HORSHAM, Pa.-AAMCO, the world’s largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, was proud to support Charity Vision in their goal to beat blindness which was highlighted Friday night in an epic fight night gala on May 15, 2015 in Salt Lake City. The headline bout between political heavyweight, Mitt Romney and five-time world heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, helped raise over a million dollars to give the gift of sight back to thousands of children and adults across the world.

For nearly 30 years Charity Vision has been working to reverse the global epidemic of blindness. One hundred percent of donations to Charity Vision go directly to fighting blindness. Charity Vision partners with local doctors in developing countries to find solutions to worldwide blindness.

AAMCO and our network of franchisees continue to give back to the communities in which we operate, supporting worthy causes like Charity Vision that affect our customers’ lives. Staying connected to the causes that are important to our customers has been part of the AAMCO mission for over 50 years,” said Brett Ponton, CEO of AAMCO.  “We were honored to support Charity Vision in this important fight for sight.” Mike Ganjei, President of the National AAMCO Dealers Association added, “on behalf of all the AAMCO dealers across the country, we are proud to support this cause and encourage all our dealers to continue to support Charity Vision.”

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Trust Through Transparency at AAMCO Garden City Park, NY

One recent AAMCO convert is Steve Epstein of Long Island. Steve’s daughter had the transmission go out in her ’91 Taurus and Steve called a number of transmission shops for advice. “I did not feel comfortable with the first 2 shops I called”, reports Steve, “the managers were either cold, rude or callous. Then I called AAMCO and Ken Berry introduced himself as the owner of the business. Ken was the only gentleman that allowed me to explain my situation and ask questions. He offered me options and even asked me to take time to consider my options and call him back when I made my decision. I called Ken the next day and told him to order the AAMCO Factory Certified Transmission.”

Ken attests to the fact that. “It is much easier to build trust with transparency.” Ken suggests. “So we provide a firm price quote on every transmission that requires rebuilding along with our teardown quote. Our customers know up front how much a factory certified unit will cost and also understand that they have the option of having our techs rebuild their unit here for less. It’s a winning combination. Not only are our customers comfortable with us, but they also perceive us as the true professionals that we know we can be.”

Steve Epstein agrees. “Here is how I would describe Ken Berry,” writes Mr. Epstein, “He is dedicated, intelligent, compassionate, sincere, knowledgeable, warm, friendly , honest and a professional in every sense of the word. In this day and age, people are basically lazy and are concerned with themselves. People such as Ken are rare indeed. He goes the extra mile to please his customer and should be a role model for all new owners of AAMCO centers.”

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AAMCO Partners with Evander Holyfield and Mitt Romney to Help Knock Out Blindness

AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, is pleased to announce its support for the upcoming Charity Vision Fight Night fundraiser in Salt Lake City, Utah, which will bring together heavyweights of boxing and politics to raise needed funds to fight blindness. Since 1986 Charity Vision has been working to reverse the global epidemic of blindness. Across the globe nearly 39 million people live in total blindness; ninety percent of those are in developing countries.

“AAMCO and our franchise owners are proud to be supporting Charity Vision in their fight to find sustainable ways to cure the blindness problem in our communities at home and across the globe,” said AAMCO President and Chief Executive Officer, Brett Ponton.

Charity Vision Fight Night is a world-class boxing event scheduled for May, 15, 2015 at the Rail Events Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Five-time world heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, will face political heavyweight Mitt Romney in the featured bout.

“I’ve been fighting for most of my life- starting as a kid. I’m the Real Deal. And now I’m fighting, alongside AAMCO, to wipe out blindness because a real fighter can’t turn down a challenge- especially one I know we can win,” said Evander Holyfield.

One hundred percent of donations to Charity Vision go directly to fighting blindness. Charity Vision partners with local doctors in developing countries to find solutions to worldwide blindness. Money raised at this year’s Charity Vision Fight Night will help further this mission.

For over 50 years AAMCO and its network of dealers have given back to the communities in which they operate, supporting worthy causes that impact customers’ lives. Most recently to celebrate its golden anniversary AAMCO partnered with the Military Order of the Purple Heart to honor and support wounded veterans and their families in all fifty states.

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AAMCO’s Top 10 “Must Do” items to prepare your Car for the Spring Season

According to AAMCO, the best way to keep a car or truck running safely is through routine preventative maintenance. As the seasons transition from winter into spring, AAMCO offers the following tips to help car owners ease their vehicles into the warmer weather months:

1. Factory Maintenance Requirements. Check for required Factory Maintenance in your Owner’s Manual. AAMCO’s professional Technicians will perform those services for you.

2. Tires and Air Pressure: Check your tires for wear, damage, and correct air pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires*. Tires that are in good condition and properly inflated are safer, especially on wet and slick roads, and will last longer.

3. Battery: Have your battery, cables and engine drive belts inspected. Tip: If your battery is over 5 years old, you may want to consider replacing it before it gives you problems.

4. Engine Oil, Fluids and Filters: Spring is a good time for an engine oil and filter change. Fuel mileage can be affected by up to 1% – 2% by using improper grade of oil*. Check your manufacturer’ recommendation for frequency of other fluids too, auto manufacturer’s often recommend a radiator coolant change every 2 years or 24,000 miles and a transmission fluid change every three years or 36,000 miles based on usage.

5. Brakes: Check your front and rear brake pads, rotors, sensors and the related hydraulic brake parts for wear or damage and to prepare your car for safe summer driving.

6. Air Conditioning: It may be time for that Air Conditioning Tune up. Have your A/C system checked prior to the summer season so you’re not stuck in the summer heat. Also, the cabin air filter is an important filter to change regularly to protect you and your A/C System from harmful dust, pollen and other airborne dirt and debris.

