Northern California

Sacramento, Calif.—On July 18 and 19, California Air Resources Board (CARB) held workshops to discuss clarifying CARB’s definition of racing vehicle. California’s law currently defines racing vehicles as a ‘competition vehicle not used on public highways’ (Health & Safety Code § 39048). CARB...
From left: Johnny Kotik, “Big John” Kotik and Steven Kotik run the show at International Auto Body & Paint and will soon be opening a second location in San Mateo.
San Bruno, Calif.—With plans to expand, brothers Steven and Johnny Kotik at International Auto Body & Paint are continually refining their processes and customer service while pursuing the types of training, products and equipment they need to improve their business. They decided a long time...
Owner John Jorgensen learns as much as he can about under-warranty vehicles so he is step ahead in diagnosing them when they eventually enter his bays.
Fremont, Calif.—By searching out as much information as he possibly can about automotive diagnostics and learning about the newer vehicles to try and stay ahead of the curve, John Jorgensen, the owner of The Shop Quality Auto Service, is diligent when it comes to this ever-changing aspect of his...
Co-owners Tony Bernardini (left) and Bruce Ferrario have been working together since their teenage years. They differentiate their business with value-added services, such as DOT and CA State fleet safety inspections. (Photos courtesy of Mark Leet Photography)
South San Francisco, Calif.—Fleet work is a niche that Four-Star Automotive/ Four-Star Truck Repair has excelled in for decades, with a client list that includes Genentech, one of the world’s largest biotech companies, the SF Academy of Art, several catering companies such as City Baking, and the...
WHAT:    For the third consecutive year, the Verizon IndyCar® Series will host its season finale on the Sonoma Raceway road course. This marks the series’ 13th consecutive year in Sonoma. The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma is the final race on the Verizon IndyCar Series’ 17-race schedule, which...
SACRAMENTO, CA – California’s new motor vehicle sales are projected to remain stable through the year, with more than two million units expected to be sold in 2017.  While the nation experiences an overall decline in sales, California continues to stay above the national decline, selling more than...
Photo by Mike Finnegan
SONOMA, Calif. (Aug 7, 2017) — Charitable events combined to raise more than $78,000 for Northern California non-profit groups during the 30th Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, July 28-30. The proceeds from the majority of events will benefit Sonoma County youth organizations through...
Pictured, from left, are CAWA President and CEO Rodney Pierini, scholarship recipients Bryan Esterly, of UTI, Robert Marcial, of California Baptist University, and David Robles, of Cypress College, and CAWA Chair Michael Antonelli. (Photo by Rob Merwin)
CALIFORNIA Three of 11 students who were in attendance during CAWA’s June Leadership Days and Educational Forum in San Diego were awarded scholarships. CAWA's Chair of the Board Michael Antonelli presented the scholarships to the 2017 Awardees. The recipients were chosen from among 52 applicants. B...
From left: Customer Service Representative Dao Nguyen, Vice President of Operations Jason Cocco and Estimator John Alcantara assist in moving more than 100 vehicles through TGIF a month.
Fremont Calif.—Staying ahead of the curve is not an easy job in the collision repair industry right now, with technology changing literally overnight, said Kathy Mello, owner of TGIF Body Shop. Then, when shops try to balance relationships with multiple insurers, find and retain skilled...
On July 18 and 19, California Air Resources Board (CARB) held workshops to discuss clarifying CARB’s definition of racing vehicle. California’s law currently defines racing vehicles as a ‘competition vehicle not used on public highways’ (Health & Safety Code § 39048). CARB exempts these racing...

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