Northern California People & Places - February 2018


Automotive aftermarket businesses that have been impacted by the fires in California might be assisted by Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF). See the application for assistance at If requirements are met, AACF can send immediate financial assistance through its natural disaster program. AACF can also be reached at 772-286-5500.

Kniesel’s Collision will mark its 50th year in business in 2018. Established in 1968, Kniesel’s Collision has grown from a two-car establishment in the heart of Citrus Heights to a six-location enterprise spanning three Northern California counties. Operations now includes locations in Rocklin (2003), Natomas (2008), Shingle Springs (2012), Downtown Sacramento (2012), and, most recently, Sacramento – X Street (2015).

Legislation introduced in the California Assembly would require a transition to fully electric vehicles in the state by the year 2040. AB 1745, put forth by Assembly-member Phil Ting, would prohibit the Department of Motor Vehicles from accepting registration for new vehicles unless they meet the state’s “Zero Emission Vehicle” standard. An exemption has been made for vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds and certain vehicles brought in from out of state. However, the current bill does not allow for any other exemptions for collector or hobbyist vehicles. The bill has not yet been assigned to a committee for debate and discussion.

The CAWA Winter Educational Forum will be Feb. 15-16, at the Meritage Resort & Spa Napa. It is a two-day event for the board of directors, Manufacturers Advisory Council, members and friends. Industry experts provide insight and critical thinking on topics that affect the automotive parts industry. For more information, contact Janet Waldie, or 916-284-5094.

Highline Aftermarket has announced that they have entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Levin’s Auto Supply, headquartered in Sacramento. Levin’s is a supplier of automotive aftermarket products to retailers and automotive parts stores, serving customers along the West Coast for more than 90 years. “Doug Stanley, former owner and president of Levin’s Auto Supply, said, “I am thrilled that Levin’s is joining Highline. Our success is based on strong partnerships and continuously reinvesting to serve the needs of our customers, suppliers, and employees. Levin’s and Highline share a vision for investing in those relationships and growing together in the future. Levin’s has been in the automotive aftermarket since 1920 and in my family since 1958. I am so proud to have the employees, friends and customers that the company has fostered and am very excited about the opportunities for all of these people in the future.”


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