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Knowing your Rancho Palos Verdes mechanic is a good thing, for you and your vehicle.

Knowing your Rancho Palos Verdes mechanic is a good thing, for you and your vehicle.

If you own a vehicle, chances are you've been to an auto repair shop. How well do you know your Rancho Palos Verdes mechanic?  The price of repair cost can be expensive, that's why it's important to have a mechanic you know and trust. And if you take your vehicle to the same repair shop over the years, they know you and they know your vehicle.   Reasons it's important to know your mechanic... They know you and your vehicle. They keep records of all your vehicle maint ... read more

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MEET THE TEAM: JUANA ZAMORA

MEET THE TEAM: JUANA ZAMORA

JUANA ZAMORA SERVICE ADVISOR Juana is Hillside’s Gen Y Service Advisor. Her happy and outgoing personality makes her great at her customer service job. She credits her mom who is good with talking to people and immediately putting them at ease. Juana attended Firebaugh High School and still lives in Lynwood with her daughter. Juana attributes her work ethic to her daughter – providing for Destiny is her priority.  Shhh… she might be moving soon, but you ... read more

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Meet the Team: Sam Bond

Meet the Team: Sam Bond

SAM BOND SENIOR SERVICE ADVISOR   Don't let his large stature fool you; Sam's not scary -- he is an easy-going, happy-go-lucky guy. Sam is a South Bay local who first became interested in cars because his dad was a taxi driver for over 30 years. When Sam was 16, he began to help his dad maintain his car. Before joining Hillside Auto Repair in 2018, Sam worked at Jiffy Lube, and then at Firestone Tires, where he became a top performing Store Manager. He graduated from WyoTech Au ... read more

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Meet the Team: Julio Santana

Meet the Team: Julio Santana

Although he was born in Torrance and is working in Torrance, Julio doesn't usually stay put in one spot for long; he’s the kind of guy that is always on the move, whether he’s skateboarding, drifting, or racing cars.   And did you notice his favorite past times all deal with wheels? No wonder his ASE- certification includes suspension, steering and brakes! Julio became interested in servicing cars after his own needed work, and he wanted to figure out how to fix it himself ... read more

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Meet the Team: Jose Ruiz

Meet the Team: Jose Ruiz

Senior Auto Technician His childhood Hot Wheels collection might have been a sign. As far back as he can remember, Jose has always liked cars.  He completed the automotive technician training program at UEI College - Gardena and worked for an aftermarket service shop before joining Hillside in 2016.   Jose relishes the variety of cars that come into his service bay. He’s happy to “work on every type of vehicle” and keep them running in top condition.    ... read more

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Our Story

Our Story

In 1978 Dave & Zoie Carney decided they had enough cold Minnesota winters and headed for the year round sunshine of California. 1984 was a busy year, daughter Katie was born and Dave started Hillside Chevron. The “service station” business allowed Dave to put his Midwestern values of hard work, good value & down home friendliness into action. It did not take long for Dave to figure out he liked being of service to others. Just like in the early years, winning over one custom ... read more

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Meet the Team: MIKE RIEGGER

Meet the Team: MIKE RIEGGER

MIKE RIEGGER ​Senior Service Advisor Quiet-spoken, humble and reserved.  It takes a while to get to know Mike.  But when you do, you recognize his worth.  As Dave Carney did in 1996 when he hired Mike. The respect is reciprocal.  Mike says, “It’s been very good to work for Dave.  He’s fair.  And he’s wiling to help people out, personally as well as professionally.” An older brother who was “really into cars&rdq ... read more

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Meet the Team: Charlie Jaime

Meet the Team: Charlie Jaime

CARLOS (CHARLIE) JAIME Parts Manager Charlie’s upbeat personality is well-suited for his position as Parts Manager.  His primary responsibility is to order all of the parts and supplies needed by the Hillside auto technicians.  He relishes the “adventure” of tracking down unusual, hard-to-find items and parts for older cars   In addition, he does oil changes; rotates, repairs and replaces tires; books appointments; and gives rides to custom ... read more

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MEET THE TEAM: SERGIO IBARRA

MEET THE TEAM: SERGIO IBARRA

SERGIO IBARRA Master Technician With 27 years of experience, Sergio has seen many changes in automotive technology. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, when car engines became increasingly reliant upon computers, Sergio eagerly enrolled in classes to update his skills. His passion for learning continues to this day. “The new designs, the new systems are very interesting.” He’s worked at Hillside for seven years and enjoys “diagnostics… figu ... read more

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Meet the Team: JAVIER OVALLE

Meet the Team: JAVIER OVALLE

JAVIER OVALLE Master Technician Javier has been a valued Hillside employee for 18 years.  With a grin, he says, “I am the best!”   He started working on cars when he was 12, learning from his father and attending school in Colombia.  He’s continued his education in Los Angeles.  His favorite part of the job is “everything… fixing any car.” “God and family” are most important to him.  Javier and his wife ... read more

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