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Archives for 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Both locations will be closed on December 24th and 25th for Christmas, as well as January 1, 2018 for the New Year’s holiday. 

The TireZoo of Anoka and Bloomington, MN

Are Your Tires Ready for a Snow Storm?

Kare 11 News stopped by the TireZoo in Bloomington this week, covering a story about being prepared for the predicted snow storm later this week. Watch the clip here.

FAQ’s about Tires & Service at the TireZoo of MN

faq's tireWhat brand tires do you carry?

Goodyear, Bridgestone, Kelly, Firestone, Michelin, Uniroyal, Continental, Kumho, Mast Associate, Fuzion, General, Mickey Thompson, Nexen, Nitto, Nanking, Pirelli, Riken, Bct, Bfgoodrich, Falken, Cordovan

Do you sell both new and used tires?

Yes.

Can I check if you have a certain size tire before I stop by?

Yes! You have two options. You can check on our website for new tires, or call either of our locations to check on our used tire inventory. We’ll be happy to check for you and give you a price.

When shopping for used tires, can you tell me what amount of tread is left?

Yes, we will tell you about what percentage of tread is left. In many cases, we have several options to choose from, and our inventory changes frequently.

How many locations do you have?

Two. Bloomington and Anoka, MN

Can I buy tires from you and not have them put on?

Yes.

Can I have you put on tires that I already have?

Yes.

Is there a warranty for used tires?

We warranty all used tires for 30 days after the purchase and installation on your vehicle!

Do you offer free rotations?

When you purchase a set of four new tires from us we do free lifetime balancing and rotating. Details here

Do you do alignments?

No.

Do you deal with TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system)?

Yes. Most vehicles/tires now have TPMS.

Do you have any coupons or specials?

Yes. You can see our current specials here.

Do you recycle tires?

Yes. Tires that have expired their safe and useful life are recycled. We ship the ‘spent’ tires to a reputable recycler. The tires are shredded or made into crumbs and are used to produce new products.

Do I need an appointment?

No appointments are necessary. Just stop in.

What are your hours?

Our normal business hours are 9am-6pm M-F. On Saturdays we’re open 9am-5pm, and closed on Sundays. Watch our website and Facebook page for holiday hours.

 

 

 

Five Travel Tricks with Lemon Juice

lemon travel tricks, uses for lemonWhat can be accomplished with a lemon? Quite a bit actually. The acid in a lemon is very versatile, not to mention simple and cheap. Therefore, we’ve put together five scenarios where a lemon can come to your rescue.

Lemon Travel Trick #1

There are times when your vehicle stinks. Whether you forget food under the seat or give a ride to your friend who stepped in dog poo, a lemon is a great way to neutralize the air and eliminate unwanted smell. Simply place a small bowl of pure lemon juice on the floor of the parked vehicle and leave it for as long as possible. The lemon juice will absorb the order and give a fresh scent.

Lemon Travel Trick #2

If you spilled coffee or pop on your white dress shirt on the way to work, never fear. Lemon juice works as a natural bleaching agent to remove tough stains. You can scrub a small spot directly, and/or add a 1/2 cup of lemon juice to a load of laundry to whiten whites.

Lemon Travel Trick #3

Add a few drops of lemon juice to fresh fruit slices for a simple and healthy snack for the kids. The lemon juice will prevent the fruit from quickly turning brown.

Lemon Travel Trick #4

We all try to avoid dribbling gas on our hands while filling up at the pump. The smell is strong and hard to wash out. When this happens, use a small about of lemon juice or rub your hands with a slice of lemon to remove the gas smell. Wash your hands as usual and the scent will be gone.

Lemon Travel Trick #5

When you open up the trunk and find your lunchbox from a month ago, you’re likely to consider throwing smelly and stained containers away. Lemon juice will remove smells from plastic, as well as nasty stains from red sauces, etc. Rub the juice around the container, and let it sit on the front step in the sun. Then run it through the dishwasher as normal, and watch it clean right up!

Do you have a clever use for lemons? How about a travel trick to share? We’d love to hear from you.

Odd Traffic Laws: Do They Still Exist?

odd traffic lawsEven though they were made many, many years ago, there are still some bizarre and ridiculous rules of the road still in existence. Over time states address the odd laws, so if you know about any of these that have some documented proof one way or another, please share it on our Facebook page! Let’s have some fun.

