AAMCO Poised for Growth in 2017

The AAMCO Car Care Center network grew by 21 locations in 2016 with as many as 68 more in the queue for 2017, according to AAMCO International Inc., the franchisor of the brand called 2016 an “incredible year” for AAMCO’s growth and development and one that set a “positive tone for 2017 and beyond.”

“As a result of our efforts, the brand has gained market share in the total car care segment and our reputation as an industry leader continues to rise,” Mr. Ponton said. “We look forward to working with our franchisees to continue providing customers with exceptional service and building upon last year’s tremendous success.”

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The growth last year pushed the AAMCO network to nearly 650 centers across North America, the franchisor said. In December, the company also reported double-digit growth in total car care sales.

As for 2017, AAMCO said it has received 68 deposits for new franchises. These depositors are in the process of finding a location, AAMCO said, a process that typically takes five to six months, depending on the local circumstances.

AAMCO assists its potential franchisees with location selection and said it is flexible on the timing to find the “right” location.

Separately, AAMCO said it has adopted a cloud-based point of sale (POS) system to provide greater transparency for local shop owners.

The new POS system, developed in partnership with Alldata L.L.C., began rolling out to AAMCO centers in December and is expected to be in all AAMCO shops nationwide by August.

AAMCO’s tailored system creates estimates and invoices for customers easier and faster, the franchisor said, driving revenue for franchisees. The system links to AAMCO’s existing customer relationship management and franchise relationship management systems to help franchisees monitor, analyze and manage their businesses.

AAMCO went on to say it is seeking single- and multi-unit operators interested providing high quality automotive service. Interested candidates should have a minimum net worth of $250,000 and liquid assets of at least $65,000 per unit.

Depending on the real estate site selected, franchisees can expect the total investment to be approximately $227,400 to $333,000 with a $39,500 initial franchise fee. Reduced franchise fees are available for honorably discharged veterans.

AAMCO also disclosed recently that Entrepreneur magazine ranked it No. 1 in its car care services category in its 2017 Franchise 500, for the third consecutive year.

The new U.S. locations opened last year are in: Mobile, Ala.; Chula Vista and Lakeport, Calif.; Hiram, Ga.; Miami; Wichita, Kan.; Slidell, La.; Bel Air, Md.; Pennsauken and Roselle Park, N.J.; Amherst, N.Y.; Norman, Okla.; Bedford, Ore.; Lancaster, Pa.; Denton and Houston, Texas; Fredericksburg and Wytheville, Va.; and Everett, Wash.

In Canada, new locations opened in Brampton and Concord, Ontario.

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AAMCO Franchise Ranks No. 1 in Category on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 For Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, AAMCO, the world’s largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care services, has been ranked No. 1 in category on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2017 Franchise 500. The ranking aims to reveal the impact of the newest trends and industries poised for growth, and evaluates franchisors based on system size, growth, financial strength and stability.aamco_logo“We’re extremely proud to receive this top recognition from Entrepreneur magazine for the third consecutive year,” said Brett Ponton, CEO and president of American Driveline and AAMCO Transmission, Inc. “With the hard work and dedication by our corporate team and franchisees, AAMCO has been able to uphold a positive brand reputation within the transmissions industry. As we continue our commitment to serving our customers with high quality service, we look forward to the growth that 2017 will bring the brand.”

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AAMCO Franchise Named One Of 2017's Top Franchises By America's Best Franchises

AAMCO Transmissions, Inc. (“AAMCO”), franchisor of the world’s largest branded chain of transmission specialists and an industry leader in total car care services, announced today it was named one of the 2017 Top 100 Franchises by America’s Best Franchises.

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“We are very proud to be part of this ranking and delighted to see our efforts translate into high praise from the industry,” said Brett Ponton, CEO and president of American Driveline and AAMCO Transmission, Inc. “We have made great strides in perfecting our business model to better serve customers and franchisees alike, and are carrying over the momentum to drive further growth and success in the year ahead.”

 

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AAMCO Franchise Celebrates Significant Growth And Operational Milestones In 2016

AAMCO, the world's largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, announced today it experienced a strong year for franchise development receiving 68 deposits for new centers and opening of 21 AAMCO service centers nationwide. In December, the company also reported double-digit growth in total car care sales. Last year, AAMCO formed new partnerships with companies like Autopoint and Salesforce in order to further increase sales, build customer relationships and bring a brand new suite of tools to its franchisees and customers, including a new consumer finance platform and new point of sale (POS) system.aamco_logo

“It was an incredible year for AAMCO’s growth and development, which has set a positive tone for 2017 and beyond,” said Brett Ponton, president and chief executive officer of AAMCO. “As a result of our efforts, the brand has gained market share in the total car care segment and our reputation as an industry leader continues to rise. We look forward to working with our franchisees to continue providing customers with exceptional service and building upon last year’s tremendous success.”

