Prepare your tire shop for the future

Prepare your tire shop for the future

You have an opportunity to capture extra profits and future-proof your business.

Every day, sci-fi movies are looking more like reality. We can access all of human knowledge with our phones, can answer calls from our watches, and ride in self-driving vehicles to get us from point A to B.

The future is here in the automotive world, too. With more aging vehicles on the road and owners wanting to maximize service life, demand for vehicle repairs is rising. This presents an opportunity for tire dealers to capture extra profits and future-proof their businesses amid changes coming to the automotive industry. Are you “future-proofed” and ready to face the realities of a new world?

One of the biggest shifts we are seeing is the accelerating adoption of EVs. As states and cities set mandates to phase out sales of internal combustion engine vehicles, EV numbers will likely continue to climb over the next decade. However, a lot of auto technicians currently lack the specialized skills or tools required to work on these electrified cars.

At a minimum, virtual training courses provide an understanding of the core EV systems and components. However, hands-on training is critical for learning important safety protocols when servicing high-voltage components.

Over the next decade, there will still be a majority when it comes to ICE vehicles on the road. That means shops have a window to properly equip themselves through the coming years while still capturing revenue from aging ICE vehicles. Use those profits to steadily upskill staff and upgrade your shop’s equipment and facilities.

In addition to training, outfitting service bays with larger lifts, dedicated EV workspaces, specialized tools and stringent safety gear will all be important investments. Don’t feel overwhelmed though – anticipate these future needs and create a financial plan to roll out changes systematically.

Another key future-proofing step is digitalizing your shop’s services and customer experience. Websites with online booking and tracking portals will become the norm, giving customers the seamless convenience they’ve grown accustomed to in other areas of their lives.

While these technology shifts may seem daunting today, they are approaching quickly. The window of opportunity is open now to leverage revenue from the aging vehicle fleet to properly prepare. Get started by making incremental progress and strategic investments. That way, as EVs and digital services go mainstream, your team and facilities will be ready to go in this new automotive era.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more tire, service and shop operations videos.

You May Also Like

How family and community ties compound the success of McMahon’s Best-One

With 13 locations and counting, McMahon has close-knit ties to the communities it serves and is elevating professionalism in the tire industry.

McMahon-Best-One-1920

Community makes McMahon’s Best-One stand out from the competition. The company was founded in 1969 by Pat McMahon, who bought out a local independent tire dealer in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, with the help of Paul Zurcher.

Pat built a strong foundation for the business, and today, his son, Bubba, who grew up in the tire industry, now owns it with Randy Geyer, a longtime employee. Bubba’s wife, Kim, is now president of McMahon’s Best-One, and together they are pushing the limits on what it means to be an independent tire dealer.

What can you tell about an engine from a dirty spark plug?

Spark plug condition can reveal valuable clues about short and long-term engine issues if you know what to look for.

TR-Continental-dirty spark plug
Understanding EV weight to master ride control

EVs are significantly heavier than their internal combustion counterparts, often 1,000 to 3,000 pounds more due to battery packs.

TR-Continental-ridecontrol
How TPMS sensors broadcast vital information

Understanding the signal patterns, frequencies and wake-up behaviors involved is key for effective diagnosis and repair.

TR-Continental-tpms-sensor-signals
LT tire segment trends and growth expectations

There are some key trends dealers need to be aware of across the different LT tire categories when selling to customers.

TR-Continental-lttires

Other Posts

How to select compatible TPMS sensors and tools

Programmable sensors are a fantastic option for simplifying TPMS service and programming tools don’t have to be complicated.

Cracking-the-Code-TPMS-Yanick-1400
Consumer understanding is key to success in the all-weather tire segment

Tire dealers need to properly understand consumer needs based on driving habits and performance preferences.

Nokian-Tyres-Remedy-WR-G5-tread-1400
Gallery: Turbo Wholesale Tire open house

Highlights from this year’s annual Turbo Wholesale Tires open house event, which featured a trade show, dinner and buyers event.

Turbo-Wholesale-Tires-open-house-raffle
Continental celebrates U.S. tire manufacturing plant anniversaries

Continental is celebrating five years in Clinton, MS, 10 years in Sumter, SC and 50 years in Mount Vernon, IL plants.

Continental_clinton-manufacturing-plant