  • In Nevada, is it really illegal to ride a camel on the highway? Is there a large camel population in Nevada?
  • Driving barefoot is illegal in Alabama. Got to admit; this one sounds feasible.
  • In Massachusetts, will you be ticketed if you drive with a gorilla in the backseat of your car? Was this a thing at one time?
  • In Sag Harbor, New York, it is illegal to take off your clothes in your vehicle. Seems like a reasonable law, although this should really fall into the common sense category, right? 
  • Don’t honk your horn in Oxford, Mississippi – you’ll scare the horses. This seems to have some merit.
  • It is illegal to strap your dog to your roof in Alaska. If this law is true, why would this seem like a logical way to transport a dog anyway?
  • Unless you are digging a grave or putting someone in one, it is illegal to drive in a cemetery in parts of North Carolina. Really?
  • In both Tennessee and California, is it really illegal to shoot any animal from your car – unless it’s a whale? And that folks may be how the whale population was thinned out in Tennessee. Either that or that fact there isn’t any ocean around the state of Tennessee. 
  • The ice cream man has been banned in Indianola, Iowa. If true, I bet there is a story there!
  • In Minneapolis, red cars may NOT be driven down Lake Street? Makes you want to head to Lake Street and watch for red cars not aware of this, right?
  • You can’t dirty up the road in Minnetonka? If true, you’ll want to leave your mud, dirt and sticky substances at home or you’ll be fined.
  • So you think it’s true that you don’t need a windshield on your car in MN because it’s not specifically required anywhere in Minnesota statute? Well in the land of snow and ice, windshields sure are helpful!

Do you know of another odd driving law? Chime in on our Facebook page. 

Closed on Thanksgiving

The TireZoo will be closed at both locations (Anoka and Bloomington) on Thanksgiving Day. We will be open regular hours on Friday, November 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving

Time to Refresh the Winter Survival Kit

Winter Survival KitIf you haven’t assembled a winter survival kit yet, here’s a list of items you may want to consider keeping in your vehicle during the long, cold months. 

If you already have a winter survival kit it’s good to review a few of the contents and make sure they are useful should they be needed.

Winter Survival Items to Check if they Need Replacing

  • Food and/or water- Check expiration dates. If you don’t remove your kit during the hot months, chances are any food items are a bit funky or water got used.
  • Batteries- Batteries in flashlights, battery operated flares, etc 
  • Emergency contact numbers- have any changed?
  • Salt/sand supply- was it depleted last season? Is there enough should you need it?

Besides checking on the condition of the above supplies, make sure your other items haven’t been removed or used for another purpose. It’s important to have a shovel and jumper cables in your trunk, along with very warm blankets and winter gear. To check on conditions of Minnesota roads, you can go to MN 511

Used Tire Warranty: Don’t Break the Bank on Better Tires!

 used tire warranty

You get a 30 day guarantee on used tires

  • We stand behind what we sell.
  • You get a warranty on all used tires for 30 days!
  • Customers trust the quality of our used tires.
  • Call within the first 30 days of purchase, and we’ll make it right.

Many Ways to Save on Tires and Be Safer on the Winter Roads

  • Only buy what you need. We’ll help you determine the quality of your tires and find options to replace only the tires that need replacing.
  • With a large used tire inventory at both our locations, you will often have choices; you pick what you’re looking for.
  • 10% Discounts for Military and Students, along with other specials available here.
  • No hidden costs; we provide upfront pricing so you know what the total cost will be to buy the tires, have them balanced, installed, and tax. 

We’re not like other places that sell used tires “as is”. If something happens, you can call us or stop back within the first 30 days of purchase. We have locations in Anoka and BloomingtonVisit us today! No appointments necessary!

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Thank You, Veterans!

We want to take a moment to thank all veterans for their service to our country. Please ask for a 10% military discount anytime you are at either of our locations.

Anoka Location Closed Saturday, October 28, 2017

The TireZoo in Anoka will be closed all day on Saturday, October 28, 2017 for the annual community celebration of Halloween and festivities. 

The Bloomington location will be open regular hours on Saturday.

Thank you for your business and your understanding.