Northwest

Dave Jacobus says there are challenges with being a smaller shop, but “you can have a mini-mart and be profitable.”
Vancouver, Wash.—Dave Jacobus says there are times he seriously considers building a 10,000- or 15,000-square-foot shop for Jacobus CARSTAR, but he isn’t sure whether he could find the technicians to staff it or if he wants to take on the added challenges. He thinks many in the industry are too...
Suzanne and Keith Lewis have 20 towing-related pieces of equipment at Pro-Tow, including this Class C tow truck.
Auburn, Wash.—Keith Lewis, AAM, and wife, Suzanne, have created a prosperous business in their 25 years in the automotive repair and towing realm. The pair met while attending Central Washington University (business and accounting degrees respectively) and opened their first shop, Motorplex, in...
ASA Northwest members and families got up close seating for the 9th annual Family Fun Night at a Tacoma Rainiers baseball game.
IDAHO The NAPA Auto Parts Halloween Classic XXV takes place at Firebird Raceway in Boise over five days in October. Set for Oct. 10-14, the classic is the largest racing event of the season with 500 racers vying for $40,000 in cash and merchandise prizes. Featured are The Club Challenge Runoffs,...
From left: Customer service staff at Preedy’s Tire & Automotive includes longtime service advisor and manager Mel Fries, Service Advisor Deidre Steppe, Owner Kelly Wright, and Service Advisor Luke Ensor.
Spokane, Wash.—Preedy’s Tire & Automotive has been around for 55 years in the Inland Northwest, said Kelly Wright, AAM, co-owner with his wife, Carolyn, AAM. And the 9,000-square-foot shop has made its mark in downtown Spokane by serving thousands of customers with tire, alignment, and full-...
Chris Wilson says his goal to go from a $600,000-per-month shop up to $800,000 or possibly $1 million.
Tacoma, Wash.—Like many auto body repair shops, Titus-Will Collision Center has been taking a mixed approach in terms of vehicle scanning and advanced vehicle system calibrations, with some of the work handled in-house and some sublet to the company’s nearby Ford and Toyota dealerships. Manager...
Oct. 1-31 * Fall Car Care Month (Be Car Care Aware campaign), nationwide consumer awareness events for motorists. For CCM  information, plus event promotion resources, visit www.carcare.org. Oct. 6 * Lights-on Campaign (in conjunction with Fall Car Care Month), sponsored by ASA Northwest, various...
CHARLOTTE (September 6, 2018) – CARSTAR, North America’s largest multi-store network of independently owned collision repair facilities, announced the opening of CARSTAR Yelm in Yelm, Washington. Matt Earsley, owner of CARSTAR Yelm, started his career at a repair center in Olympia as a facility...
Nathan Griffin works the front counter at Yakima Automotive, a shop he purchased just under two years ago.
Yakima, Wash.—When Nathan Griffin joined the staff at Yakima Automotive as general manager five years ago, he said he became part of a dynasty that Robert Allgaier began in 1979 when the full-service repair shop was opened. “Bob created a remarkable atmosphere for honesty and customer service, and...
Northwest instructors at the ASE Education Foundation instructors conference in Texas included (from left standing) Richie del Puerto, Everett, Wash; Mark Magill, Rathdrum, Idaho; Bill Rustemeyer, Spokane, Wash; Chris von Ravensberg, Seattle, Wash; and ASE’s Walt Commans, Anaheim, Calif.
Frisco, Texas—Several instructors at high school and college-level automotive training program in the Northwest were in attendance at the ASE Education Foundation’s 5th annual Training Conference for Automotive Instructors held July 23-26, near Dallas. “Our goal is to provide the best mix of...
Vintage racers compete in 2017 SOVREN Fall Finale at Kent's Pacific Raceways.
IDAHO      Commercial Tire, founded in Boise, is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a family-owned business. Founder and CEO Bob Schwenkfelder started the business in 1968 and his son, Trent, heads the company operation today. From one location in Boise, the company has grown to 45 stores in Idaho...

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