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Car Battery Replacement: Signs It’s Time to Change

Car Battery Replacement Basics

Everyone who owns a vehicle knows that automotive maintenance is non-negotiable. Among the routine upkeep that every vehicle demands, battery maintenance stands out as crucial. For Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, helping vehicle owners understand the importance of timely car battery replacement is a priority.

Our aim in Louisville, KY is to ensure that you do not find yourself stranded because of a dead battery. We believe in beneficial and practical auto education. That said, we have compiled a few key signs to look out for that indicate a need for car battery replacement.

Engine Is Slow to Start

One of the most obvious signs that you need a car battery replacement is when your engine is slow to start. The sluggish crank of the engine is an indication that the battery is not generating enough power to start your vehicle.

  • Your car may take a few extra seconds to start
  • The engine sounds sluggish or weak
  • Your vehicle’s cranking gets progressively worse over time

Having your battery checked by our expert technicians at Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care can ensure it is delivering enough power for your car to run smoothly.

Dashboard Warning Lights

Most vehicles these days have dashboard warning lights for low battery power. An illuminated battery light can mean that your vehicle battery is not charging correctly or is depleting faster than it should.

  • A warning light typically indicates a low charge
  • Is usually coupled with other signs such as dim lights or slow window rolling

Ignoring this warning light can lead to a complete shutdown of your vehicle. It’s best to schedule a battery inspection as soon as the warning light comes on.

Swollen Battery Case

A swollen battery case is another sign that your battery may need replacement. Excessive heat can cause the flat sides of your car battery to swell, reducing your battery life.

  • The case may be more rounded rather than flat
  • There could be acid leakage, which is extremely damaging

Louisville, KY can get quite hot, especially in summers, making this a typical issue we deal with at Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care.

Dim Lights and Electrical Issues

If your vehicle’s headlights, indoor lights, or dashboard lights are dimmer than usual, it could be a sign of a weak battery. Electrical systems like power windows and windshield wipers might also perform slower than normally, indicating a need for car battery replacement.

  • Lights seem less bright, especially when the vehicle is idling
  • Electric elements in your car (like power windows, wipers, radio) start to labor

Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, specializes in quickly diagnosing signs of a dying battery, ensuring that your vehicle provides you with reliable performance.

Frequent Jump Starts

If you find that you have to routinely jump-start your vehicle to get it running, that’s a pretty clear signal that the battery is nearing the end of its lifespan.

  • Always needing to boost your battery to get started
  • The car dying if you leave it idle for short periods

At Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, we replace batteries before they reach this critical point, minimizing the inconvenience of unexpected battery death.

Old Age

Car batteries typically last around 3-5 years, though this can vary based on your vehicle model, usage, driving conditions, and maintenance.

  • The battery is older than three years
  • It has been three years since your last battery change or check-up

Even if you’re not experiencing issues, it’s wise to have your battery checked once it hits the three-year mark. Prevention is always better than cure!

In conclusion, recognizing the signs that your vehicle battery needs replacing can save you from significant trouble. For vehicle owners in Louisville, KY, Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care is your trusted auto service provider. We are happy to advise you on all things car battery replacement-related or any other auto maintenance needs you may have. Safety, Peace of mind, and a smooth ride, that’s what we aim for.

Contact Cottman of Louisville and experience the customer service you deserve. To read more about reviews and get directions, check out Cottman of Louisville’s Google Business Profile.

Transfer Case Repair

Transfer Case Repair 101

As a vehicle owner, one component you might not think about regularly, but that plays a quintessential role in the operation of your car, is the transfer case. Especially essential in 4WD or AWD vehicles, the transfer case tonally dictates your car’s performance in varying driving conditions. Although it tends to be overlooked, transfer case repair should not be taken lightly. This is where specialists like us at Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care in Louisville, KY come in.

A Brief Overview of a Transfer Case

Let us start by understanding what a transfer case is and why it is such an integral part of your vehicle. The transfer case is a part of the drivetrain in four-wheel-drive (4WD), all-wheel-drive (AWD), and other multiple powered axle vehicles. It is responsible for the distribution of power from the transmission to the front and rear axles by means of drive shafts.

The importance of a transfer case is evident in the way it enhances your car’s mobility. It enables the driver to shift between gears, allowing for both low and high range. This shift in power is the driving force that broadens your control over the vehicle, letting you seamlessly switch gears based on your driving conditions.

