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California Truck Centers Expands to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

As of December 1, 2018

California Truck Centers welcomes two new full service Freightliner and Western Star locations in San Luis Obispo, CA and Santa Maria, CA to their dealer network. Following a long time relationship with Dyer’s DieselRo, Diesel Parts and Repair Services, California Truck Centers has acquired their two locations, renaming the stores to Central Coast Truck Center with the goal of increasing customer service and support in the Central Coast.

By adding two new locations to the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, customers will be met with the familiar family owned quality, care, and elite service that California Truck Centers has offered since 1930. Currently, California Truck Centers has locations in Fresno, Bakersfield, Oakland, French Camp, Sacramento, and Ceres, with a focus on primarily serving customers in Northern and Central California. With this new expansion, California Truck Centers will be able to better serve customers in the Central Coast along Highway 101, providing sales, parts, and service to those travelling throughout the busiest Highways in California.

California Truck Centers looks to meet the demanding and growing truck market off the Central Coast. With the two stores operating full service for Freightliner and Western Star brands, customers in the San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria area will be able to conveniently buy new and used trucks, OEM truck parts, and have their trucks professionally serviced. California Truck Centers is excited to offer customers on the Central Coast the opportunity to purchase new Freightliner and Western Star equipment as well as having access to an extensive inventory of used trucks and rentals in the dealer family. California Truck Centers, which is also known for their factory trained technicians and extensive inventory of OEM parts and warehouse, will continue to instill the same quality and services to allow customers in the Central Coast to have immediate truck care and repair.

California Truck Center’s mission remains true throughout the additions, “California Truck Centers is dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality customer service possible. We strive to meet our customer’s needs and exceed their expectations. We are committed to work as a team to ensure each and every customer is completely satisfied with their experience. Being a family run business we treat our customers as family. It is our belief that when a customer does business with us, they become family and we stand behind them, support them, and work with them in this ever changing industry.”

The history and family values of California Truck Centers began in 1930 as the Fresno Trailer Company by brothers P.L., Earl, and Roscoe Howard. Over time the business evolved from manufacturing and selling trailers to selling and servicing trucks and, in 1959, began operating as Fresno White and Autocar selling Freightliner, Western Star, White motors and Autocar truck brands. In 1977 the company changed the name to Fresno Truck Center acknowledging the new reality. P.L. Howard had one son, Gary, who also began to take an active role in the business in 1957. Among other achievements, Gary formed Lee Investment Company (Later known as Lee Financial Services) to help his customers finance their equipment. Lee Financial helped hundreds of start-up companies which many of these start-ups continue to do business with the Howard family business today. Gary Howard made sure to keep the love of the industry alive in his family. Since then, his son Doug has taken on the role of company as President and his children, Lee and Tiffany, fourth generation Howards, work alongside him at Fresno Truck Center. Over the years Fresno Truck Center has evolved into California Truck Centers and has expanded to include locations canvassing the Central Valley, Northern California, and now the Central Coast. Although the organization continues to expand to satisfy customer requirements, the mission and message remains, treat customers as family.

The locations are at 621 South Smith Street, Santa Maria, CA 93458, and also at 4554 Broad Street #140, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403. For those looking to call the facilities, their phone numbers are Santa Maria: (805) 925-3900 and San Luis Obispo: (805) 541-2049. Both locations are online as well at and at the dealer family webpage:

California Truck Centers and the Howard family are excited for this expansion and being able to serve the growing trucking market in the Central Coast.