It might seem like a stretch to suggest any connection between movie star Johnny Depp and performance touring tires, but I’m going to suggest a few, most notably: range, execution and popularity.
If there’s a surprise in this year’s Modern Tire Dealer 100, it’s not who landed where in the rankings. The surprise is the number of dealers who say they are seeing better margins in auto repair services versus tire sales.
Used tire legislation is a hot issue. Texas and Florida, with help from the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), are trying to pass laws that will prohibit “unsafe” used tires.
In 2011, domestic retreaders produced 7% more truck tire retreads than they did in 2010. Production fell in 2012 to 14.8 million truck tire retreads, 3.2% less than the prior year.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Tire dealers in the United States might have taken that proverb to heart when buying winter tires in 2012.