Regional Coverage

The office staff at H&H Wholesale Parts from l., Dave Borkowski, Eddie Van Daniker, President, Jim Holmquist, Bertha Ross, and Davy Moody, say customer service is a cornerstone of the company’s philosophy.
Arleta, Calif.—H&H Wholesale Parts is a family owned wholesale parts business founded by Jerry and Saralyn Holmquist in 1986. Jerry’s son, Jim Holmquist, who joined H&H fulltime in 1990 delivering parts and working in the warehouse, is now president. “The company has grown from my mom in...
Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader for IHS Automotive, expects import cars on the road to increase 20% by 2020.
An exploration of the top business challenges of 2016 took place via a Jan. 14 teleforum hosted jointly by SalesWise Academy and the Auto Care Association. The event brought to listeners the combined experience and knowledge of industry veterans Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader for IHS...
Service Manager Chuck Rappuhn and Service Advisor Chelsea Gill work the customer service counter at High-Tech Automotive with Owner Gary Hymer.
Wenatchee, Wash.—Though High-Tech Automotive is not on a main arterial, the busy shop continues to grow, mainly because it is the only independent AAA-Approved Auto Repair facility in the area, said Owner Gary Hymer. “We’ve been part of AAA since 2010 and it’s a huge value. It definitely brings us...
Donny Seyfer (l.), national chairman of ASA, addressed the ASA-NW affiliate at its winter retreat. He was introduced by Ed Cushman, co-owner of C&H Foreign Auto in Spokane, who serves on the national ASA board of directors.
Leavenworth, Wash.—The Winter Retreat & Management Conference of the Automotive Service Association Northwest (ASA-NW) was Jan. 28-30 in this wintry alpine village. The event drew some 130 attendees from the region to enjoy outdoor activities, business meetings, roundtable discussions, and an...
Cuda Parts Washers will be on display at ATE 2016.
SeaTac, Wash.-The March 18-20 Automotive Training Expo (ATE), hailed as the West Coast’s largest such event, will provide some 60 management and technical training courses over three days, plus I-CAR classes for the collision segment of the trade. Held at the Doubletree Hotel near Seattle-Tacoma...
Green Park Co-Owner Kevin Hughes purchased the business along with Bob Haag in 2011 after running it for his late Uncle Robert Jackson.
Green Park, Mo.—If you’re wondering as you drive by Green Park Automotive in South St. Louis County if you really did see a gas attendant pumping the customer’s gas, washing their windows or checking tire pressure, no need to drive back for a second look. The answer is yes, you did. Full-service...
Members of the Northwest Automotive Trades Association provide input to World of Speed staffers about the importance of educating youth on the viability of the automotive industry.
IDAHO      NAPA Auto Tech will stage two “Air Conditioning Diagnostics & Procedures” classes in April with the first on April 12 at Lewis & Clark College Automotive Technology facility in Lewiston (contact Reuben Briethaupt at 208-553-8520), and the second on April 25 at the College of...
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation...
Corinna Rowland purchased Dale’s Auto Body a year ago and said she has been thrilled with the response from the community.
Stayton, Ore.—Dale’s Auto Body is likely one of the only shops in the country that offers not only collision and mechanical repair services, but smoked turkeys at the holidays as well. Shop owner Corinna Rowland laughs as she describes the tradition that began before she bought the business last...
DENVER, February 2, 2016--Colorado new car and light truck registrations finished 2015 in positive territory with an increase of 8 percent which is higher than the 5.7 percent increase in U.S. sales. Meanwhile, new car and light truck registrations in the state declined 9.9 percent in December...

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