Franchise Owner Ken Rickoski , AAMCO Claymont, DE, Offers Free Automotive Check Ups In Celebration Of National Car Care Month

AAMCO of Claymont, DE owner Ken Rickoski is hosting a “Community Car Clinic Day” and offering free car check ups for local residents on Oct. 22 in celebration of National Car Care Month.

AAMCO of Claymont is also celebrating the location’s 10th anniversary during the Community Car Clinic Day event. Attendees will have the chance to participate in giveaways and freebies, as well as view classic cars on display.

AAMCO Claymont, DE

AAMCO Claymont, DE

“Community Car Clinic Day was created in efforts to bring awareness to National Car Care Month and give back to the local residents of Claymont,” said Rickoski. “With the winter months quickly approaching, it’s important vehicle owners receive car check ups to prepare for colder driving conditions. We are excited to offer local residents a complimentary vehicle check and look forward to serving the local community for many years to come.”

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AAMCO Franchise Of New Windsor, NY Provides Superior Service To Veteran In Need

The AAMCO New Windsor, New York service center, located at 295 Windsor Highway, went above and beyond to help a veteran in need. The center recently repaired and delivered a Vietnam veteran’s van while on vacation. AAMCO of New Windsor is owned and operated by local resident Ray Segalini.

Cliff McKenzie, a 74-year-old Vietnam veteran, and his wife Lori, were on a camping trip to West Point’s Round Pound Recreation Area to celebrate fifty years of marriage when their 2008 Dodge Caravan broke down. McKenzie had worked with franchises the majority of his life, so he reached out to the closest AAMCO franchise, AAMCO of New Windsor. The owner of the center, Ray Segalini, went above McKenzie’s expectations by repairing and returning his car before he and his wife had to return home.

“It’s not easy to leave your car with strangers and have the confidence they will do what is right for you, but with a trusted brand like AAMCO, Cliff had peace of mind. I always focus on my customer’s needs first, and in this case, Cliff needed his car back quickly in order to return home from vacation,” said Segalini. “Together, we developed a service plan and made sure to get his vehicle back into shape. It is my top priority to make anyone who walks in the door feel safe, secure, and know that we will deliver their car back to them fixed properly and for a reasonable price.”

The AAMCO of New Windsor offers a 10 percent discount off all vehicle repairs for veterans up to $100. As a resident of Middletown for almost 20 years, Segalini has spent more than a decade managing auto repair facilities. He purchased the AAMCO of New Windsor last February and has since doubled the sales of the center.

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AAMCO Franchise To Exhibit At Franchise Expo West In Denver, Oct. 6th-8th

AAMCO will be exhibiting at Franchise Expo West (Booth No. 711) on Oct. 6th-8th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, as the leader in total car care targets the western U.S. for franchise expansion.

As part of its national expansion plans, AAMCO aims to open more than 100 locations in new and existing markets throughout Arizona, California, Colorado and Washington. The brand currently has nearly 230 franchised locations across the Western U.S.

“Given the growing demand for automotive repair and maintenance services, AAMCO offers a proven investment opportunity regardless of an entrepreneur’s professional background or experience,” said Brian O’Donnell, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development for AAMCO Transmission, Inc. “AAMCO still has opportunity to expand our presence through the Western United States, and our team looks forward to meeting with event attendees and sharing the many reasons why investing in an AAMCO Franchise is the right choice.”

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.

With nearly 650 centers across North America, AAMCO is actively seeking single- and multi-unit franchisee operators who are passionate about the brand and committed to providing the highest quality 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$333,000 with a $39,500 initial franchise fee. Reduced franchise fees are available for honorably discharged veterans.

To learn more about franchise or conversion opportunities with AAMCO, contact Eric Simon, Director of Franchise Development, at 866-379-5649 or or visit


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October is Fall Car Care Month

Autumn is finally upon us and with it comes the time to begin preparing your vehicle for the cold weather season ahead. October is "Fall Car Care Month" and serves as a reminder about getting your car, truck or SUV up-to-date on routine maintenance.

According to and the non-profit Car Care Council, “It is important to get your vehicle in shape for the cold weather approaching and protecting your mobile investment. The Car Care Council recommends taking care of simple maintenance now to avoid costly repairs down the road.”

AAMCO can provide all of your vehicle’s service needs specified in the owner’s manual. Our skilled technicians perform a wide range of services, making AAMCO your one-stop shop for all of your vehicle’s repairs and maintenance.ccc-october-is-fccm-poster-682x1024

Essential fall car care maintenance consists of checking the battery, brakes, oil, filters and fluid levels, belts and hoses, tires, headlights and cooling system which includes the radiator, thermostat and heater. The council also recommends an annual tune-up and wheel alignment.

The expert technicians at AAMCO Total Car Care want to help you drive smart and save money. When a vehicle is well maintained, it tends to perform better and last longer. Of all the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair, AAMCO knows that ensuring your vehicle’s reliability and family’s safety on the road is what’s most important and what gives our customers peace of mind.

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Franchise Owner Tyrell Turner Chosen for Leadership Role in Leading Referral Organization

Tyrell Turner, the owner of AAMCO of Waterford, Michigan has been elected as the Vice President to the BNI (Business Network International) of Milford. In this new role, AAMCO of Waterford franchisee Tyrell Turner will be responsible for recruiting new members, local events and business meetings for the chapter.

“I am incredibly honored to be chosen as the Vice President to the BNI of Milford,” said Turner. “I’ve been involved with our local chapter of BNI for one year and have enjoyed networking with the local community. I look forward to taking on this leadership roll to help build our town’s small business network.”

The mission of BNI is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional “word-of-mouth” program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. Turner joined BNI of Milford in 2015 as a member of the organization. With only one year of service under his belt, he was nominated by the local chapter into his new Vice President role.

Turner opened the AAMCO of Waterford in December of 2014. He has lived in the Lansing area for 12 years, where he is very involved in local community organizations, such as the Waterford Chamber of Commerce. Before joining AAMCO, Turner worked for 12 years as a unit director for a distribution center with supercenter chain, Meijer.

“We’re incredibly proud of Tyrell for his dedication to his center and close involvement with the business community,” said Rob Rajkowski, chief operating officer at AAMCO Transmission, Inc. “His loyalty and service is a true testament to his fortitude as a small business owner, and we wish him the best in this new role.

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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,  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.


“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

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