Northern California

From left, Tim and Deanna Ramsey and Fred Daniele work to keep pace with insurance company requirements.
Sonoma, Calif.—In the sleepy valley of Sonoma, people and businesses support one another at farmers markets, baseball little league donation drives and charity events. Daniele’s Classic Auto Body is no exception, and through the decades the shop has been woven into its community fabric. “We have a...
From left, CCC’s Mark Fincher and Jon Novak, BAR’s Rick McLarty and Jaime Ramos, and CAA’s Jack Molodanof made up the panel at the BAR “Opt-OE” discussion at NACE/CARS.
Anaheim, Calif.—At a panel presentation at the recent NACE/CARS Expo and Conference in Anaheim, Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) officials told California collision repairers that they can no longer rely solely on “Opt-OE” tags when it comes to crash parts. Those descriptions will no longer...
This 1939 convertible won the inaugural Hot August Nights Cup in Reno.
NEVADA A 1939 Oldsmobile Series 60 convertible, dubbed “Olds Cool,” painted by Charley Hutton using PPG products, captured the inaugural Hot August Nights Cup in August at the recent namesake classic car competition in Reno. The cup, equivalent to a best-in-show award, is the ultimate prize in the...
SOUTHFIELD, MI – September 23, 2016 - Industrial Finishes & Systems, Inc. expanded its distribution of BASF Automotive Refinish paint brands, Glasurit®, R-M® and Limco® to Northern California. The location in Concord, California represents a new, single-line BASF store. “BASF and Industrial...
Brian McCullough, of Scat, was named EPWI 2015 Representative of the Year. Pictured, from l., are Luke Van Woensel, McCullough, Greg Dunlap and Paul Van Woensel. (Photo by Rob Merwin)
Vail. Colo.—Engine & Performance Warehouse (EPWI) named its 2015 “Representative Of The Year” at its recent Awards Dinner during the company’s 29th annual Summer Conference in Vail, Colo., Aug. 4. Brian McCullough, of Scat, was named EPWI 2015 Representative of the Year. McCullough, Crankshaft...
Owner Patrick Martindale (l.) and his son, Manager Ken Martindale, run the show at Custom Truck in Redwood City.
Redwood City, Calif.--A third-generation company with 13 locations accessorizing trucks in Washington, Nevada, Idaho and California since 1986, Custom Truck is a business that is always evolving, according to Patrick Martindale, the owner of two Custom Truck locations in Northern California.   In...
Gus Muhawieh says I-CAR training and factory certifications have paid off in attracting DRPs.
San Leandro, Calif.—Gus Muhawieh found himself in a tight spot. The collision repair shop he invested in as a silent partner was floundering. His partner wanted out of the business. Soon, Muhawieh wanted out, too. There was a large family loan to repay. “I couldn’t just walk away,” said Muhawieh,...
Larry Townsend is proud to keep his crew updated with all of the latest diagnostic tools available to them.
San Jose, Calif.—Larry Townsend, 67, has been repairing cars at Townsend’s Automotive Repair since 1989, back when automotive diagnostics were in their early years. But, by proactively pursuing as much training and education as he and his small crew can absorb, this shop has built a strong...
Mike’s Auto Body added 1,950 square feet of new offices including a new lobby at its Napa location.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ASCCA Chapter 20 had its July monthly meeting at the Shelby Cobra Museum in Martinez, where 2011 Past President Dennis Montalbano was invited to speak. Chapter President Steve Elstins awarded three scholarships. “The recipients were grateful for ASCCA and the opportunity to...
From l., Dennis Montalbano, ASCCA president; Rodney Pierini, CAWA president and CEO; Gloria Peterson, ASCCA executive director; and Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association, say they are pleased that auto care industry leaders and association members took the time to attend the Summit.
Long Beach, Calif.—The 2016 Auto Care Industry Summit, presented by CAWA, ASCCA, and the Auto Care Association, June 24, at the Maya Hotel, brought together industry experts and shop owners to discuss issues that focused on cybersecurity and its relationship to telematics, and how they will affect...

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