Northern California

San Francisco—RepairPal, a provider of auto repair and maintenance information for consumers, reports that Californians can expect the highest car repair bills, with six of the 10 worst cities for car repair located in the state. RepairPal used internal and government data to determine the best and...
ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monro, Inc. (Nasdaq: MNRO), a leading provider of automotive undercar repair and tire services, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire California-based Certified Tire & Service Centers, Inc. The acquisition...
CAWA Chair of the Board, Dan Hanson, Jr. of Hanson Distributing Company, has appointed Sam Rusenovich of Brake Parts Inc., to the Association’s Manufacturers Advisory Council. When Chair Hanson announced the appointment he commented: “Sam will add value to CAWA and by virtue of his position in the...
SACRAMENTO- The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today announced that AZAA Investments, Inc., formerly known as AutoAnything, Inc., paid $1 million to resolve violations of the California Health and Safety Code and Vehicle Code related to the sale of illegal aftermarket performance auto parts...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 5, 2019) –CARSTAR, North America’s largest premier network of independently owned and operated collision repair facilities, introduced the collision repair industry to a group of remarkable seventh grade students part of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation’s STEM Leadership...
CHARLOTTE (February 28, 2019) –CARSTAR, North America’s largest premier network of independently owned and operated collision repair facilities, hosted a grand opening event in celebration of its largest multi-store owner joining the CARSTAR family. CARSTAR Chilton Auto Body is a collision repair...
Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car classes will return to Sonoma for the first time in over a decade.
Legislation has been introduced to repeal 2018 California Exhaust Noise Law. California Assembly members Jim Frazier and Tim Grayson introduced SEMA-supported legislation (A.B. 390) to repeal a 2018 law (A.B. 1824) that amended how California law enforcement officials issue citations for exhaust...
Larry Richman builds brand awareness in a market that’s ever-changing with transient home owners.
Santa Cruz, Calif.—The wheel hub of Specialized Auto keeps spinning with a knack for propelling it forward amidst market shifts and changes. Its spokes are expanded services, a second location, economies of scale, and savvy marketing in a transient region. From what once began as one shop with a...
Owner Santiago Lozano and Finance Manager Melissa Ibanez say the shop turns out an average monthly car count of 135 in its 25,000-square-foot facility. Annual revenues average $5 million.
Santa Clara, Calif.—Upstairs and nested above Akins Collision Center’s offices is a library of non-industry business training books for staff to finger through. Below, the customer lobby’s walls are weighted with numerous certifications from I-CAR, AMi, and OEMs. None of which should come as a...
The 2019 MPMC Media Trade Conference featured 100 leading manufacturers of motorsports parts and accessories.
Santa Ana, Calif.—The 2019 Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference in January at the Embassy Suites, in Santa Ana, Calif., was an unqualified success, according to those in attendance. The conference featured prescheduled 30-minute private meetings between editorial...

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