Regional Coverage

From left: Office Manager Allison Molinas, Owner J.R. Hubbard and Co-Manager Anthony Molinas are always seeking out a better way to fix a car at Selecta Auto Body.
San Francisco—By prioritizing OE training, quality work, being a green facility and a responsible employer, Selecta Auto Body in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco is succeeding in a tight market, according to its owner J.R. Hubbard. With 15 employees and repairing 100-120 vehicles...
The second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf debuted at the Seattle International Auto Show. Nissan said electric car offers the fastest charging rate of any EV on the market. (Photo by Jerold B. Smith)
OREGON          The Portland International Auto Show is set for Jan. 25-28, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. In addition to hundreds of new cars on display, the event features a Portland Trail Blazers Kids Camp, a Tech Zone to see what’s new in vehicle technology, ride n’ drives of more...
Troy Lindquist says developing his own technicians in-house is allowing his company to grow without struggling to find employees.
Redmond, Ore.—Troy Lindquist didn’t want to be yet another collision repair shop owner bemoaning the difficultly of finding qualified technicians. So he built a system within his shop to develop the technicians he needs. “I’m not saying it’s perfected,” Lindquist, who owns Premier Auto Body, said...
McKay NAPA Auto Parts will present a $64,026.04 to Make-A-Wish volunteers in early December.
The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation announced a $30 million donation to The Nature Conservancy. The five-year donation, called the “Routes & Roots: Enterprise Healthy Rivers Project,” helps support The Nature Conservancy’s long-term water resource management initiatives and is expected to...
Tony Martins, owner of Rallye Coach Works in Englewood, Colo., successfully operates without DRP relationships. In doing so, he says he’s able to place more emphasis on accurate repairs.
Englewood, Colo.—Without constraints or concessions frequently associated with DRP participation, Tony Martins and his team at Rallye Coach Works, an I-CAR Gold facility, say they are free to focus on their customers’ interests, not insurers. To produce quality repairs, Martins said they use OEM...
Tim Chaney is now vice president of marketing at Toyo Tire U.S.A.
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp., in Cypress, announced that Tim Chaney has joined the company as vice president of marketing. He reports to Roy Bromfield, president and COO of Toyo Tires, and is responsible for leading all Toyo Tires marketing efforts in the U.S., including go-to market strategy, brand...
Guest speaker at Saturday’s luncheon, Rocky Khamenian, ASCCA state vice president, talked about how ASCCA and educators can work together to help our industry train new technicians.
Pasadena, Calif.—The California Automotive Teachers (CAT) association held its two-day 2017 fall conference at Pasadena City College with a focus on NATEF instructor training and new technologies. The conference had 32 exhibitors and presenters and 140 attendees. “The 2017 fall conference was a...
Barry Barrett from RLO Training instructs a class at ATE 2017.
SeaTac, Wash.—The 2018 Automotive Training Expo (ATE) returns to the DoubleTree Hotel across from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for three days of intensive management and technical training classes. “It appears that 2018 will again provide our attendees the absolute finest training available...
Center, from left: Alan Batey, president, GM North America; Judy Curran, director, planning & strategy-vehicle components and systems, Ford Motor Co.; and Pietro Gorlier, head of parts and service, MOPAR, FCA, accepted the awards for their companies.
Las Vegas—The top-trending vehicle models in five categories were announced at the 2017 SEMA Show. Selected by SEMA Show exhibitors, the winners of the 2017 SEMA Awards are Chevrolet Camaro as the Hottest Coupe, Cadillac CTS-V as the Hottest Sedan, Ford Focus as the Hottest Hatch, Jeep Wrangler as...
The parts and service management team at Larry H. Miller Lakewood Ford oversees its new off-site 21-bay shop that opened in October. Pictured, from left, are Service Manager Shawn Casement, Parts Manager Steve Albertson, and Service Director Richard Minges.
Lakewood, Colo.—Even with around-the-clock service hours, Larry H. Miller (LHM) Lakewood Ford was experiencing a backlog in its 31-bay service department. To solve that problem and offer quicker service, LHM officials opened a second 21-bay off-site service facility in early October. LHM Lakewood...

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