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Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge Selects Winner from 1,300 Submissions in Nationwide PSA Competition

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 22, 2018 -- To educate their peers on the dangers of distracted driving, high school seniors Kirklin "Mack" Hopkins (17) and Kellen Stadler (18) of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina, send a clear message: A single second can have life-long consequences. Their poignant video, titled "It's Not Fine," is the winner of the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, a national driver safety public service announcement competition, using the tools of storytelling to get through to young drivers.

More than 1,300 videos were submitted to the competition by students to help inspire safe driving habits and spark a national conversation about staying safe behind the wheel.

"It's Not Fine delivers a direct and powerful narrative that highlights the dangers of distracted driving and the ability of teens to encourage safe driving behavior," said Mike Goss, general manager at Toyota Social Innovation.

The video opens with Sarah riding in the vehicle as her older sister Ellie texts and drives. Sarah says, "Mom said not to." Ellie says, "It's fine. I do it all the time. It's only for a second." The video cuts to years later, with Sarah now old enough to drive and behind the wheel. Believing "it's fine" to text and drive, Sarah follows her sister's example, with devastating consequences.

"The driver-safety video by Mack and Kellen is professional, resolute and a great example of how teens can influence their peers and others," said Dr. Tracey Harrill, principal at Providence High School. "We are very proud of their work to communicate that 'it's not fine' to text and drive."

Leading Warranty, Low Deductible and Transferability Give Hyundai the Highest CPO Value

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., May 22, 2018 -- Hyundai was named the Best Non-Luxury Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Program by Autotrader for 2018, helping customers to make reliable choices when selecting a certified pre-owned vehicle. Experts at Autotrader recognized Hyundai CPO vehicles as the top choice for used car shoppers, noting its leading manufacturer warranty coverage, low deductible and transferability.

"If you're shopping for a mainstream vehicle, look at Hyundai, it has one of the best warranties in the entire automotive industry," said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. "When you combine the new-car 5-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper comprehensive warranty, powertrain coverage of 10 years/100,000 miles, which is better than a new-car purchase and unlimited mileage roadside assistance, Hyundai is truly offering an unprecedented value. In addition, the coverage is fully transferable to subsequent owners, which will add value to the vehicle if an owner does sell before the warranty expires."

For 2018, the 10 Best Non-Luxury and Luxury CPO Programs were identified based on a series of factors, including powertrain warranty length (with a minimum of six years or 100,000 miles of coverage from the original sale date), available inventory, bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage, deductible amount and transferability to future vehicle owners.

Gas prices jumped 12 cents over the past 14 days, and six-cents since last Monday, landing the national average at $2.93 – the highest price point going into the Memorial Day weekend since 2014.

“AAA forecasts nearly 37 million travelers will hit the road for the holiday weekend. Compared to an average of the last three Memorial Day weekends, pump prices are nearly 50 cents more expensive and climbing,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Trends are indicating that this summer is likely to bring the national average to at least $3/gallon.”

Today, 14 states tout an average of $3.00 or more. Outside of the typical West Coast states, Idaho and Utah, this count includes six Northeast and Mid-West states: Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, Washington, D.C., Illinois and Michigan. In addition, Arizona, New Jersey, and Rhode Island are all within four-cents of hitting the $3 mark.

Quick Stats

The largest monthly increases are: Minnesota (+28 cents), Wisconsin (+27 cents), Missouri (+25 cents), Connecticut (+23 cents), Delaware (+23 cents), Illinois (+23 cents), Wyoming (+22 cents), Kansas (+22 cents), Arizona (+21 cents) and Texas (+21 cents).

The nation’s topten most expensive markets are: California ($3.71), Hawaii ($3.68), Washington ($3.41), Alaska ($3.36), Nevada ($3.32), Oregon ($3.31), Idaho ($3.16), Utah ($3.14), Connecticut ($3.11) and Pennsylvania ($3.08).

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 22, 2018) – Following high-profile incidents involving autonomous vehicle technologies, a new report from AAA’s multi-year tracking study indicates that consumer trust in these vehicles has quickly eroded. Today, three-quarters (73 percent) of American drivers report they would be too afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle, up significantly from 63 percent in late 2017. Additionally, two-thirds (63 percent) of U.S. adults report they would actually feel less safe sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle while walking or riding a bicycle.

“Despite their potential to make our roads safer in the long run, consumers have high expectations for safety,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations. “Our results show that any incident involving an autonomous vehicle is likely to shake consumer trust, which is a critical component to the widespread acceptance of autonomous vehicles.”

Surprisingly, AAA’s latest survey found that Millennials – the group that has been the quickest to embrace automated vehicle technologies — were the most impacted by these incidents. The percentage of Millennial drivers too afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle has jumped from 49 percent to 64 percent since late 2017, representing the largest increase of any generation surveyed.

At $2.87, the national gas price average jumped six cents on the week in part due to the White House’s decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran. As a result, 36 states are seeing gas prices that are a nickel or more expensive than last Monday.

“The Administration’s move combined with the switchover to summer blend, growing global demand and shrinking supply continues to fuel pump prices as we approach the summer driving season,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “AAA predicts that the national average may reach $3/gallon this summer, especially if crude oil prices continue to increase.”

Motorists are seeing 19 percent of gas stations selling gas for $3.01 or more. Today’s gas price is 16-cents more expensive than one month ago and 53-cents more than one year ago.

