Car Seat Safety Tips for Child Passenger Safety Week

Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18th-24th. At AAMCO, keeping your family safe on the road is always our highest priority, especially when it comes to protecting your children while driving.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are one of the leading causes of injury and death for children 0-13 years old. By adhering to the following safety information on the proper installation and use of child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts, many injuries and deaths can be prevented.

A children’s car seat is important for protecting your child on the road, as long as the seat is properly installed. First, it’s important that you select the right seat for your child based on their age, height and weight. There are several types of seats: infant, convertible and booster seats. It is also imperative to know when it’s time to transition your child into the next stage car seat.

Be sure to read the car seat manufacturer’s instructions to double check height and weight limits for the seat. Please note that different stage seats can vary greatly in how they get attached to your car’s back seat.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) you should:

  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size, and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and use it every time.
  • Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions (check height and weight limits) and read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to install the car seat using the seat belt or lower anchors and a tether, if available.
  • To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
  • Keep your child in the back seat at least through age 12.

Often times, an adjustment as simple as tightening a strap or the repositioning of the seat could be the difference between your child’s safety or having them sustain an injury in a potential crash situation.

Your local AAMCO wants you and your family to be safe every time you drive your vehicle. Should you be experiencing any drivability issues, please stop in to one of our centers or make an appointment today. Visit safercar.gov,  for additional information about car seat safety and proper installation.

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AAMCO Prescott Valley, Arizona Franchisee Gary Denton Receives Gold Award for Launch of Charitable Initiative Dedicated to Local Veterans

Local Prescott Valley, AZ AAMCO franchisee, Gary Denton, has been honored with the Gold Award in the Newcomer category of the second annual Franchising Gives Back Awards. The awards program recognizes the best, most innovative community leaders and charitable programs nationwide.

Gary & Kathleen Denton receiving the IFA's Gold Award in the Newcomer category

Gary & Kathleen Denton receiving the IFA’s Gold Award in the Newcomer category

The International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation, which launched the Franchising Gives Back Awards program last year, recognized Gary Denton with the Newcomer award at a special awards dinner on Sept. 12 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. The category highlights a new charitable or community support program launched within the last year that has made a significant impact on a local community. Denton was nominated for his Wheels of Freedom Project, a not-for-profit entity dedicated to providing repaired electric wheelchairs to disabled veterans in the Prescott Valley area. Since launching the initiative at the beginning of the year, Denton has refurbished a total of 10 wheelchairs to date.

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“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be recognized by the IFA as the Gold Newcomer Award winner of Franchising Gives Back,” said Gary Denton, AAMCO franchisee. “The Wheels of Freedom project’s mission is to create awareness of the needs of veterans with physical disabilities and to promote the joy of giving. With the support of AAMCO’s corporate team, I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to my local community and veterans who have given their lives to protect our country. These individuals continue to inspire us and I am excited to see how the project evolves over the coming years.”

The Wheels of Freedom Project provides recipients with hope, mobility and independence. Denton’s long-term goal is to improve the quality of life for veterans and spouses who have sacrificed their lives for the betterment of the nation.

Gary & Kathleen Denton being honored at the "Franchising Gives Back" awards

Gary & Kathleen Denton being honored at the “Franchising Gives Back” awards

“We are very proud of Gary Denton and the positive impact he is making on his community through the Wheels of Freedom Project,” said Rob Rajkowski, COO at AAMCO Transmission, Inc. “He continues to serve as an example of leadership excellence and we look forward to supporting him in his future endeavors.”

The Wheels of Freedom Project is currently raising money to apply to be recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity with the Internal Revenue Service and State of Arizona.  To learn more or donate to the Wheels of Freedom Project, visit  www.WheelsofFreedomProject.org.

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Football Season Car Maintenance

At AAMCO, we're just as excited for football season as you are. Going to football games and tailgating with friends beforehand is a big part of the fun, if done safely. Stop into AAMCO before game day for some routine maintenance that will help you enjoy your outing at the football stadium even more!

