Southern California

Sacramento, Calif.—California’s new motor vehicle market remains strong with more than two million vehicles expected to be sold in California in 2017. During the first quarter, the market grew nearly 1 pecent while sales nationally declined 1.4 percent. “2017 has seen slower growth in California...
From left: Darren Gilbert, of Gilbert Motor Service and president of ASCCA Chapter 5, Dan Hanson Jr., vice president of Hanson Distributing, and Joseph Appler, Chapter 5 administration and membership chairman, welcome attendees to the 2017 Shop Night at Hanson Distributing. (Photo by Dick DeLoach)
ASCCA Foothills Chapter 5 recently held its 15th Shop Night at Hanson’s Distributing, in Azusa, with more than 300 shop owners and families attending and nearly 40 vendors displaying their products. “As much as ASCCA is here for our shop owners, we know how important our associates and suppliers...
Famoso Raceway in McFarland features a 1/4-mile asphalt drag strip.
Southern California racing venues can satisfy any fan’s motorsports desire, be it road racing, drag racing, NASCAR, INDYCAR, Speedway, rally, off-road, or Enduro. Most tracks also put on car shows, special “track days,” and other related activities well into the fall. The following list of SoCal...
From left: Jerry Kubitsky, Jack Molodanof, Stuart Terry, Steve Vanlandingham, Dave Kusa, John Eppstein and Mitch Mendenhall network at the 2017 ASCCA/CalABC/CAA Joint Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Day.
Sacramento Calif.—Every April, the Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA), California Automotive Business Coalition (CALABC) and California Autobody Association (CAA) co-host the Joint Automotive Aftermarket Industry Legislative Day in order to meet with their representatives at the...
From left: The service adviser staff, who include Presley Ridgel, Ralph Garcia, service manager, Rick Pontious, Sarah Hodge, Craig Kemerer, and Victor Morillo, are factory trained to handle Subaru and Mitsubishi customer needs.
San Bernardino, Calif.—Subaru of San Bernardino, originally located on “E” Street, opened decades ago, but it was purchased by new owners in 2011 and moved to larger facilities in the San Bernardino Auto Mall, Ben Christensen, parts director, who started his career in parts and service in 1993,...
From left: McCurdy’s Body Works office staff includes Mike McCurdy, manager and estimater, Co-owners Bill and Gloria McCurdy, Debra Figueroa, customer service rep, and Matt Knetge, estimater, who work hard to ensure that every customer has a positive experience.
Pasadena, Calif.—Quality outweighs cycle time at McCurdy Body Works, which is one reason why it doesn’t seek DRPs.  “We could do more cars but we want to make sure every car is done the right way for the customer,” said Bill McCurdy, co-owner of the business started in 1945 by his father. “It’s...
(L to R) - Rusty Bishop of Federated; Jason Pugh, Eric Schwartz, Jeff Beiser of Parts Authority; Young Suhr, Charles Yu of APW Knox-Seeman; Bill Maggs of Pronto
Grapevine, Texas and Staunton, Va. – May 31, 2017 – APW Knox-Seeman Warehouse of Carson, California and Parts Authority of Rockville Centre, New York were recently honored by the Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group) for excellence in vendor support. Parts Authority and APW Knox-Seeman...
New 2017 APA board members include (from left), Jim Holmquist, Jeff Levine, Rob Jacobs, Ben Yelowitz, David Siskind and Eric Penne from Recochem, Joseph Koudsi, Mike Maloof, and Randall Swedlove.
Automotive Parts Associates (APA) has elected its 2017 board of directors including Jim Holmquist, owner of H&H Wholesale Parts, in Pacoima, as secretary. Randall Swedlove, of Morris Automotive Supply, in Fontana, was re-elected to a three-year term. “Our Board has been very supportive of our...
Sacramento, Calif.—The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) has announced its recent corporate sponsorship with O’Reilly Auto Parts. “O’Reilly Auto Parts is a household name, both for us in the automotive service industry and for anyone who has ever needed fixes for their vehicles,”...
Mike Johnson (left), owner of Antelope Valley Ford Lincoln, presents Jim Novoa with the 2016 e2 award for outstanding retail and service parts growth. (Photo by Tom Powell)
Lancaster, Calif.—Jim Novoa, parts manager at Antelope Valley Ford Lincoln, has won Ford’s highest honor, the 2016 Employee Excellence (e2) award for outstanding retail and service parts growth; he also won the e2 Customer Viewpoint award in 2012 for customer satisfaction. “This is the only program...

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