Monthly Archives: August 2016


Used Cars: Buying Someone Else’s Problems?

By | August 31st, 2016|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair, Transmission Articles|

It’s time: The car that took you from place to place for so many years, the one that’s been part of your life for as long as you can remember, just collapsed into a pile of rust and dirt in your driveway. Okay, maybe that’s overstating things, but it’s time [...]

Leadership Lessons: Help Your Team Put Their Best Foot Forward

By | August 26th, 2016|Cottman Brand News, Cottman Franchise Development|

By Randy Wright, president of Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, from Business News Daily There's no one "right" way to lead a business. Today's leaders have a lot of wisdom to impart about managing the modern workforce, because each one approaches leadership in his or her own unique way. Every [...]

Former Marine Turns to Franchising

By | August 23rd, 2016|Cottman Brand News, Cottman Franchise Development, Franchisee's In the News|

Article by Multi-Unit Franchisee from Serving two decades in the Marines taught Fred Bowen a key lesson. "You are only as strong as your team is," says the 60-year-old multi-unit franchisee. He's applied that understanding to operating his 4 Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care franchise locations. The result [...]

Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care Shares Practical Back-to-School Auto Care Tips for Drivers

By | August 23rd, 2016|Cottman Brand News, General Repair, Tire and Suspension, Warning Light|

Auto Repair Brand Releases Advice for Parents and Their Young-Adult Drivers As teen and young-adult drivers prepare to go back to school, parents are encouraged to use this moment as an opportunity to discuss proper auto care and how that impacts vehicle safety. According to State Farm, 56 percent of [...]

What’s that Noise?

By | August 17th, 2016|Auto Repair Articles, General Repair|

We’ve all experienced the horror and humiliation: trying to describe a noise we heard to a repair technician. You stand there, making whistling, whining, or groaning noises, in the feeble hope that they’ll recognize it before you’ve lost all sense of dignity. They won’t, but what choice do you have? [...]

Cottman Was an Easy Choice for New Des Moines Center Owner Denny Mugan

By | August 8th, 2016|Cottman Franchise Development, Franchisee's In the News|

Denny Mugan isn’t your typical new Cottman center owner. For one thing, he’s a mechanic: He got his start as a general auto technician about 16 years ago. He’s also an experienced shop manager, having worked as the center manager for the Cottman center he now owns. So when he [...]

When the Temperature Gauge Starts to Climb…

By | August 3rd, 2016|Auto Repair Articles, Engine Performance, General Repair, Warning Light|

It’s the middle of summer, the temperature’s pushing into triple digits, and you’re stuck in traffic. Suddenly a light on the dashboard comes on; it looks like a thermometer. Your car’s beginning to overheat. What should you do? First, if the air conditioner’s on, turn it off; if it’s off, [...]

4 Ways to Find Great Franchise Partners

By | August 2nd, 2016|Cottman Brand News, Cottman Franchise Development|

A franchise can have the best product or service, outstanding training, marketing and public relations support, but without dedicated franchisees in the network, the brand can't grow. And when things get stagnant, sometimes it's helpful to go back to the basics and look for the franchise partners who are excellent [...]

Louisville KY Center Owner Don Harris Celebrates His First Year with Cottman

By | August 1st, 2016|Cottman Franchise Development, Franchisee's In the News|

On August 10, 2016, Don Harris will mark his first anniversary as the owner of the Louisville, Kentucky Cottman center. And, oh what a year it’s been! “It’s been better than I expected, right out of the gate,” says Don. And the numbers bear him out, with gross sales consistently [...]