Longtime AAMCO Franchise Owners to Open New, Larger Location
Veteran AAMCO auto repair franchise owners scheduled to move into a much larger, more modern location in Bristol, Pennsylvania
After more than a decade in business, Sherri and Sam Underland are ready to open their larger, more modern AAMCO franchise center in Bristol, Pennsylvania, in June.
The Underlands’ business has grown as AAMCO has expanded its legacy transmission business to include Total Car Care, and they needed newer, bigger space to handle all the customers. The couple’s new AAMCO location will feature 10 bays — including two quick-lube bays — and will serve customers seven days a week.
“Over the past 13 years, Sam and I have had the pleasure of providing the community with Total Car Care service, and we are excited to share this special occasion with local residents and dignitaries,” Sherri Underland says. “We’ve found the perfect site for our business, and we look forward to serving new and existing customers for years to come.”
The Underlands celebrated their new center with a groundbreaking ceremony in September; it was attended by Bristol town officials, as well as AAMCO COO Rob Rajkowski.
“The Underlands are one of our most progressive franchisees,” Rob says. “They continue to embrace the AAMCO business model, and we are thrilled to see all of their hard work and dedication pay off with their new state-of-the-art AAMCO center. The community is getting a pair of owners dedicated to serving their customers’ needs.”
Why Total Car Care makes AAMCO a best-bet investment
While AAMCO remains the global leader in transmission repair, the auto repair franchise is charting a path to becoming the dominant brand in Total Car Care. To help AAMCO franchise owners get a bigger slice of the general automotive repair market, which generates $57 billion a year in sales according to IBISWorld research, the brand launched its “Trust” campaign to expand the public’s perception of what AAMCO can offer. After all, if AAMCO is trusted to fix the most complicated part of a car, its technicians can surely change customers’ oil, fix their brakes and rotate their tires.
The AAMCO leadership simplified the business model by partnering with Global Powertrain Systems to build a remanufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia. Now, instead of hiring high-dollar transmission builders, AAMCO franchise owners can purchase high-quality remanufactured transmissions from the remanufacturing facility. The company can deliver a remanufactured transmission to more than 70% of its franchisees the day after the order is received. This gives AAMCO franchisees immediate access to a vertically integrated supply chain with preferred pricing, and it helps keep overhead costs low while AAMCO franchisees are focusing on increasing their profitability in the Total Car Care segment.
“When we started we only did transmissions. Now we do everything from inspections, engines, brakes, driveline — you name it, we do it,” Sherri says. “The Total Car Care aspect of our business is really evolving, and it’s where we need to go to maximize profitability.”
Bring iconic auto repair franchise to your community
For half a century, the AAMCO franchise brand has been a dynamic part of American car culture. With nearly 700 auto repair locations across the country, AAMCO is one of the original American franchise systems, and its brand is both committed to innovation and trusted in the eyes of the American consumer.
“We have been around for more than 50 years, and we’re still going strong,” Sherri says. “We are the largest transmission franchise in the world. If you don’t know ‘Double A-BEEP-BEEP-M-C-O,’ you haven’t been paying much attention. AAMCO is a proven business model that is supported by the corporate team. AAMCO CEO and President Brett Ponton and his team are very invested in how our store performs.”
AAMCO is actively seeking single- and multi-unit 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 what life is like as AAMCO franchise owner, click here to read a Q&A interview with Sherri Underland.