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Sacramento, Calif.—The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that JEGS Automotive Inc. will pay $1,700,500 to resolve violations of anti-pollution laws related to the sales and marketing of illegal aftermarket performance parts in California. The penalty is the largest in CARB history for...
NEVADA Reno Paint Mart has joined the BASF ColorSource community in Nevada, and will carry R-M Diamont and LIMCO Supreme products. Reno Paint Mart is a multi-store organization that offers industrial, automotive, interior and exterior house paint to customers. As part of the ColorSource community,...
Owner James Kim (left) at Kim’s Auto Body with and one of the shop’s original employees Duke Van, age 75. Kim had no industry experience when he took over his family business.
Santa Clara, Calif.—James Kim, the owner of Kim’s Auto Body entered the collision repair industry unexpectedly when his late father found out he had cancer in 2005. Fresh out of college with a B.A. in International Studies from UC Irvine, Kim knew literally nothing about how to run a busy body shop...
Greg Arkus builds his client base and trust with WORLDPAC and SSF-trained techs. And who doesn’t love a Teddy bear, his unofficial mascot.
San Francisco—As a shop that specializes in Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Mini Coopers and SmartCars, Pete’s Inc. in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood touts itself as “Your Dealership Alternative.” By emphasizing the customer experience coupled with smart marketing, Owner Greg Arkus is hitting his...
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California green vehicle market continues to experience increases year over year, particularly in the electric vehicle space where sales increased more than 30 percent in 2017 from 2016, making up 2.5 percent of total new vehicle sales for the year. However, according to the...
More Than 1,000 High School And College Students Will Head To Sonoma To Compete In The Shell Eco-Marathon, Ultra Energy-Efficiency Competition This April
Houston, Feb. 20, 2018 – Shell, in conjunction with Sonoma Raceway and Speedway Motorsports Inc., will welcome student teams from up to 100 high schools and universities across North and South America to Make the Future California featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas, April 19-22, 2018. Make the...
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California new vehicle market continues to change, with a shift to non-luxury SUV sales from small car sales. According to the California Auto Outlook Fourth Quarter 2017, market share for the two primary segments saw more than a 12 percent combined change from 2012 to 2017,...
RICHARDSON, Texas (February 6, 2018) — Service King Collision Repair Centers®, one of the fastest growing providers of high-quality automotive repair service in the U.S., today announced the company has officially opened its 43rd California location. The announcement comes as the organization...
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Automotive aftermarket businesses that have been impacted by the fires in California might be assisted by Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF). See the application for assistance at aacfi.org. If requirements are met, AACF can send immediate financial assistance...
The best shops in this country do it all — online marketing, direct mail, SEO, e-mail marketing, social media and rely heavily on their POS systems to be successful. Using just one no longer works, says Kukui CEO Todd Westerlund.
San Jose, Calif.—In February 2017, Todd Westerlund embarked on an ambitious journey to visit 1,000 shops to get a complete view of the industry from coast to coast. As a former technician, service writer and parts manager, Kukui’s CEO views the automotive repair industry from a varied set of...

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