In addition to the brand’s expansion, last year, AAMCO launched a variety of new tools to help franchisees increase their revenue and seamlessly monitor, analyze and manage their businesses. A new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) program was launched in September to help strengthen customer lifetime value and loyalty systemwide. The automotive brand also adopted a new POS system, launching in 2017, to provide greater transparency for local shop owners, as well as two new consumer finance technology platform options, which allow customers in need of financial assistance for their automotive repairs to submit one credit application to access multiple lenders and thus maximize loan approval rates.

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AAMCO Franchise Expands Georgia Footprint With the Opening of First Hiram Service Center

AAMCO announced today it has expanded in Georgia with the opening of its first location in Hiram. The new auto repair shop is located at 5575 Wendy Bagwell Parkway and features transmission, auto repair and fleet services. AAMCO of Hiram marks the brand’s 27th location in Georgia, and is owned and operated by local resident and first-time franchisee Mohamed Moutassim.

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AAMCO Hiram, GA

“I am thrilled to bring AAMCO to the Hiram community,” said Moutassim. “With the tools and guidance provided by AAMCO, I look forward to providing excellent customer service and positive experiences for local residents for many years to come.”

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AAMCO Hiram, GA

Prior to purchasing his first franchise, Moutassim served as a senior sales associate at AutoNation for more than 12 years. In addition to his automotive industry experience, the entrepreneur held various sales positions in the electronics and cosmetics industries, which instilled him with a strong passion for customer service.

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AAMCO Franchise Expands in Southern California with the Opening of First San Marcos Service Center

AAMCO announced today it has expanded in California with the opening of its first location in San Marcos. The new auto repair shop is located at 1286 West San Marcos Boulevard, Suite 100, and features transmission, auto repair and fleet services. AAMCO of San Marcos marks the brand’s 80th location in California, and is owned and operated by local resident and first-time franchisee George Love.

Grand opening with owner George Love, The Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Jim Desmond of San Marcos, CA and others

Grand Opening with Owner George Love and wife Nadene Love, the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Jim Desmond of San Marcos, CA and others

“I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset and a love of cars, so when I saw an opportunity with a brand as recognizable as AAMCO, I knew it was a perfect fit,” said Love. “I am thrilled to bring AAMCO to the growing community of San Marcos. My goal is to provide a seamless customer experience to San Diego County residents and visitors alike for many years to come.”

Owner George Love with representative's from the CA State Senate with congratulations onthe grand opening of AAMCO San Marcos

Owner George Love and wife Nadene Love with Representatives from the CA State Senate and San Marcos, CA Mayor Jim Desmond

Prior to joining AAMCO, Love spent 36 years in the automotive industry, working in all aspects of the business, including sales, and most recently owned a local car dealership in Southern San Francisco. The former U.S. Marine Corps veteran has lived in the Carlsbad community for more than 30 years and is closely involved in a variety of local charitable organizations.

Seal of the State of California presented to Owner George Love

Seal of the State of California presented to AAMCO San Marcos, CA  Owner George Love

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AAMCO of Knoxville, TN Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie's List Super Service Award

AAMCO of Knoxville, TN has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.SSAnew5

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the Automotive Service companies in Knoxville were able to do it.”

AAMCO Knoxville Technician Team: Clockwise from left: Thad Perkins, Daniel Autrey, Bryan Fore, David Booth & Clinton Young. Not pictured is Danielle Dodson

AAMCO Knoxville’s Technician Team: Clockwise from left: Thad Perkins, Daniel Autrey, Bryan Fore, David Booth & Clinton Young. Not pictured is Danielle Dodson

Joe Basile, Owner and General Manager of AAMCO of Knoxville said, ”We are honored to be recipients of this prestigious award 3 years in a row. This is a testament to the leadership of our Customer Service Manager, Daniel Autrey and the hard work of our technicians, rebuilder and staff. All of us here at AAMCO of Knoxville wish to thank our customers for recognizing our focus as a skilled, first rate automotive repair facility that treats our customers fairly and stands by our work and promises.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

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