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Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:22

Cooks Collision Centers Adds Fremont Location

Cooks Collision Centers recently acquired a new shop in northern California — this one in Fremont, CA. The Fremont acquisition follows recent acquisitions of six locations in southern California.

This acquisition brings Cooks Collision Centers closer to completing its northern California expansion plan, which included further growth into the South Bay area. Cooks now operates 27 collision repair centers throughout northern and southern California.

The 25,000-square-foot, high-tech facility with aluminum room is located at 41041 Albrae Street. It’s conveniently located next to the 880 freeway, and will serve the communities of Fremont, Newark, Union City, Milpitas and San Jose. It was previously owned by Mazi Ghorbani for 30 years and operated under the name EMC Collision.

“My brother Rick and I have enjoyed a friendship and a mutual respect with Mazi for many years,” said Don Wood, co-CEO of Cooks. “When this opportunity became available, we knew it would be a perfect fit for our company culture and customer base.”

A single mother of four children needed a car, and several Moreno Valley, CA, businesses came to her aid, including Ben Clymer’s The Body Shop.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:16

Environmental Study Favorable for Poway Body Shop

City council members in Poway, CA, have agreed with a study that operations at a body shop will not significantly affect the environment.

Council members voted 5-0 to approve a negative declaration following a review of a 153-page report prepared for the city on operations at Chrome Collision, 13175 Gregg St.
At the August meeting, council members reviewed the findings of contractor Helix Environmental Planning Inc.

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones will be joined by the Consumer Federation of California, Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety, and the Automotive Machinists Union at a press conference Weds. Aug. 29 in Sacramento to denounce last-minute, gut and amend efforts to pass bills such as AB 1098 (Assembly Member Curt Hagman) and SB 1460 (Senator Leland Yee). These bills would essentially terminate a 20-year consumer protection standard that would allow insurers—without any checks or balances—to force repair shops to use aftermarket parts on consumers’ automobiles in the event of a collision and shift warranty coverage from insurers to lesser known suppliers or distributors. Additional protections would also be lost or denied to consumers.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:15

San Diego Body Shop Offering House Calls

Xtreme Makeover Collision owner Joe Mariscal is planning to boost his services with prompt house calls and free quotes.

Mariscal says, “We do what most auto body shops won’t. We make house calls.”

Xtreme Makeover Collision Center goes an extra mile to show care for their customers by lightening the load associated with vehicular accidents.

Do not let "Gut and Amend" legislation be introduced


The CAA has been opposing insurer-sponsored legislation that would weaken long-standing law that provides for fair and reasonable auto body repair practices.


CAA has also opposed legislation that would provide legal presumptions that aftermarket crash parts are equal to OEM crash parts in all instances.


Insurer sponsored bills this year include SB 1460 (Yee) and AB 1098 (Hagman) both failed.