Southern California

San Bernardino, Calif.—Among the many independent repair shops located on busy Base Line Street in downtown San Bernardino, Eddie’s Auto Care stands out, said Co-owner Edmundo “Eddie” Galindo. “I have the honor of saying we are one of the best shops in the area,” he said. “And I believe it’s...
Centric Parts in Industry, supplier of aftermarket brake and chassis components for import and domestic cars and trucks, has hired Peter Chen as a supplier quality engineer. He will be part of the company’s Corporate Quality group responsible for overall supplier quality, interacting with...
Vail, Colo.—Engine & Performance Warehouse (EPWI) has named its 2014 “Vendor Of The Year” and “Representative Of The Year” at the company’s Awards Dinner during EPWI’s 28th annual Summer Conference in Vail, Colo., on Thursday, Aug. 6. More than 100 channel partners were in attendance, who also...
Irvine, Calif.—The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) 2015 Summer Conference, June 12-14, at the Irvine Marriott Hotel, featured top-notch management training tracks and more technical training sessions, including a Spanish-language track, new this year. The theme, “Re-Invent Your...
Huntington Beach, Calif.—On June 25, Gustafson Brothers Automotive Services opened the doors of its auto repair and collision shop to members of the Automotive Service Council of California (ASCCA) Chapter 48. Many of Gustafson’s key parts vendors had displays with promotional items, samples, and...
Santa Ana, Calif.—In recent years, Benjamin Mendoza Sr., president and CEO of family-owned Kelly’s Body Shop, said he has received more than one call from a multi-shop organization (MSO) wanting to buy his shop but, so far, he’s turned them down. “The biggest challenge for independent collision...
Los Angeles—While vital to performance, the piston ring is the poor stepchild of the high-performance engine, said Keith Jones, technical Expert at Phoenix-based Total Seal. “They get blamed for just about everything. If there is a compression problem, it’s the piston rings. If there is oil...
Garden Grove, Calif.—Ron Hart, president of Powertrain Industries, said his business has seen a 20-25 percent increase in the past two years for a number of reasons, including listening to what his customers say, and adding breadth to the product line by adding a new SKU every day. “We have about 1...
Escondido, Calif.—It’s 7 o’clock on a Saturday morning, and while many are enjoying their slumber or sipping their first cup of coffee to face the day, the radio airwaves crackle to life with the voice of Brian Bowersock. He hosts the hour-long “Auto Talk” on 760 KFMB AM Talk Radio along with co-...

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