More consumer tires are sold through the independent tire dealer distribution channel than any other, by far. However, it is not the fastest growing channel.
That "honor" belongs to -- drum roll, please -- auto dealerships. While independents account for more than 60% of the consumer tire sales at the retail level, they have only increased their market share one percentage point since 1999.
Auto dealerships, however, have increased their market share from 1% to 7.5% over that same time span.
The 2014 Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue breaks down both the retail and de facto wholesale (you'll just have to read the story!) tire distribution channels. Auto dealerships may own 7.5% of the market, but collectively, they are not even members of the third-most popular distribution channel.
To find out which distribution channels are in a growth mode and which ones aren't, check out the Facts Issue, which for the 48th year, breaks down the domestic tire market before anyone else does.
For more information about the tire industry in 2013, click on these links:
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.