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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 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

Three Common Mistakes Car Owners Make

Three Common Mistakes Car Owners Make

Three Common Mistakes that Car Owners Make When thinking about their experience with cars, many people like to believe they are a good driver.  You make sure to drive safe, keep your eyes on the road and avoid distractions.  But are you a good car owner? That is, do you take good care of your car? It’s a worthwhile question because one of the most unpleasant feelings in the world can to be finding yourself on the side of a road with your car unable to drive and realizing you’re going to have to call a tow truck. Suddenly, all of your plans have come to a halt because your car has come to a halt. Here is a quick rundown of some of the most common mistakes that car owners make. Not inflating your tires properly. You’re probably aware of this, but we’ll mention it because June was recently Tire Safety Month and according to AAA, one of the top three reasons people have serious car breakdowns that result in a tow is du ... read more

How to Improve Fuel Efficiency for this Year's Road Trip

How to Improve Fuel Efficiency for this Year's Road Trip

Hitting the Road for a Vacation? How to Improve Your Fuel Efficiency If you and your family are planning a roadtrip this summer, there are several things to keep in mind to get you there in the safest and most cost-efficient way. While we previously discussed how to prepare your car for a road trip – we didn’t talk about what tends to happen to your car on vacation. That is, you’re about to spend a lot of money on gas. Even a staycation, if it involves going to the zoo, the nearby amusement park or museum can involve spending money to get there. We’d like to offer up a few tips to help you pay a little less at the pump, so your money can stretch a little farther. First, be aware of the cost of gas. Through the middle of June, 2019, the average cost of gas was $2.71 a gallon. That is about 15 cen ... read more

How to “Pack” Your Car for Vacation

How to “Pack” Your Car for Vacation

Summer vacation season is almost upon us, and many of us will likely be driving a little more. So if you’re thinking of taking a road trip or a vacation somewhere in your car, you may want to do more than pack the sunscreen. Yep, that’s right. You probably should get your car prepared for the trip, too. Fortunately, we have a checklist. Get an oil change. As you probably know, one of the most important things you can do for your car is to change the oil on a regular basis.  If you get your oil changed a few weeks after the date on your oil change sticker, or a little after the mileage count, it isn’t likely to hurt your vehicle.  But if you let it slide and go a year between appointments, you’re really asking for trouble.  If you are planning on taking a long trip across a few states, it’s probably a good idea to get another oil change – assuming you aren’t doing them regularly. Not only will fresh oil keep yo ... read more

Mother’s Day Franchisee Spotlight – Susan Trumble

Mother’s Day Franchisee Spotlight – Susan Trumble

Mother’s Day has always had a very special meaning to one franchise owner in the Moran Family of Brands franchise system. Susan Trumble owns the Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care store in Florence, Kentucky and has raised her son, Wyatt, around the business all his life.  In fact, she clearly remembers when the challenges of impending motherhood and running the business crossed paths hours before Wyatt was born in 2000. Susan went into labor at the store, but before leaving for the hospital, she told her staff what needed to be done while she would be away.  Susan admitted it was an overwhelming time but credits her dedicated staff that has been there for a long time in helping her get through. Without a center manager, Susan needed to return to the store just two weeks after delivering Wyatt and she brought him with her each day.  She was later able to get assistance from her parents before placing him in daycare when he was six weeks old.  Althou ... read more

How to Protect Your Car and Stay Safe on the Road

How to Protect Your Car and Stay Safe on the Road

Driving a car is sometimes exciting – in a way you don’t want it to be. Maybe you suddenly notice a small fire in your engine. Or perhaps you have a tire blow out. In other words, ignoring certain problems isn’t just a bad idea for your car – it can be dangerous. In the interest of keeping your vehicle running well and making sure you and your passengers are safe, we thought we’d point out a few things you don’t want to ignore when it comes to your car. How to avoid an engine fire. Regular car checkups are imperative to keep your car running well, but do you ever hear a loud sound from your exhaust system? Does your engine temperature occasionally shoot up from normal to very hot? Does your oil leak? You should bring in your car into a Milex Complete Auto Care to be checked out. Another thing to be aware of – that fires don’t always start in the engine. Do you smoke? Oc ... read more

Take Care of the Earth, by Taking Care of Your Car

Take Care of the Earth, by Taking Care of Your Car

We know cars are not always the most environment-friendly things on the planet. However, in honor of Earth Day, we’re going to do our part and suggest some ways you can care for your car in a more environmentally friendly manner. How so? Well, try these tips. Don’t buy a new car. Keep your car well maintained. This column from Scientific American states: “It definitely makes more sense from a green perspective to keep your old car running and well-maintained as long as you can‚ especially if it's getting such good mileage. There are significant environmental costs to both manufacturing a new automobile and adding your old car to the ever-growing collective junk heap.” There’s another environmental benefit to having your car regularly serviced, though. If you have anything leaking from your car, your ... read more

Four car myths you should stop believing

Four car myths you should stop believing

There are a lot of popular myths in all walks of life.  Myths can be fun to believe but they can be problematic, too. You can imagine how troubling car myths are. If you believe in a car myth, you could end up draining your bank account and wind up stranded along a roadside. Here are four car maintenance myths, though we guarantee that there are many more out there. See if you’ve fallen for any of them. Car myth: Your car’s regular maintenance must be performed at your dealership – if you want to keep your factory warranty valid. The truth: The reality is that your car’s regular maintenance does not have to be done at your dealership. Now, you may want to keep your receipts or ask your Milex Complete Auto Care mechanic for your car’s maintenance records if something goes wrong.  You can take your car into the dealership for a problem in order to prove that you have been getting your regular main ... read more

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