Consumer Reports uncovers counterfeit tires
November 24, 2014

Counterfeit tires make their way into the U.S.
What do fake Louis Vuitton handbags, Rolex watches, "vintage" Bordeaux wines and Pegasus Advanta SUV tires have in common? They are all counterfeit, according to Consumer Reports.

Tire tariff decision will be made on Nov. 24
The deadline for the United States Department of Commerce's preliminary determination in its countervailing duty investigation of passenger and light truck tires from the People’s Republic of China came and went on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Or did it?

DSP pilots coaching workshop for members
Dealer Strategic Planning Inc. (DSP) has completed its first workshop to help DSP 20 Group members improve the selling and sales performance of their employees.

Hybrid Shop sells 38% equity interest to partner
The Hybrid Shop LLC (THS) has sold a 38% stake in its hybrid and electric vehicle conditioning business to an equity partner.

Sullivan Tire reopens renovated store
Sullivan Tire Auto Service reopened its Watertown, Mass. location on Wednesday, Nov. 19 after a recent closure for renovations. Located at 21 North Beacon St., the facility is the 67th location in New England for the Norwell-based company.

Double Coin tires earn SmartWay verification
The Double Coin RT600 and RR202 truck tires have met the requirements for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Technology Program.

Coast adds rechargeable penlights
Coast Products has introduced a rechargeable focusing penlight with a brightness of 275 lumens that is designed for the close work performed by vehicle inspection and service technicians.

Love's opens first CNG stop in Ohio
Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores opened its first compressed natural gas (CNG) location in Ohio. The facility in Burbank, Ohio is the company's 10th CNG location in the U.S.

Cardone releases parts guide
Cardone Industries Inc.'s latest parts guide highlights new products and hard-to-find parts.

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Hankook breaks ground on new plant in Tennessee
Tire dealers will be able to sell American-made Hankook passenger and light truck tires beginning in 2016. That is when the first phase of Hankook Tire America Corp.’s tire plant in Clarksville, Tenn., will be completed.

Who speaks for dealers in Washington?
Freda Pratt-Boyer was just out of high school in 1972 and working at a hospital when a friend suggested she apply at Potosi, Mo.-based Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. Her first job in the tire business was computer input clerk.

Laser measurement software helps sell tires and alignments
Tire Profiles Inc. of Chicago, Ill., has made its TreadSpec technology for measuring tire wear and checking alignments fully portable. The company is introducing its innovation, called the Groove Glove, at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

Counterfeit tires find their way into a Consumer Reports test
Consumer Reports recently tested Chinese consumer tires for the first time. The experience was enlightening, to say the least.

Rate these Sears oil change offers: good, bad or misleading?
Sears Auto Centers is offering "exclusive" deals on two of its high-end oil change options. And it is leveraging its partnerships with Ashland Inc. and NASCAR to do it.

SEMA Show aftermath: Who was there and who wasn't (and who wasn't allowed)
Every year, the SEMA Show, Global Tire Expo (GTE) and AAPEX draw thousands of people to Las Vegas. The list of attendees is always a veritable Who's Who of the tire industry.

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