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Moran Franchisee of the Year: Scott Hester

Moran Franchisee of the Year: Scott Hester

Moran Franchisee of the Year: Scott Hester Scott Hester was recently named as one of Moran Family of Brands’ Franchisees of the Year, as selected by his peers from the system.  He has owned the Mr. Transmission in Decatur, Georgia, since 2006. If a Hester from Georgia winning the Mr. Transmission Franchisee of the Year sounds familiar, that would be correct.  Scott’s father, Lowell, owns the Mr. Transmission in nearby Sandy Springs and has won one the award twice. If there is a franchise gene, Lowell apparently passed it onto Scott. In any case, for those franchise owners wondering if they might want to sell or pass on their franchise to their offspring, that’s one way to go. But if you aren’t in the mindset of retiring any time soon, you still might be able to use your franchise to help your kids build their own future. For those people, Scott’s story m ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month As the calendar turns to October and the start of fall is upon us, now is a good reminder that October is Fall Car Care Month. October is a good time to assess the condition of your car and determine if it needs maintenance.  It has been through a long summer with continued exposure to the hot weather, and maybe a long trip or two mixed in.  Now is the time to take your car in for any work that may need to be done before the winter weather arrives.  It feels a long way off right now, but the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that two-thirds of the country will encounter a colder-than-normal season. So with that in mind, October’s a good time to get your car inspected at Milex Complete Auto Care or ... read more

Five Ways You Could Accidentally, Inadvertently Damage Your Car

Five Ways You Could Accidentally, Inadvertently Damage Your Car

Five Ways You Could Accidentally, Inadvertently Damage Your Car Routine maintenance or some standard problems with your car will lead you to bring in your vehicle at your local Milex Complete Auto Care or Mr. Transmission shop.  However, there will sometimes be some unexpected circumstances that require service that can be preventable. With our busy daily lives, we don’t always think about simple things we may be doing that can hurt the performance of our car.  Here are a few things to keep in mind and prevent an unnecessary trip into the shop for service. Driving near empty. Many people will wait to fill up on gas to when the needle hovers around “E,”. Maybe that is the sign that it is time for a refill.  Other times you may be too busy to stop, or the price at a certain station may be a few cents high.  Aside from taking ... read more

Be Prepared: 9 Must-Haves in Your Car In Case There’s an Emergency

Be Prepared: 9 Must-Haves in Your Car In Case There’s an Emergency

Be Prepared: 9 Must-Haves in Your Car In Case There’s an Emergency Nobody likes to think about it, but things can go wrong when you’re driving. Sometimes very wrong. One reason we often tell people to bring their vehicles in for regular maintenance is that things are less likely to go wrong if you take care of your car. You’re far less likely to have a flat tire or to see your car engine suddenly go up in smoke if you’re bringing in your car to Mr. Transmission Milex Complete Auto Care for regular oil changes. After all, it’s called Milex Complete Auto Care for a reason. Fluids are topped off, and if there’s a filter that needs changed, or the tires are looking anemic, we’ll let you know.  You also should stop by Alta Mere, the Automotive Outfitters, which have a lot of ... read more

Tips for Taking Care of Your Car and Saving Money at the Pump

Tips for Taking Care of Your Car and Saving Money at the Pump

Tips for Taking Care of Your Car and Saving Money at the Pump For a lot of people, September is the financial calm before the storm. That is, summer is over, and you’re done with back-to-school shopping, expensive vacations, paying for summer camp and maybe some home improvements. If you spent a little extra money this summer, now is a good time to start saving up before the holiday season arrives in a few months.    If you are trying to cut back right now, one easy way to do it is to save on your gas. Here are a few tips on how to save on your fuel bill… Turn off the air-conditioning and roll down the windows. Studies have shown that you can save anywhere from 3 to 10 percent on your gas bill if you turn off the air conditioner. Yes, if you roll down the windows, there’s that resistance from the wind that makes the c ... read more

