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September 24, 2013

When ‘had to change the right rear’ meant something totally different

When ‘had to change the right rear’ meant something totally different

Recently at an estate sale I purchased a couple of diaries that record daily life in the 1870s. One of the writers relayed how he “had to change the right rear” following a visit to a neighboring city. That right rear was, of course, one of his horse’s shoes.

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Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:09 AM | » Comments(0)

August 15, 2013

Protecting your property – and your customers’

Signal 88 Security says hiring a security company that offers roving guards who check fences and

It’s midnight, your dealership is closed. A car slowly cruises by on the street behind your shop, its occupants taking in your parking lot, your showroom, looking for something to steal.

Tags: Lori L. Mavrigian, Lori's Listening, Security, Signal 88 Security

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 11:56 AM | » Comments(1)

January 30, 2013

What do tires have to do with Super Bowl XLVII?

Momentum 51 courtesy of www.shawsportsturf.com.

While you’re watching the “Big Game” on Sunday, you might be interested to know that the product you sell plays a major part in the safety of the athletes.

Tags: Lori L. Mavrigian, Lori's Listening, Super Bowl, Scrap tires

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:55 AM | » Comments(0)

January 11, 2013

Who bought, who sold in 2012?

One of our National Advisory Council members wrote me and commented on the high number of tire dealerships which had changed hands last year. He was right. On our website, I found reports on more than 20 transactions!

Tags: Acquisitions, Lori L. Mavrigian, Lori's Listening

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Friday, January 11, 2013 11:19 AM | » Comments(0)

January 2, 2013

Techies talk tires

Credit: Gao Fenglin and Zhou Buyi, Yanko Design website

"Yanko Design," a web magazine for all sorts of new design concepts, currently is featuring an idea for tires called the Discolor Tyre.

Tags: Tire design, Lori L. Mavrigian, Lori's Listening

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Wednesday, January 2, 2013 2:20 PM | » Comments(4)

December 28, 2012

We're not getting smarter, but tires are

Source: 1951 Ohio Driver s Manual.

Recently I took part in a ride-and-drive event sponsored by Michelin North America for its new Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 ultra-high performance all-season tire.

Tags: All-seanson tires, UHP tires, Michelin, Stopping distances

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Friday, December 28, 2012 12:05 PM | » Comments(0)

August 30, 2012

Puppy love pays off for dealership

Puppy love pays off for dealership

Meet Fionna, the half-Chihuahua, half-Jack Russell mix who is the greeter at Boni Tire & Auto Service Inc. in Flemington, N.J.

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Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Thursday, August 30, 2012 2:43 PM | » Comments(3)

April 26, 2012

Dealer thinks big and scores the world’s largest tire

Hester stands next to his 14-foot-tall Michelin OTR tire on display at his dealership in Bladenboro,

What’s a tire dealer from a small town to do to grab customers’ attention to his dealership’s products and services? Display the world’s largest tire, that’s what.

Tags: OTR tires, Hester Tire Pros, Reynold Hester, Uniroyal Giant Tire

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Thursday, April 26, 2012 1:14 PM | » Comments(0)

April 13, 2012

The name that’s known is Fireyear? No, make that Goodstone

Photo from the Unser Racing Museum in Albequerque, N.M.

Sheri Herrmann, PLT communications coordinator for Continental Tire the Americas LLC, told me an interesting story recently while I was attending the company’s ground breaking celebration for its Sumter, S.C., tire plant.

Tags: Racing, Al Unser, Bobb Unser, Firestone, Goodyear

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Friday, April 13, 2012 8:33 AM | » Comments(0)

March 7, 2012

Male? Female? Sex doesn't matter at Continental

Tire maker Continental AG is doing very well financially, and its training program is surely playing a large part in its success – now and going forward.

Tags: Continental AG, Continental, R&D

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Wednesday, March 7, 2012 2:42 PM | » Comments(0)

January 27, 2012

Create a 'Customer Bill of Rights' -- the Yankee way

Are you taking the direct route to customer satisfaction?

Tags: Customer satisfaction

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Friday, January 27, 2012 7:38 AM | » Comments(1)

December 14, 2011

The comfort and joy of winter tire sales

In late November, a research company called Vision Critical surveyed 1,002 randomly selected Americans concerning their attitudes and opinions on tires and driving.

Tags: Winter tires, Lori Mavrigian, Hankook Tire

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Wednesday, December 14, 2011 1:51 PM | » Comments(0)

August 19, 2011

‘A once in a lifetime experience’

John and Janice Kelsey cross the finish line during “The Greatest  Spectacle in Racing,”

John Kelsey, owner and president of Kelsey Tire Inc. in Camdenton, Mo., recently had what he termed a once in a lifetime experience. He drove the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

Tags: Kelsey Tire Inc., antique tires, John Kelsey

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Friday, August 19, 2011 11:44 AM | » Comments(0)

May 26, 2011

‘What does a yellow light mean?’

If you’re like me, it has been many years since you took your written driver’s exam. If you were given a pop quiz on it today, would you pass?

Tags: Lori Mavrigian, driver's exam

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:49 AM | » Comments(2)

April 3, 2011

Some critics are saying 'Rubber' stinks

Remember “Rubber,” the movie I told you about in my blog way back in January? It’s about a rogue tire that rolls around the desert blowing up objects using its telepathic power – including people’s heads (see “'Rubber' meets the road, and goes on a killing spree.” Well, it’s rolled into movie theaters in a limited number of major cities, and the film critics are weighing in on it.

Tags: Movie, Rubber

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Sunday, April 3, 2011 2:12 PM | » Comments(1)

March 20, 2011

'American Pickers' picks Corky Coker for television segment

I saw one of my favorite tire industry people on one of my favorite TV shows a couple of weeks ago. Corky Coker, president of Coker Tire Co., was featured on the History Channel’s program, “American Pickers.”

Tags: American Pickers, Coker Tire Co., Corky Coker

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Sunday, March 20, 2011 1:02 PM | » Comments(2)

January 19, 2011

'Rubber' meets the road, and goes on a killing spree

I’ve been hearing about this for at least a year, but I thought it was some kind of prank and dismissed it. But now it appears there really is going to be a movie released called “Rubber” about a tire that goes on a killing spree.

Tags: Movie, Rubber

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Wednesday, January 19, 2011 6:48 AM | » Comments(2)

December 28, 2010

Bucking past trends, gas prices and miles traveled are both on the rise

According to the AAA, “The current national retail average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline is $3.04, up six cents from a week ago, 19 cents from a month ago, and 44 cents from a year ago. This marked the first time that the U.S. has ever nationally spent Christmas Eve with a $3 or greater per gallon price at the pump.”

Tags: Gas prices, Miles traveled

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Tuesday, December 28, 2010 1:24 PM | » Comments(0)

December 16, 2010

Tire store gift certificates make great stocking stuffers

I read a blog recently by some guy who was criticizing a tire company’s radio ad which suggested that gift certificates for its tire stores make great stocking stuffers. “Not even close,” he said, “by a country mile.”

Tags: Gift certificates, Stocking stuffers

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Thursday, December 16, 2010 8:14 AM | » Comments(0)

November 23, 2010

Good vibrations: Chipping away at the scrap tire problem

Here's an interesting item from the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News: 250,000 scrap tires will be shredded and used to cushion the ride and reduce noise on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) commuter train line extension from Fremont to San Jose.

Tags: RMA, Scrap tires

Author: Lori L. Mavrigian | Posted @ Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:24 PM | » Comments(0)

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