The Need for Regular Checks and Transfer Case Repair

Given the critical role that the transfer case plays, one cannot underscore enough the importance of regular care and maintenance:

  • Prevention of Wear and Tear: A transfer case takes quite a beating, facilitating the constant shifting of gears. Over time, like any essential component, it carries the risk of significant wear and tear. Regular inspection increases its longevity, reducing the chances of sudden breakdowns.
  • Avoiding Costly Replacements: Neglecting regular checks might advance minor issues into major ones over time. Recognizing these early symptoms can save you from the significant cost that comes with complete transfer case replacements in the future.
  • Ensuring Smooth Operation: Eccentric noises, difficulty in shifting gears, or leakage are signs that the transfer case needs attention. Routine checks ensure that your car maintains optimal performance.

So, it becomes evident that periodic inspections and timely transfer case repair is non-negotiable for maintaining your vehicle’s health and facilitating a smooth ride.

How Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care Can Help

At Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, comprehending the gravity of effective transfer case maintenance, we offer top-notch service to our customers. Our well-trained technicians understand your vehicle inside and out, employing state-of-the-art equipment and latest techniques for transfer case repair. When you entrust your vehicle to us, we promise:

  • Quality Service: Our priority is to ensure the well-being of your vehicle. We provide detailed diagnostics, comprehensive repairs, and high-quality replacement components.
  • Experienced Technicians: Our team of experts know their way around all transfer case configurations. They hold extensive knowledge in dealing with various transfer case complications and providing effective solutions.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Satisfaction and comfort of our clients are pivotal to us. We promise a hassle-free experience with extended warranties on parts and labor.

Whether you own a car, SUV, or a heavy-duty truck, if it is a 4WD or AWD, paying attention to the health of your transfer case is key. Ensuring regular transfer case repair and maintenance can save you from dealing with potential heavy setbacks in the long run. Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, your local Louisville, KY auto repair shop, is always ready and equipped to provide you with exceptional service and advice to keep your vehicle performing at its best. Contact Cottman of Louisville and experience the customer service you deserve. To read more about reviews and get directions, check out Cottman of Louisville’s Google Business Profile.

Total Auto Care Means Less Stress For You

Many of us stress about upkeep on our vehicles. The fact is, we don’t really need to.

If you were to develop a fool-proof system for taking the hassle out of maintaining and repairing your car, what would it look like? Cottman of Louisville thought about this and created a service called Total Auto Care that works the way they would want it to work for them.

Cottman of Louisville believes that the key to great customer service is, of course, it’s people. We select and train qualified technicians and regularly update their knowledge to keep up with ever-changing automotive industry technology. But it’s not enough to be technically savvy. Our technicians pride themselves on a customer-driven approach. We want our customers to come back because they trust that we will always do what’s best for them. We want to be a rock for our community and always be building ties with our customers.

Automotive Repairs, Expertise & Know-How

Total Auto Care starts with state-of-the-art diagnostics tools that can pinpoint problems for quicker troubleshooting. When you think about how complex modern cars are, that’s a real bonus. The motor, drivetrain, and suspension alone are mostly too complex for a shade-tree mechanic so sensitive sensors and analytical computers are a must if you want to find out what the issue is and get it fixed as quickly as possible. Need an example? If you seem to be having troubles with your car cranking and suspect a batter problem, you could got to an auto parts store and they will happily sell you a battery and maybe even install it. But what if that doesn’t solve your problem? You need a comprehensive automotive diagnostics tool found at Cottman of Louisville to get to the bottom of your ignition system problems.Diagnose-My-Car-By-Plugging-It-Into-A-Computer

Auto Care Services

So how comprehensive are the auto care services at Cottman of Louisville? How about this:

    • Transmission Repair
      Transmission work is a cornerstone of our business and we’ve been doing it since we opened in 1962. As anyone knows who has had transmission issues (automatic or manual transmission), if you got a bad transmission box, you car is going nowhere, fast. Our work is second to none and we will have you back in the fast lane before you know it. And not just rebuilds or replacements, either. We provide a full line of maintenance services like transmission flushes for automatic transmissions all the way to clutch replacements for the manual crowd.
    • Car Cooling Systems
      This maintenance seems so mundane that many people forget about how quickly a bad cooling system can bring your car to a halt. In addition, a frozen cooling system could mean serious damage to your engine including a cracked engine block. Fear not, though. We know cooling systems inside and out and can keep your motor not too hot, not too cold, but just right.
    • Timing and Pump Belt Replacement and Alignment
      Today’s engines use complex tensioned belt systems to drive everything from the water circulation to the alternator to the actual coordination between the upper and lower parts of your engine. Just getting into the area where these belts and chains are accessed requires sophisticated knowledge to not only take them apart, but replace the necessary parts and get it back together.
    • Care Heating and Air Conditioning Repair
      Anyone that lives in Louisville knows that the summers are steamy and the winters are pretty chilly. Unless you are really used to the great outdoors, you probably demand a cool car in the summer and a nice warm one when it turns cold. We at Cottman of Louisville can make sure that you are ready year around for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw your way.
    • Brake Repair
    • Car Battery Services
    • Check Engine Light & Engine Repair Services
    • Everyone gets frustrated when that check engine light pops up, and Cottman of Louisville can do a free digital inspection to see what’s wrong.  If your engine needs repairs, we’re ready to walk you through the process, needed repairs, and cost for your vehicle.
    • Exhaust System Repairs
    • Power Steering & Suspension Services

Expert Technicians, Honest and Fair Pricing

Cottman of Louisville is staffed by people who live in Louisville and know that economical solutions to difficult problems are very welcome. We promise that we will give you pricing that is accurate, never inflated. We have cars too and know that a bad car can be a severe financial burden to its owner. If you have issues with your vehicle, you owe it to yourself to come see us and get fair pricing backed by outstanding customer service. Call today or drop by. We’re looking forward to seeing you.

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Can I Diagnose My Car By Plugging It Into A Computer?

In short, probably not. Using a scan tool or computer system will provide codes and some basic readings from the various sensors around the car, but it doesn’t tell you with any degree of certainty what’s wrong with the car. It just provides enough information for a skilled and experienced technician to know where to look for the actual problem.

ISSUES WITH COMPUTER SYSTEM DIAGNOSIS:

At Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care of Louisville, we can provide the expertise and information to help better understand the root of a problem and the different solution options we can provide to solve it. Often times, using a scan tool can also end up in a misdiagnosis of the real problem, and users end up spending a lot of money replacing parts that may or may not be necessary.

WHY YOU SHOULD TRUST THE PROFESSIONALS AT COTTMAN:

The technicians at your Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care of Louisville are fully trained on computer system diagnosis. They know just how much of the information they collect through a scan tool that they can trust, and how much they need to verify before they make any repair recommendations.

So, if your check engine light comes on, make an appointment today and be back on the road in no time!

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5 Ways To Get More Life Out Of Your Brakes

5 Ways to get more life out of your Brakes

Owning a car comes with certain responsibilities including periodic maintenance like oil changes, timing belts, brakes, and other wearable parts. Making sure your car is taken care of will save you money down the road. Your brakes are one of the most important safety components of your vehicle.  Keeping them in good working order is one of the easiest ways to limit expensive accidents. Here are some tips to get the most life from them and save you money in the long run.

  1. No Hot Rodding! It takes a lot more work for the brakes to slow the car down if you are speeding. And, on the plus side, you’ll save on speeding tickets too.
  2. Always pay attention to traffic patterns and anticipate your next stop. Let off the gas pedal well before a red light and coast to a stop. It will save the life of your brake pads and may even prevent a rear-end collision.
  3. Slowly pump rather than stomp on the brakes. By releasing and applying the pedal, you give the brakes a chance to cool down improving performance and longevity.
  4. Only use your right foot for both the brake and gas pedals. That way the brake never gets hit while using the gas. Even just resting your foot on the brake pedal while driving can make the brakes drag and cause premature wear.
  5. Use quality brakes. Just because a cheaper brake pad is available does not mean it’s recommended by the manufacturer. By using premium brakes with the correct formulation, you can get many more miles between brake repairs and have fewer issues like brake noise.

Try these 5 tips and you’ll be on your way to fewer headaches and saving money over time on your brake repairs. If you have any brake replacement, brake repair, or even just basic brake inspection needs here in Beaverton Oregon, we at Cottman of Beaverton are always happy to help! Happy motoring.

 

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Business Update To Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cottman of Louisville’s Update To Coronavirus

Updated March 23rd 2020

Dear Customers, Visitors, Family & Friends

Though we are taking extreme precautions to mitigate any risks of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 for our customers and staff, we have still received many questions and wished to proactively address how we are responding:

  • As of this writing, we are still open for business at our physical office location.
  • We have implemented the CDC guidelines of ‘social distancing’ and zero-touch in-person meetings.
  • Business personnel have been busy with extra cleanings of the office and other high-touch areas.
  • We will immediately implement any new CDC guidelines as this pandemic unfolds.