Battery- A well-maintained car battery is always important. Especially in case you should need to recharge your cell phone (with a car charger) after posting game highlights on social media all day. Make sure your phone always has battery power in case you should encounter an emergency on the drive home. Also, it’s a good idea to have jumper cables on hand because it’s fun to hang out in the parking lot…until you find out you can’t leave. Having jumper cables in your vehicle is always a winning play.

Wiper blades- Whether it’s rain or shine, football goes on. Check that your wiper blades are in good condition before heading out to the stadium. A rule of thumb is to change your wiper blades every six months or so, especially if you live in an area with extreme temperature changes. Oh! And pack some rain gear to avoid getting soaked!

Tires- Be sure to check the area around your vehicle so you don’t accidentally run over any broken glass bottles before pulling out of the lot. Also, make sure your tires are good-to-go and properly filled before road tripping to the game.

Radiator, thermostat and heater (cooling system) – With football season comes cooler (and cold) weather. After sitting out at the stadium all day, you certainly look forward to warming up on the way home after the game. Make sure you don’t have any unwanted surprises. Make a quick and easy cooling system service appointment at AAMCO before game day.

Most importantly, designate a driver –Keeping you safe on the road is what we strive for at AAMCO. Before going to the game, assign a designated driver if your group will be enjoying some adult beverages. Avoid alcohol related incidents by planning ahead for a safe ride home from the game. Be sure to have lots of non-alcoholic drinks on hand as well as getting some food in your system, since it’s going to be a long day.

Now that you are fully prepared, it’s time to enjoy football season! Should you experience any issues with your vehicle on game day or any day, trust the experts at over 650 AAMCO locations across the country to care for everything in, on and under your car. Go team!

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AAMCO Franchise of Crystal Lake, IL Offers Free Oil Changes To Local Police Officers

AAMCO of Crystal Lake, IL service center is honoring officers of the Crystal Lake Police Department with free oil changes now through the end of 2017. The AAMCO of Crystal Lake, owned by Tim Erwin and Ed Wristen, is offering up to four complimentary oil and filter changes for all local Crystal Lake police officers’ primary vehicles for one year for their dedication to community safety.*

“We wanted to honor the police officers serving our community of Crystal Lake,” said franchisee Tim Erwin. “We wanted to show our support and gratitude in a tangible way. The police officers in Crystal Lake serve our community each and every day, and providing free oil changes for a year is a way for us to say thank you for their unwavering service.”

To redeem the exclusive offer from AAMCO of Crystal Lake, Crystal Lake officers need only present their current Crystal Lake police ID or badge at time of service.

For more than 50 years, AAMCO’s network of locally owned and independently operated automotive service centers has employed the latest technology. Expert technicians diagnose a repair, fix it right the first time and back it with a nationwide warranty. Known as the world’s leading transmission expert, the company has evolved into a total car care brand that provides a variety of services including brake repair, tune-ups, shocks and struts, routine maintenance and more. AAMCO was recently named to Entrepreneur’s 2016 Franchise 500®, ranking at the top of the transmission repair category. Based on network size, growth rate and financial strength, the brand also earned a spot on Entrepreneur’s “Best of the Best” list.

AAMCO of Crystal Lake is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the AAMCO of Crystal Lake, please visit www.CrystalLakeAAMCO.com or call 815-479-5152 for an appointment.

*Offer only valid at AAMCO of Crystal Lake location. This offer is valid for Crystal Lake Police officers only. Officer must present the badge or ID. Officer will receive up to four oil and filter changes over a one-year period. Each oil change includes up to five quarts conventional oil and stock filter. Premium grades of oil, premium filters and extra quarts of oil are available at additional charge.

**Article originally published by NValuable Franchise Consulting Franchise News.

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Multi-unit AAMCO Franchisee Allan Nurenberg of Austin, TX on Building & Motivating a Successful Team

AAMCO owner Allan Nurenberg of Austin, TX was highlighted in this month’s Franchising World Magazine for his insight regarding the skill set needed for a winning team.

After purchasing my first AAMCO location, I learned that having a dependable manager is an absolute necessity for business success. Aside from having an automotive and sales background, it is also crucial to find a candidate who can establish a culture that builds strong relationships with employees, as well as customers.

Allan Nurenberg has been an AAMCO franchisee for over 25 years and owns five locations throughout Austin, Texas.

