Franchise Owners Thomas and Ronda Scott Go Above and Beyond to Help Local Military Veterans in Need

AAMCO’s Tulsa, Oklahoma service centers have been recognized by the Ernest Childers Tulsa chapter of The Military Order of the Purple Heart for their dedication to the local veteran community. Owned by AAMCO’s largest franchisee, Thomas and Ronda Scott, the AAMCO Franchise in Tulsa, which is managed by Ron Smith, has been providing heavily discounted services to veterans in the community for more than a year.

“When Ron first received a call from The Military Order of the Purple Heart about a Purple Heart recipient who needed a new transmission, we knew we had to help,” said Ronda Scott, franchisee. “Since then, we’ve helped about ten other veterans in our local community who had car trouble, including replacing one car completely. At AAMCO, we are strong supporters of the U.S. military and feel it’s our duty to say thank you in any way possible to those who selflessly serve our country.”

The Military Order of the Purple Heart was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of “combat” veterans.

The Scotts initially purchased the existing AAMCO service center in Tulsa, Oklahoma in November 2013, and acquired a second location in the market less than six months later. The entrepreneurs quickly transformed the two units into valued businesses, which are now the top performing service centers in the region. The team has received various accolades for their outstanding achievements from the company, including bottom line improvement, customer service and performance since their start with the brand in 2013. Their success is built on morale – they strive to build value in their nearly 50 employees and aim for advanced customer service throughout all of their locations.

“We’re incredibly proud of the initiative and dedication that the Scotts and their center manager Ron Smith have shown to their local community,” said Rob Rajkowski, chief operating officer at AAMCO Transmission, Inc. “Many of AAMCO’s franchise owners voluntarily give back to the communities they serve, and we’re dedicated to supporting them and their local charitable initiatives.”

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AAMCO Franchise Offers "Spring Cleaning"Tips For Improving Your Car's Performance

April is National Car Care Month and AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and a leader in total car care, is helping car and truck owners get their vehicles running at peak performance in time for the spring season.

“With winter behind us, now is the best time to give our vehicles some extra attention,” said AAMCO VP of Technical Support Bruce Chidsey. “This is not only crucial for extending the lifetime of the vehicle, but also for the safety of other drivers and passengers that share the road. At AAMCO, the well-being of our customers and their cars and trucks will always remain our top priority.”

The following are some spring maintenance tips to get vehicles ready for the warm seasons ahead:

  1. Inspect Tires – Check tires for wear, damage and proper air pressure. This should include checking the tire tread depth by placing a quarter into the grooves of the tire tread. Washington’s head should be fully covered, otherwise, consider replacing the tires. Don’t forget to check that the spare tire is in good shape, as well.
  1. Scrub and Clean the Exterior and Interior –Protect the vehicle’s paint with a thorough cleaning to remove all of the salts and other winter debris. Vacuum and clean the interior rugs and upholstery to remove any winter residue; don’t forget about the trunk – no space is spared from winter grime.  It is also a good idea to keep a first aid kit in the trunk for any roadside emergencies.
  1. Change Wiper Blades – Wiper blades endure a great deal of wear and tear during the winter season and should be changed in the spring. If left unchecked, the worn out blades could cause streaks and smears, as well as scratches that could damage the windshield and impair visibility.
  1. Clean the Battery – Built-up dirt and debris on the battery and terminals can drain its power. The battery can be cleaned using baking soda and either a toothbrush or battery terminal cleaner. Keep in mind a vehicle’s battery has a five-year shelf life.
  1. Examine the Brakes and Engine – Check to see if your vehicle’s engine oil and filter need to be changed, and be sure to have the front and rear brake pads, as well as, brake fluids checked for wear or damage.

In addition to these tips, it is also important to check the owner’s manual for required factory maintenance and consult a professional technician to perform any of those services.


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AAMCO Partners With LoanHero To Maximize Loan Approval Rates For Customers

AAMCO, the world’s largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, today announced it has selected LoanHero, a disruptive consumer-lending platform, to provide enhanced consumer financing options to its franchisees systemwide. The company is in the initial stages of rolling out the new consumer finance technology platform, which allows customers to submit one credit application to access multiple lenders in order to optimize consumer and merchant terms and maximize loan approval rates.

“This new, robust consumer financing program is part of a broader strategy to significantly improve our franchisees long-term profitability,” said Jim Gregory, CFO of AAMCO Transmission, Inc. “With LoanHero, we’ve found the right portfolio of lenders that will allow our customers to receive instant approvals, while providing fast payment to our franchisees. Through our testing, AAMCO franchisees have already experienced a significant increase in average comp store sales, in addition to a jump in loan approval rates and average approval amounts for customers. We expect the impact on store performance to increase as the program continues to roll out systemwide. It’s truly a win-win situation for everyone.”

