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Auto Car Franchises – Tips for Buying an Auto or Car Franchise

Are you a budding entrepreneur who is looking for a lucrative franchise? While many people think of fast-food restaurants as the ideal first franchise, others have found a more satisfying lifestyle by owning an automobile franchise. The auto industry may have taken a hit because of the recession, but in many ways that has helped auto and car franchises do better; especially when that franchise covers the auto aftermarket. If you love cars and want to make your living doing something you enjoy, a car related franchise may be right for you.

Here are some tips for buying auto or car franchises:

The most important thing to remember about car franchises is you aren’t restricted to just selling or buying vehicles. Auto repair franchises, oil and lube shops, car washes, transmission services and franchises that specialize in mufflers or brakes all fall under the category of “car and auto franchises.”

In a tough economy, when people are not spending money on new vehicles, the auto aftermarket shops do a brisk business. That’s because people need to maintain the vehicles they already own. They need parts; accessories, tires, brakes, mufflers and new transmissions, and they want them at affordable prices.

There are dozens of franchises that fall into these categories, some national and some regional. To learn more about these franchises, look for web sites that offer tips for buying auto and car franchises. These sites often include listings of available franchises for sale in their FSBO (For Sale By Owner) directories. Some websites have a category page for just about every type of franchise opportunity, as well as a special section with ads for auto and car franchises.

How To Maintain Your Car Transmission

An annual checklist in the maintenance of a car’s health is the car’s transmission maintenance. This is very important to ensure the proper functioning of the vehicle. The transmission decides a number of things; the power transfer from engine to wheels of the car is the most important one. A little bit of research in the matter can help you to easily perform this check annually.

*You already may have a copy of the manual that gives you the exact method of car transmission maintenance for your particular vehicle. If you do not have said copy, you can easily access this information on the Internet.

*Make sure that you pay special attention to your particular model and make, as many automakers often group all their similar vehicles under one category.

*Next thing you can do is drive the car for at least 20 minutes. This helps heat up the engine fluids. You can now park the vehicle and leave the engine on. Next, open the hood of the car, and if needed, prop the hood with the support. Now, look for a ring labeled ‘transmission’. Pull this gently and also pull out the fluid dipstick thoroughly wiping it clean. You may protect your hands with gloves and also wear coveralls to protect the clothes while doing this step.

*To check the fluid levels, re-insert the clean dipstick in the reservoir and again pull it out. This can indicate whether more transmission fluid is required. The transmission fluid reservoir is generally located at top left side of the engine and you can change this fluid with the help of a trained mechanic. Transmission fluid change may also be necessary if there is a burning smell or if the fluid has turned darker in color. The actual color of the transmission fluid is a clear red.

*You should always use the car odometer readings to indicate when the vehicle’s servicing is due. A general rule of thumb is 24000 miles or every once a year. If the manufacturer has recommended specific dates for servicing, it is best to follow them.

*Always pay attention to the manual transmission and how the clutch is functioning. The sound and feel while changing gears are also important indications of potential problems. If these signs appear, immediately schedule a visit to your auto repair shop.

*Avoid driving in extreme heat. Also, heavy traffic, towing and hard shifting can overheat the transmission.

*The emergency brake should never be applied while the car is in drive or reverse, as this can stress the gears. Also, one must never shift immediately from reverse to drive modes, but allow the gears to reset completely before driving.

New Car Transmission Options

Automatic Transmissions:

Many car owners love their Automatic Transmissions for comfort and ease. Put it in Drive, the torque converter does all the work and you Go. New technologies in Automatic Transmissions are now allowing six-speed automatic transmissions. You will find these six-speed automatic transmissions in mainstream cars like the Mazda6 and Ford Five Hundred. The MINI Cooper S, made by BMW, is thinking of going with the six-speed automatic transmission in its car. Seven-speed automatics are also showing up in high end luxury cars.

CVT Transmissions:

These are also automatic transmissions, yet perform slightly differently. You still put it in Drive and go. In these transmission, I have heard you do not feel the shift like normal automatic trannys, and that they cannot transfer as much horsepower to the ground, without some type of failures. The Nissan Murano and MINI Cooper have this option, and we will see how widespread this goes.

Manual Transmissions:

The Manual Transmission is the choice of gearheads who love their cars. They live and breathe having cars with this transmission, giving them complete control of the car at all times, and how it transmits the power. These transmissions have not changed much. You still have the clutch, brake and gas combo to make it move and stop. They do in many cars now have six-speed manual transmissions, and this is not an uncommon thing. Whereas you had 4-speed manual trannys long before. Want control? You want a manual transmission.

Auto-Shifting Manual Transmissions:

BMW and Audi are the leaders in this front. BMW has its SMG (Sequential Manual Gearbox) and Audi has the DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox). I have driven neither, so I don’t have first hand experience with how they relate in control to a Manual Transmission. However, they do use a clutch like a manual transmission that is automatically shifted. The good news about that? Automatic transmissions loose roughly on average 20% of its power as it hits the wheels. With this transmission, you dont loose that power, because you do not have a torque converter, but you have an actual clutch. This is great news for people who like the option of automatic for traffic, but want the power to shift whenever they want to without loss of power. Look for more of these trannys soon, as even Volkswagen Golf’s are said to have them as an option.