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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AAMCO Re-opens Service Center in Fredericksburg, VA

FREDERICKSBURG, Va.- AAMCO, the worlds largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, is happy to announce the re-opening of a service center in Fredericksburg, Virginia at 98A Industrial Drive.

On Friday, January 30, 2015, only seven months after the service center was destroyed in an electrical fire, AAMCO is pleased to officially open its doors with a ribbon cutting celebration scheduled for 2pm. Chris Yakabouski, Battlefield District Representative on the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors, will be attending alongside other county officials. Thanks to the support by the Spotsylvania County community during the rebuilding phase, vehicle owners in Fredericksburg can again expect professional, highly-trained technicians to perform quality auto repairs using the latest in repair and maintenance technology.

Mark Miles, owner of the AAMCO service center in Fredericksburg is happy to invite satisfied customers and friends to visit his new service center. “Part of our mission is to ensure that we are providing a thorough evaluation each and every time a customer visits the center. We are all so grateful for the support from our community, patrons and first responders who have been with us throughout this journey to rebuild. We are all looking forward to returning to business as usual and to offering AAMCO’s industry-leading services to all Fredericksburg residents and visitors”.

“Our Fredericksburg center will offer the same high-quality service that consumers across the U.S. have come to expect from AAMCO,” says Rob Rajkowski, chief operating officer at AAMCO. “The story here shows, that AAMCO plays an important role in our local communities. We look forward to working closely with Mark and his team to help benefit the Fredericksburg car owners.”

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AAMCO Athens float honored with "Most Original Idea" in the 2014 Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights.

Athens, GA – On Thursday Dec 4th, hundreds of smiling children and adults lined the streets for the annual Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights.

Robert Barron owner of AAMCO Athens, GA with award for "Most Original Idea" for the center's float in the 2014 Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights.

Robert Barron owner of AAMCO Athens, GA with award for “Most Original Idea” for the center’s float in the 2014 Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights.

Light covered trees decorated the route as over 60 businesses and community groups marched in the annual parade. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was this year’s theme.

Robert Barron, owner of AAMCO Athens at 2120 West Broad Street, entered a float in the parade for the very first time and won for “Most Original Idea”.

Robert had helped his daughter with a float in last year’s parade and said he’d been thinking about an idea for a float to enter ever since.

On the parade float, AAMCO Athen's GA worked on Santa's transmission!

On the parade float, AAMCO Athens, GA worked on Santa’s transmission!

“We thought participating in the parade would be a wonderful way to say thank you and give back to the community we serve,” said Robert Barron of AAMCO Athens, provider of dependable total car care services for Athens, GA and surrounding areas.

The parade concluded with the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting of the community Christmas tree in front of City Hall.

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Kudos to AAMCO in Princeton, WV

I wanted to take a second to thank Chris and all the guys at AAMCO in Princeton, WV!! Monday, June 9th I was driving from Knoxville, TN through Princeton, WV while participating in the Hot Rod Power Tour. I was in my 1969 Pontiac Firebird. I experienced a very bad transmission leak on the highway and was directed to Chris at AAMCO. When I pulled into his shop, he could tell that I was in need of help and quickly. He and his guys pulled my car in and in under an hour had the transmission sitting on the stand and a new seal in hand. Once the transmission was inspected, it was discovered that the torque converter was damaged and would need to be replaced. Chris got on the phone and made what seemed like a dozen calls and was able to locate one about a 100 miles away. I rented a car that night drove to where the part was and picked it up the next morning and got it to the guys at the shop. I was back on the Power Tour by 10:00 the next morning and never missed a check in! Chris and all of the guys stayed late and worked quickly and got me back on the road, and only charged me about $475.00. These guys are top notch in my book and deserve an award of some kind!! Thank you!!

Chris Shawver

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