By 2030 hybrids will account for half of Toyota's global vehicle production. That means 'green' tires are going mainstream, and they're expanding beyond 15- and 16-inches to match the rest of the replacement tire market.
As tire dealers all over the country work to adapt to the pressures of online tire sales, the looming question about Amazon.com Inc. in the market is price.
It’s been a year since Amazon.com Inc. added tire installation to the check-out process for tire-buying consumers. Since then, it’s partnered with three retailers to build a nationwide network of installation options: Monro Inc., Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack, and Sears Auto Centers.
There’s plenty to be said about the institutional knowledge of our industry’s long-time leaders. But more and more, young people are on the front lines pushing the tire industry into the future. Modern Tire Dealer is on the hunt for those young trailblazers.
In the 18 years since Michael Sullivan left the corporate world and bought a tire store in California, he’s quadrupled that business’ sales. But he admits he hasn’t done it alone.
"We have 21 locations and we could probably use 21 more technicians.” Tire dealers all over the country can feel Matt Jensen’s pain.
Modern Tire Dealer is searching for the young bright minds who are shaping the next generation of the tire industry.
The 212 stores in Tire Factory Inc.’s network sold 6.5% more tires in 2017 than in 2016, and they increased overall sales by 8%. There was improvement in same-store sales — dealers who have rebranded to the Point S banner increased sales by 5.5%, and those who haven’t were up 3.5%.
Bill Leach had wanted to expand beyond his one-store tire business in Paola, Kan., for some time. So when he finally found the perfect location for a second store, about 30 miles away in Baldwin City, Kan., he was ready to roll. And one decision at least was an easy one.
Consumers are replacing their high performance sedans with high performance SUVs and CUVs.
Walt Holland comes from a family of miners and spent 30 years working in Nevada's gold, silver and copper mines. But he couldn't fight the urge to be his own boss, so in 2016 he became a tire dealer.
Are M/T tires for enthusiasts seeking adventures or their buttoned-down brethren chasing a certain look? Modern Tire Dealer asked manufacturers for details about the consumers they are targeting as well as their latest M/T tires.
On a scale of 1 to 10, what grade would you give commercial tire makers for the sales and service support they provide your dealership?