The president of Meineke Car Care Centers LLC says consumers want to do business with big brands, and he expects that overall shopping trend will affect the automotive aftermarket.
"What consumers are wanting out of a relationship with a brand is getting more and more complicated, which I think for Meineke is a great tailwind because we're very much poised to be what consumers want," Rivera says.
He cited the company's customer relationship management system, which allows Meineke to contact customers about upcoming auto services needed, as well as previous services the customer might have declined. Rivera also says the Meineke app and tablet-based vehicle inspections are tools that will push the brand ahead of independent stores.
Online tire sales
The consumer purchases the tires online and the tires are shipped to the nearest Meineke.
Rivera says even though the online sales option isn't available nationwide from the web, consumers can visit any Meineke store and test the Tire Wire system in store.