Northern California

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes’ classes are available at Sacramento’s training center.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has released its latest slate of I-CAR certified courses for Valspar Automotive refinish paint brands; classes are available at Sacramento’s training center. Courses connect industry-leading expert trainers with painters and shop owners looking to maximize...
Although a biology major in college, Meissner decided to pursue the automotive business.
Palo Alto, Calif.—Kurt Meissner found himself in an unenviable position in 2011. His father, Gary, who owned Meissner Automotive in Palo Alto, was diagnosed with advanced cancer and passed away seven weeks later. Although a biology major in college at the time, Meissner decided to pursue the...
Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may require internet retailers to collect sales taxes even when they have no physical presence in the state. The Court overturned the 1992 “Quill vs. North Dakota” decision, which said that retailers must have a certain level of physical presence...
Hao Nguyen, senior manager of legal affairs for KPA
Sacramento, Calif.—Many shops and dealerships are registered with the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), a division within the California Department of Consumer Affairs, but aren’t sure as to what it is and what it does, such as overseeing and regulating service departments, funded by the...
Diamond Bar, Calif.—Beginning with the new year, a motorist cited for violating the current California exhaust noise law can receive an immediate fine. Previously, motorists received what is known as a “fix-it” ticket, which allowed for 30 days to correct the violation.        The issue California...
SONOMA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2019) – More than 350 walkers, runners and four-legged friends took to the Sonoma Raceway road course on Saturday for the 8th annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer, the West Coast’s only fundraising walk for No Stomach for Cancer. The unique fundraiser generated $23,...
In the last days of his term, CAWA Chair of the Board, Jack Gosnell of Next Level Parts, has appointed two industry veterans to the Association’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC). When Chair Gosnell announced these appointments he commented: “It’s great to see our members step forward and...
The annual “Race to the Holidays” Children’s Christmas Party at Sonoma Raceway has drawn more than 3,300 children since its inception in 2005.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA The California state minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1, to $11 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees and to $12 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees. More than 300 Sonoma Valley children enjoyed a festive day at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday at the 14th...
Rob Wright, of the California BAR, discusses the new Electronic Estimates and Authorization regulations.
Sacramento, Calif.—In what Jack Molodanof, lobbyist for ASCCA, CAA, and CalABC, called “great news,” the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has adopted regulations allowing the use of modern technological means for work order authorizations for shops and customers to communicate and...
Brent and Jody Kniesel, third-generation owners, say established processes have led to increases in sales and staff.
Citrus Heights, Calif.—The accolades are numerous for Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers: the three-location MSO has won The Best of Citrus Heights nine years in a row, KCRA A-List, Sacramento City Voter A-List, Angie’s List Super Service Award, and has 1600-plus five-star reviews. “We have been...

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