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  • Add a Product line or Service to a Tire Shop

    Posted by bnc173 on February 10, 2016 at 11:01 am

    We are a fairly new tire shop in a very rural area about 3500 population. We service tires on a lot of trucks. We are not mechanics nor do we want to be. We don’t have many customers that will come in for a inspection. We do Tires, oil changes & some brake work. We have noticed like most shops we get slow during the winter months. What do other shops do to increase business? We have looked at selling bumpers & batteries but looking for another product line that will keep my tire installers busy during those months. Open to all ideas.

    hoauto replied 6 years, 4 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Tom Ham

    February 10, 2016 at 11:18 am
    Idea # 1: If you do tires, oil changes, and some brake work, then more brake work along with steering / suspension is not that big of a jump. Not terribly difficult and room to be quite profitable.

    Idea # 2: Spend some time researching what vehicle services, of any kind, people in your area go a long way to get done. Do that and charge accordingly for the convenience. 

    Nothing wrong with batteries and bumpers, but not much profit there.
    Good luck!
  • hoauto

    February 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    The margin on batteries is smaller than repair parts margins. That said, you can probably get your local parts supplier to supply inventory at no cost to you. properly trained technicians should be able to do that for you with few issues. If the vehicle needs additional work, you can decide if you want to deal with it or not.

    I hope this helped.

    Hockett & Olsen
    Bainbridge Island, Wa.