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ASE-certified Master Technician John Bradley enters data on the tablet version of the Repair Shop Solutions digital inspection system now in use at Tom’s Automotive Repair in Seattle.
While digital inspections have been widely used by the collision repair industry for some time, the mechanical segment has adopted the process more recently. From perspectives obtained from repair shops in the region, it appears that the systems being used are efficient and well liked by customers...
Dec. 1 * Toys for Joy Santa Cruise, Stayton Fire Station, Stayton, Ore. Visit www.stros.biz. Dec. 2 * 17th annual Jingle Bell Cruz/Toys 4 Tots Drive, Triple X Drive-In, Issaquah, Wash. Call 425-766-3514. Dec. 8 * Angels on Wheels Toy Run, hosted by the Portland Roadster Show, start at Portland...
Nov. 3 * LeMay Annual Benefit Dinner & Dance, Marymount Event Center, Tacoma. Visit www.lemaymarymount.org. Nov. 3-4 * Bremerton Auto Swap Meet, Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Bremerton, Wash. Visit www.ovac.us. Nov. 8-11 * Seattle International Auto Show, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle....
The Subaru Rally Team USA of Patrik Sandell and Per Almquist won by 24 seconds after two days of competition.
People & Places          compiled by Jerold B. Smith   Wesco Group has announced that Color Compass Corporation has joined the Wesco family of companies. Color Compass, a PBE distributor in Western Canada, which includes the businesses of White & Peters, Chase, Rocky Mountain, Carlson and...
Nick Staub, on the mezzanine level of Romaine Electric warehouse where new products are stored, says China tariffs could pose “serious problems” in the near future.
Kent, Wash.—Nick Staub has been in the electrical remanufacturing market for 36 years, and as president and CEO of Romaine Electric he said he has witnessed major changes in the electrical products industry over the years. With 12 locations in five states, Romaine is one of a handful of medium to...
Richie del Puerto instructs Automotive Technology at Sno-Isle TECH and serves as a liaison with other instructors and industry partners.
Everett, Wash.—An informal group of veteran automotive instructors is using their experience and insights to drive important educational issues home to today’s trainers. For the past 17 years, Richie del Puerto has been the automotive instructor at Sno-Isle TECH, a fixture in South Everett for...
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-...

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