Southern California

SANTA ANA, CA. – (Feb. 19, 2019) – Yokohama Tire has been named the presenting sponsor of FuelFest, an automotive festival to be held at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. FuelFest, hosted by co-founder Cody Walker and Fast and Furious star, Tyrese Gibson, will be held in memory of actor Paul...
From left: Fitzgeralds front end staff Jim Hughes, service advisor, Dan LaRose, owner, and Patrick Faubion, service manager, make customer service priority one.
Costa Mesa, Calif.—When Dan LaRose purchased Fitzgeralds Auto Care Center in 2000 from Don and Carmen Fitzgerald, who founded the shop in 1963 in a gas station up the road before moving to the present 5,500-square-foot location a few years later, they were ready to retire. “Business for them had...
The 2018 Sherwin-Williams calendar features a 2018 Ford Mustang (May) and a 2018 Ford F-150 pickup (November) both painted by Erick Gonzalez.
Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has released its 2019 shop calendar, showcasing a full year of vehicle designs. “The talent of Sherwin-Williams customers really came through in the submissions for this year’s calendar,” said Rob Mowson, marketing vice president for Sherwin-Williams. “This...
Hai Cao (left), owner of Diamond Hills Collision Center, and Henry Oviedo (center), director of operations, with Anita Hernandez, customer service rep, are committed to providing customers with OEM-quality repair work.
Orange, Calif.— Hai Cao, who began his career at Seidner’s Collision as an estimator and became a general manager, drew on that experience before opening Diamond Hills Collision Center in upscale Diamond Bar in 2011. And, he already had a long-range growth plan in mind. “I wanted to position the...
Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may require internet retailers to collect sales taxes even when they have no physical presence in the state. The Court overturned the 1992 “Quill vs. North Dakota” decision, which said that retailers must have a certain level of physical presence...
Hao Nguyen, senior manager of legal affairs for KPA
Sacramento, Calif.—Many shops and dealerships are registered with the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), a division within the California Department of Consumer Affairs, but aren’t sure as to what it is and what it does, such as overseeing and regulating service departments, funded by the...
Diamond Bar, Calif.—Beginning with the new year, a motorist cited for violating the current California exhaust noise law can receive an immediate fine. Previously, motorists received what is known as a “fix-it” ticket, which allowed for 30 days to correct the violation.        The issue California...
In the last days of his term, CAWA Chair of the Board, Jack Gosnell of Next Level Parts, has appointed two industry veterans to the Association’s Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC). When Chair Gosnell announced these appointments he commented: “It’s great to see our members step forward and...
Dave Conant is the 2019 recipient of the David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award.
Newport Beach auto dealer Dave Conant will be honored with the 2019 David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award during the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA)’s 49th Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Jan. 27, in San Francisco. The award is presented each year to an industry...
Rob Wright, of the California BAR, discusses the new Electronic Estimates and Authorization regulations.
Sacramento, Calif.—In what Jack Molodanof, lobbyist for ASCCA, CAA, and CalABC, called “great news,” the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) has adopted regulations allowing the use of modern technological means for work order authorizations for shops and customers to communicate and...

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