Northern California

Lorenzo Avila says a background in the high-tech industry helps him bring new ideas and processes to the collision business.
Fremont, Calif.—Lorenzo Avila and Norberto Salas see themselves as in the “safety” business as much as the “collision repair” business. “You have to do a repair thinking about the safety of the passengers,” said Avila, who along with Salas operates two Luxe Collision locations in the Bay Area. “I...
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA On Jan. 1, all ASCCA members will start receiving the ASCCA TeamTalk emails. Members can use it for questions, networking, and to share any other information with the entire ASCCA membership. The emails will include an option to unsubscribe, for any members who do not wish to...
The Foreign Parts Specialties (FPS) crew from Sacramento, Calif., met with oil supplier Total Specialties at the Recent AAPEX show.  Pictured, from l., are FPS Purchaser Justin Wilgus, Total’s West Coast District Sales Manager Ryan Maas, Nick Lettini, owner of Frank’s Automotive in Sacramento; his brother Ray Lettini, owner of FPS; and Total’s West Coast Distribution Manager Herve Blanquart.
SEMA attendance was reported to be more than 100,000 this year and occupied one million net square feet.
CAWA President and CEO Rodney Pierini provided welcoming remarks.
Las Vegas—The CAWA annual dinner meeting, held in conjunction with Industry Week in Las Vegas, raised money (amount undetermined as of press time) for CAWA’s Memorial Scholarship Fund. The event was sponsored by Motorcar Parts of America and 125 people attended The keynote speaker of the evening...
SONOMA, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2015) – Sonoma Raceway is at full speed this holiday season, distributing more than 4,600 pounds of non-perishable food to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and victims of the Valley Fire in Lake County through the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) following the raceway's 15th...
SONOMA, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2015) — Fifty-five Sonoma County non-profit organizations will benefit from nearly $380,000 in grants that were recently awarded by the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. In total, $379,357 was distributed to youth-...
Sacramento, Calif.—Rick Norton, owner of Precision Automotive Service, said being an ACDelco Professional Service Center, a NAPA Autocare Center and in the Factory Motor Parts Partners Network offers several benefits, from parts to value-added services. “Our first call is Factory Motor Parts,” he...
A recent Experian analysis of the automotive market found that the top 10 states accounted for nearly 60 percent of all new vehicle registrations during the second quarter of 2015, led by California at 12.6 percent. The remainder of the top 10 included Texas (9.9 percent), Florida (7.9 percent),...
San Jose, Calif.—Jeff Ryan’s opening of a third location for Michael J’s Collision Centers this fall doesn’t mean you’re more likely to find him behind a desk rather than in a shop production area. “I work 12 to 16 hours a day, Monday through Friday, but I usually spend 95 percent of that time out...
San Jose, Calif.—The recently formed Certified Collision Group (CCG) announced the launch of its 1stCERTIFIED brand platform with 17 independent collision repair centers.  The initial independently owned and operated affiliates are Blake’s Auto Body, LC Automotive Group and Pan American Collision....

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