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Small Town Hospitality At Napa Auto Parts

north-fork-auto-parts-exterior-with-dog-2016-lisa-clarkNORTH FORK — When you think about small town service and hospitality, you might just be thinking of Napa Auto Parts and it’s proprietor, Daniel Tilden.

Friends and regular customers already know the value he adds to the community, providing honest information and working to get what’s needed as soon as possible. People trust in that.

Daniel says he was fortunate to be raised here in North Fork and that this type of personal service comes naturally to him. He was raised on his grandfather’s 80-acre spread and, just out of school, took up working the Strawberry Mine.

Young Daniel eventually joined the logging mill and worked his way from the bottom, he says, starting with shoveling. He was a re-saw operator when the mill closed, then soon transitioned into telephone line construction as a crew foreman with a private firm, Western Telecom. It was through this occupation that he met his wife of 19 years, Adriana.

daniel-tildenAbout a decade ago, Daniel took ownership of Napa Auto just before the economic downturn. It was a tough few years starting a new business, he remembers, but Daniel stuck with it and made it work.

“It was a case of local boy gone mad, just trying to make a living in a small town,” he says. Now, “the bills are paid, there’s money in the pocket, and it’s all good!”

When it comes to car parts and accessories and everything else he sells, it’s really good, and customers count on Daniel to tell the truth when it comes to figuring out the best part for your needs.

“Honesty is my best policy,” he says, “and I don’t mark up prices, they are set as Napa suggests.”

Daniel serves many types of vehicles and his shop is one of the best around in terms of parts availability on older models, even vintage models of the 20s and 30s. In fact, he maintains his own ’29 Model A.

He is also the go-to guy for getting hydraulic hoses to fit tractors. For just about any related requirement, Daniel has a good grasp of what his clientele is looking for.

north-fork-auto-parts-shop-dog-cuOne of the perks of setting foot inside Napa North Fork is meeting Thor, the 8-year-old chocolate lab. Thor is the consummate shop dog, Daniel will attest, and the best sales crew a man could ask for.

Whether it’s that shiny new 4-wheel drive or the classic street rod, Daniel at Napa can keep your motor running, and you’ll know you’ve also made a friend.
North Fork Auto Parts is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and  8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The shop is closed on Sunday. NAPA is located at 32945 Road 222 in North Fork. Phone (559) 877-2831 if you have any questions.

Photos by Lisa Clark

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