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    Hamrick Tire Inc
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    1216 8th Avenue, Phenix City, Alabama, 36867
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  2. Based on the information I have been gathering it sounds like this might be more than Goodyear's greed. Some of the financial rumblings I have read and heard point to ATD being on the brink of bankruptcy and both Bridgestone and Michelin are also considering no longer supplying them with products. Of course Michelin and TBC have now merged to create a new wholesale supplier and Tirehub being a joint venture with Bridgestone makes it sound like there is some possible truth to that. I guess we will have to wait and see how ATD's future unfolds.
  3. I've got a question for you Truett....As a Goodyear dealer how do you anticipate Goodyear's distribution changes to affect your business? Is the withdrawal from ATD and creation of Tirehub seen as a positive move for Goodyear dealers? Are there any concerns that as Goodyear gains greater influence over distribution channels that they will increase purchase prices?
  4. You are correct 3Putt....Bridgestone and the other major manufacturers will not dilute the product they sell to us for the big box stores and Truett is also correct in that they may make a separate product line such as the Goodyear Viva specifically for Sam's/Wal-Mart. Which manufacturers are willing to build the "club" tires specifically for the big box stores has varied over the years. Currently Goodyear and Cooper are the primary offenders, but Yokohama, Pirelli, Continental, General, and others are guilty of it as well.
  5. To each their own 3Putt. The tire sales industry and the automotive repair industry are really two different types of business and they each require different approaches. I have been in the retail tire business my entire adult life and have seen/tried different methods for purchasing, marketing, pricing, and warehousing tires. This method has been far superior to any other. It is definitely more difficult and requires large amounts of time, effort, and capital. This strategy is the best way to grow tire sales for those owners/managers out there that wish to do so and are willing to inves
  6. We've found that making money on tire sales requires a unique approach. Volume definitely helps, but it is not a requirement to become more competitive and increase margins at the same time. In order to compete with the clubs, chains, and internet retailers you have to be in a position to buy tires when terms are favorable instead of waiting until a customer walks in the door and asks for them. For example: A customer walks in and requests a set of P215/55R17 H-rated Michelin Defenders. You check with your local distributors (probably ATD, Carroll, and TCI) and find that your purc
  7. I should have specified that we perform 5-10 alignments per day and are currently using an older Hunter Hawkeye, which is a camera system as well, and it is not giving us any problems. I am looking at the Rav and Hoffman equipment because they offer systems that are tower free and simplify camera placement by mounting the cameras on the rack itself. https://ravamerica.com/automotive-alignment-equipment/vistar-td3000hp-tower-free-3d-alignment-system/
  8. It is not terribly common as far as I know, but oddly enough there is a Hamrick Tire & Automotive about 100 miles away from my place as well.
  9. Yes xrac, the Hofmann and the John Bean are the same machine. And now that Rotary has acquired Ravaglioli they also have a machine that is identical to the Rav.
  10. Anybody out there have experience with the new generation of Hofmann or Ravaglioli aligners such as the ones in the links below? We've been using Hunter forever, but feel like it is time to ask ourselves if Hunter really is the best option or is it time to give something else a try. Any feedback on performance and service after the sale would be greatly appreciated. https://ravamerica.com/automotive-alignment-equipment/vistar-td3000hp-tower-free-3d-alignment-system/ http://www.hofmann-usa.com/wa-geoliner-770.asp
  11. Good day everybody. Do any of the tire dealers here, particularly the higher volume shops, have any experience with Bosch equipment? We deal with passenger and light truck tires up to 30" in diameter and currently have one Hunter and three Coats tire changers. Our oldest Coats changer is due for replacement and as I am highly disappointed with the Coats 70X EH3 I purchased last year I will probably purchase another Hunter this time, but I would love to hear some opinions on Bosch equipment before I make my purchase. We install an average of 42 tires per day so speed is important,
  12. It looks like I am the odd ball here. In my shop stocking tires is an absolute necessity. I stock roughly 2,000 units and it works very well for me. Tires can be quite lucrative if you can do them in volume and having the ability to stock them allows you to take advantage of good buying opportunities when they come along. The goal in warehousing tires is to make as much money as possible when you buy them to keep investment costs to a minimum. For example, I am currently averaging $23.57 cash back on every Michelin and BFGoodrich I purchase. $13.83 on every Toyo, $11.03 on each Yokohama, and $

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