The North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA) will honor its 2017 Dealer of the Year and induct two new members into its Hall of Fame.
Ejnar Fink-Jensen, executive director of the California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA), one of the sponsors of California tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) legislation Assembly Bill 1665, provides MTD with an update on the bill (see California TPMS legislation heads to governor's desk).
He said AB 1665 "requires all tire dealers to be capable of diagnosing and servicing tire pressure monitoring systems." The bill is important because it "will 'level the playing field' for those tire retailers, like all of CTDA members, who are regulated by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR).
"Currently, there are hundreds of 'tire sales only' shops that avoid BAR regulation. While most of those operations are legitimate, there are many that advertise below-wholesale cost for new tires in direct competition with CTDA members. When a customer finds that unspoken 'add-ons' -- such as mounting, tire inflation, etc., -- brings the charges to much higher than the advertised tire price, there is nowhere to turn other than a local district attorney or Small Claims Court.
"AB 1665, which CTDA co-sponsored with Les Schwab Tire Centers, brings every California business that involves changing or selling tires under the jurisdiction of the BAR. The bill requires tire dealers and automotive repair shops to be capable of activating and calibrating tire pressure monitoring systems -- and all shops that deal with TPMS equipment are required to be regulated by BAR.
"Under AB 1665, BAR will annually inspect all tire shops and customers will be able to call one number -- prominently displayed in the shop -- to report unfair charges or other complaints against the business.
"Since 2008, federal law requires TPMS on all passenger vehicles and light trucks. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants every state to require that all service operators either ensure that new tires and rims they mount are compatible with existing TPMS sensors or that customers purchase new TPMS sensors that are correctly installed and calibrated by the tire shop.
"Aside from bringing all tire shops under the auspices of BAR, the TPMS requirements of AB 1665 will also provide customers added safety and improved fuel economy through properly inflated tires."
Mark Peak of Peak Auto Service Inc. in Girard, Kan., won the grand prize in a recent Jeep Rubicon Sweepstakes from Friend Tire Co., a wholesaler in Monett, Mo. that's a wholly owned subsidiary of the Yokohama Rubber Corp.
Discount Tire has added a store in Sugar Land, Texas. It is the third Discount Tire outlet in Sugar Land, which is part of the Houston metropolitan area, and the 12th location in Fort Bend County.
Every year, Modern Tire Dealer breaks down "the year that was" in its January Facts Issue. It is the first publication with an in-depth report on the previous year's performance.
The 2017 Lexus LS sedan features the Turanza T005 run-flat tire by Bridgestone Corp. as original equipment.
The third annual North American Tire & Retread Expo will be held April 19-21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
Tenneco Inc. wants to reward loyalty in a big way. That is why the company has launched the 2017 Expert Plus loyalty program for automotive service providers.
The January 2017 Facts Issue features a record 42 charts and graphs. That includes an expanded "Pricing and Sizes" section.
It looks like Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will be the second tire manufacturer to announce a price increase or price increases three weeks into the new year.
Denso Products and Services Americas Inc. has added 14 part numbers to its selection of First Time Fit tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors. The new part numbers add coverage for more than 10 million European and Korean vehicles.
Directors of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. have declared a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share of common stock. The dividend is payable March 1, 2017, to shareholders of record on Feb. 1, 2017.
Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) has named Jeff Barna chief operating officer. He will be responsible for sales, marketing and product planning.
Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Modern Tire Dealer will not publish Hotwire on Monday. Look for the next edition on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Blackburn OEM Wheel Solutions Inc. is extending its phone order assistance hours to better serve its growing customer base. The new hours are effective immediately.
Everything automotive can be found at the annual North American International Automotive Show. The 2017 edition is being held in Detroit from Jan. 7 through Jan. 21.