Allan Nurenberg has been an AAMCO franchisee for over 25 years and owns five locations throughout Austin, Texas.

Today, as a multi-unit franchisee with five service centers, I’ve learned that training and motivating new and current team members depends on open lines of communication between manager and staff, and a strong leader will not only keep the team on track, but also create a more productive work environment. In my experience, a great manager should possess the skills to facilitate all aspects of the sale, while translating any industry jargon into language that the consumer can understand.

For the automotive aftermarket industry specifically, it can be very valuable to have leaders who are jacks-of-all-trades and can apply their skill set to various areas of the business. While you may not be looking for a manager to fill a marketing role, someone who thinks like a marketer- one that is determined and has a willingness to take risks- is essential to any business. All in all, efficient managers have the opportunity to lead, mentor and motivate their teams, and ultimately have a major impact on a company’s overall success.

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Local Businesses Team Up to Provide a Leg for a Local Student in Need | Please HELP!

Rachel GoodsonMeet 25-year-old Rachael Goodson.

Her Mom, Jody Goodson, has been a long time customer, and friend of a Jacksonville AAMCO Transmission center owner, which is how we came to know about Rachael’s situation. Rachael has been struggling her entire life with Neurofibromatosis, a genetically inherited disorder of the nervous system that causes tumors to form on nerves in the body at any time and may cause abnormalities.

Because of this disease, Rachael recently had to have her right leg amputated. Rachael starts school in just 2 short weeks, so she needs the prosthetic right away.

The Jacksonville area AAMCO Transmissions owners established their “We Care Repair” charitable initiative years ago to provide car repairs for those in need, but unable to afford the repairs, as selected by Daniel Kids. Now we want to help fix Rachael Goodson in her time of need. In that spirit, your local AAMCO Transmission owners are donating $2,000 through the go-fund-me page set up on her behalf: www.gofundme.com/rachaelsjourney.

For more information about Rachael’s story and how to donate, please visit the go-fund-me page. Racheal has also been writing a blog since her decision to amputate her leg. If you would like to read about the experience written from Rachael’s heart and in her own words, follow this link: www.becomingcopacetic.com

On behalf of Rachael Goodson and her family, we thank you for your support!

 

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AAMCO Franchise of Lafayette Receives Small Business of the Month Award From Greater Lafayette Commerce Committee

AAMCO’s Lafayette, Indiana service center has been recognized by the Greater Lafayette Commerce Committee for their dedication, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Owned by AAMCO franchisees Tom and Tricia Eden, the AAMCO Franchise in Lafayette has gone above and beyond to provide support its local community, donating time and more than $30,000 to local charities and nonprofit organizations over the past 12 years while continuously growing their business.

“My wife and I are incredibly honored to be chosen as the Small Business of the Month in Lafayette,” said Tom Eden, AAMCO of Lafayette franchisee. “Our AAMCO center was founded on three building blocks: positive customer experience, pro-employee business philosophy and a desire to help others through personal acts and charitable giving. Because we place an emphasis on these areas, we’ve been able to grow our business while still giving back to the community.”

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski and State Representative Sheila Klinker honored the Edens with the award at a ceremony earlier this month. The Edens are committed to giving back to their local community. Most recently, they sponsored a young equestrian in the 2016 Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair horse competition – their sponsored rider took home the Blue Ribbon!  On several occasions, the Edens have paid for customer repairs and driven customers to their destinations. In addition, AAMCO of Lafayette offers discounts to both active and retired military personnel.

The Edens opened the AAMCO of Lafayette in 2004 after years of searching for the right franchise opportunity to fit their needs. The owners have lived in the surrounding area for more than 25 years and are part of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and Lafayette Business to Business. Before joining AAMCO, Tom worked as an engineer and then plant manager for 20 years, while Tricia raised their four children and assisted with the daily operations for the AAMCO center.

“We’re incredibly proud of the Edens for their dedication to the continued growth of their center and community involvement,” said Rob Rajkowski, chief operating officer at AAMCO Transmission, Inc. “The Edens have grown their business by more than 30 percent in the second quarter of this year, which is a true testament to their dedication to providing an exceptional customer experience.”

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