There are simple things the CDC recommends you do to help keep yourself and others healthy while visiting our location:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

We will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and make every attempt to keep you informed. Emergency notifications to staff and patients will be conducted through our emergency communication channels including text notifications, telephone calls, and communicated directly to customers.

For updated information on this rapidly changing situation, please visit the CDC website here: http://bit.ly/39TQIyg

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Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care Marks Groundbreaking Year with Digital Marketing Achievements and Awards Aftermarket Leader Fills 2017 with Myriad Marketing Initiatives, Including National Check Your Transmission Day, Activity Book Giveaway and New Educational Videos

HORSHAM, Pa. – Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care marks an incredible year of accomplishments in the aftermarket industry, including a slue of national awards, additions to its pioneering educational video series, community giveback and an overall commitment to excellence in the digital marketing space.

The leading aftermarket car care brand is rounding out 2017 with nine different accolades for the Transmission Physician video web series, including two Telly awards and two gold Communicator awards. In addition, Cottman introduced the world to National Check Your Transmission Day, the first national holiday focused on transmission maintenance, observed during the month of October.

“2017 was a year filled with impressive accomplishments for Cottman and it’s a testament to our commitment to excellence and customer service that we continue to reinvent what it means to be innovative and creative in the aftermarket space,” said Derik Beck, vice president of digital marketing at Cottman. “From prestigious national awards for our education video series, to an entirely original national holiday focused on transmission care, we’ve put our heart into everything we’ve accomplished, and I’m grateful to my team.”

The Transmission Physician, a standout component of Cottman’s broader catalogue of educational digital content, made a name for herself by debunking common transmission myths, sharing specialized, transmission-specific advice and exploring related topics such as checking the automatic transmission fluid (ATF), why transmissions are so expensive, the process of how a transmission works, rechecks and more.

The brand received nine different national marketing awards for the Transmission Physician, including the following:

  • 2017 Automotive Communications Awards – Women in Auto Care
  • 2017 W3 Awards Silver – Online Video-Web Series for Video
  • Communicator Awards – Campaign/Web Series – Gold
  • Communicator Awards – Video Education – Gold
  • dotCOMM – Video for Web – Animation – Platinum
  • Hermes Award – Educational – Gold
  • Summit Creative Award – Animation – Silver
  • Telly Award – Craft Use Animation – Gold
  • Telly award – Video/Web Series – Gold
  • Vega Award – Animation – Arcturus (3rd Place)
  • Vega Award – Web Personality/Host – Arcturus (3rd Place)

“At Cottman, we’re never satisfied with just ‘good enough,’ and that’s evident when you look at our commitment to digital marketing excellence, our quality services and our engagement with consumers at each of our locations,” said Randy Wright, president at Cottman. “The awards earned by the Transmission Physician, as well as the many other recognitions and initiatives we’ve undertaken, continue to show our dedication to being the trusted neighborhood transmission and car care center in each of the communities we serve.”

To bookend a year of industry acclaim, Cottman released four videos in the Transmission Physician series.

Further leveraging its position as an industry leader, Cottman launched an unprecedented national holiday: National Check Your Transmission Day on Oct. 21, a special celebration during October’s National Car Care Month. In observance of National Check Your Transmission Day, Cottman was a leading voice urging all drivers to make transmission maintenance a priority. To that end, Cottman was able to offer its very own free TransCheck 21 PLUS Inspection, which provides busy consumers with the chance to enhance regular auto maintenance with a comprehensive transmission check at no extra charge.

“Transmission repair is one of the most expensive repairs, making more consumers prone to ignoring preventable problems, and National Check Your Transmission Day was the first of its kind, bringing transmission care to the forefront of consumers’ minds in October,” added Beck. “All of our digital efforts are intended to improve consumers’ confidence in their own transmission maintenance know-how, and Cottman’s superior services, making National Check Your Transmission Day a stand-out success for us this year.”