Celebrating World Entrepreneurs Day

Celebrating World Entrepreneurs Day

Celebrating World Entrepreneurs DayWorld Entrepreneurs Day is August 21 and its purpose is to create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership throughout the world.  It is a time to recognize those who have started their own business and learn more about their challenges and successes along the way. So in honor of World Entrepreneurs Day, we caught up with Lowell and Cindy Hester, who own the Mr. Transmission in Sandy Springs, Georgia.  Cindy gave us the scoop on how they’re thriving as busy entrepreneurs. How things began. After several years in real estate, Lowell looked into an opportunity with Mr. Transmission in the mid-90’s. He wasn’t initially keen on the idea – he didn’t like getting his hands dirty – but he loved cars, and he was looking for a career change. He had sold houses and ... read more

Franchisee Spotlight: Bill and Sheri Granger

Franchisee Spotlight: Bill and Sheri Granger

Franchisee Spotlight: Bill and Sheri Granger If you have ever looked into franchises and how they work, it’s always interesting to see how one comes together. There’s no one right or wrong way to become a franchise owner. Sometimes people lose their job and then invest their life savings and become a franchise owner. Other times, investors will buy franchises and make all of the franchises part of their corporate mini-empire. Other people have done just fine in their careers but decide they want to be their own boss and so they buy a franchise. That’s where Bill and Sheri Granger come in. They recently opened a Milex Complete Auto Care and Mr. Transmission store in Bradenton, Florida. Bill Granger spent 17 years as a mechanic working for several car dealerships and spent 10 years in the oil refinery industry with BP.  He most recently ... read more

What You Need to Know About Your Car's Transmission

What You Need to Know About Your Car's Transmission

What You Need to Know About Your Car’s Transmission Your car’s transmission can be a complex system.  Unlike other areas of the vehicle such as the engine, fluids, tires, wiper or filters, many people do not know much about the transmission.  Most people do not handle maintenance or repairs on their own and instead leave it up to the experts like those at Mr. Transmission. However, the more you know about your car and how it operates, the better prepared you will be if a problem arises.  Here are some of the basics about a vehicle’s transmission system and what you need to do to get the most out of your car. Your car’s engine creates power, and that power goes the transmission, and the transmission then doles out the power to the axles that turn and rotate the car’s wheels. The automatic transmission is a little like an orchestra conductor, making sure the electric ... read more

What to Do If You Hit a Pothole

What to Do If You Hit a Pothole

What to Do If You Hit a Pothole One of the most common and dreaded hazards of everyday driving is the pothole.  Not all potholes are created equally, of course. You might sail over one without any issues whatsoever, and your car may feel the lingering effects from one for some time.  Those effects can be quite costly, however, as the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates, drivers spend $3 billion a year on damage to their cars from potholes. If you do hit a pothole, here are some things to keep in mind. Don’t panic. Try to not panic or get too angry at yourself for driving over a pothole. They’re everywhere. In Denver, for instance, the city fills 60,000 to 100,000 potholes a year. Houston h ... read more

Three Ways Your Car is Trying to Tell You Something

Three Ways Your Car is Trying to Tell You Something

Three Ways Your Car is Trying to Tell You Something Sometimes people talk to their cars.  It is often when there is a problem with the vehicle’s performance or an emergency on the road.  Those comments can be loud and not always pleasant. As odd as it may sound, you do want to make sure your relationship with your car isn’t one-sided. There are times in which your car also talks to you. If you listen and look carefully, your car is often trying to tell you something. Sometimes your car seems like it is screaming at you. If your car shakes wildly, makes loud noises when you drive, or leaks everywhere, those are clear messages that you should check it checked as soon as possible. There are other times your car talks to you, and what it says isn’t always obvious. For those cases, here is a car translation guide. Your car has trouble accelerating. If your car occasionally has trouble accelerating, but ... read more

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