NTSB symposium features face-off between TIA, RMA
December 11, 2014

RMA says yes to mandatory tire registration. TIA says no
How to effectively register tires has been an issue that has placed the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the Tire Industry Association (TIA) at odds on more than one occasion since the late 1970s. It was then that the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association (NTDRA), predecessor to today’s TIA, was able to convert mandatory tire registration to a voluntary system.

Federated and Pronto announce merger
National Pronto Association and Federated Auto Parts announced they are merging their efforts and resources. This newly formed organization will be known as “Automotive Parts Services Group,” or simply “The Group.”

Raben Tire sells equity interest to partner
Raben Holdings LLC, which does business as Raben Tire Co. Inc., has sold an equity interest to Palladium Equity Partners LLC of New York City. Palladium describes the transaction as a “significant investment in partnership with the Raben family.”

One dealer's key to customer service
How do you perpetuate customer loyalty? Will a coupon do the trick?

Pearson Tire founder Raynal Pearson dies
Raynal Pearson, the 87-year-old founder of Pearson Tire Co. in Richfield, Utah, died Tuesday night surrounded by his family.

White House kicks off tire safety campaign
The Obama Administration is looking to tire manufacturers and NASCAR to help educate Americans about the importance of tire maintenance and safety, as well as the role tires play in promoting energy efficiency.

Brake Parts expands offerings with 500 parts
Brake Parts Inc. LLC has added more than 500 new part numbers to its Raybestos brakes line. The additions include brake hoses, brake cables, hardware, hydraulics, friction and calipers.

CMA adds Double Coin truck tire sizes
China Manufacturers Alliance LLC (CMA) recently expanded its Double Coin truck tire line with new sizes. CMA Vice President Walt Weller talked about the additions to Modern Tire Dealer at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.

Mitchell1, ASE name Technician of the Future
Joseph R. Grenchik of New Lenox, Ill. was named the Mitchell 1/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Technician of the Future.

Andreoli offers try-before-you-buy software
Andreoli & Associates Inc. (A&A), a cloud-based, point-of-sale software developer, launched a new website that provides software overview videos and also unveils a new company logo and look.

Lori’s Listening

Ziegler Tire: Building business
Oliver Ziegler opened Ziegler Tire & Supply Co. in 1919. Today, the Massillon, Ohio-based company is run by Bill Ziegler, 66, a second-generation Ziegler. It has 24 stores in three states — eight retail, 16 commercial/retail — two wholesale outlets and two retread plants. Annual sales top $120 million.

A worrying disinterest in tire brands
It is generally considered that when someone buys something they have chosen as their preferred brand, it would be reasonable to assume they know what they have purchased.

Volume trends remained positive for eighth consecutive month
According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained somewhat encouraging in September. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported that they sold 1.2% more tires last month on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.1% increase in August and a 0.4% increase in July.

One way to earn a customer's loyalty for (almost) life
With my mom moved to an assisted living facility in Sarasota, Fla., earlier this year, I recently visited her condo in Largo, Fla., and took the time to look through some of her papers.

Modern Tire Dealer compares Black Friday tire deals!
The automotive aftermarket is not immune from the sales juggernaut that is called Black Friday. The nationwide chains already have been advertising their willingness to take advantage of what many retailers believe is one of the most, if not the most, important day of their year.

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.

U.S. Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Prices
Brought to you by the U.S. Energy Information Administration