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Jim Svigel Jr. plans to shutter his 85-year-old family business, Svigel’s Auto Parts Inc., liquidating a one-of-a-kind inventory of NOS, RNOS, and used vintage and classic car parts.  The majority of the inventory has been stored indoors at the same location since 1959.
Englewood, Colo.—For more than eight decades, four generations of the Svigel family have been buying and selling new and used auto parts in Colorado. During that span, the Austrian family name has become synonymous with hard-to-find used, new old stock (NOS), and replacement new old stock (RNOS)...
Bogi Lateiner, of 180 Degrees Automotive and star of TV series “All Girls Garage,” will present keynote address.
Broomfield, Colo.—ASA-CO’s annual Independent Automotive Professionals Symposium will be Feb. 12-13, at the Denver Marriott West, in Golden, Colo. The two-day event offers 10 management and technical training courses for service advisors, owners, and entry-level to advanced technicians. This year’s...
Co-owners and sisters Adrienne Pietrafeso and Vicki Simmons celebrated JM Auto Service’s 50th anniversary last year. They say they learned to persist and diversify from their late parents, Jim and Trudy Mazzo, and now offer mechanical, collision and towing services.
Aurora, Colo.—Adrienne Pietrafeso, co-owner of JM Auto Service and Collision Center with her sister, Vicki Simmons, said it’s taken unmitigated persistence at times to remain in business for 50 years, a milestone the company reached in 2015. Started in 1965 by their late parents, Jim and Trudy...
The AAM Group’s custom-built NSF1 Jeep Unlimited was on display at Midstates Inc. in Englewood, Colo., in December. The NSF1 will be donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation at The AAM Group general meeting in May, Midstates Inc. General Manager Brett Corning said.
Englewood, Colo.—In December, Midstates Inc., a wholesale distributor of automotive, truck, and SUV performance parts and accessories, hosted The Automotive Accessories Marketing (AAM) Group’s custom 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, dubbed the Navy SEAL Foundation One (NSF1). The custom Jeep will be...
From l., Cerena Rose, David Gonzales and Kolleen Torres are part of the staff at One Stop Parts Source’s new Aurora warehouse.
COLORADO ASA-CO will host its Independent Automotive Professionals Symposium, Feb. 12-13, at the Denver Marriott West in Golden. The two-day event offers 10 management and technical training courses for service advisors, owners, and entry-level to advanced technicians. This year’s featured keynote...
After careful planning, John Stonum, owner of Stonum Automotive, a NAPA AutoCare Center, is enjoying the benefits of operating in a newly built shop.
Longmont, Colo.—When Stonum Automotive could no longer accommodate increasing car counts, owner John Stonum said he sought advice about relocation from fellow shop owners, most of whom recommended finding an existing building rather than constructing one. In the end, though, he had no choice but to...
Denver-based Western Automotive Warehouse Distributor (WAWD) owners Rob Johnston (l.) and Rick Yancey (r.) meet with Momentum USA Inc.’s Skip Carroll, director of engineering and production development (second from l.) and Bruce Mardar, vice president of sales.  They inspect an AmeriPRO premium brake bad that will debut in 2016.
SEMA attendance was reported to be more than 100,000 this year and occupied one million net square feet.
Adam and Sarah Vowell are the newest Colorado franchisees for Christian Brothers Automotive. They opened their Parker shop in August after relocating from Houston.
Houston—Back in 2008, Texas-based Christian Brothers Automotive officials had an interest in expanding their repair-shop franchise base to Denver, predicting a continued population increase for the largest city in the Rocky Mountain region. As it turns out, their market analysis was accurate:...
Byron Brown has been named vice president and sales manager of Central Motive Power Inc., a parts and service facility for diesel turbo chargers and injectors.  Behind him is a Bosch flow-test bench for diesel injectors housed at the Denver location. (Photo by Michael Anderson)
COLORADO ASA-CO will host its Independent Automotive Professionals Symposium, Feb. 12-13, at the Denver Marriott West in Golden. The two-day event offers 10 management and technical training courses for service advisors, owners and entry-level to advanced technicians. This year’s featured keynote...
Bob Vrooman (l.), GM wholesale specialist for Colorado and Wyoming, and John Elway Dealerships’ Parts Director Allen Billings collaborated during GM’s MyPriceLink test pilot program.
Grand Blanc, Mich.—General Motors recently adopted MyPriceLink (MPL), a real-time wholesale collision parts pricing program powered by OEConnection (OEC). As of Dec. 1, 2015, the collision repair industry nationwide will no longer see static suggested list pricing for GM collision parts, that...

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