Regional Coverage

Oct. 1-31 * Fall Car Care Month (Be Car Care Aware campaign), coordinated by the Car Care Council, various sites across the U.S. and in the Northwest. Visit www.carcare.org for information on planning an event. Oct. 3 * Annual Pacific Northwest Lights-on Campaign (in conjunction with Fall Car Care...
St. Joseph, Mo.—In business for 31 years, Collision Repair Specialists has done what it takes to stay on top of the latest trends, processes, and equipment. The largest of the Eaton Group of Companies, it consolidated its two locations — at the north and south ends of town — into a former new-car...
Riverside, Calif.—Tony Solorio, owner of AutoTech since its opening in 1992, said he and his team takes the proactive approach that every customer should be aware of their vehicle’s condition before it leaves the shop. “When a vehicle comes in for any service, we do a free 38-point courtesy safety...
Kansas City, Mo.—It used to be a lot easier checking for bad shocks and struts on a car, Jerry Singer, owner of Singer Automotive, said. “If the car bounced when you pushed the front and rear bumpers, it probably needed work.” As suspensions have improved over the year, Singer’s technique doesn’t...
Placentia, Calif.—Dan Guy, owner of Yorba Linda Auto Service since 2000, said his business has grown considerably in the past two years, thanks to making staff changes, implementing new marketing strategies, and increasing the shop size by 2,500 square feet. “We took over the unit next to our shop...
Springfield, Mo.—In the collision industry, it seems there are three things one can count on: death, taxes, and the rising cost of paint and materials each year. Although insurance companies periodically raise the rates that shops can bill for paint and materials, they lag behind the increased cost...
Los Angeles—Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., and Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, are the featured industry keynote speakers at the 2015 AutoConference LA, formerly the Western Automotive Conference. The half-day conference,...
Falcon, Colo.—Before Tim Linenberger and Keith Merritt became co-owners of Falcon Collision Center in 2007, they worked alongside each other at Daniels Chevrolet in Colorado Springs for 12 years. When a change in ownership caused the closure of the dealership’s collision shop, Linenberger and...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) reported impressive gains in California’s new vehicle market.  Nearly 533,000 new vehicles were registered during the second quarter of 2015 with light truck sales boasting a 19-percent increase over the same time last year.  “...
Oxnard, Calif.—Mark D’Angelo, vice president of D’Angelo’s Paint, said his grandfather, Arthur D’Angelo Sr., founder of the company, began his career as a 3M sales representative. “But his desire was to pursue the American Dream of owning his own business,” he said. “So he purchased Acme Paint...

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Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.