Northern California

Hao Nguyen, senior manager of legal affairs for KPA
Sacramento, Calif.—Many shops and dealerships are registered with the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), a division within the California Department of Consumer Affairs, but aren’t sure as to what it is and what it does, such as overseeing and regulating service departments, funded by the...
Diamond Bar, Calif.—Beginning with the new year, a motorist cited for violating the current California exhaust noise law can receive an immediate fine. Previously, motorists received what is known as a “fix-it” ticket, which allowed for 30 days to correct the violation.        The issue California...
SONOMA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2019) – More than 350 walkers, runners and four-legged friends took to the Sonoma Raceway road course on Saturday for the 8th annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer, the West Coast’s only fundraising walk for No Stomach for Cancer. The unique fundraiser generated $23,...
In the last days of his term, CAWA Chair of the Board, Jack Gosnell of Next Level Parts, has appointed two industry veterans to the Association’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC). When Chair Gosnell announced these appointments he commented: “It’s great to see our members step forward and...
The annual “Race to the Holidays” Children’s Christmas Party at Sonoma Raceway has drawn more than 3,300 children since its inception in 2005.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA The California state minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1, to $11 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees and to $12 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees. More than 300 Sonoma Valley children enjoyed a festive day at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday at the 14th...
Rob Wright, of the California BAR, discusses the new Electronic Estimates and Authorization regulations.
Sacramento, Calif.—In what Jack Molodanof, lobbyist for ASCCA, CAA, and CalABC, called “great news,” the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has adopted regulations allowing the use of modern technological means for work order authorizations for shops and customers to communicate and...
Brent and Jody Kniesel, third-generation owners, say established processes have led to increases in sales and staff.
Citrus Heights, Calif.—The accolades are numerous for Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers: the three-location MSO has won The Best of Citrus Heights nine years in a row, KCRA A-List, Sacramento City Voter A-List, Angie’s List Super Service Award, and has 1600-plus five-star reviews. “We have been...
General Manager Hector Jimenez and co-owners Kerrie and Erik Kohler
Sacramento, Calif.—Shop owners Kerrie and Erik Kohler embrace cutting-edge tools, equipment and products at Duane’s Body & Paint to repair an average 40 cars weekly. While other shops were still using solvent-based paint 11 years ago, Duane’s was spraying waterborne paint, and while others were...
The two graphs above show market shares for primary segments during the first nine months of 2015 and 2018.
Sacramento, Calif.—The California new vehicle market is expected to close out the year at elevated sales levels. While there is a slight decline from recent years, new vehicle sales will be at the fourth highest total during the past 11 years and 2018 sales will likely exceed 2009 levels by more...
Sacramento, California – December 18, 2018)CAWA is holding its winter leadership meetings in Napa California next month. Committee and business meetings, social events and guest presenters on contemporary automotive issues will round out the event. There will also be a YANG Regional Meet -Up in...

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