Quick Stats

The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets are: California ($3.69), Hawaii ($3.67), Washington ($3.38), Alaska ($3.31), Nevada ($3.30), Oregon ($3.28), Utah ($3.15), Idaho ($3.14), Connecticut ($3.04) and Pennsylvania ($3.04).
The nation’s top 10 states with the largest weekly increases are: Ohio (+15 cents), Missouri (+12 cents), Kentucky (+11 cents), Minnesota (+11 cents), Delaware (+10 cents), Florida (+10 cents), Colorado (+9 cents), Maryland (+8 cents), Oklahoma (+8 cents) and West Virginia (+8 cents).

INRIX predicts travel delays could be up to three times longer than normal over the holiday week

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 14, 2018) – Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years. With nearly 2 million additional people taking to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24-25) as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”

What do you need to be aware of as we enter the summer season? Lauren Fix, The Car Coach® joins The Weather Channel with some easy hacks to help prevent your car from getting too hot in the sun.

Aaron Nelson of Airpark Auto Service Featured in Scottsdale Airpark News for His Move to Tri-City Transmission

Aaron Nelson of Airpark Auto was recently featured in the May 2018 edition of Scottsdale Airpark News. After more than 25 years at Airpark Auto, Nelson decided to join the team and culture at Tri-City Transmission.

Chances are you've met Aaron Nelson if you've ever taken your vehicle to Airpark Auto Service. Many of his customers say he's become more than just a service advisor, but their friend as well.

Following the shops recent change of ownership, Tri-City Transmission of Tempe, AZ is thrilled to have Aaron Nelson become a part of their team.

"If I wouldn't recommend it to my parents, I won't recommend it to my customers," Aaron said. At Tri-City Transmission and Auto Repair, they follow a similar outlook and Aaron Nelson is a perfect fit.

"I would love to continue the trusted relationship we have built over the years," Aaron says, "I invite you to contact me during regular business hours at 480-968-5062 or on my cell phone at 602-859-3713."

We couldn't have been more thrilled to welcome Aaron Nelson to the Tri-City Transmission and Auto Repair Family!

Click here to read the full article in Scottsdale Airpark News. Note: It's on page 12.


Tri-City Transmission is located just under an hour and a half away from Payson, AZ. Although this may not seem ideal, letting the inconvenience or extra tow charge influence your decision could end up costing you thousands of dollars.

At Tri-City Transmission, if we can fix your car without a costly overhaul or replacement, we will! For over 40 years, the people who come to Tri-City Transmission expecting the worst leave with good news and a bill significantly less than their car payment. We have built a reputation built on quality service and honesty with a number of residents in Northern Arizona. If you're in Payson and are having a problem with your vehicle's transmission, play it safe and visit Tri-City Transmission.

Since you'll be bringing in your car from Payson, AZ, we'll help out by giving you $200 in towing fees with any major repair!

Many neighborhood shops would rather replace a transmission than fix it. It’s not because they’re dishonest – they just don’t know how! At Tri-City Transmission, if we can fix your car without a costly overhaul or replacement, we will. Take a look at what these customers had to say on third-party review web sites:

“I took my car to AAMCO for transmission problems and of course they said I needed a new transmission at $4,000. I took my car in to Tri-City for a second opinion and after a free diagnosis they said what i needed was a solenoid pack at about $500.00”.

“My car I was told had to have my transmission replaced the first quote I received was $6000. I almost had a heart attack. I did not have to have a new transmission -- it was a computer problem. Call them they are #1”.

“…another provider wanted to just sell us a new transmission. These guys diagnosed minor problems, fixed them promptly, saving us thousand of dollars. I would never go anywhere else for a transmission issue”.

“My regular shop gave me the devastating news that the transmission needed to be replaced, at a cost of $2900. However, I came across Tri-City Transmission and decided to let them look at my car for a second opinion. By the end of the day Tri-City called me with the news. ‘We completed the courtesy check, tightened up the radiator fitting, cleaned up a coolant leak, and filled the transmission fluid that was 2 qts low. The codes are gone. That's right... I was low on transmission fluid”.

I was quoted $5000 at another shop and walked out of Tri-city paying for a repair bill of $450”.

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“Expecting to pay several thousand dollars, I was pleasantly surprised when I was told that the tranny was fine and the source of the problem was a plugged catalytic converter. I shudder to think that a not-so-reputable shop could have discovered the problem, slap an after-market cat on it and then charge me thousands for a "rebuilt" tranny pocketing a hefty profit”.

“After getting a quote from another shop, I decided to get a second one at Tri-City Transmissions. They figured out it was really only a small problem and fixed it for thousands less than I was quoted from the other shop. They could have taken me to the cleaners and I wouldn't have known the difference”.

“A local repair shop told me my daughter's transmission was trashed. The owner said he could put in a rebuild for $2,200 or he would buy it for $500. I took it to Tri-city for a second opinion. It turned out to be a bad sensor -- $50 part”.

“After visiting the dealer and a Honda specialist, both informed me that I needed a new transmission in my Odyssey at around $3,300. Tri-City Trans informed me about a class action lawsuit against Honda specific to the problem I was having. Tri-City Trans and their recommended dealer went to bat for me with Honda Cars of America. The result was a new transmission with Honda picking up 55% of the bill - a savings to me of over $1,600. Tri-City Trans proved that doing the right thing to take care of the customer - despite losing the sale - is the ultimate payoff.”


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