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By Toni DeRosa
Wasco Tribune 

NAPA Auto Parts delivers

Offers large selection on Hwy. 46

 

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

Manager Irene Garcia and Kristian Perez.

NAPA Auto Parts on Highway 46 doesn't just sell parts for automobiles and trucks, they deliver.

As you enter the store, the first thing you notice is how much merchandise is available. Every shelf has a vehicle product on it and the walls are lined with tools. There are shelves filled with liquid products and wall displays with different types of wrenches and sockets.

Saldivar Perez owns four NAPA Auto Parts stores, in Buttonwillow, Lost Hills, Taft and Wasco.

"The best sellers are filters of all kinds," Manager Irene Garcia said. "Vehicle batteries are also a fast-moving product in the store. We recently ordered a supply of them."

"NAPA Auto Parts has about 20 to 25 large farming accounts," Garcia said. "Our Buttonwillow store does a little more business than the Wasco store."

In addition to sales, the store delivers to its customers. "We care about our customers and try to make things easier for them," Garcia said. "We deliver to Kettleman City at least three times a week. We also go to the other side of 46 and Highway 33."

Garcia added that the company gives big discounts to its larger accounts.

She explained that large company purchases are calculated over a three-month period, and the company receives a rebate on their purchases. "NAPA Auto Parts is the only company I know of that gives cash rebates."

Garcia has been with NAPA Auto Parts for a total of 13 years and with the Wasco store for 10 years. Although she is a resident of Shafter, she wants to get involved in the City of Wasco.

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

Tools hang on the walls of NAPA Auto Parts.

While chatting with the staff, the subject of toolboxes came up and the owner's son, Kristian Perez, said that his toolbox has every kind of tool in it to work on cars while Garcia's toolbox is a regular household toolbox. "He knows everything about cars," Garcia said about Perez.

NAPA Auto Parts hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is closed on Sundays.

Currently, there are three employees at the Wasco NAPA Auto Parts Store; Kristian Perez, Irma Garcia and Leslie Ramirez. All three work the counter while Garcia mainly handles the clerical duties, and all three take turns making deliveries.

If you have auto parts questions, feel free to contact Garcia, Perez or Ramirez at 661-758-3424.

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