After more than half a century as one of America's most iconic franchise systems, AAMCO continues to drive towards a bright future. Led by an executive team that is entirely focused on improving the business model for its growing network of franchisees, the AAMCO of today is a forward-looking, tech-savvy powerhouse that is rapidly expanding across the country. time-tested business model. This dedication makes AAMCO franchises easier to run and easier to scale than ever before.
Under the leadership of President and CEO Brett Ponton, AAMCO has invested in a state-of-the-art initial and ongoing training platform called AAMCO University, which not only has made AAMCO accessible and welcoming to entrepreneurs without experience in the auto industry, but has given technicians and employees at AAMCO franchise centers the ability to move upward in their careers. This has allowed AAMCO to retain its hard-won expertise in the auto repair industry and has made it easier for franchisees to hire and retain the best talent.
The brand also successfully launched Total Car Care. AAMCO has leveraged it’s 50 year history of fixing the most complex part of the car, the transmission, into a full-service offering that includes brakes, oil changes, heat and A/C, brakes, and in 2018, the brand will add tires. This level of service and consumer trust— combined with an ongoing initiative to “win the internet” through a series of marketing efforts, a new financing program for consumers, and a new POS system — has delivered to the AAMCO franchisee multiple revenue streams and the ability to out compete auto repair chains in their markets.“We’re so proud to be a part of the wonderful AAMCO brand and are privileged to help make our business model more competitive and more profitable for our franchise owners,” Brett says. “By working side-by-side with our franchisees to create initiatives that drive sales to their centers, we have made AAMCO not only more competitive in the 21st-century economy, but also more attractive to entrepreneurs who are looking for a business opportunity with a proven track record of success and even brighter future. We’re working hard to ensure that our next 50 years in business is even better than the last.”
The industry agrees. In 2017, Entrepreneur magazine included AAMCO on their prestigious “Franchise 500” list, and ranked AAMCO as the No. 1 brand in their category for the third consecutive year. Based on network size, growth rate and financial strength, the brand also earned a spot on Entrepreneur’s “Best of the Best” list. Additionally, AAMCO has been ranked on the Franchise Times Top 200+ for the past two years.
Existing AAMCO franchisees agree. The investments that AAMCO has made to improve its business model allows existing franchisees to open new centers in record numbers. If the measure of success in a franchise system is its franchisees answering this fundamental question in the affirmative: “If you could go back in time, would you make the investment again?” — then AAMCO has knocked the ball out of the park.
“The fact that we have so many deposits for new centers from existing franchise owners is proof that all of our hard work and investments are paying off,” says Kim Robinson, Director of Franchise Development at AAMCO. “When an entrepreneur is interested in opening a new center, they always ask about the existing franchise network. The fact that I can tell them our existing owners are opening new centers in record numbers speaks volumes about how healthy the AAMCO franchise system really is, and is a signal to potential franchisees that AAMCO is a wise investment.”