BestDrive LLC, a Continental tire and ContiLifeCycle commercial tire dealer and retreader, has entered the Texas market and opened two locations, one near Dallas and another in San Antonio. In the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, the company has opened a 100,000-square-foot "mega" retread shop and tire center. The Dallas location will provide new tires, services, and ContiTread retread tires for customers in the Dallas Fort Worth area, as well as manufacturing retreads to supply nearby BestDrive service centers.
Located near Texas I-30, the tire center provides easy access for the company’s long-haul, regional haul, and on/off-road fleet customers. The retread "mega-shop" has room for up to two additional curing chambers as volume increases.
In San Antonio BestDrive opened a 24,000 square-foot service center that will distribute ContiTread retread tires produced at the Dallas shop, as well as providing new tires and services. San Antonio is considered a good outlet to provide additional coverage in southern Texas.
“We are excited to open these locations in Dallas and San Antonio because it allows us to honor our commitment to our fleet customers to provide them seamless and consistent coverage across the country,” says Sonny Simpson, managing director of BestDrive. “Having two new locations in Texas will allow us to produce and distribute our product to the region with higher speed, and will allow us the opportunity to provide the world class service that our customers have learned to expect from our company.” Known as Continental BestDrive in Texas, the company says it plans to open additional centers in the Lone Star State in the near future, though the locations haven't been finalized.
The two new BestDrive locations in Texas give the company 24 commercial tire centers across the United States. BestDrive plans to expand into seven additional states by the end of 2019. Texas marks the company’s 14th U.S. state.
“Continental is proud to continue expanding our nationwide footprint with our BestDrive stores,” says Steve Postel, Continental’s director of retail for the Americas region. “We are committed to a future in which all fleets, large and small, have convenient local access to ContiTread retreads and best-in-class services. Adding two locations in Texas equips us to better serve our existing fleet customers as well as offering BestDrive’s signature expertise and customer-oriented service portfolio to local businesses.” BestDrive commercial tire centers offer total fleet tire management with Continental, General Tire, and Ameristeel brand products, as well as other supplemental tire brands. The dealerships equip fleets with new tires and ContiTread retread solutions as part of the ContiLifeCycle program.
In addition to new and retread tires, BestDrive can help fleets select and implement technology such as the ContiPressureCheck tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), ContiConnect remote digital tire monitoring, and Continental’s VDO Roadlog for ELD Mandate compliance. The company says these solutions help businesses reduce tire-related breakdowns, eliminate manual tire pressure checks, improve fuel efficiency, and extend the life of tires and casings.
Services available at all BestDrive outlets include commercial tire mounting, dismounting, and balancing, 24-hour service, wheel refinishing, new and used wheels, air-up programs, commercial truck alignments and fleet checks. The stores also offer passenger and light truck tires, however, BestDrive is focused primarily on commercial truck service and OTR.