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.


March 5, 2015

KYB's $40 for 4 promotion runs through April

KYB Americas Corp. will offer motorists $40 via a mail-in-rebate with a single purchase of any four KYB shocks, struts and strut-plus complete assemblies during March and April, 2015.

Tags: KYB $40 for 4 Promotion, KYB Americas Corp.

Max Dull is the new vice president and general manager of Alliance Parts Warehouse.
March 5, 2015

Alliance names Max Dull to lead warehouse

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance has hired industry veteran Max Dull as vice president/general manager of Alliance Parts Warehouse (APW).

Tags: Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Inc., Max Dull, Personnel changes

The consistent tread block rigidity of the new g-Force Comp-2 A/S tire resists irregular wear
March 4, 2015

Michelin unveils new BFGoodrich UHP tire

The new BFGoodrich brand g-Force Comp-2 A/S comes in more sizes, is more durable and has more all-weather capabilities than its predecessor. Michelin North America Inc. says the ultra-high performance tire will be available in the U.S. and Canada in the most popular fitments beginning April 1.

Tags: BFGoodrich g-Force, Marcus Wilson, UHP Tires

March 3, 2015

Wisconsin tire dealer closes after 89 years

After 89 years in business, Holmes Tire & Automotive Inc. has changed its last tire. The third-generation independent tire dealer closed its store Feb. 27, 2015, in Madison, Wis.

Tags: Dealership closings, Holmes Tire & Automotive Inc., Linda Holmes, Tom Holmes

The BHO3 (pictured) is one of two concept tires Goodyear revealed during the Geneva
March 3, 2015

A Goodyear tire that recharges electric cars?

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is showing off two groundbreaking concept tires at this week’s 85th Geneva International Motor Show, ideas the company says could radically change the role of car tires in the future.

Tags: Concept tires, Electric vehicles, Geneva International Motor Show, Joe Zekoski

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Figure 1: An exploded view of the tire pressure sensor.
February 13, 2015

TPMS: Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ and Mercury Milan  

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on the Ford Fusion 2010-13, Lincoln MKZ 2010-13, and Mercury Milan 2010-11 monitors the air pressure in the four road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors.

Tags: Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Mercury Milan, Mitchell 1, TPMS

Tire Pros President Dan Brown outlined plans for the franchise at the national dealer meeting.
February 13, 2015

Tire Pros aims for 700 stores in 2015  

Twenty-three people were dedicated to the Tire Pros franchise program of American Tire Dealers Inc. (ATD) in 2009. Today, 60 professionals provide marketing, retail, business analysis, administrative and training support to dealers.

Tags: Bartec, Bartec USA LLC, Dan Brown, Dealer meeting, Shepherd Tire Service, Synchrony Financial, Tire Pros

A different perspective on the sales counter
February 13, 2015

A different perspective on the sales counter  

Last month we identified the sales counter as a very important piece of real estate in your store — important because so many critical activities happen at the sales counter, and every customer who visits a store visits the sales counter.

Tags: Counter intelligence, Sales counter, Sales training, Wayne Williams

Cecil and Sons Discount Tires considers its sponsorship of community events, including a car in the
February 13, 2015

Social media: Tire dealers doubt it’s a cure-all  

Social media is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, and independent tire dealers admit they’re not expecting it to result in mega sales.

Tags: Cecil and Sons Discount Tires, Joy Kopcha, Rice Tire Co., Social media

Rushing while mounting and balancing ultra-high performance tires is asking for trouble, tire
February 12, 2015

Mounting and balancing UHP tires  

It’s quiet these days inside County Tire Center Inc. in Middlebury, Vt. The semiannual winter tire switch is over. But on those busy fall and spring days when this 10-bay shop is changing tires on 60 to 80 cars a day, owner Steve Dupoise and his nine full-time technicians are working to make every minute count. Technology advancements on both cars and tires don’t always make that easy.

Tags: County Tire Center, Joel's Tire, Ross Tire and Service, Tire balancing, Tire mounting, Tire mounting equipment

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