Work-life balance isn't a new issue at Max Finkelstein Inc. Twenty-nine years ago Jerry Finkelstein realized he and his brother couldn't keep up with the six-day-a-week demands of the job. The solution wasn't just good for them, it was good for their employees and the whole company.
It’s been a slow build, but the traditional, four-door sedan — for decades the main staple of the “Big Three” auto manufacturers — has never been more out of fashion in North America than it is now.
One out of five consumers delayed automotive maintenance in 2018, according to a survey of more than 100,000 households with 170,000+ vehicles. And plenty of them still need your services a year later.
Modern Tire Dealer broke down the CUV and SUV tire segments by asking three all-important questions covering the forecast for the next five years, product mix, and where there’s the greatest growth. Nineteen tire makers weighed in.
It was more than two years ago when two tire dealers, in completely different markets more than 1,000 miles apart, made the same decision. Both were ready to boost their online presence.
Imports of radial truck tires from China into the U.S. have dropped 25% in the first three months of 2019, from more than 1.8 million to just shy of 1.4 million, compared to the same period a year ago.
Expertise and service count at Sports Car Tire in Wilmington, Del. “We’re known as the fixers,” says Chris Misero, operations manager of the business.
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.
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