GB Auto Service Inc., which recently rebranded as Sun Auto Tire & Service Inc., has been busy since the 2020 edition of the MTD 100 was published. In this interview, Sun Auto Tire CEO Frank Kneller discusses what's next for the company and why he views its growth potential to be "essentially limitless."
GB Auto Service, Inc. has expanded its footprint with the acquisition of Goodguys Tires & Auto Repair, an eight-location dealership based in Fresno, Calif. The company now has 192 locations nationwide. More than 180 of those stores sell tires.
What if there was a proven, low-cost tool available to bring new customers in the door of your tire dealership? In addition to more traffic, it promises online benefits, too, as customers typically respond by posting positive online reviews. And since an estimated 5% of independent tire dealers are doing it, it’s likely you can claim the advantage before the competitor across town figures it out.
Is there still a place for the smaller wholesale-distributor? Who will be making the next dealership acquisition? And what about Amazon? MTD columnist John Healy examines challenges tire dealers face in 2020.
The dealerships on the 2019 Modern Tire Dealer 100 did a lot of buying and building in the last 12 months to strengthen their market positions in a consolidating industry. More transactions and projects are in the pipeline.