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    Where does you business fit in the 2023 hierarchy of value?
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    Evaluating Business Models for Their Relative Value

    March 24, 2023
    Three years ago, I made a stab at ranking the various business segments I run into when representing tire dealers in the lower-middle market. The goal: explain to tire dealers...
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    Long gone are the days when performance tires are only tuned into speed and steady handling.

    Why - And How - UHP Tires Continue to Evolve

    March 7, 2023
    Performance tires aren't just focused on speed anymore. Rolling resistance, noise and other features matter too.
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    TPMS: 2022 Cadillac XT5

    Feb. 28, 2023
    If a new sensor has been installed or tire rotated, the vehicle must be stationary for about 20 minutes before the system can start the process of calculating correct sensor locations...
    Commercial Business

    AG Tire Talk: When Should R-1/R-IW Tires Be Replaced?

    Feb. 27, 2023
    How do you know when R-1/R-1W ag tires need to be replaced? And what rules should be followed to ensure maximum performance?
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    'Business analytics will become even more important for tire dealers,' says Jay Adams, president of MaddenCo.

    Why You Should Upgrade Your Point-of-Sale System

    Feb. 27, 2023
    Every day, there seems to be some new, innovative technology marketed to tire dealers. With these advancements, it can be hard for dealers to focus on the tools they already have...

    More content from February 2023

    Photo Credit: Butler Tires and Wheels
    Stocking the right tires and sizes 'is a moving target,' says Craig Dobrin, vice president of operations for Atlanta, Ga.-based Butler Tires and Wheels.

    Selling UHP Tires Starts With the Right Inventory

    Feb. 27, 2023
    Ultra-high performance (UHP) vehicle owners are a different breed, according to Craig Dobrin, vice president of operations at Atlanta, Ga.-based Butler Tires and Wheels, which...
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    Marty Bezbatchenko says the pace of ATNA’s product rollouts “has been very quick. We’re working with customers on new sizes and tread patterns, while at the same time, keeping quality levels high.”
    Commercial Business

    Ascenso Tires North America Enters Next Growth Phase

    Feb. 27, 2023
    With a new name, a new distribution center and new products, Ascenso Tires North America - previously known as Tyres International - is ready for its next phase of growth under...
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    Commercial Business

    OTR Tiremakers Forecast Big Year for Construction Tires

    Feb. 23, 2023
    Fifteen months after the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law, shovels are ready to hit the ground. That’s great news for tire dealers who sell tires for...
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    'Our focus is on growing Cosmo and investing in Cosmo and continuing to differentiate us in tier-three,' says Tony Gonzalez, CEO of Tire Group International LLC, left, with Joaquin Gonzalez Jr., at the company's 30th anniversary celebration, held this past December.
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    TGI Has Big Plans for U.S. Market

    Feb. 21, 2023
    Now in its 31st year, Tire Group International LLC (TGI) - which exports tires to more than 70 countries - has big plans for its rapidly growing business in the U.S. “You either...
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    California wants feedback from tire dealers on the potential impact of consumer tire fuel efficiency regulations.

    California Moves Closer to Tire Fuel Efficiency Mandate

    Feb. 14, 2023
    A consumer tire fuel efficiency mandate should not come at the expense of California’s independent tire dealers and their customers.
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    When communicating needed brake work to customers, “seeing is believing — so nothing is lost in the translation,” says Spencer Carruthers, owner of Kenwood Tire & Auto Service in West Bridgewater, Mass.
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    Dealers Share Tips for Marketing, Selling Brake Service

    Feb. 10, 2023
    Is brake work always an easy sell? That depends on the situation, according to two successful tire dealers, who share their best practices in this MTD exclusive.

    How to Get a Better Grasp on Work-Life Balance

    Feb. 10, 2023
    Investing the extra minutes each day to find your balance, become a student and push beyond your routines to something just a touch more will make all the difference in your personal...
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    'On the occasion where a customer is asking us to do something unsafe with their vehicle, again you have to let the customer be heard and ask some probing questions — not just lecture them on the rules,' says McCarron.

    Why the Customer Isn't Always Right

    Feb. 6, 2023
    Most customers know very little about their cars, let alone how to repair them. To default to the opinion of the customer every single time is a disastrous approach to customer...
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    Retail consumer tire sellout trends are moderating, says Healy.
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    Are Sellout Trends Starting to Moderate?

    Feb. 3, 2023
    Our recent conversations with tire dealers leave us with the view that retail sellout trends have lost a bit of steam year-over-year. Sellout trends moved lower in December 2022...