Southern California

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...
California’s State Assembly and Senate passed bipartisan legislation to reauthorize California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program.
Bipartisan legislation has been passed by California’s State Assembly and Senate to reauthorize California’s Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) program. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign it into law. California’s OHMVR program was established in 1971, and has been a national model...
 2017ProntoSOTYIndustry, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2017) – Centric Parts, North America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake and chassis components, has once again been named Supplier of the Year by National Pronto Association. The award was presented on Sept. 13 at the National Pronto...
Sacramento – Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) targeted 35 locations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties in an effort to combat unlicensed vehicle dismantlers. During a two-day enforcement operation on September 6 and 7, DMV investigators cited 14...
Robert T. Bouttier has retired as CEO of the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Robert T. Bouttier, CEO of the Automobile Club of Southern California, in Los Angeles, retired Aug. 1, after serving more than 45 years with the organization and five years as CEO. John Boyle, who has been with the club for 28 years and served as Auto Club president and COO, succeeds, as part of a...
Sacramento, Calif.—On July 18 and 19, California Air Resources Board (CARB) held workshops to discuss clarifying CARB’s definition of racing vehicle. California’s law currently defines racing vehicles as a ‘competition vehicle not used on public highways’ (Health & Safety Code § 39048). CARB...
The office staff including (from left), Gabby Quezada, customer service rep; Danny Reyes, front estimator, Sandy Panduro, co-owner; and Daniel Panduro, president of operations and co-owner; are proud of the shop’s five star rating earned over nearly 30 years.
Sun Valley, Calif.—Sun Valley is one of the most densely populated cities in the San Fernando Valley, with more than 100,000 people. It is also home to some of SoCal’s most fervent car enthusiasts, collectors, and car modifiers, Danny Panduro, president of operations and co-owner, said. “Whenever...
Noe Roman Jr. (left), and his father, Noe Roman Sr., have witnessed increased sales by establishing an e-commerce presence and websites to promote aftermarket product sales.
Huntington Beach, Calif.—Light-duty trucks account for 55 percent of overall U.S. light vehicle sales. And, diesels in light-duty truck, SUV, crossover, and MPV market represent 3 percent of that figure. That’s why Noe Roman, president and founder of Orange County Diesel (OCD), decided to open his...
The Board of Directors of Automotive Parts Associates, Inc. will welcome their newest Member, AAA Undercar Parts, effective September 1. Established in 1989, AAA Undercar Parts has two locations in California.  Their Santa Monica location specializes in German vehicles and they have a retail...
SACRAMENTO, CA – 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...

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