Regional Coverage

SEMA Truck of the Year: Ford F-Series (Photos by Jay Sicht)
Las Vegas—The top trending vehicle models in five categories were announced at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Selected by manufacturing exhibitors, the SEMA Vehicle of the Year award winners are: • SEMA Car of the Year: Ford Mustang • SEMA Truck of the Year: Ford F-Series • SEMA 4x4/SUV of the...
From left: Service Writer Ally Clark, Technicians Trevor Parque and Gary Melton and Owner Don Tupper at Tri-Valley Auto Repair use autotext.me and Kukui to boost repairs throughout their shop.
Dublin, Calif. — Don Tupper, the owner of Tri-Valley Auto Repair, isn’t located in Silicon Valley, but many of his customers work there and that’s why he said he is constantly looking for new technology to do a better job. “I’m not afraid to try something and if doesn’t fit, I’m also not reluctant...
The team at Don’s Auto Body is a tight knit group. Each member of the staff, along with Co-owners Dave and Adam Tritz, helps maintain the success the shop’s had for almost 50 years.
St. Charles, Mo.—Driving through the historic district of St. Charles, especially during the holiday season, is like traveling back in time. The cobblestone streets and brick buildings are reminiscent of a simpler time before technology became a driving cultural and industrial force. Dave and Adam...
Bill Hanvey (left), president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, delivered the opening statements alongside Bill Long, president and COO of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). The ceremony included a breakfast and featured keynote speakers John King and Karl Rove. (Photos by Shane Rohleder)
Las Vegas—CNN’s John King and political strategist Karl Rove gave their views on how tariffs could impact the automotive aftermarket industry during the grand opening keynote breakfast at AAPEX 2018 in Las Vegas. King said the great unknown is what will happen post-elections, such as Special...
From left are Service Advisors Jeff Bornefeld and Larry Schlichting, Owner Ron Tinner, and Technicians Doug Orf and Doug Ziegler. Sparks Tire and Auto embraces new technology and equipment as a NAPA AutoCare Center and AAA approved repair facility.
St. Charles, Mo.—Since taking over ownership of the shop he had worked at as a tech for 15 years, Ron Tinner has always been an early adopter of new technology and products. “If it makes life easier for my techs and our customers, then why not embrace it,” said Tinner, who has owned Sparks Tire...
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...
From left: Dan Hanson Jr., CAWA 2019 Chair of Board, Michael Rukov, secretary, and Jack Gosnell, immediate past chair, are sworn in as officers.
Las Vegas—At the CAWA 2018 annual dinner meeting, held in conjunction with Industry Week in Las Vegas, Dan Hanson Jr. of Hanson Distributing Company was installed as the association’s 2019 Chair of the Board. Other officers installed included: Vice – Chair Tom Seboldt of O’Reilly Auto Parts ;...
Diamond Bar, Calif.—Does the generation that grew up with cell phones and connects with friends and celebrities from all over the world still have the need and desire to drive cars? What percentage of youth would rather give up their phone over their car? Those questions and more are answered in...
Germantown, Tenn.—The Automotive Distribution Network recently partnered with Safety-Kleen to launch a new environmental-waste green initiative designed to helps its members and their customers manage, collect, recycle and responsibly dispose of automotive-waste byproducts, from used oil and oil...
Bethesda, Md.—Based on a petition jointly filed by the Auto Care Association and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. Copyright Office eliminated a limitation in October that only permitted car owners to circumvent vehicle software under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)....

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