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STAUNTON, Virginia, July 17, 2018 – It was a day of fun, food and excitement, as well as getting the chance to test their driving skills with a NASCAR legend, when customers of Federated member Vaca Valley Auto Parts participated in a “Get Dirty with Kenny” dirt track driving experience. “As usual...
“Mystique” will appear at Hot August Nights, Aug. 7-12, in Reno, Nev.
The City of Sacramento has outfitted its auto fleet of Chevy Bolts the world’s first digital license plate, Rplate Pro’s, by Reviver Auto. The city has installed 24 of the plates so far and will be installing another 11 when it receives more of the vehicles. Mayor Darrell Steinberg said the...
Michael Bott of Torchio’s Auto Repair prioritizes maintenance and repairs with each customer.
Oakland, Calif.—Torchio’s Auto Repair was established in 1924 when they repaired Cadillac Phaetons, Chevrolet Superiors and Chrysler Imperials, just to name a few. Now they work primarily on Asian and domestic vehicles with third- and second-generation customers who write glowing reviews for the...
Some of the new requirements to Prop 65 include a warning symbol with distinct specifications for products that have potential health risks to users.
Sacramento, Calif.—On Aug. 31, California’s Prop 65 will be updated with regulations that will affect the automotive aftermarket supply chain, from manufacturers to distributors, to repair facilities and retailers. Businesses making and selling products in California that fail to comply with the...
From left: Winter Honda’s Assistant Manager Jose Gomez, Winter Chevrolet’s Parts Director Scott Kaida and Honda counterperson Scott Ortega work closely together to serve a wide range of customers.
Pittsburg, Calif.—Two parts departments act as one in many cases at Winter Chevrolet and Winter Honda and that’s why they both excel and improve their numbers monthly. By sharing resources and parts knowledge and helping each other whenever possible, they say the wholesale, retail and in-house...
Billy Mathews started Mathews & Son’s back in 1969.
Vallejo, Calif.—As a shop that gets great online reviews for being fair and flexible with its customers, Mathews & Son’s has become a fixture in Vallejo, Calif., since 1969. By stressing brand education, ongoing training and using OE parts when possible, this second-generation business has...
Sonoma Raceway hosted the recent “Make the Future California” featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas with more than 1,000 students from 99 high schools and universities across North and South America.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA G&C Auto Body is adding and expanding shops in Sonoma and Solano Counties, reported the North Bay Business Journal. G&C Auto Body has a dozen shops with the addition of a second Santa Rosa location earlier this year when it acquired Larkfield Body & Paint in the...
The 2018 schedule for Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford is set, and the “2018 Season Pass” is now available.
Northern Californian racing enthusiasts can get ready for an lineup of racing all over the region. Racers from amateurs to veteran professionals will be competing in NorCal tracks from now through Thanksgiving.   Here’s a list of every track from Antioch to Ukiah — big and small and everything in...
ASCCA Political Affairs Chairman David Kusa (left) and ASCCA/CAA Legislative Analyst Jack Molodanof prepare to take on the Capitol at 2018 Legislative Day in Sacramento.
Sacramento, Calif.—Every year, the ASCCA/CAA Joint Legislative Day enables shop owners from throughout the state to meet with their political representatives to discuss current laws and pending bills that can greatly affect their businesses. On April 24, approximately 40 members from both...
Parts Director AJ Killian (left) and Audi Service Manager Jeff McDougall have been working together for more than a decade at Elk Grove Audi.
Elk Grove, Calif.— Elk Grove Volkswagen’s Parts Manager AJ Killian, who has a total of 40 years experience with VW and Audi, started out as a parts consultant and then was promoted to management.   “I wanted to get into the management side of the industry and run a department,” he said. “The timing...

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