Northern California

Georgia Seipel was inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA The three-bay car service, Fast Track Oil Change, has opened in Middleton, reports National Oil & Lube News. Middletown’s Store 24 owner Palani Velloo opened Fast Track Oil Change, adjacent to Store 24. It is the only car service nearby for residents in Middletown, Cobb and...
Head Estimator Matt McDermott, owner Jeff Gil, Front Office Manager Denise Gil and Assistant Manager Troy Gil celebrate the shop’s 30th anniversary at Gil’s Body Works.
Pleasanton, Calif.—Looking back fondly on 30 years in the collision repair industry, owner Jeff Gil is proud of what he and his family have achieved at Gil’s Body Works. As a former metal technician and painter, this second-generation operator has witnessed many changes since 1988, when he began...
Owner Bill Adams at Adams Autoworx hosts a radio show, Norcal Auto Talk, that has been broadcast on five stations since 2008.
Castro Valley, Calif.—Bill Adams isn’t afraid to jump in when it comes to improving his business and being an advocate for the car repair industry. This second-generation owner moved Adams Autoworx into his new location earlier this year and did a major renovation, including new floors, offices,...
Owner Rick Camacho at Automotive Consultants was factory-trained by Porsche as he entered the industry in 1974.
Dublin, Calif.—In an industry where things change literally every day, Rick Camacho, the owner of Automotive Consultants isn’t afraid to adjust quickly. At age 65, many shop owners are eyeing retirement, but Camacho is still going strong and embracing this rapid evolution gladly. “I’m definitely...
SACRAMENTO, CA – The California green vehicle market continues to experience growth throughout the state, especially with increasing electric vehicles sales which now make up 3.1 percent of total new vehicle sales year to date, an increase from 2.4 percent this time last year. However, according to...
The California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) has scheduled “Area Meetings” in Burbank, Sacramento, Dublin, and Anaheim. Dinner is free and meetings are open to sales reps, management, and ownership of tire retailers and related vendors. “Through the generous support of sponsors such as 1-...
CAWA will hold its annual gala dinner the Sunday night before AAPEX/SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 28, 2018. The event, to be held at Caesar’s Palace,  is exclusively sponsored by Motorcar Parts of America. This sponsorship allows CAWA to devote all the proceeds from the gala to its...
The Automotive Coaching and Training Strategic Planning Group (ACT SPG) is a peer to peer body of automotive professionals with one main objective: Applying proven strategic planning processes to ensure sustainable businesses growth and achieving long-term financial objectives. As an added bonus...
Executives from Toyota and Contra Costa College launch the T-TEN training program. From left to right: John Márquez, CCC; Mojdeh Mehdizadeh, CCC; Tom Trisdale, Toyota; Dr. Katrina VanderWoude, CCC; Shawn Domeracki, Toyota; Lucille Beatty, CCC and Bobby Sturgeon, CCC.
SAN PABLO, Calif. (Aug. 17, 2018) – Toyota’s Technician Training & Education Network (T-TEN) and Contra Costa College announced a new partnership on August 16 which will boost education and job growth, and address the need for talented and qualified automotive technicians across Northern...
Sacramento, CA – August 21, 2018 -- CAWA Chair of the Board, Jack Gosnell of Next Level Parts, has appointed Bill Meyer of MANN+HUMMEL Filtration Technology to the Association’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC). When Chair Gosnell announced Mr. Meyer’s appointment he commented: “ Bill has been...

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