Building on Cottman’s foundational digital content, the brand’s trusted Cottman Man digital video series was honored with a variety of industry marketing laurels, including the following:

  • IAC – Cottman Man Video Series – Best Other Online Video
  • Summit International – Cottman Man Video Series – Animation – Platinum
  • W3 Award – Cottman Man Video Series – Online Video Web Series – Silver
  • W3 Award – Cottman Man Video Series – Web Personality or Host – Silver

Building on the momentum of the brand’s outstanding educational videos, Cottman was also acknowledged for the quality of its Cottman Man Blog. The consumer-facing blog received an “Automotive Communications (B – to – B)” award; was named as one of the “Top 100 Auto Repair and Maintenance Blogs for Mechanics and Car Owners” by the Feedspot online blog spot; and reached number 14 on the “Top 33 Informative and Helpful Blogs for Car Care, Repair, and Maintenance” by the itmycar.com website.

Taken together, these digital marketing and content awards speak to the outstanding quality of Cottman’s consumer content, as well as the brand’s commitment to providing accessible, engaging videos and blogs that aim to educate all drivers on transmission maintenance and general car care.

Finally, Cottman continued its special seasonal tradition of bringing holiday magic to local communities and to spread awareness of basic car maintenance to people of all ages. The brand is donating its children’s coloring and activity book featuring the Transmission Physician and the Cottman Man, for the second year in a row, this time to local chapters of Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Girls, Inc. across the country this holiday season.

“The best way to cap off Cottman’s year of awards is by giving back to our communities, and making the holidays as memorable as possible for those in need,” Beck added. “Our hope is that by donating activity books to area children’s organizations, we’re able to spread holiday joy and give kids some useful knowledge about car care that will last them a lifetime.”

To view the Transmission Physician and Cottman man Educational Video Series, visit www.cottman.com/videos/. And, to learn more about Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, please visit www.cottman.com.

About Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care

With locations across the U.S., Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care is a transmission and auto repair brand that services almost any make or model vehicle, foreign or domestic.  Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care centers specialize in complete transmission service, brakes, suspension, air conditioning service and much more. Cottman’s headquarters is based in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care Wins Communications Award from Women in Auto Care Cottman’s Transmission Physician Honored for Contribution to Women’s Representation in Auto Care Industry

HORSHAM, Pa. – Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care continues to set the standard for inclusion and representation in the auto care industry with a new award that highlights the impact of the groundbreaking Transmission Physician, growing the brand’s reputation for service and quality.

Cottman was awarded the prestigious 2017 Automotive Communications Award by Women in Auto Care, which recognizes companies and agencies that provide automotive information through outstanding advertising, marketing and public relations efforts.

“This year has been a whirlwind of awards for the Transmission Physician, and we continued to be humbled by the recognition of the auto care industry and the marketing community,” said Derik Beck, vice president of digital marketing at Cottman. “I’m so grateful to my team for the chance to work together on a video series that has had such an incredible positive impact, and we’re thrilled the board for Women in Auto Care saw the value of the Transmission Physician.”

Cottman and other winners were recognized at the Women in Auto Care press conference and reception on Oct. 31, 2017, during AAPEX in Las Vegas.

The Automotive Communications Awards are just one of a series of accolades that the Transmission Physician has garnered in 2017 – the brand also took home the following in recent months:

“At Cottman, we have long prided ourselves on our commitment to our customers, and our video series are a core component of that engagement and education,” said Randy Wright, president at Cottman. “The Transmission Physician is an excellent example of our digital marketing team’s creativity in appealing to a broad audience to empower customers to learn as much as they can about transmission maintenance, and this award is an extraordinary recognition of their achievement.”

The Transmission Physician web series is a standout component of Cottman’s broader catalog of educational digital content. Using accessible animation and themes, Cottman shares its educational videos on the brand’s website as a way for consumers to learn more about common car care topics

As a specialist in transmission technology and repair, the Transmission Physician debunks common transmission myths, shares specialized, transmission-specific advice and explores related topics such as checking the automatic transmission fluid (ATF), why transmissions are so expensive, the process of how a transmission works, rechecks and more.

In addition to the Transmission Physician, Cottman also educates its online audience through the Cottman Man, the brand’s well-known namesake and longtime star in his own digital series, teaching consumers about car care and tips to maintain the longevity of their vehicles. Together, these characters strengthen Cottman’s ability to promote accessible and meaningful maintenance tips that add value to the services already offered at every Cottman location.

To view the Transmission Physician and Cottman Man Video Series, visit www.cottman.com/videos/. And, to learn more about Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, please visit www.cottman.com.

About Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care

 With locations across the U.S., Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care is a transmission and auto repair brand that services almost any make or model vehicle, foreign or domestic.  Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care centers specialize in complete transmission service, brakes, suspension, air conditioning service and much more. Cottman’s headquarters is based in Horsham, Pennsylvania.  For more information, please visit www.Cottman.com and www.TheCottmanManBlog.com.

About the Women in Auto Care Automotive Communications Awards

The Automotive Communications Awards were created by Women in Auto Care. The awards recognize companies and agencies that provide automotive information through outstanding advertising, marketing and public relations efforts. Winners were recognized at the Women in Auto Care press conference and reception Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, during AAPEX in Las Vegas, Nev.

For more information about Women in Auto Care or the Automotive Communications Awards, please visit: https://www.womeninautocare.org/awards/.

Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care Reveals Second Coloring Book Featuring Cottman Man and Transmission Physician for Holiday Season Auto Repair Brand Delivers Car Care-Themed Coloring and Activities Book to Make a Positive Impact on Local Boys and Girls Clubs and Other Children’s Groups

HORSHAM, PA – Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care continues to make bringing holiday magic to local communities both a priority and an opportunity to spread awareness of basic car maintenance to people of all ages this year.

Cottman has announced that it will again be donating its children’s coloring and activity book for the second year in a row, this time to local chapters of Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Girls, Inc. across the country this holiday season.

“When we delivered our first coloring and activity book starring the Cottman Man to local children’s hospitals last year, we were overwhelmed by the response and humbled at the chance make a difference in the lives of children,” said Derik Beck, Cottman’s vice president of digital marketing. “Cottman prides itself on setting an example of community involvement in the automotive aftermarket industry, and giving back to local families, especially children, is an essential component of our company values. The holiday season is a chance for us to say thank you to everyone in our local markets and we are grateful for the chance to spread car care knowledge through a fun, accessible coloring book to as many area kids as possible.”

The coloring book features both the Cottman Man, the lovable character who has hosted his own blog and taken on a fresh look in a series of animated online shorts; and the highly decorated Transmission Physician, the new digital star at Cottman who shares specialized, transmission-specific advice in her award-winning video series.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Cottman to provide girls a fun, creative way to learn about car care and the automotive industry,” said Penn Sheppard, Director of Learning Central at Girls Inc. “The Transmission Physician character shows girls that women can be leaders in traditionally male-dominated fields. She is breaking barriers and resisting gender stereotypes. She is a strong, smart, and bold role model for girls.”

The leading automotive aftermarket industry innovator is sharing its creative coloring books with kids at more than 150 local chapters of Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Girls, Inc., from coast to coast. This includes the following:

Cottman of Feasterville, PA

Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County
Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey

Cottman of New Castle, DE

Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware

Cottman of Trenton, NJ

Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County

Cottman of Maple Shade, NJ

Boys and Girls Club of Camden County
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region

Cottman’s of Gladstone, MO, Kansas City, MO, Independence, MO and Shawnee, KS

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City

Cottman of Cincinnati, OH

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati

Cottman’s of New Orleans, LA, Gretna, LA, Kenner, LA, La Place, LA, and Boutte, LA

Girls and Boys Clubs of Southeast Louisiana
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana

Cottman of Louisville, KY

Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

Cottman of Spartanburg, SC

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Spartanburg

Cottman of Jacksonville, FL

Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida
Girls Inc. of Jacksonville

Cottman of Flint, MI

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Flint
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint

Cottman of Louisville, KY

Boys and Girls Club-SE Virginia
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Girls Inc. of the Greater Peninsula

Cottman’s of Denver, CO and Wheat Ridge, CO

Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado
Girls Inc. of Metro Denver

Cottman of Brandon, FL

Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay
Girls Inc. of Lakeland
Girls Inc. of Pinellas

Cottman of Fern Park, FL

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida

Cottman of Marietta, GA

Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro – Atlanta
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta

Cottman of Des Moines, IA

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa.