Through this partnership, customers have the option to apply for a loan for their automotive repair services via their web browser or mobile device through a pre-approval process that gives them access to a variety of lenders. As a result, AAMCO will become more in line with other industries, having a comparable average ticket size, that process around 50 percent of sales via credit as compared to AAMCO’s current rate of roughly 10 percent.

“AAMCO understands the value and impact consumer financing can have on its franchisees’ businesses,” said Derek Barclay, LoanHero president and co-founder. “LoanHero’s streamlined and seamless technology will not only help increase sales, but attract new customers by allowing AAMCO to stand out from the competition.”

Sameer Gulati, who owns one AAMCO service center in San Francisco, was one of the first of nearly 50 franchisees to test the new platform at their service centers.

“In the past, my staff would have to complete several applications for multiple lenders, and now, they are enjoying having a centralized application platform with a multi-lender solution. The entire process is very straightforward and more efficient than ever before,” said Gulati. “I’m very pleased that AAMCO continues to listen to its franchisees and has taken the initiative to improve financing options for our customers.”


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AAMCO Los Angeles (La Cienega Blvd): Open and Honest

We took our 2009 Chrysler minivan to AAMCO with transmission issues. Paul at the center suggested running a computer diagnostic check on the transmission. After several tests he told me that the problem is most likely caused by a sensor, but because he does not believe in throwing parts at the car at the expense of the owner, he recommended that we take it to the dealership service center so they can run additional tests to be sure.

When we asked Paul how much we owed, he said there was no charge.  I explained that they spent time test driving the minivan and running the diagnostic tests on it, that we would expect to pay at least something. It’s very rare to find a company that goes above the call of duty and then is completely honest with what they found and even more impressively, they did it for free.

So we take it to the Chrysler dealership, they have it for a day – charge us for the diagnostic tests, as well as to remove the transmission pan to inspect the gears and changed the transmission fluid for a total of $350 – problem still not fixed.  Instead, they tell us that the transmission is completely gone (even though we drove it there) and we need a new transmission at a cost of $5,500.

So we took the car back to Paul and told him what the dealer had said. He ended up replacing a sensor and the transmission is fine now. Paul was open and honest with his findings. Paul is the face of this AAMCO and represents his company with the utmost professionalism. We have highly recommended this AAMCO to friends, family and


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AAMCO Franchise Announces Recipients of the 2015 President's Club Awards

AAMCO, the world’s largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, announced today the winners of its 2015 President’s Club Awards. The President’s Club Awards challenges AAMCO’s nearly 700 centers in an annual competition measured by 15 key performance indicators (KPIs) within four major categories, including business growth, training and education, customer satisfaction and brand standards. Earlier this month, these franchise owners were awarded with an all-expense paid trip to Cancun, Mexico where they were honored at a special gala for their dedication and tireless efforts to their businesses and success of the AAMCO brand.

“We’re very proud to honor the 2015 President’s Club recipients. These owners and their centers represent our brand’s commitment to integrity and define all that it stands for,” said Brett Ponton, CEO and president of American Driveline and AAMCO Transmission, Inc. “At AAMCO, our goal is to provide customers with outstanding customer and automotive repair service, and it’s because of the dedication exemplified by these individuals, along with the rest of our network of franchise owners, that we can continue to uphold our company’s strong industry reputation.”

Among those honored was John Summers, who was named the Grand Champion of the 2015 President’s Club. Summers, a longtime AAMCO franchisee, turned his three-bay service center in Louisville, Ky., into a 10-bay facility after nearly a decade of business growth. In addition to running his center, the franchise owner actively supports his community through donations and sponsorships that go toward college scholarships for local high school seniors.

“It’s truly an honor to receive this distinguished recognition,” said Summers. “One of the key attributes of a successful business is creating a work environment that empowers employees to form a strong team and work together toward a common goal. AAMCO’s proven business model provides its franchisees with the ongoing support and the necessary tools to foster this kind of business culture.”

At the gala, AAMCO also honored the President’s Club’s Divisional, Regional and Best New Center Owner recipients, including:

Divisional Winners
North Eastern Division – Ed Wristen and Tim Erwin, Crystal Lake, Ill.
South-Central Division – Jason Butler, Jacksonville, Fla.
Western Division – Maggie and Apolinar Rico, Signal Hill, Calif.

