Southern California

Riverside, Calif.—Tony Solorio, owner of AutoTech since its opening in 1992, said he and his team takes the proactive approach that every customer should be aware of their vehicle’s condition before it leaves the shop. “When a vehicle comes in for any service, we do a free 38-point courtesy safety...
Placentia, Calif.—Dan Guy, owner of Yorba Linda Auto Service since 2000, said his business has grown considerably in the past two years, thanks to making staff changes, implementing new marketing strategies, and increasing the shop size by 2,500 square feet. “We took over the unit next to our shop...
Los Angeles—Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., and Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, are the featured industry keynote speakers at the 2015 AutoConference LA, formerly the Western Automotive Conference. The half-day conference,...
Sacramento, Calif.—The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) reported impressive gains in California’s new vehicle market.  Nearly 533,000 new vehicles were registered during the second quarter of 2015 with light truck sales boasting a 19-percent increase over the same time last year.  “...
Westin Automotive, in San Dimas, has named Bob West president and CEO. West has been with the company for 18 years, and held several key positions, including executive vice president for the past three years. West replaces David Sharp, who has retired after leading the company for 36 years. Elite,...
Oxnard, Calif.—Mark D’Angelo, vice president of D’Angelo’s Paint, said his grandfather, Arthur D’Angelo Sr., founder of the company, began his career as a 3M sales representative. “But his desire was to pursue the American Dream of owning his own business,” he said. “So he purchased Acme Paint...
Murrieta, Calif.—When Lee Amaradio opened his first body shop in Mission Viejo in 1979, he named it Faith Quality Auto Body, an expression of his deeply held religious beliefs, which he credits for much of his success. The Murrieta location opened in 1990 and, after four major remodeling projects,...
Des Moines, Iowa—Since July 1, 2010, ignition interlock devices (IID) have been required for all convicted drunk drivers in a four-county (Tulare, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Alameda) pilot program. “California’s ignition interlock program for people convicted of driving under the influence is one...
Irvine, Calif.—In Patrick Dorais’ view, a lot has been accomplished in his two years as Chief of California’s Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), overseeing licensing, enforcement, administration of the Smog Check Program and other operational matters. In an interview with Parts & People at the...
Corona, Calif.—If there’s one thing that Jonny Lightning Owner Jon Kinne would say about his shop, it’s that it is anything but ordinary. On any given day he’ll be working on everything from a classic Camaro, Mustang, or Dodge Super Bee, to a slammed sport truck, a rock-crawler Jeep with an LS1...

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