AAMCO Franchise of San Rafael Receives "Automotive Repair Center of the Year" Award

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 that its service center located in San Rafael, California has been recognized as the 2017 recipient of the Automotive Repair Center of the Year award by the editorial staff of Consumer Business Review. The award was given based on many surveys from local customers, as well as an in-depth background check of its overall alignment with the AAMCO brand and a compilation of local consumer reviews posted to Google and Yelp.
The award-winning shop located at 3241 Kerner Boulevard has been owned and operated by McDonald Lozada for the last three years.

McDonald Lozada,
Owner of AAMCO San Rafael
Winner of the ““Automotive Repair Center of the Year” Award

“Our AAMCO center constantly strives to provide the highest quality of service to each customer that visits our location,” said Lozada. “We are truly honored to receive this award, and I personally attribute this recognition to the hard work of my crew.”

Consumer Business Review interviewed customers about their experience at AAMCO of San Rafael, as well as their opinions of the nationwide warranty and financing options offered through the center. The local AAMCO service center was chosen as the Automotive Repair Center of the Year out of several surrounding competitors.

“We are very proud of McDonald Lozada, his team and the positive impact they have made on their customers,” said Rob Rajkowski, COO at AAMCO Transmissions, Inc. “They exemplify the values of the AAMCO brand and we commend their ongoing dedication to those they service.”

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AAMCO Named A Top 100 Global Franchise

AAMCO announced today the company has been ranked on Franchise Direct’s 2017 Top 100 Global Franchises Rankings.

“It is an honor for AAMCO to be on this list and for our proven business model to get the recognition it has earned,” said Brett Ponton, CEO and president of American Driveline and AAMCO Transmission, Inc. “Our success in franchising is a testament to the hard-working business owners in our franchise network and the tireless teams in our home office and in the field that provide the ongoing training and support to make it all possible. Together, we have built an award-winning total car care brand.”
According to Franchise Direct, the franchises that comprise the Top 100 Global Franchises stand out from thousands of companies that have invested in international expansion strategies. This list is the premier, research-only based ranking of the world’s top 100 franchises and uses a methodology that goes beyond system size and financial performance. The rankings are based on objective and measurable criteria, which includes system size and revenue, stability and growth, number of years in operation and market expansion. Rankings are also based on franchisee support and training best practices, environmental policy and social responsibility. Each criterion is given a weighted value, and the data for each franchise is plugged into a proprietary computer formula, making the outcome as objective as possible.

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AAMCO Franchise Recognizes Longest-Tenured Franchisee for 50-Year Anniversary

AAMCO proudly recognizes its longest-tenured franchisee, Bill Harrison, for his remarkable 50-year anniversary with the brand. On March 11, 1967, Harrison signed his first franchise agreement to develop a service center in Columbus, Ohio, and has continued to lead the operations throughout the years, including five national recessions over the past five decades. The franchisee plans to retire on July 1 – 50 years after opening his AAMCO location – and will pass the business down to his stepson, who will continue to operate the Springfield, Ohio location.

Bill Harrison at 29

“When I first sparked the idea to start my own business, I wanted to capitalize on the franchise business model to secure a successful career,” said Harrison. “As I reflect on the past 50 years, I am especially grateful to AAMCO for creating a culture of support and transparency that only improved with time for myself and my fellow network of franchisees. I have worked for many years to ensure that my customers feel comfortable with our services and am proud to pass on the business to my stepson after I retire.”

Bill Harrison at 75

Harrison embarked on his entrepreneurial journey with AAMCO at the age of 29 in order to build a thriving future for himself and his family. At the time, AAMCO was carving out its reputation in leading transmission repair service. Over the years, Harrison has grown with the brand as it became a household name, and recognized the vast technological and training advancements made to the business model, such a. The franchisee exemplifies the meaning of superior customer service, and has forged meaningful relationships within his community while serving as a mentor to other franchisees within the AAMCO system.

