Summer Vacation Trip Hazards Sunshine, warm weather and easy driving mean summertime is the perfect opportunity to take a road trip with friends and family. Unfortunately, those long car trips can come with some hazards, including rough roads, car trouble and sun damage. Luckily, there are steps you can take to dodge those road blocks and keep your vacation running smoothly. Brace Yourself for Wear and Tear Before you embark on your epic vacation, it’s important to make sure your car is in top form. The road can really wear down your car over time, so it’s best to be prepared. Regular oil changes, preventative maintenance and proper brake care will help stay you off the side of the road, and keep you cruising toward your destination. A broken-down vehicle is a sure-fire way to ruin a vacation in a heartbeat. Make sure to schedule a pre-trip maintenance appointment at your local ... read more
Moran Family of Brands President & CEO Barb Moran-Goodrich recently appeared on an episode of the “Recalculating” podcast, which focuses on small business and entrepreneurship. Moran-Goodrich spoke with program hosts Dan Perkins and Don Mazzella on a wide range of topics such as about the history of the company, the auto repair field and the future outlook of the industry. Here are some of the topics discussed in the interview: Company overview and history Her professional background and time with Moran Family of Brands The state of the auto repair industry and employment opportunities in the future Franchise ownership opportunities in the auto repair field The newly created Moran Future Auto Tech Internship Program. Listen to Moran-Goodrich’s full interview in the of “Recalculating” podcast below
A Mr. Transmission Franchisee Reveals How He Achieved His Success How long have you worked with Mr. Transmission?
33 years. I started working there in May 1984. What did you do before coming to Mr. Transmission?
I graduated Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing. I then spent my first two years out of college working at a Sherwin Williams store, before being offered a manager position with Mr. Transmission in Jackson in May of 1984. After spending 10 years as Center Manager, I bought the Mr. Transmission store when the previous owner retired. I’ll never forget that moment. It was what I had been working toward for years, and I’ve never looked back. Why did you decide to work at Mr. Transmission and then purchas ... read more
Customer loyalty can be elusive for the average small business owner, and many entrepreneurs struggle to find the secret formula that makes customers want to come back to their business. Jason Kuriger is certainly not among that group. After just four years, Jason’s Mr. Transmission store has become a fixture in his community, and he has a reputation for integrity, honesty and caring that brings people back to his store. According to Jason’s most recent estimates, somewhere between 70 and 80 percent of his customers are repeat visitors, and he makes sure each one feels as though they were the most valued individual in the state of Illinois. Jason entered the automotive industry in 1991, working at a car dealership’s parts and service office. After several years of being in that role and moving ... read more
Small Business Expects Big Changes in 2017 Featuring Dean Bingham, Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care, Greenville, SC Original news story found here. NEW YORK – Donald Trump’s election as president has made many small-business owners more upbeat about 2017. Dean Bingham said he’s cautiously optimistic because business picked up at his auto repair shop after the election — people who had put off fixing their cars have decided it’s time to get them serviced. “Over the last month, customers have been coming in with optimism that they didn’t have the last few years,” said Bingham, owner of a Mr. Transmission/Milex franchise in ... read more
Lowell and Scott Hester – Mr. Transmission of Sandy Springs, GA and Decatur, GA – Interviewed on CBS 46. Veterans like father-son pair Lowell and Scott Hester have found out first-hand the success that’s possible through our franchise. Lowell served in the Air Force for three years and was deployed in Vietnam, and he has been a top-performing Moran franchisee since 1998. His son Scott started in the business after eight years of service in the Navy, operating his father’s store. Scott then went on to purchase his own Mr. Transmission in 2000. Both have been recognized with the Award of Excellence each year they’ve been franchisees, and Lowell just earned the Franchisee of the Year Award for the Mr. Transmission brand. You can read about their journey here: http:https://moranfamilyofbrands.com/veterans-day/
Crest Hill business owner caters to Joliet area teachers Jason Kuriger knows importance of giving back CREST HILL – Jill Carter read the letter Jason Kuriger dropped off at Chaney Monge School in Crest Hill and took a chance. Carter’s car needed a mechanic. Kuriger, the owner of a Mr. Transmission/Milex automotive repair shop in Crest Hill, offered a Teacher Loyalty Program, which meant a 15 percent discount on most services. She found the service to be friendly and reliable. No slick pushes for unnecessary repairs. Free rides to and from work when her car is in the shop. No messes left inside the car. Reasonable prices. “I can trust him when he says, ‘You need this’ and ‘Yeah, this will wait,” said Carter, a reading interventionist at Chaney Monge School. Kuriger began the Teacher Loyalty Program when he opened the shop three years ago. About 95 teachers are enrolle ... read more
Car Experts Offer Suggestions for Students Heading off to College Moran Family of Brands Professionals Provide Car Maintenance and Do-It-Yourself Tips College students around the country are preparing to drive off to campus this month to start classes and live on their own. Car care experts at Moran Family of Brands, one of the nation’s leading franchises of transmission and general automotive repair, are providing students with maintenance tips to keep their vehicles running smoothly as they head off to school this fall. “College students are often relatively new car owners who have relied on their parents for maintenance schedules and advice,” said Peter Baldine, President of Moran Family of Brands. “Now that they are going out on their own, they will need to know the best ways to take care of their vehicles while they are away from home. We want to offer ... read more
How to Prep Your Car for the Summer Trip High on the short list of terrible things that can happen on a summer road trip – along with getting lost in a different state or forgetting your valuables in a rest stop bathroom – is having your mode of transportation fail on you. Car troubles are bad enough when they happen during your everyday life. Having something happen to your car while you’re on a road trip just compounds the frustration, fear and confusion. Here at Milex Complete Auto Care, we want your summer vacationing to be as pleasant as possible, so the only screams you hear are ones of delight as your family spends time making memories, and not waiting for roadside assistance. Here are our tips for preparing your car for the rigors of the summer road trip. 1. Check fluid levels! This might seem like a massive checklist already, but the ... read more
For Immediate Release Media Contact: Kevin Behan [email protected] 919-459-3595 Car Care Experts Show How to Prepare Vehicles for Winter Weather Five Winter Road Warrior Tips to Keep Cars Safe in Cold Midlothian, IL (December 9, 2015) – Cold temperatures, snow and ice wreak havoc on our roads and our vehicles. Yet according to the Car Care Council, more than 70 % of motoristsadmit they don’t prepare their cars for winter weather! Car care experts at Moran Family of Brands, one of the nation’s leading franchises of transmission and general automotive repair, urge motorists to shape up their cars with 5 Winter Road Warrior Tips. “If you don’t prepare your car for winter you can have breakdowns and accidents that could leave you stranded in miserable weather,” says Peter Baldine, President of Moran Family ... read more