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Chair of the CAWA Board of Directors, Steve Sharp of WORLDPAC, has appointed Michael Eldard of ADVICS to the Association’s 2012 Manufacturers Advisory Council.  Eldard was most recently appointed as the Western Region Account Manager of ADVICS and immediately prior to that he was a District Manager for 10 years with the Akebono Corporation. He started in the industry as a counterman and eventually became store manager before he entered the manufacturing segment of the industry with Cooper Industries in the Moog Division.

“We are pleased to welcome Michael to the CAWA leadership and look forward to his participation and contributions to the automotive aftermarket industry out west,” said Sharp following the appointment. Sharp went on to say “we are pleased he has stepped forward to give something back to our industry, through his commitment to CAWA.”

CAWA is a regional automotive aftermarket trade association, which represents auto parts jobbers, warehouse distributors, retailers, manufacturers and manufacturer representatives in California, Nevada and Arizona. The Association provides education, legislative, regulatory and business support to the industry and its membership. It is one of the largest trade associations of its kind in the United States and recognized as a leader in the automotive aftermarket industry.

Richard Reyes has been appointed to the CAWA Board of Directors, representing General Parts Inc., CARQUEST. He currently serves as General Manager of Sales and Operations in California and Arizona.

He was appointed by Chair of the Board, Steve Sharp of WORLDPAC in Newark, CA. “Mr. Reyes has a diversified career in the automotive aftermarket industry and as a representative of GPI – CARQUEST, is a welcomed addition to CAWA’s leadership,” said Sharp. “Mr. Reyes’ breadth of industry experience will bring valuable insight to the automotive aftermarket industry and its trade Association out west.”

CAWA is an automotive aftermarket trade association, which represents auto parts jobbers, warehouse distributors, retailers, manufacturers and manufacturer representatives in California, Nevada and Arizona. The Association provides education, legislative, regulatory and business support to the industry and its membership. It is one of the largest trade associations of its kind in the United States and recognized as a leader in the automotive aftermarket industry.

Young’s House of Klear is pleased to announce the opening of their Santa Ana product distribution satellite facility. Partnering with expert painter Alfredo Jasso, we are able to offer high level technical support and rapid daily material delivery for the Orange County market. Initial availability will include the full line of Southern Polyurethanes (SPI) products, and additional high quality, value priced product lines will follow.

Demand for SPI products continue to grow as many shop are aggressively looking to find a competitive cost advantage on paint materials, while at the same time actually improving the quality and long term durability of their refinish work.

Young’s House of Klear remains committed to providing better products, better technical education, better service and better value than currently offered in Southern California by existing traditional paint jobbers.

Orange County shops are invited to call John Young at 818-504-4933 and invite House of Klear and Alfredo Jasso to meet with you and your painter. You’ll be shown you how to achieve a much higher standard for your paint work, improve long term durability, and keep more in your checking account.

Young’s House of Klear
11589 Tuxford St. Bldg #3
Sun Valley, CA 91352
818-504-4933
John @HouseofKlear.com
www.SouthernPolyurethanes.com

Fountain Valley Body Works won first place for Best Auto Repair Shop in Orange County's 19th Annual Best Of 2012 contest.

Fountain Valley Bodyworks on Newhope Sreet has been under the same ownership of Dave March for 40 years.

Family-owned for almost 40 years, Fountain Valley Body Works prides itself on being one of the best auto-body shops in Orange County because of the staff's attention to detail and customer service. It boasts a customer-service index of 97.4, with more than 80 percent of customers coming from referrals.

Service King Collision Repair Centers has finalized its acquisition of Auto Body World Inc., operator of eight repair facilities in AZ. Auto Body World has won numerous industry quality-repair awards under direction of former principal David Fait.

CAWA is claiming a victory for consumers and the automotive aftermarket alike as a bill aimed at attempting to lock out the industry from important information relative to key replacement in certain automobiles has been vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown. SB 750 by Senator Hernandez, which was sponsored by BMW, sought to exempt automakers from providing electronic key code information to locksmiths, requiring motorists to contact the automaker to get a replacement key for their vehicle.

SB 750 would have deleted the January 1, 2013, sunset provision exempting automakers from providing electronic key code information to locksmiths so long as the manufacturer operates a 24 hours a day, 7 day a week (24/7) request line whereby vehicle owners can request replacement keys and receive them within one day of the request or via the next overnight delivery.

Arguing in support of this bill, the sponsor, BMW, noted that the January 1, 2013, sunset provision was included to allow BMW to continue the process of providing a 24/7 key replacement request line while it determined if additional technology could be developed that provided the same level of security and accommodates customer needs.  BMW reports that since the effective date of SB 1542, they have replaced 4,397 keys and in only one instance was the key not delivered to the owner consistent with the provisions of that bill.  

Therefore, BMW concluded that operation of the 24/7 key replacement request line is as a suitable alternative to providing key code information to locksmiths and that this alternative means of providing key code information should be allowed to continue indefinitely.


BMW said their preference to continue the 24/7 key replacement request line rather than provide key code information to locksmiths because BMWs are one of the most frequently stolen vehicles.  BMW contends that releasing key code information, despite existing security measures, could result in increased theft risks, to the detriment of BMW owners.