Regional Winners
Mike Ganjei, Alexandria, Va.
John Snyder, Dover, Del.
Daryl Deig, Indianapolis, Ind.
Joseph Zambri, Whitby, Ontario
A.C. and A.J. Sollitto, Bronx, N.Y.
Doug Petersen, Kent, Ohio
Wayne Kummer and Nicklaus Kummer, Rapid City, S.D.
Robert Goldberg, Ocala, Fla.
Charles Stasny, Houston
Frank Filacchione, Jacksonville, Fla.
James Tyson, III and Joy Wilkins, Winterville, N.C.
Howard McJunkin, Corvallis, Ore.
Craig Hiett, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Derek Tinder and Steve Phillips, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Julie Lento and Stacy Kujawa, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Wayne Martella, Mesa, Ariz.

Best New Center Winner
Lee and Keva Konsker, Lighthouse Point, Fla.


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AAMCO's Expert Technicians Offer Six Tips to Ensure Safe Driving This Winter Season

As the national weather forecast starts to include the words ‘frost’, ‘freeze’ and ‘snow’ to describe the current weather conditions, the experts at AAMCO, the world’s largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, are offering the top six tips to help consumers prepare their vehicles for the harsh winter season ahead.

“The best way to keep a car or truck running safely and reliably is through routine preventative maintenance,” said AAMCO VP of Technical Support Bruce Chidsey. “We encourage drivers to take the cold winter months seriously and prepare their vehicles in advance to ensure that their car or truck is ready for winter weather. Taking a few simple, preventative steps can make all the difference between getting home safe and sound and being stranded on the side of a snowy road.”

The following are the top six ways to care for everything inside, outside and under the hood of your car or truck this winter:

1. Keep the Gas Tank at Least Half Full – Keeping a gas tank at least half full at all times will prevent moisture build up, which can freeze in the gas lines.

2. Check the Battery – Throughout the season, check the batter for dirt and grime. If it is dirty, disconnect the cables and scrub the battery with a mix of baking soda and water. When reconnecting, tighten the wires so they cannot wiggle. A vehicle’s battery begins to lose power in cold temperatures, so it is important to test the battery monthly or replace it if it has not been changed within the last two to three years.

3. Antifreeze is Your Friend – Check the fluid levels under the hood and top off as necessary. Antifreeze is a mix of 50-50 coolant to water. Do not use 100 percent coolant because when it freezes, it expands and could damage the engine block.

4. Check Tire Tread and Pressure – It is helpful to switch to snow tires during the winter for better traction on the roads. If this is not an option, then check the tire tread to see if the vehicle’s current tires need to be replaced. It is also especially important to check tire pressure because cold air lowers air pressure, making your drive less optimal, drains the fuel, and causes uneven tread wear.

5. Wash and Wax Frequently – A lot of grime and dirt collects on the ground during winter and gets kicked up onto your car and the undercarriage. Wash and wax your car frequently during this season to prevent salt from sticking to and rusting it.

6. Have an Emergency Car Kit – Stay prepared for anything that could happen by keeping an emergency car kit. An emergency car kit should consist of the following at a minimum:
• Ice scraper
• First-aid kit
• Blanket
• Extra clothes, including a hat, gloves and jacket
• Sand
• Shovel
• Jumper cables/Portable car charger
• Flares
• Medication
• Snacks
• Water
• Phone charger


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AAMCO of Pottsville, PA Helps Put the Brakes on Cancer

During the month of October, AAMCO of Pottsville Total Car Care & Repair participated in raising funds for a breast cancer vaccine as part of the "Brakes for Breasts" fundraiser.

Brakes for Breasts guys holding banner front and back of t shirts (2)On October 8th, local radio station MAGIC WMGH 105.5 delivered a live broadcast from the Pottsville, PA AAMCO center. ​Tom and Sheree Bashinsky, the center owners, were on hand for this important event.

Brakes for Breasts Live Broadcast Road Sign

As part of the “Brakes for Breasts” fundraiser, the participating auto repair facilities gave away FREE (quality) brake pads or shoes, compliments of AutoZone. The customer simply paid the labor and any other ancillary parts necessary to complete the brake job and the shops then donated 10% of the brake job directly to Dr. Vincent Tuohy & the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. According to the press release, Dr. Tuohy at the Cleveland Clinic has created a vaccine that has proved effective in laboratory animals in actually preventing breast cancer.
Brakes for Breasts 2015 all guys eating hot dogs (1)It was a great event for a very worthwhile cause. AAMCO of Pottsville welcomed the opportunity to help raise awareness and lend their support.  Owners Tom and Sheree and their entire team are dedicated to premier total car care, customer education and giving back to the community they serve.

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