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Auto Club Presents Annual Auto Repair Awards

19 July 2000

Top Shops Rated on Customer Satisfaction and Service Quality

    LOS ANGELES - Twenty-seven Southland vehicle repair shops have earned the Automobile Club of Southern California's Approved Auto Repair Quality Service Award for customer satisfaction and service quality.

    The honorees were selected from among more than 700 Approved Auto Repair facilities, which are independent businesses regularly inspected by the Auto Club.

    To earn the Auto Club's award, the shops had to receive 99 percent or better customer satisfaction rates, operate a professional garage without facility or equipment deficiencies, and receive no complaints.

    "These shops represent the cream of the crop in the automotive repair industry," said Ed Lindsay, manager of the Auto Club's Approved Auto Repair program. "By exceeding our program's strict requirements, the winners demonstrate they want to give top value and quality to motorists."

    Ninety-six Approved Auto Repair facilities also were recognized by the Auto Club for the number of years that they have met the program's standards. Those with 10, 15 and 20 years' tenure as Approved Auto Repair shops will receive longevity awards.

    "The longevity awards represent longstanding service to the community," said Lindsay. "Year in, and year out these shops maintain high standards and keep up with the technological changes in their field."

    Steve's Independent in Northridge was the only Southern California shop to earn both quality and longevity awards this year. Other noteworthy quality award winners are Automotive Technology of El Cajon; Jon Woods Automotive of San Diego; and Sarver's of Santa Ana who've received quality awards for four out of the past five years.

              Approved Auto Repair Quality Award Winners
Facility Name                         City              Prior Quality 

Herman's Expert Auto. Service         Anaheim                1
G & M Auto Repair                     Canyon Country
Cedar Glen Auto Center                Cedar Glen
Rudy's Garage                         Costa Mesa             2
Automotive Technology                 El Cajon               3
Sundown Automotive, Inc.              El Cajon               2
Jim's Auto Center                     Fullerton
Doctor "J" Extended Auto Care         Huntington Beach
Gustafson Brothers, Inc.              Huntington Beach
Hansa Motors                          Huntington Beach       2
Jim's Automotive                      Morro Bay              1
Steve's Independent                   Northridge
Karco Specialties                     Orange
Ward Service                          Pasadena
Castners Auto Service                 Placentia              2
Redlands Auto Specialty               Redlands
Salerno's Servicecenter               Redlands               1
Miramar Automotive                    San Diego              2
Westwood Shell                        San Diego
Seene's Automotive Service, Inc.      San Diego              2
Jon Woods Automotive                  San Diego              3
Swedish Auto Specialist               San Marcos             2
Sarver's                              Santa Ana              3
Horsman Automotive                    Santee                 2
Ralph's Automotive                    Simi Valley            1
Auto Precision                        Vista                  2
Good Guys Automotive                  Yorba Linda