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Annette DiLorenzo Thayer, dealer principal of Quality Mazda, represents her family’s third generation in the auto dealership business. (Glen Rosales/For the Albuquerque Journal)

Gender was no hurdle for Mazda dealer

The auto business is primarily a male-dominated business, but that hasn’t in the least bit kept Annette DiLorenzo Thayer from succeeding, if not thriving.

Electric battery charger best bet

DEAR CAR TALK: Back in the old days (i.e. 1964), we used to think that if you had a low or dead battery, it would charge faster if the engine was running faster.

Co-owner of Indian Motorcycle, Michael Gaillour, left, and general manager Mike Carson show off a 2015 Indian. (Glen Rosales/For the Albuquerque Journal)

Iconic cycle brand roars into town

It was a long road from big-city cop to running a motorcycle shop, but that’s where Mike Carson finds himself.

Mark Smith has been general manager for the Brad Francis Sports Center in Albuquerque for about five months. (Glen Rosales/For the Albuquerque Journal)

Outlet focuses on sports cars, trucks

The Brad Francis Auto Mall has carved out quite a niche in Valencia County, with a wide of array of foreign and domestic, new and used cars.

Tom Stever of Pitre Buick GMC is a self-described numbers guy. (Glen Rosales/For the Albuquerque Journal)

Dealership works on keeping it fun

When Tom Stever was attending the University of Colorado in his hometown of Boulder, he couldn’t really see himself in the auto business.