AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care

Transmission and general auto repairs, diagnostic services
2024 Franchise 500 Rank
#148 Ranked #196 last year
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Initial investment
$235K - $353K
Units as of 2023
556 Decrease 2% over 3 years

AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care is an American transmission-repair franchise. It was founded by Anthony A. Martino and Robert Morgan in Philadelphia, 1957. The company is a well-known automotive repair franchise that offers repair services that range from transmissions to electric vehicle repairs. Working with AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care may give you a once in a lifetime chance to join an iconic brand with a clear direction.

With respect for its role in using technology, training, and education in automobiles, AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care franchisees may enjoy positive brand recognition.

Why You May Want to Open an AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care Franchise

AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care is working to invest in the future. They offer a respected, time-tested business model that encourages existing franchise owners to reinvest in AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care.

The number of vehicles being purchased today may be high, but they still depreciate and break down over time. To extend the life of vehicles, you need to maintain them properly. Since vehicles require frequent maintenance and repair, opening a car repair service franchise may put you on the road to success.

Having been named in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 many times in the past several decades, the customers' trust and loyalty to AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care may be high. At the end of the day, that kind of loyalty is good news for your bottom line. AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care franchisees may have some of the best salespeople and technicians in the market who are much needed for the hard-to-fix problems.

What Distinguishes an AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care Franchise From the Rest?

Unlike some other automotive repair service franchises, AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care may be ready for a radical shift in technology. As cars are becoming more advanced, there's a need for a company that can provide reliable repair services. AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care is a franchise that is capable of fixing arising issues in hybrid and electric cars. 

AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care invests much time in training and education to make sure franchise owners and their technicians have the skills and the expertise needed to meet the revolutionized vehicles' demands.

To make the business easier to operate, AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care has worked to make excellent use of the latest technology. They introduced a unique POS system that provides franchisees with high-class analysis, potentially making it easier to scale to multi-unit ownership. They also have CRM software that gives franchise entrepreneurs access to their entire support network.

AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care happens to be one of the oldest franchises in transmission repair, having been open since 1963. That makes for over 55 years of winning the customers' loyalty and trust while servicing their cars. 

How to Open an AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care Franchise

To open an AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care franchise, you'll need to meet company requirements for your net worth and liquid capital. To get more information, you can call their offices or fill out an application form on their site. This will help you prepare and present your personal information for the company's consideration. While they keep it confidential, they'll use the information to determine if you qualify. 

A representative from AAMCO Transmissions and Total Care may reach out to inform you if your application is successful. They can answer all of your questions and send over their Franchise Disclosure Document. It may not be long before you're ready to kick off your new AAMCO Transmissions Total Care franchise and start getting cars into great shape. 

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Company Overview

About AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care

Industry Automotive
Related Categories Automotive Repair & Maintenance Services
Founded 1963
Parent Company American Driveline Systems Inc.
Leadership Bruce Chidsey, President
Corporate Address 410 Horsham Rd., #105
Horsham, PA 19044
Social Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube
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More from AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care

AAMCO is a true example of a legacy brand with a household name. We provide transmission repair services and total car care solutions across approximately 600 locations in U.S. and Canada. We are the World’s Largest Transmission Specialists and Total Car Care Franchise. Founded in 1957, we began franchising in 1962 opening our first shop in Philadelphia. 

Shot in the early 1960s, the first AAMCO commercial featured movie star, Zsa Zsa Gabor. AAMCO’s award-winning ads made the company a household name. “Double-A-BEEP-BEEP-M-C-O” became one of the most memorable slogans in history.


We are an Iconic American Brand with over 60 years in transmission repair business. AAMCO franchise owners enjoy high margins with little competition in transmission repair services, making your business easier to run and scale as you go. We are ready for the radical shift in automotive repair, training our technicians for the future and opening new revenue streams with electric vehicles now on the road. Our owners and technicians get the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry in our world class, comprehensive training program. We dedicate support to you along the way assisting you in finding the right location, pre-opening to grand opening, training at AAMCO University, operations, and advertising in your local market. 

Our Process

Let’s get to know each other, we would love to learn more about your business goals and how we can work toward a partnership together. We provide all information, such as our Franchise Disclosure Document and answer questions so you can conduct due diligence on your preferred market. From there you will be able to reach out to AAMCO owners of your choosing for validation of our franchise system. Next, we will invite you to Meet the AAMCO Team Day where you will meet and learn from our President, Bruce Chidsey and other executive team members to discuss all facets of support we provide over the lifetime of your business. If you choose to join our franchise network, we will host an approval meeting and from there you will sign your agreement to begin the process of opening your new location. 

Testimonials: What Do Our Owners Say?

Meet KJ Singh, an investor, owns multiple businesses, AAMCO is included his investment portfolio.

Meet Frank Filacchione, The Auto Expert and Investor with Military Background, Enjoys Family Time, Flexibility AAMCO Opportunity Offers.

Are we a good fit? Let’s Talk! Get in touch with an AAMCO Franchise Expert today.

Business Overview

Franchising Since 1963 (61 years)
# of employees at HQ 85
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises throughout the US.

This company is offering new franchises in the following international regions: Canada

# of Units 556 (as of 2023)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

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Initial Investment Information Circle
$234,800 - $353,200
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
Cash Requirement Information Circle
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
$8,000 off franchise fee
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
15 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

In-House Financing AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee
Third Party Financing AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 240 hours
Classroom Training 120 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit? Information Circle
Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
# of employees required to run 4
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Updated: December 12th, 2022