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Larry Monroe, Management Success Professional Services veteran, says a key aspect for building stability and savings in a business is a team. (Photos by Dick DeLoach)
Pomona, Calif.—The Management Success fall convention, held Sept. 22-24, at the Pomona Fairplex Convention Center, attracted more than 300 independent repair shop owners from the U.S and Canada. The event kicked off on Friday morning with a welcoming speech by Robert Spitz, Management Success...
Kye Yeung, hands-on owner of European Motor Car Works (left), and lead painter Mauricio Monge, use color chips, which Yeung painted to color match every vehicle before painting.
Costa Mesa, Calif.—Kye Yeung, owner of European Motor Car Works, has owned four collision shops in the four decades he’s been in the business, beginning in Hong Kong, where he was born and coming to California in 1960. “In January 2003, we opened our third European Motor Car Works location in Santa...
John C. Frala, EV and fuel cell technology instructor, addresses students on the basics of EV battery testing and fuel cell technology.
Whittier, Calif.—Rio Hondo Community College has received many local and national honors for its alternative fuels and advanced transportation associate of science (AS) program in the past 25 years. In 2016, the department also began offering an Associate of Science (AS) degree program in electric...
Robert Keirstead and his wife and business partner, Jackelin Orozco, say they have spent $30,000 per year over the past three years to keep his shop up to date with tooling and equipment.
Los Angeles, Calif.—Robert Keirstead of 26th Street Auto Center foresees big changes ahead for the automobile service industry. “Young people don’t want to drive anymore,” he said. “They want to use ride services like Uber and Lyft. And the experts are saying every manufacturer is going to have...
California Executive Order Covers Catalytic Converters for LEV1 SULEV Vehicles; Brand’s Exclusive CARB Converter Coverage Grows to 451 Applications
Monroe, Mich., October 27, 2017 – Tenneco’s Walker® Emissions Control brand has received the first California Air Resources Board (CARB) executive order authorizing the production and sale of replacement catalytic converters for 125 popular light truck and SUV models certified to the U.S. LEV1...
The partnership kicks off with “The History of the Radiator” exhibit, which opened October 1, 2017
Los Angeles, CA. (October 3, 2017) – Prestone Products Corporation, the leader in underhood chemicals, and the Petersen Automotive Museum announced today a partnership that elevates the 90-year-old Prestone brand as an American and automotive cultural icon. One of the world’s greatest automotive...
Sacramento, Calif.—California’s new motor vehicle sales are projected to remain stable through the year, with more than two million units expected to be sold in 2017. While the nation experiences an overall decline in sales, California continues to stay above the national decline, selling more than...
Chris Fairless is now regional sales manager for Bestop and will be based in Southern California.
CAWA has announced a partnership with BAR regarding a consumer education focus on the motoring public’s warranty rights. CAWA, along with its national partners, the Auto Care Association and the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), introduced a bill this session in California, to require new...
From left: The Auto Worx crew, which includes Dennis Smith, owner, Theresa Hall, office manager, and Donnie Watson, ASE Master tech, say business has grown about 20 percent in the past two years, thanks in part to adding air ride suspension systems.
Fontana, Calif.—To say Dennis Smith, owner of Auto Worx, is “old school” would be an understatement. He has been doing precision alignment, brakes, and suspension work for more than 40 years, starting with his initial training at Bear Frame, in Glendora, in 1971. “Back then, technician...
Tin Ha (right), owner of SoCal Collision Center, and John Phan, operations manager, are constantly learning new ways to improve turnaround time and the quality of work.
Pomona, Calif.—Tin Ha originally opened shop as SoCal Collision Parts & Repair in December 2010, as a parts business selling aftermarket collision replacement parts. But within a short time he had many customers asking if he also did repair and installation, as well as body and paint. “I...

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