Auto Service

The competition for automotive service is fierce, from car dealers, large chain store retailers, and mass merchandisers to small repair shops. We’ll keep you current on the latest news and trends in automotive service to grow this important aspect of your business.


CEO and President Patrick Sandone recently hosted an open house for Net Driven s new headquarters in
July 22, 2014

Tire dealers give advice on social media

So much went on at the inaugural meeting of the Automotive Dealer Council that we needed a second Web item to cover it all!

Tags: Automotive Dealer Council, Frisby Tire Co., Social media, Tire Industry Association

The new 10,000-square-foot Belle Tire facility in Flint, Mich., houses eight service bays --
July 22, 2014

Belle Tire continues its aggressive renovation

Same city, better location. Belle Tire Distributors Inc. has successfully moved its Austins Parkway store to 4545 Miller Road in Flint, Mich.

Tags: Belle Tire, Jeff Kruse, MTD 100, Wayne Shotwell

Charlotte White, 76, of Akron, Ohio, provided the winning submission for Goodyear s Name the Blimp
July 22, 2014

New Goodyear airship named ‘Wingfoot One’

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced that Wingfoot One is the name of the company’s newest airship, a semi-rigid, Zeppelin model LZ N07-101 assembled at Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake airship hangar and unveiled in March, 2014.

Tags: Charlotte White, Goodyear Blimp, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Paul Fitzhenry, Wingfoot One

Red Kap Performance Shop pants feature Reinforced Double Knees that bend and flex easily while
July 21, 2014

Performance Plus featured in workwear video

VF Imagewear, makers of Red Kap brand work clothes, has released a YouTube video featuring Performance Plus Tires, Long Beach, Calif., to promote its newly launched work pants and shorts designed specifically for tire and automotive technicians, Performance Shop Pants and Shorts.

Tags: Performance Plus Tires, Performance Shop Pants and Shorts, Red Kap, VF Imagewear, work clothes

July 21, 2014

AAPEX webinar covers marketing messages

The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) AAPEXedu Webinar Series announced it will present “The Seven ‘Can’t Forget’ Ingredients in Your Marketing Messages,” a free exhibitor webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 at 4 p.m., EST.

Tags: AAPEX, AAPEXedu Webinar Series, Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, Marketing, Steve Miller

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Rent-A-Wheel/Rent-A-Tire Inc. is focusing on building business at newly acquired company stores,
July 16, 2014

MTD 100: ‘Internet pricing leveled the playing field’  Cover Story

The maxim “business as usual” has become “business unusual” for the dealers on this year’s MTD 100. They emerged from a global recession to find an increasing threat to their margins: tire pricing on the Web. Their willingness to adapt to change has given them the competitive edge to grow their businesses.

Tags: AKH Co., American Tire Depot, Big O Tires LLC, Discount Tire Co., Flynn's Tire, Internet marketing, Jack Williams Tire, Les Schwab Tire Centers, Modern Tire Dealer 100, Monro Muffler Brake, MTD 100, Rent-A-Wheel/Rent-A-Tire, Somerset Tire Service Inc.

Wheel weight update
June 27, 2014

Wheel weight update  

From start to finish, it took only a few months to get the ban on lead wheel weights approved in Minnesota.

Tags: Gregory Parker, Perfect Equipment, Wegmann automotive USA Inc., Wheel weights

Figure 1: Identifying FTM Reset Display (without iDrive – 1 of 2).
June 27, 2014

TPMS: Determine the system on a BMW 3-Series E-90  

There are two types of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) on 2009-13 BMW 3-Series E90 vehicles.

Tags: BMW 3-Series E-90, Mitchell 1, Tire pressure monitoring systems, TPMS

King’s Tire & Wheel CEO Sam Batanian stocks between 40,000 and 50,000 tires in his
June 27, 2014

Dealer becomes his own wholesaler  

Sam Batanian took advantage of a golden opportunity in 1987, and the CEO of King’s Tire & Wheel has done nothing but grow ever since.

Tags: Focus on dealers, King's Tire & Wheel, Sam Batanian, Wholesale

ITDG CEO and President Mike Cox, left, recently played host to group members John and Karen Marshall
June 20, 2014

ITDG's ‘Band of Brothers’ continues on fast growth track  

The group that calls itself the “Band of Brothers” has been on a fast track of growth since its inception 20 years ago. The Independent Tire Dealers Group LLC (ITDG) celebrated its anniversary in Cancun last month.

Tags: Chris Wyborny, Independent Tire Dealers Group, ITDG, Mike Cox

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