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Sacramento, Calif.—The Automotive Services Council of California (ASCCA) played a role in defeating Assembly Bill 1174 (Bonilla), which would have required the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) to post on its website all complaints against an automotive repair dealer without any due process. The...
POWAY, Calif., Oct. 5, 2016 – Shane Portnoff of Aliso Viejo Auto Service in Aliso Viejo, California is the winner of the Mitchell 1 “Fabulous Las Vegas Sweepstakes.” He will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to attend this year’s Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) events, including...
Industry, Calif. (October 4, 2016) – Centric Parts -- North America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake and chassis components -- has once again been honored by National Pronto Association, this year with the 2016 Pronto Partnership Award. The award was presented by Pronto VP...
From left, CCC’s Mark Fincher and Jon Novak, BAR’s Rick McLarty and Jaime Ramos, and CAA’s Jack Molodanof made up the panel at the BAR “Opt-OE” discussion at NACE/CARS.
Anaheim, Calif.—At a panel presentation at the recent NACE/CARS Expo and Conference in Anaheim, Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) officials told California collision repairers that they can no longer rely solely on “Opt-OE” tags when it comes to crash parts. Those descriptions will no longer...
From left, the Platinum Collision Centers office staff Tom Gregg, owner; Chelsea Seja and Destanie Vanderwalker, administrative assistants; Brandon Chirrick, parts manager; and Steve Toler, I-CAR Platinum estimator, have customized a portion of operations for Inland Empire’s truck population.
Corona, Calif.—Tom Gregg, owner of Platinum Collision Centers, said his 17 years of experience working for other industry-related companies was put to good use when designing his own state-of-the-art, 16,088-square-foot shop in the Corona Autoplex, which opened in August 2015. “I worked at a well-...
Tom Bennett says Continental and Michelin are his best selling tires.
Long Beach, Calif.—From losing $1 million in annual sales during the economic downturn to opening a second location in October, Tom’s Tire Pro’s story is a tale of survival of the fittest. “The recession was a particularly tough time,” owner Tom Bennett said, adding that the Long Beach shop used to...
AMi honors 23 graduates of the 2016 AAM program.
The Automotive Management Institute (AMi) recently held its annual graduation ceremony at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim, honoring 23 graduates of the 22nd class of Accredited Automotive Managers (AAMs) who earned the Institute’s AAM designation by successfully completing AMi courses and...
North Hollywood Auto Repair owner Jack Scrafield (l.) and Service Advisor Dan Brown believe helping a customer understand a problem is as important as the solution.
North Hollywood, Calif.—Having been in business for nearly 80 years, North Hollywood Auto Repair is clearly doing something right. Current owner Jack Scrafield hasn’t been around quite that long. He’s only owned the place since 2002. Yet that’s plenty of time to establish one’s own mark, successful...
The front office staff at Ray-A-Motive, from l., Owners Ray and Dawn Dunton, their son and service advisor, Kevin Dunton, and Tony Reid, shop manager, are proud of the purpose-built facility.
Bellflower, Calif.—When Ray and Dawn Dunton, owners of Ray-A-Motive, opened their shop, in 1986, they never dreamed their business would eventually occupy a modern, purpose-built 12,600-square-foot facility with a 10,000-square-foot shop and 22 bays on busy Artesia Boulevard that rivals many...
Tony Edwards is now strategic account executive, retail sales at Centric Parts.
Centric Parts, in Industry, manufacturer and supplier of OE and aftermarket brake and chassis components, has hired Tony Edwards to fill the newly created position of strategic account executive, retail sales. Edwards will lead Centric’s retail commercial support center in Memphis, Tenn., reporting...

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