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Moran Thanks its Veteran Franchise Owners

Moran Thanks its Veteran Franchise Owners

In honor of Veterans Day, Moran Family of Brands would like to salute the 15 franchise owners in our system who served in the military. We are also proud to announce Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care as one of the top franchises for veterans. The magazine based its ranking on each company’s veteran incentive, support by the company in the franchise-buying process, and the company’s ranking in the 2017 Franchise 500, the magazine’s yearly assessment on the health and growth potential of the country’s best franchises (Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care ranked #474). George Kok is an example of a Moran franchise owner who has successfully transitioned from military service to civilian life. Kok purchased a Mr. Transmission/Milex auto repair store in Lou ... read more

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Moran Franchisee Profile – Mr. Transmission/Milex’s Chris Robinson of Sycamore, IL

Moran Franchisee Profile – Mr. Transmission/Milex’s Chris Robinson of Sycamore, IL

In order to earn a customer service award, you have to do more than deliver exactly what the customer needs, when they need it. You must go above and beyond the norm to offer an experience unlike any other for each person that enters the store. That’s why this month, we’re highlighting Chris Robinson, owner of the Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care in Sycamore, IL. Earlier this year, his location was ranked as the best automotive shop in his area by the Northern Star student newspaper of Northern Illinois University. Chris started his career doing vehicle repairs in automotive dealerships after he graduated high school. He gained experience with several dealerships and out-of-market shops, and also worked at the Chicago branch of AAA. He said this early experience helped him gain an understanding of what would improve the cu ... read more

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Hints an Auto Repair Shop Isn’t Up to Snuff

Hints an Auto Repair Shop Isn’t Up to Snuff

Most vehicle owners share the struggle of finding an affordable and trustworthy auto repair shop. Without knowing the market, it can be difficult to find a knowledgeable and skilled mechanic with honest values. Don’t let the search discourage you! Every industry is plagued with a few rotten apples but for the most part, companies like Milex Complete Auto Care are in the business of providing a one-stop shop for reliable, unmatched repair and maintenance with superior service. To avoid the poor performers when shopping around for an auto repair shop, watch out for red flags like these: Lack of Certifications A list of mechanic certifications is a perfect way to judge the experience and expertise of a repair shop. Relevant certifications establish trust and instill a sense of security with customers. The ... read more

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Local Milex Business Owner Recognized as Franchisee of the Year

Local Milex Business Owner Recognized as Franchisee of the Year

CHICAGO – Albert and Serina Daniel, Milex Complete Auto Care franchisees in Frederick, MD were recently honored for their contributions to franchising and recognized by the International Franchise Association (IFA) with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. The Daniels, who have been Milex franchisees for the past 7 years, are also a 2-time Franchisee of the year award winners; recognized by their peers for their outstanding performance and contributions as franchisees to help develop and grow the Milex brand and franchising The Franchisee of the Year Award is a major portion of the IFA’s Public Affairs Conference. This annual conference brings hundreds of franchise business leaders together in Washington, D.C. to discuss important topics regarding franchising with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Before joining the Moran Family of Brands Franchise system, Albert served in our country's Military from 1989-1994. With franchising being a key economical drive ... read more

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Local Milex Business Owner Recognized as Franchisee of the Year, Delivers “Franchising Votes” Message to Congress

Local Milex Business Owner Recognized as Franchisee of the Year, Delivers “Franchising Votes” Message to CongressCHICAGO – Milex Complete Auto Care franchisee Albert Daniel of Frederick was recently recognized for his contributions to franchising and honored by the International Franchise Association (IFA) with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. Daniel was one of 48 people nationwide, representing 31 franchise systems, recognized for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising. “The IFA is proud to recognize Albert’s outstanding efforts with the Franchisee of the Year Award,” said IFA Chairman Jon Luther, Chairman, Dunkin’ Brands, Chairman, Arby’s Restaurant Group. “The franchising community is an important component of the U.S. economy due to the hard work of these exemplary individuals who have helped bolster the growth of the industry.” The Franch ... read more

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Bad Habits That Are Destroying Your Car

Bad Habits That Are Destroying Your Car

Damage to your car begins accumulating the moment you drive it off the lot. We all know this, but there are ways to speed up this damage without even realizing it, setting yourself up for some hefty repair bills in the future. Unfortunately, many of the following are common habits, and Milex Complete Auto Care technicians see drivers unwittingly shortening the lives of their cars every day. Here are some of the worst habits we’ve seen, and how you can turn them around to prevent damage to your car. Driving Habit: Letting gas get too low The temptation to drive with a low gas level is pervasive. After all, who wants to take time out of their day to fuel up, or spend the money to do it? Unfortunately, letting your gas level get too low can damage your car in the long term. Here’s why: Over time, sediment can build up in the bottom of your fuel tank. This is fine, provided your ... read more

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Mr. Transmission/Milex Franchisees Help Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

Mr. Transmission/Milex Franchisees Help Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

In late August, southern Texas was pelted with heavy rains, storm surges and high winds, which devastated property in much of the area. Stories are still surfacing of the damage wreaked by Hurricane Harvey, and many experts estimate it will take at least a year for the area to return to normal. Gordon and Carolyn Ricossa and their employees of the Mr. Transmission & Milex Complete Auto Care in Beaumont, TX, found themselves in the thick of the storm with very little in the way of preparation. When Hurricane Harvey first hit the area, Gordon sent all the technicians home to wait it out in safety. That would be the last time they would be able to reach the store for 10 days. The Beaumont store was fortunate to avoid flooding, but all of the roads leading to the shop were closed due to high water for more than week. Once Gordon, Carolyn and their technicians could reach the shop, they had to get straight ... read more

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Milex Franchisees of the Year – Albert and Serina Daniel

Milex Franchisees of the Year – Albert and Serina Daniel

How do you know when you have a winning formula? Maybe winning the Milex Franchisee of the Year award three separate times could be a hint! Albert and Serina Daniel, owners and operators of two Milex franchise locations — Frederick and Boonsboro, MD — know the secret to good business, and they have built up their Milex Complete Auto Care locations to a level of quality that stands out among franchises throughout the nation. We caught up with the two powerhouse franchisees to see what the secret was, and how other Milex franchisees could replicate their success. Albert grew up around the automotive industry, which awakened an early passion for vehicle repair. He learned the basics from his father, and his skills only improved when he entered the US Navy. Once he figured out the basics, it was easy for him to transfer his skills, and he spent the rest of his civilian career in the automotive repa ... read more

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Summer Vacation Trip Hazards

Summer Vacation Trip Hazards

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 app ... read more

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Recalculating

Recalculating

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

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