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Where do independent tire dealers source their automotive parts? According to the 2009-2010 Modern Tire Dealer Automotive Service Survey, automotive jobbers are the number one source.

More than half of the dealers surveyed said they purchased from automotive jobbers, with warehouse distributors a close second. Here are the results (dealers were asked to select all that applied).

Direct source                  %

Automotive jobber           56.0%

Warehouse distributor   49.1%

Retail parts store             48.3%

New car dealer                 37.1%

Tire manufacturer             15.5%

Automotive service accounts for 41% of the average tire dealer's sales volume. The MTD Automotive Service Survey breaks down service bay usage even further, so that you have a benchmark to which you can compare your own dealership's performance.

It covers everything from the average number of bays and technicians per dealership to what services are being perfomed in those bays. We already have addressed engine diagnostics, exhaust service, brake service, battery/electrical service, air conditioning, chassis/suspension, shocks/struts, cooling system and oil and lubrication service on our Web site,, and in our bi-weekly "Auto Service News & Best Practices" e-newsletters.

For more survey information, check out January's Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue online as well!

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