Southern California

TIA VP Brian Rigney of Dill Air Controls  with CTDA board member Billy Eordekian at TIA meetings 2018
The California Tire Dealers Association will hold its annual CTDA - Federated New Year Luncheon hosted by 1-800EveryRim – OEM Wheels, on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at Geezers Restaurant, 12120 Telegraph Rd., Santa Fe Springs, CA. “With continuing TIA and SEMA participation, the new year luncheon...
Scott Brown (right) says a person that holds a VSC is now called a vehicle security professional.
El Cajon, Calif.—A report from the ASCCA Connected Cars Committee, comprised of ASCCA member shops and National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) board members, was part of the association’s first-ever Connected Cars training session at its recent Team Weekend. “Traditional service...
From left: Ron Fornaca of Frank Subaru, Darryl Holter of Felix Chevrolet, and Todd Blue of indiGO Auto Group, are winners of the 2018 TIME Dealer of the Year award.
Three Southern California new-car dealerships have been chosen among dealerships across the U.S. to receive the TIME Dealer of the Year award for exceptional performance and their tireless efforts to improve their communities and the world around them. Members of the Automotive Trade Association...
Technician Pedro Martinez (left) and Pedro DaSilva, lead technician, confer on a repair order with a smartphone, part of AutoTextMe’s paperless software.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.—Nelson Vargues, owner of Boulevard Auto Repair, said his father, Casimiro Vargues, and Mario Pontes, both Portuguese immigrants, opened Boulevard Mercedes-Benz in Encino in 1975, and five years later moved to its present 10,000-square-foot location in Sherman Oaks. A lot has...
From left: Erick Estrada, co-owner, Veronica Someza, parts locator, and Erick’s father and co-owner, Federico “Fast Freddie” Estrada, focus on body and paint services and outsources other repairs.
Ontario, Calif.—Not every body shop has the same business model. Most want to do everything in-house, but some want to focus on what they do best and develop a network of professionals for the rest of the work. “When my dad, Federico Estrada, who they call ‘Fast Freddie’ because he paints so fast,...
From left: Erick Estrada, co-owner, Veronica Someza, parts locator, and Erick’s father and co-owner, Federico “Fast Freddie” Estrada, focus on body and paint services and outsources other repairs.
Ontario, Calif.—Not every body shop has the same business model. Most want to do everything in-house, but some want to focus on what they do best and develop a network of professionals for the rest of the work. “When my dad, Federico Estrada, who they call ‘Fast Freddie’ because he paints so fast,...
From left: Dan Hanson Jr., CAWA 2019 Chair of Board, Michael Rukov, secretary, and Jack Gosnell, immediate past chair, are sworn in as officers.
Las Vegas—At the CAWA 2018 annual dinner meeting, held in conjunction with Industry Week in Las Vegas, Dan Hanson Jr. of Hanson Distributing Company was installed as the association’s 2019 Chair of the Board. Other officers installed included: Vice – Chair Tom Seboldt of O’Reilly Auto Parts ;...
Alexandria, VA (November 27, 2018) – The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) today announced that Newport Beach, California, auto dealer Dave Conant will be honored with the association's 2019 David F. Mungenast Lifetime Achievement Award during its 49th Annual Meeting and...
From left: The front office team includes Vic Barseghyan, estimator, Genavieve Garza, office manager, and Kevin Martirosyan, CEO.
Eagle Rock, Calif.—Rick’s Auto Body & Paint, owned by four Martirosyan brothers, Peter, Arman, Vahan, and Kevin, opened its first location in Silver Lake in 1998 and moved to a new, larger location in 2001. The second shop opened in Hollywood in 2012. In April of this year, Rick’s purchased its...
From left: The counter professionals at Engine Components & Machine (ECM), including Jose “Chilli” Behena, parts manager, Don Boydstun, owner, Enrique Mendoza, engine builder, and Ed Flint, shop manager, all have more than 20 years of experience in engine parts and rebuilding.
Santa Ana, Calif.—Don Boydstun, owner of Engine Components & Machine (ECM), said cutting out the middleman by being a factory warehouse for major engine component companies is a key factor in helping the shop achieve 25-percent growth over last year. Helping that expansion is ECM’s 10,000-...

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