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From left: Erick Estrada, co-owner, Veronica Someza, parts locator, and Erick’s father and co-owner, Federico “Fast Freddie” Estrada, focus on body and paint services and outsources other repairs.
Ontario, Calif.—Not every body shop has the same business model. Most want to do everything in-house, but some want to focus on what they do best and develop a network of professionals for the rest of the work. “When my dad, Federico Estrada, who they call ‘Fast Freddie’ because he paints so fast,...
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 ;...
Alexandria, VA (November 27, 2018) – The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) today announced that Newport Beach, California, auto dealer Dave Conant will be honored with the association's 2019 David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award during its 49th Annual Meeting and...
From left: The front office team includes Vic Barseghyan, estimator, Genavieve Garza, office manager, and Kevin Martirosyan, CEO.
Eagle Rock, Calif.—Rick’s Auto Body & Paint, owned by four Martirosyan brothers, Peter, Arman, Vahan, and Kevin, opened its first location in Silver Lake in 1998 and moved to a new, larger location in 2001. The second shop opened in Hollywood in 2012. In April of this year, Rick’s purchased its...
From left: The counter professionals at Engine Components & Machine (ECM), including Jose “Chilli” Behena, parts manager, Don Boydstun, owner, Enrique Mendoza, engine builder, and Ed Flint, shop manager, all have more than 20 years of experience in engine parts and rebuilding.
Santa Ana, Calif.—Don Boydstun, owner of Engine Components & Machine (ECM), said cutting out the middleman by being a factory warehouse for major engine component companies is a key factor in helping the shop achieve 25-percent growth over last year. Helping that expansion is ECM’s 10,000-...
Pacific Best Inc. (PBI) and Pacific Auto Company (PAC) have moved to a new 110,000-square-foot headquarters in Azusa.
Pacific Best Inc. (PBI), parent company of Pacific Auto Company (PAC), has moved into a new 110,000-square-foot headquarters in Azusa with eight loading docks and three times the space of its previous California DC. “The larger space has two operational benefits: consolidation of existing inventory...
From left: Brad McCombs, Cuyamaca College automotive technology instructor and department chair, Rocky Khamenian, 2018 ASCCA state president, and Larry McLemore, Cuyamaca College career education dean.
El Cajon, Calif.—Most repair shop owners are familiar with programs such as the Ford ASSET, GM ASEP, Chrysler Mopar CAP, and Toyota T-Ten, offered at most community colleges in California. The only problem with those programs is that the curriculums were created by the OEMs and designed to channel...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California green vehicle market continues to experience growth throughout the state, especially with increasing electric vehicles sales, which now make up 3.1 percent of total new vehicle sales year to date, an increase from 2.4 percent this time last year. However, according...
Special speaker Fred Gruner of NVIDIA and ASCCA Connected Car Committee member (far right), answers a question from the audience during the Q&A session.
El Cajon, Calif.— Imagine 15 years from now, when 80-90 percent of vehicles sold will have some sort of autonomous system that will be highly integrated, and systems will be complicated and difficult to debug problems. “People will want experts who specialize in self-driving systems,” said Fred...
Robert Queneau (left) of Morrison Tire and Don Lim of Ward Service in Monrovia are finalist for the 2018 Technician of the year award.
ASE-certified technicians Robert Queneau, of Morrison Tire, in Garden Grove, and Don Lim, of Ward Service, in Monrovia, are among 13 finalists for the Auto Value and Bumper To Bumper Technician of the Year for 2018. Two Technicians of the Year will be honored at the 2018 Auto Value and Bumper To...

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