Southern California

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California new vehicle market continues to change, with a shift to non-luxury SUV sales from small car sales. According to the California Auto Outlook Fourth Quarter 2017, market share for the two primary segments saw more than a 12 percent combined change from 2012 to 2017,...
POWAY, Calif. – Feb. 5, 2018 – Mitchell 1 will hold this year’s first Shop Management Workshop, April 26-28 in San Diego, California at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The training is designed for auto shop management software users who want to learn more advanced capabilities, shortcuts and...
Hollywood Hot Rods’ PPG-painted 1936 Packard Roadster took third in the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.
Cars and trucks painted with PPG products captured an array of prestigious awards at the recent SEMA Show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, including two from Southern California shops. Hollywood Hot Rods, in Burbank, took third in the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition with a 1936...
Nick Modesti, general manager of Modesti’s Car Care Center, in Culver City, says he has worked with Dave Fischer of California Employer’s Services for several years, who always makes sure the shop is Cal/OSHA compliant.
Fresno, Calif.—Everyone who works in California — as a shop owner or employee — is subject to the regulations set forth by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), also known as Cal/OSHA. According to a recent report from the Labor Enforcement Task Force (LETF), from 2012-...
Doug Starbuck, owner of Star Side Design, says, “one year there were more than 20 vehicles at the SEMA Show that I painted.”  His work has been featured on more than 65 automotive magazine covers.
Riverside, Calif.—Few custom painters have had their work featured in as many automotive magazines as Doug Starbuck, owner of Star Side Design, with more than 65 covers to his credit.     “I’ve done countless custom paint jobs on vans, mini vans, trucks, mini trucks, cars, motorcycles, race cars,...
Sacramento, California – January 11, 2018 -- CAWA Encourages Retailers and Distributors to Bring Their Commercial Customers to Training at CAWA’s February Session in NapaCAWA promises that retailers and distributors and their commercial customers will walk away with some powerful information from...
James Tucci is now vice president of operations for Centric Parts’ Centric, Qualis, and StopTech divisions.
Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized last month at the annual ASE Fall Board of Governors awards banquet held at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego. Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year award went to Raymond Patterson, of Toyota Carlsbad, in Vista. Thirty-six...
Walt Commans, ASE Education Foundation manager, talks about shops participating in college automotive department advisory committees, intern and apprenticeships, and mentoring.
Orange, Calif.—It takes a village to build an aftermarket career. Walt Commans, ASE Education Foundation manager and Western states liaison between independent repair shop owners and community colleges, recently held a roundtable and working lunch at Karco Specialties, in Orange, that brought...
Precision Auto Body President Audrey Coletta has made recent investments in LED lighting, solar panels and an aluminum room.
Reseda, Calif.— Audrey Coletta had just recently assumed ownership of her father’s shop 13 years ago when a man walked in for an estimate. She gave him a shop tour, explained the repair process, and let him know they were highly experienced and trained. “About halfway through the tour, the guy...
From left: The front office staff at family-owned Bussard’s All-Pro Automotive Center includes Harout Papirian, Ani Papirian, Vatche Papirian, Mary Garabedian, Garry Papirian, and Jose Ramirez (seated).
Los Angeles—Garbis “Garry” Papirian, owner of Bussard’s All-Pro Automotive Center, has grown his business by following a simple philosophy with his customers and the people he works with. “People are everything,” he said. Anything you want, I will help you attain it. “That applies whether it’s a...

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