and his wife and co-owner, Lucia “Lucy” Gallardo, have known each other since their teen years, and they always had a shared dream: to own their own business. “We both grew up in...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Del Mar— The barn-like building, which was a World War II-era railroad car maintenance facility, has now housed Del Mar Automotive since 1959, said Al Phillips, who co-owns Del Mar Auto with his son, Todd. Phillips said he had always been a car guy, and even raced his own dragster for a time...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Quinn’s Automotive prospers by combining traditional service with modern diagnostics Hemet, Calif.—For 25 years, Quinn’s Automotive has prospered by providing old-school “gas station service” and having the latest diagnostic tools, Co-Owner Tom Quinn said, “Many...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Napa, Calif.—Consolidation in the aftermarket is expected to be a widening trend among large automotive companies over the next few years, while the independent distributor market share will continue to decline, said Tom Marx, CEO of Marx Group Advisors, who was a speaker at a recent CAWA...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
The Mothers 18-wheeler is on the road again with several custom cars, including a 1,000-HP propane-powered Chevelle called ProPane, plus everything for the detailing needs of enthusiasts and experts, and a team of specialists demonstrating Mothers latest car care products. Southern California stops...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Napa, Calif.—CAWA recently offered an afternoon of training and information on industry issues during its February 2014 Leadership Meeting at the Meritage Resort – Napa. Speakers during its general session included Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA; Jim Grubbs, eBay Motors; and Tom Marx, The Marx...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:11
Sacramento, Calif.—Telematics have been a part of the public’s automotive experience since GM’s launch of On-Star in 1996. Sold as a safety enhancement, telematics have far more uses than accident reporting, directions, and theft recovery, said presenters at the recent 2014...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
West Sacramento, Calif.—More than 70 SEMA members, including manufacturers, distributors, jobbers, and installers, gathered Jan. 29, for the association’s first Town Hall meeting of 2014. The event took place at the West Sacramento manufacturing plant for the B&M Automotive Group...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Upland, Calif.—Route 66 Auto Repair is, as the name implies, located on the historic highway, which is Foothill Boulevard in Upland. And that’s one of the things Shop Owner Frank Cope said he uses as a marketing tool. “When I bought the shop in 2006 it had a bad reputation, which...
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 01:11
Pico Rivera, Calif.—Tire Industry Association (TIA) President Ken Brown, whose family owns two Alan Brown Tire Center - Les Schwab tire stores in Oregon, was keynote speaker at 1-800EveryRim’s second Social Mixer Luncheon, Jan. 16, at the historic Del Rae Restaurant in Pico Rivera....
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