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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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ORLANDO, Fla. (May 8, 2018) – American appetite for electric vehicles is heating up. A new AAA survey shows that 20 percent or 50 million Americans will likely go electric for their next vehicle purchase, up from 15 percent in 2017. With lower-than-average ownership costs, increased driving ranges and the latest advanced safety features, AAA sees a strong future for electric vehicles. To help “green” car shoppers make an informed choice, AAA conducts independent, rigorous test-track evaluations of plug-in hybrids, hybrid and fuel-efficient, gas-powered vehicles.

“Today, electric vehicles have mainstream appeal,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering. “While concern for the environment is still a major motivator, AAA found U.S. drivers are also attracted to the lower long-term costs and advanced technology features that many of these vehicles offer.”

Perhaps fueling American’s desire for electric vehicles, AAA’s survey found that “range anxiety” is beginning to ease. Among those unsure or unwilling to choose an electric vehicle for their next car, 63 percent (down 9 percent from 2017) cited not enough places to charge as a detractor while 58 percent (down 15 percent from 2017) expressed concern over running out of charge while driving. Not surprisingly, range anxiety is less of a concern for millennials (48 percent) than Generation X or Baby Boomers (64 percent and 66 percent, respectively).

Automaker and Center for Pet Safety Continue Partnership to Help Pet Parents as Temperatures Rise and Road Trip Season Begins

CAMDEN, N.J., May 2, 2018 -- As the 3-row SUV segment becomes increasingly popular for growing families, which in many cases include our four-legged friends, Subaru of America, Inc., and the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit research and consumer advocacy organization, unveiled today their recommendations for safe pet travel in SUVs and the dangers of improperly securing our furry family. In a crash, a pet who is not properly secured can become a projectile, resulting in serious injury or worse for both them and the human passengers. That is why Subaru and CPS are working together again to raise awareness around vital safety measures for man's best friend, so entire families can adventure together safely.

As larger, 3-row SUVs have become more prominent in the market, Subaru and CPS analyzed the design and spacing in these larger vehicles and have identified the safest, and most dangerous, places for pets to travel based on the unique design of 3-row SUVs. To ensure safety for all travelers in a 3-row SUV with captain's chairs, pets should ideally be secured in the second or third row, and follow this simple guide:

Orlando, Fla. (May 1, 2018) – Millions of Americans are counting down the days until their summer vacations, with most U.S. travelers planning trips to warm-weather destinations. Orlando has retained its top spot as the most visited domestic travel destination, while Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii, have both grown in popularity compared with last summer.

“This is shaping up to be another banner season for travel as Americans look to get out and enjoy themselves in the summer sun,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing. “Travelers are making plans now to visit theme parks, sail away on cruise vacations, relax at the beach and explore cities in the U.S. and across the globe.”

Domestic Travel

The top domestic summer travel destinations, based on AAA Travel bookings for trips June 1 through August 15, are:

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