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PACC Automotive: Celebrating 20 years in business

Business succeeds in changing industry

Posted: August 6, 2008 8:16 p.m.
Updated: October 8, 2008 5:04 a.m.

Dan Carpenter, owner of PACC Automotive, will celebrate 20 years in business this year. He specializes in the service and repair of imports Honda, Acura, Toyota and domestics Lexus and GM, Ford, Chrysler and Jeep.

To many, the car is a means for them to get from one place to another. But to people like Dan Carpenter, a car and each of its myriad parts translate into one big puzzle.

"It's like a challenge," Carpenter said about the difficulties in making sure that each piece fits properly.

"Like a 3,000-piece puzzle."

As the owner of PACC Automotive in Valencia, Carpenter has spent 20 years perfecting his repair skills.

The local resident oversees the automotive service repair business that handles import and domestic cars.

He specializes in the service and repair of imports Honda, Acura, Toyota and domestics Lexus and GM, Ford, Chrysler and Jeep.

The experience has given Carpenter a good look at how the ever-changing automotive industry evolves, especially as hybrid vehicles take the lead.

"The car industry is always changing," Carpenter said from his Valencia office. "There's always something new to learn."

With high gas prices forcing consumers to rethink their driving habits, Carpenter believes the hybrid vehicle is becoming the new Model T.

"I see us coming up to that same transition again," he said.

Although hybrids will go through changes as the technology evolves, Carpenter said, "I think hybrids will stick around for a while."

Before starting his own business, Carpenter said he worked at a gas station. From there, he attended the General Motors' automotive repair school and gained experience working at auto dealers around Southern California.

After being inspired to start his own business, Carpenter set to work building what was once a one-man operation.

"I always wanted to be the boss in charge," he said, adding that he didn't work well in big companies.

Now PACC Automotive includes 15 employees and serves both the domestic and import markets. An active member of the local community, Carpenter has also spent much of his career giving back to a mix of organizations, ranging from the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, Carousel Ranch and the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation.

As part of his anniversary celebration, Carpenter said he is working on establishing an automotive scholarship program for the William S. Hart High School District and College of the Canyons.

He envisions the program as an opportunity for high school and college students already involved in their school's automotive programs to get real-world experience.


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