“AAMCO is currently in its 55th year of franchising, therefore Bill Harrison has been a staple part of the brand’s growth and evolution,” said Brett Ponton, CEO and President of American Driveline and AAMCO Transmission, Inc. “He has displayed a tireless work ethic, in addition to ongoing dedication to his customers and community since opening his first location. Although Bill will be greatly missed when he retires later this year, we are confident that his family will continue to carry on the legacy of service and expertise that he established throughout his career for many years to come.”

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AAMCO Franchise Expands In South Carolina With The Opening Of First Summerville Service Center

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 has expanded in South Carolina with the opening of its first location in Summerville on Feb. 1. The new auto repair shop is located at 1550 Old Trolley Road and features transmission, auto repair and fleet services. AAMCO Summerville marks the brand’s eighth location in South Carolina and is owned and operated by Greenville resident and longtime franchisee Chris Ebert.

Ebert opened his first AAMCO shop in the Greenville area in 2010 after spending 12 years in the mortgage industry and many years as a restaurant owner prior to that. When asked what drew him to franchising and to AAMCO in particular, he said, “As a manager with JPMorgan Chase, I learned how to follow best practices and to achieve success by doing what has proven to work. The experts at AAMCO have spent over 50 years developing their business. I know I can follow this path they have created, put in the hard work and have a thriving business.”

That path to success led Ebert to open a Columbia-area shop in 2014 and a Charlotte, North Carolina-area location in 2015. He has already purchased the rights to expand in Mount Pleasant and Anderson, South Carolina, as well as Asheville, North Carolina, and expects to have those three locations open with the next 24 months.

Total car care is a specialty business that people are always going to need,” said Ebert. “We work hard to build trust with our customers and help them maintain their car year-round, whether it’s a transmission replacement in the heat of the summer or a routine spring tune-up. It’s important to me to bring value to each community in which I do business and to be known for quality work and customer service.”

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AAMCO Franchise Announces New Owner Of Pennsauken, New Jersey Service Center

AAMCO announced its service center in Pennsauken, New Jersey, located at 5120 Route 38, has a new owner. The newly renovated Pennsauken service center features five service bays which offer transmission, fleet service and total car care.

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AAMCO Pennsauken, NJ

Kash Gill, the new owner of the Pennsauken center, currently owns AAMCO of Toms River, which opened last September. Prior to franchise ownership, Gill held various positions in sales and management at local auto dealerships since 2004. The entrepreneur plans to open at least two additional AAMCO franchise locations in the area over the next several years.

“I am thrilled to open my second AAMCO franchise, and bring a trusted name and excellent service to the community of Pennsauken and surrounding areas,” said Gill. “With a convenient location close to several major highways and the city of Philadelphia, AAMCO of Pennsauken will provide fast and convenient automotive repair services to the local community.”

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AAMCO Franchise Expands In Arkansas With The Opening Of First Jacksonville Service Center

AAMCO, franchisor of the world’s largest branded chain of transmission specialists and an industry leader in total car care services, announced today it has expanded in Arkansas with the opening of its first location in Jacksonville. The new auto repair shop is located at 1106 West Main Street and features transmission, auto repair and fleet services. AAMCO Jacksonville marks the brand’s fifth location in Arkansas and is owned and operated by Cabot resident and first-time franchisee Martin Schneider.

AAMCO Jacksonville, AR

AAMCO Jacksonville, AR

Prior to joining AAMCO, Schneider spent 20 years in the automotive industry, working for General Motors. He also has two decades of telecommunications experience. The franchisee plans to develop additional locations in the market over the next several years.

“I retired after 40 years in business, but quickly realized I was not ready for retirement life,” said Schneider. “When I saw an opportunity to bring AAMCO’s full service car care center to Jacksonville, I knew it was the right move. Everyone needs a trusted car care expert in their life, and my goal is to provide quality work and customer service to the community for many years to come.”

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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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