Northern California

SONOMA, Calif. (May 7, 2019) – More than 900 North Bay students from 45 classrooms and clubs will take part in the 6th annual STEM Race Car Challenge, presented by Friedman’s Home Improvement. This curriculum-based program, a partnership with Sonoma Raceway, Kid Scoop News and Friedman’s Home...
SONOMA, Calif. (May 6, 2019) – NASCAR fans can pick up tickets to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway at local O’Reilly Auto Parts stores.           This exclusive ticket offer includes two reserved-seat tickets for race day on Sunday, June 23, for just...
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. (NASDAQ: SOLO) (“Electra Meccanica” or the “Company”), a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, today announced that the Company has received approval to participate in the Clean Vehicle Rebate...
Sonoma Raceway hosted 88 high school and college teams to compete for the title of most fuel-efficient vehicle.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA San Francisco-based Lyft announced it will open its own repair shops nationwide, offering deep discounts on things such flat tire fixes, brake work and oil changes, and provide free bank accounts in a bid to attract and retain drivers, according to a CNN report. The first repair...
Dennis Sweeney (front, left) says his parts department team is driving new growth as the dealership expands. “If you don’t have good people, you’ve got nothing,” he says.
Oakland, Calif.—As a former member of the United States Marine Corps, Parts director Dennis Sweeney has taken what he had learned from his service and carried it into the civilian work world at Oakland’s Downtown Subaru. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . At a Glance • Parts department annual sales: $...
Oakland, Calif.—It’s not all that uncommon to find a collision repair business that has reached its 25th anniversary in business. But there aren’t many that reached that milestone in 1902 and are still operating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . At a glance: • Founded: 1877• Shop size: 15,000 square...
With 40-plus years of experience in the collision repair industry, as well as an officer for the California Autobody Association (CAA) for many years, Rick Johnson was recently named as the new executive director for the 53-year-old organization. As the former owner of B&J Body Shop with two...
Michael Quinn, AirPro Diagnostics senior vice president business development says shops must follow OEM procedures including pre- and post-scanning of every collision-damaged vehicle to ensure safe repairs and minimize liability.
Anaheim, Calif.— A presentation on the necessity of vehicle scanning in the collision repair process was the course du jour at a recent dinner during a California Autobody Association (CAA) meeting. “The auto body and collision repair industry is at a crossroads,” said Michael Quinn, senior vice...
CAWA Chair of the Board, Dan Hanson, Jr. of Hanson Distributing Company, has appointed Wayne Price of O’Reilly Auto Parts to the Association’s Board of Directors. When Chair Hanson announced the appointment he commented: “We are pleased that O’Reilly’s continues to have a representative on the...
Paradise Police Department officer Matthew Gates, who worked tirelessly through the wildfires, received a 2016 Subaru Impreza that was donated by Esurance and restored at Duane's Body Shop in Sacramento, CA.
PARADISE, CA (April 15, 2019) – On April 12, two Paradise, CA, residents experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of vehicles to provide them reliable transportation following the massive wildfires that destroyed the region – thanks to the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.