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Perry and Roxie Hause, with their pet Harlee, owners of Weddle Auto Body, are proud of the shop’s 25-year partnership with AAA, its only DRP.
Whittier, Calif.—For more than 50 years, Weddle Auto Body has been one of the most recommended shops for quality collision repair and restoration in Whittier and surrounding cities, said Perry Hause, who purchased the shop from founder Brittin Weddle in 1998. “My wife Roxie and I have owned the...
The 2019 MPMC Media Trade Conference featured 100 leading manufacturers of motorsports parts and accessories.
Santa Ana, Calif.—The 2019 Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference in January at the Embassy Suites, in Santa Ana, Calif., was an unqualified success, according to those in attendance. The conference featured prescheduled 30-minute private meetings between editorial...
Editor’s note: John Eppstein is the new ASCCA president for 2019, replacing 2018’s president, Rocky Khamenian. Parts & People asked Eppstein to share his vision and goals for the association moving forward. He is the owner of John’s Automotive Care in San Diego. . . . . . . . . . . . . As a...
In response to the heavy-handed changes to California Assembly Bill 1824, and in defense of their loyal enthusiast consumer-base, several top brands in the performance automotive aftermarket have banded together. An amendment to California Assembly Bill 1824 was proposed in June of 2018 by then-...
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...

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