Northern California

Sacramento, Calif.—The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) reported impressive gains in California’s new vehicle market.  Nearly 533,000 new vehicles were registered during the second quarter of 2015 with light truck sales boasting a 19-percent increase over the same time last year.  “...
Burlingame, Calif.—When the owner of Tires Import/ European Motorsports, Michael Yee, started his business on tax day, 1988, he said it was strictly a tire shop, buying from seven tire warehouses. But today, only 9 percent of his business comes from tires, and he has no problem with that. “I grew...
Campbell, Calif.—Cupertino Body Shop had only a brief tenure in the town it is named after, but has a long history in Campbell, where the business has been located for more than 40 years. “My dad started the business in Cupertino in 1968, but about six months later moved it to Campbell,” explained...
NEVADA Dura-Bond, based in Carson City, announced the addition of Andre Moser as general sales manager. Recently he had been working as director of sales for the P-3 aviation specialty developing new products, writing technical manuals, and supervising domestic and international customer service....
Oxnard, Calif.—Mark D’Angelo, vice president of D’Angelo’s Paint, said his grandfather, Arthur D’Angelo Sr., founder of the company, began his career as a 3M sales representative. “But his desire was to pursue the American Dream of owning his own business,” he said. “So he purchased Acme Paint...
Des Moines, Iowa—Since July 1, 2010, ignition interlock devices (IID) have been required for all convicted drunk drivers in a four-county (Tulare, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Alameda) pilot program. “California’s ignition interlock program for people convicted of driving under the influence is one...
San Jose, Calif.—One of the biggest automotive mysteries to the average person is the electrical system, Kurt Duncan, co-owner of Kurt’s Electric & Repair, said. That’s why his original focus was electric wiring repair and fabrication when he and his wife, Kristie, opened the shop in 1989. “I...
Irvine, Calif.—In Patrick Dorais’ view, a lot has been accomplished in his two years as Chief of California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), overseeing licensing, enforcement, administration of the Smog Check Program and other operational matters. In an interview with Parts & People at the...
Concord, Calif.-For 38 years, Mike and Nancy Hitchcock lived next door to their auto repair shop, Hitchcock’s Auto Service, which they built on their one-acre property outside the city limits. It’s a place where Mike Hitchcock said he could have easily retired, but instead, last November he decided...
NORTHERN CALIFORINA For the second straight year, Mike’s Auto Body has been awarded the Farmers Insurance Regional Multiple Shop Organization (MSO) Group of the Year award for their work in 2014. The award, which recognizes the auto body company for its consistent delivery of outstanding customer...

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