Northern California

San Jose, Calif.—Jim Leale Jr., president of Leale’s Transmissions & Auto Repair and Leale’s RV, said he started helping his father in the family-owned business at an early age. After working on transmissions and drivetrain components and “getting pretty good at it,” Leale said his father...
Sacramento, Calif.—Owners of The Truck Shoppe, Todd and Judy Lindenmuth, found themselves “betting on the river” to save their business after Todd was injured during a roadside repair, which forced their diesel-based auto repair shop into having to lighten its workload. “It got so slow at one point...
Irvine, Calif.—Nearly a decade ago, in 2006, Kenz & Leslie Distributing recognized that longer lasting vehicles and increased length between manufacturers recommended service intervals would start to take a toll on independent shops revenue by making it more difficult for them to sell...
San Jose, Calif.—Don and Bob Koss, brothers and co-owners of Koss Collision, have worked together in the paint and body business for nearly four decades.  After working at dealerships since the early 1980s, the Koss brothers opened their own shop in 2004. Once they found the right location, they...
Sacramento, Calif.—Transitioning from technician to business owner is not as simple as hanging a shingle outside one’s door and expecting business to rush in. But a scant three years later after leaving his job as painter at a large MSO collision repair shop, through careful, methodical growth,...
San Jose, Calif.—Repeat customers are earned or lost after they’ve left your facility while having a cup of coffee with their friends, owner of Sease’s Auto Service, Greg Sease, said. That’s something he tries to keep in mind when dealing with the inherent distrust most people have of auto repair...
Fremont, Calif.—If owner of Glenmoor Automotive, Paul Seghposs, were to shout Tom Cruise’s famous line (“Show me the money!”) from the 1996 hit, Jerry Maguire, into a telephone receiver, he would probably change the last word to “value.” That’s because he said he’s not in business to save his...
NEVADA Barrett-Jackson is gearing up for its 3rd Annual Hot August Nights auction, held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev., Aug. 6-8. After listening to fans, Barrett-Jackson has adjusted its hours to feature the auction during the day so that fans may attend other Hot August Nights...
NORTHERN CALIFORINA Rory Balmer, of Twin Peaks Auto Service, in Twin Peaks, is April’s ASCCA’s Member of the Month. Balmer is a past ASCCA Chapter 14 president and a past ASCCA Membership Committee chair. While working full-time at his business, he also attends De Vry University, where he is...
Ventura, Calif.—Over the past 20 years, Fast Undercar has steadily grown as a wholesale distributor of automotive aftermarket undercar parts to professional installers, national auto repair chains, and independent auto repair garages, Bruce Douglass, company founder  and CFO, said. Douglass...

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