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From left are: Ben Wysocki, Federated Insurance; Billy Eordekian, 1-800EveryRim – OEM Wheels; Chris Barry, ITDG sales manager; Brian Rigney, Dill air controls president; Allan Keefe, SEMA WTC manager; and Matt Burroughs, Yokohama.
Attendance grew at the CTDA annual meeting as it boosted membership and networking opportunities. The California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) held its CTDA-Federated New Year Luncheon recently at Geezers Restaurant in Santa Fe Springs, with tire industry leaders from 48 companies and...
From left: A panel discussion, lead by Steve Scaheber, MACS technical editor, talks about replacing factory A/C condensers with more efficient parallel-flow designs.
Anaheim, Calif.—Over 700 attendees took advantage of more than 20 training classes and networking events at the recent 2019 Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Training Event and Trade Show, Feb. 21-23, at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim. It’s theme was “A/Ccess” to mobile A/C technical...
From left: Rudy Romero oversees a front-office staff that includes estimator Mario Ramirez, customer service representative Veronica Guevara and estimator Lisa Collier, who help lead to $400,000 in monthly sales.
Hemet, Calif.—About seven months after becoming director at Gosch Toyota Collision Center, Rudy Romero points to a transition to the Axalta Coating Systems’ Spies Hecker paint line at the company’s three body shops as among the biggest changes he’s made. “That was a major undertaking, not only for...
During the training dealer session,THS CEO Martin Kruszelnicki says the company’s focus is on building shops’ business and teaching technicians how to diagnose and repair HEV/PHEV/EV vehicles.
Torrance, Calif.—According to the 2018 SEMA Future Trends Report, there more than 5 million hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV) on the road in the U.S. Roughly 4 percent of all new vehicles produced. By the end of 2020, that number is expected to reach 8.3 percent of new...
The industry is migrating toward three general platforms: conventional, multi-energy, and skateboard style, which is designed for pure BEV applications.
Napa, Calif.—The OEM need for — and consumer acceptance of — battery-electric vehicles is coming, but the internal combustion engine is not going away anytime soon, according to IHS. “Internal combustion engines (ICE) will remain a good opportunity for repairers in the foreseeable future, despite...
From left: Brian’s Automotive and Pacific Auto Glass owners Laurie and Brian Noppert, and Service manager Rob Neil use their combined skill sets to grow the bottom line of both businesses.
Ontario, Calif.—Brian and Laurie Noppert are off to a fast start this year. Since increasing their shop’s diagnostics capabilities and hiring experienced service manager, Rob Neil, the repair shop is already on target to have a “great 2019” with higher AROs.  “Our car count is on the uptick and our...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California green vehicle market continues to experience increases year over year, especially zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) where sales nearly doubled from 2017 to 2018. Despite ZEVs achieving that all-time high market share, consumers still strongly prefer gasoline powered...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that AZAA Investments Inc., formerly known as AutoAnything Inc., paid $1 million to resolve violations of the California Health and Safety Code and Vehicle Code related to the sale of illegal aftermarket performance auto parts...
San Francisco—RepairPal, a provider of auto repair and maintenance information for consumers, reports that Californians can expect the highest car repair bills, with six of the 10 worst cities for car repair located in the state. RepairPal used internal and government data to determine the best and...
ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Monro, Inc. (Nasdaq: MNRO), a leading provider of automotive undercar repair and tire services, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire California-based Certified Tire & Service Centers, Inc. The acquisition...

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