Northern California

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...
Vail, Colo.—Engine & Performance Warehouse (EPWI) has named its 2014 “Vendor Of The Year” and “Representative Of The Year” at the company’s Awards Dinner during EPWI’s 28th annual Summer Conference in Vail, Colo., on Thursday, Aug. 6. More than 100 channel partners were in attendance, who also...
Vallejo, Calif.—Jim Boyle, who co-owns Regal Collision Repair with his wife, Shellie, said working in a collision shop requires effectively balancing chaos with production, and to be successful, it takes training, teamwork and community involvement. “Proper staging and communication are vital to...
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...
Irvine, Calif.—The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) 2015 Summer Conference, June 12-14, at the Irvine Marriott Hotel, featured top-notch management training tracks and more technical training sessions, including a Spanish-language track, new this year. The theme, “Re-Invent Your...
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...

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