Cottman of Waldorf, MD

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland
Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y
Girls Inc. of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area

Cottman of Grand Rapids, MI

Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Grand Rapids

Cottman of St. Peters, MO

Boys and Girls Club St Charles County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
Girls Inc. of St. Louis

Cottman of Woodbury Heights, NJ

Boys and Girls Clubs of Gloucester County
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region
Girls Inc. of Greater Houston

Cottman of Stroudsburg, PA

Boys and Girls Clubs of Easton
Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge

Cottman of Vancouver, WA

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Spartanburg Northwest
Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

Cottman of Richmond, VA

Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
Big Brothers Big Sisters Services

Cottman of The Woodlands, TX

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star

Cottman of Manassas, VA

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Manassas
Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters

Cottman’s of Austin, TX, Cedar Park, TX and Round Rock, TX

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Austin
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas

Cottman of Emmaus, PA

Boys and Girls Clubs of Allentown
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley

Cottman’s of Spartanburg, SC and Greenville, SC

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate

Cottman of Lancaster, PA

Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region

Cottman of Lansdale, PA

North Penn Valley Boys and Girls Clubs
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region

Cottman of West Mifflin, PA

Boys and Girls Clubs of Western PA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

Cottman of Wilkes – Barre, PA

Boys and Girls of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge

Cottman of Beaverton, OR

Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Spartanburg Northwest
Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

Cottman of Durham, NC

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle

Cottman of South Charlotte, NC

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas

Cottman of Greensboro, NC

Salvation Army -Boys and Girls Clubs of Greensboro
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont

Cottman of Raleigh, NC

Boys and Girls Clubs of Raleigh
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle

Cottman of Wilmington, NC

Brigade Boys and Girls Club
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle

Cottman of Winston-Salem, NC

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Winston-Salem
Big Brothers Big Sisters Services

(Not listed are over 60 Girls, Inc. locations that Cottman donated to as well.)

The original Cottman coloring book distributed during the 2016 holiday season featured the Cottman Man on both coloring and activity pages that both engaged kids on basic car maintenance points, and also underscore Cottman’s commitment to giving back during the holiday season and throughout the year.

The new coloring book distributed this year will showcase not only the Cottman Man, but also the Transmission Physician. The Transmission Physician web series is a standout component of Cottman’s broader catalogue of educational digital content. Using fun, accessible animation and themes, Cottman shares its educational videos on the brand’s website as a way for consumers to learn more about common car care topics. So far, the Transmission Physician educational video series has won a platinum dotcom Award, Summit Award, a bronze Telly Award and a Gold Medal from the Hermes Creative Awards.

“The Cottman coloring books are a playful reminder of the importance aspect of being a grown-up:  auto care and maintenance.  Many young people facing adversity understand the preciousness of this resource, but are not prepared to preserve and maintain an automobile,” said Jeri Swinton, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.  “Further, if our families are not educated consumers in auto care and maintenance, they may be taken advantage of and spend far more than necessary to operate a vehicle.  We appreciate The Cottman Man and the Transmission Physician as role models of knowledge, with values that align with being a responsible grown-up, just like our Big Brothers and Big Sisters!”

Also for the second year in a row, Advance Auto Parts has partnered with Cottman to cover some of the costs of printing the coloring books to be distributed to area children in time for the holidays.

“Advance Auto Parts has long shared the same values of giving back and making an impact in the local community as Cottman, and we’re proud to partner with the brand on this meaningful donation,” said Scott Krinsky, Advance’s Director of Strategic Accounts. “We look forward to being a part of Cottman’s efforts to give back in the future, and we hope our help on this project helps make the holidays a little more festive for kids across the country.”

The new coloring book represents Cottman’s dedication to the communities it serves, not only to provide trustworthy, affordable transmission and car care services, but also to ensure all families are able to celebrate the holidays as valued members of their community.

“Providing car care services goes beyond making sure consumers are happy when they drive away from our locations. We want to make sure every family can depend on Cottman for a safe, reliable vehicle that helps them accomplish their goals and meet their responsibilities every day,” added Beck. “As we deliver this second set of coloring books to area children’s groups, it’s a reminder that car care can touch many aspects of a family’s life, and it reinforces how Cottman is connected with our communities and our customers all year long, but especially while giving thanks during the holidays.”

For more information — or to download an electronic version of the coloring book that you can print yourself —visit the Cottman website. The Transmission Physician and Cottman Man Video Series can be viewed online. And, more details about Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care can be found on the company’s website.

About Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care

With locations across the U.S., Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care is a transmission and auto repair brand that services almost any make or model vehicle, foreign or domestic.  Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care centers specialize in complete transmission service, brakes, suspension, air conditioning service and much more. Cottman’s headquarters is based in Horsham, Pennsylvania.  For more information, please visit www.Cottman.com and www.TheCottmanManBlog.com.

About Advance Auto Parts:

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of April 23, 2016 Advance operated 5,086 stores and 125 Worldpac branches and serves approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.