7. Engine Tune-up: A vehicle that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can affect gas mileage by an average of 4% according to U.S Department of Energy*. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40%*.

In addition to these important maintenance and safety tips, also check your wiper blades (#8) and lights and lamps (#9). Don’t wait for the old blades to scratch the windshield or that first spring thunderstorm to discover your blades are streaking or smearing the windshield. A good spring cleaning inside and out (#10) to remove all of the salts and winter gunk is also a good measure for protecting your paint and interior.

There you have it. The Top 10 “Must Do” items to do in order to get ready for the Spring and into the Summer. Trust the experts at AAMCO to care for everything in, on and under your car.

You’ve trusted the expert technicians at AAMCO for over 50 years to service the most complicated system in your car, the transmission, so you know you can trust us for all your car care needs – from oil changes to tune-ups to services that will keep your car in warranty and everything in, on or under your car. Go to www.aamco.com to find your neighborhood AAMCO dealer near you.

*Source: U.S Department of Energy  (www.fueleconomy.gov)


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AAMCO Opens AAMCO University Training Center to positive reviews from its franchise community

On Saturday, February 21, 2015 AAMCO, the world’s largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, celebrated the opening of AAMCO University, their state-of-the-art training facility in Newnan, Georgia with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an all-day open house.

AAMCO University Exterior

AAMCO University Exterior

The event, attended by several local dignitaries and over 150 AAMCO franchisees, marked a 6-month endeavor that began in August 2014 at a groundbreaking ceremony and culminated in an emotional moment when Lt.Col. (Ret) Robert Ledee, accompanied by U.S. Marine Veteran and AAMCO franchisee, Frank Filacchione raised the American Flag, the Georgia State flag, and the AAMCO flag to commemorate the official opening of the facility.

AAMCO University Flag Raising

AAMCO University Flag Raising

AAMCO franchisees and invited guests were taken on guided, interactive tours of AAMCO University where they experienced real-time examples of the training activities available for AAMCO technicians, managers, as well as prospective, new and current franchisees.

In addition to courses at the world-class Newnan headquarters and training complex, AAMCO University currently offers over 300 interactive courses via its online learning management system with many more in development.

AAMCO University Ribbon Cutting

AAMCO University Ribbon Cutting

The franchisees watched demonstrations of both the lecture and hands-on technical instruction in the state of the art theater-style classroom and the on-site, full-service AAMCO center.  They were thoroughly impressed with the technology laden facility’s ability to provide “distance learning” via webcasts and its ability to record detailed, hands on “how to” videos for the thousands of employees that may not be able to attend a class at any given time.

AAMCO University theater-style classroom

AAMCO University theater-style classroom

Not only does AAMCO University offer extensive, specialized training, it also helps “students” define and identify career goals and chart their long-term career path.  The curriculum elevates a career in the after-market automotive repair field to a professional level, based on recognized standards in the industry.  It also gives the attendees new tools to ‘sharpen the saw’ in their daily work environment and ongoing opportunities for career development.

As the demand for a workforce with highly technical skills continues to grow, the high level training curriculum offered by AAMCO University provides students with an ongoing mechanism to enhance their skills and knowledge, which leads to mastering their jobs and added professional development; with the ultimate result being better production in the workplace.

AAMCO University on-site full service center

AAMCO University on-site full service center

“The automotive repair industry is increasingly more complex as the car industry continues to evolve, and it’s essential that our AAMCO owners, managers, and technicians continue to offer best in class service. We are committed to ensuring that our technicians have the training and expertise that our customers expect from our brand,” said AAMCO President and Chief Executive Officer, Brett Ponton.

“The new training facility and enhanced curriculum at AAMCO University speaks to our commitment to provide industry leading service throughout the AAMCO chain, offering a superb customer experience to everyone who walks through our doors.”

AAMCO University will continue to uphold the tradition of personal attention and service excellence the brand has enjoyed for over 50 years.  The University’s inaugural class – consisting of new franchise owners – have already embarked upon their journey through the School of Franchise Ownership and are expected to graduate at the end of March.

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AAMCO Dover, NJ steps up to help a local family in need

This summer, AAMCO of Dover, NJ was part of a community effort made by several businesses in the area to help a family in dire need of transportation.

The name of a deserving local family was drawn at random by Town Hall and the winner was gifted a used 1999 Lexus RX300 donated by a local automotive dealership. AAMCO of Dover rebuilt the vehicle’s transmission free of charge to help the winning family of Nieafia Wilkens.

The event also featured a barbecue that was attended by 130 people as a way to give back to the community. It was a great way to bring people together and be an important part of contributing to a worthy cause for a “neighbor in need”.

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AAMCO Morristown, NJ to the Rescue!

Mothers always worry about their children, no matter how old they are.
Marie B's daughter was moving from North Carolina to Massachusetts, hauling all of her possessions in a horse trailer along with her 2 Huskies in the back.

Late on that Friday night, her car broke down. Fortunately, AAMCO of Morristown, NJ came to the rescue and got her back on the road the very next day. The peace of mind this mother received prompted her to express her gratitude to the AAMCO center owner, Vince Caranante.

Dear Sir,
I am writing to try and express my gratitude for the treatment you gave my daughter when they were stranded on the Jersey Turnpike.  As they relayed your efforts to me, you have no idea how much relief it gave me. How fortunate they were to find a genuine, caring and competent man. Please know your good deed is very much appreciated. May your kindness be returned to you many times over. You made what seemed a very dark situation so much brighter. Again, thank you for caring.

Marie B.

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