By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Automotive | Issue: May 2009
You’ll get courteous, efficient and affordable service at family-owned Hammond Transmissions in Collinsville. (L to R): Adam, Christina, Caila, Garrett and Tom, and Tommy.
There’s a shop in Collinsville where you can take your car for mechanical repairs and know that it will be taken care of. The owners are friendly and honest, and have a simple way of doing business. Tom and Christina Hammond at Hammond Transmissions, 719 W. Main St., do excellent work at affordable prices and treat people the way they want to be treated.
Tom and Christina opened their “mom and pop” business a little over a year ago. Tom does the mechanical work – he remembers everyone’s car. Christina does the office work – she remembers everyone’s name. One or all of their five children may be there helping out on any given day.
Tom began working with transmissions as a teenager. He watched and later joined his brothers as they repaired and rebuilt transmissions. Soon he realized this was his life ambition.
More than 20 years later, Tom is an ASE certified automatic transmission specialist. He rebuilds and services domestic, foreign, 4x4, and front wheel drive transmissions on everything from sub-compact cars to heavy-duty diesel trucks. He is considered an authority in his field. Technicians from other transmission shops call him for advice, and he is always happy to help.
The Hammonds are very pleased with the repeat business and referrals they have received from customers who travel from Bristow, south Tulsa, Cleveland, Skiatook, Oolagah, Drumright and Talala.
Besides rebuilding and repairing, Tom has done lots of performance enhancements on transmissions that pull horse trailers, tractors and long flatbeds. Customers started asking for other services, and they got them – water and fuel pumps, sensors, headlights and tail lights, brakes, joints, electrical window switches, windshield replacements. If Tom can get the parts, he can do the work. He will tackle just about anything except air conditioning systems and alignments. If Tom can’t do it, he will direct you to the right person in town who can help you.
When you take your car to Hammond’s, Tom will always look for the simplest fixes first, with the least expense to customers. The computer diagnostic fee, performed in order to get the vehicle’s codes, is waived if he gets the job. Customers are always quoted the total price, including tax, and shown any worn parts that were removed. As an added courtesy, the entire vehicle is inspected for any problems that could become bigger issues.
Doing a little extra to please customers is just a way of life for the Hammonds. “We are here to serve the community and surrounding areas,” says Christina. Many people stop to ask for Tom’s opinion on a used car they are considering. Just as a courtesy, he will inspect any vehicle from any local car lot at no charge. “I would rather someone check out a car in advance,” he says.
The latest addition to the Hammond service center is two lifts specifically designed to service ambulances and heavy-duty diesel trucks. “We want the area fire departments to know that now we can take care of their ambulances,” says Christina.
This is the ideal time to book an appointment for a spring tune-up or to service your transmission according to the recommended service schedule in your owner’s manual. Extending the life of your transmission now can save you a lot of money in the future.
Call (918) 371-1390 to schedule your transmission service or any other mechanical maintenance or repair. Hammond Transmissions is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.