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President Humberto Veras (left), a former BMW-certified technician, took over the family business in 2014. The crew at Call Car Collision has earned top reviews online for repairs.
San Francisco—In San Francisco’s Mission district, there are mechanical and collision repair shops on almost every block, so how does Call Car Collision stand out with so much competition in the neighborhood? President Humberto Veras, 35, returned to the fold to manage the family’s shop after...
Professor Rick Marshall (right) instructs Auto Tech student Marc Anacta at SCC’s brand new facility.
Vallejo, Calif.—While California schools have been eliminating more than 400 technical training programs since 1995, according to the National Center of Education Statistics, a new, state-of-the-art auto tech facility recently celebrated its grand opening in September with 300 in attendance.  ...
NPW’s Chris Pacey is a 2017 recipient of the Impact Award: Four for the Future.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Carolyn Coquillette, owner and master technician of Luscious Garage, in San Francisco, has been named 2017 Female Shop Owner of the Year by Women in Auto Care (formerly Car Care Council Women’s Board). The award is given to an outstanding woman who has a proven record of...
From left: Outside Sales Roberto Aguilar, Chairman Jack Martin, President Trevor Martin and Sales Manager Traci Taylor recently moved Vaca Valley Auto Parts into a new 30,000-square-foot facility. Taylor and Aguilar visit shops all over the region in their customized mobile parts van to introduce new parts and tools.
Fairfield, Calif.—Vaca Valley Auto Parts first opened in 1974 in a 4,000-square-foot building and over the next several decades expanded its site to more than 10,000 square feet. Recently, after more than 43 years of service, they moved into a 30,000-square-foot converted church, less than 200...
California Executive Order Covers Catalytic Converters for LEV1 SULEV Vehicles; Brand’s Exclusive CARB Converter Coverage Grows to 451 Applications
Monroe, Mich., October 27, 2017 – Tenneco’s Walker® Emissions Control brand has received the first California Air Resources Board (CARB) executive order authorizing the production and sale of replacement catalytic converters for 125 popular light truck and SUV models certified to the U.S. LEV1...
The raceway sustained a few grass fires and damage, and it escaped without harm to structures and facilities.
Sonoma, Calif.—Sonoma Raceway opened its doors and 50 acres of campground to Northern California fire evacuees in October as flames licked the outer edges of the facility. “At its peak, we probably had 75 RVs and tent campers in our parking lot and a few folks who went through our temporary...
Sacramento, Calif.—Four leading senators recently called for significantly increased state funding to reduce emissions from trucks and buses. The legislators said such funding is needed to improve air quality and help reduce toxic emissions along freight corridors and near ports and schools....
Sacramento, Calif.—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...
“The RPM Act simply makes clear that converting a motor vehicle into a dedicated race vehicle does not violate the law,” said Steve Page, of Sonoma Raceway.
ASCCA Chapter 25-Fresno will present its 2017 Automotive Trade Show, Thursday, Nov. 30, 5-10 p.m., at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 808 4th St., Clovis. Repair shop owners can network and view latest products and services of local suppliers and vendors. The event will feature more than 35...
Owner JR Montelongo at Mathews-Carlsen Body Works was hired as a detailer at the shop in 1978 and has co-owned the shop since 2003.
Palo Alto, Calif.—By building mutually beneficial relationships with its insurance partners and local luxury car dealerships while pursuing training and select vehicle certifications, Mathews-Carlsen Body Works is thriving in the middle of Silicon Valley. In continuous operation since 1955, the 10,...

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