Archives for October 2018

Driving Risks: Autumn in Minnesota

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Deer & Other Wildlife

It’s hunting season and there are unique driving risks in Minnesota due to everything from turkeys and pheasants to deer and coyotes being on the move. In addition to being hunted, their feeding and hiding grounds (corn fields) are being harvested which forces them to move. Be alert at all times. Make sure your tires, brakes, and headlights are in great condition.

Rain Storms & Wet Roads

There’s a saying in Minnesota: If you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes and it will change. Rain storms and wet roads are part of driving during the season, and you will want to make sure your tires have proper tread to handle the wet roads.  When it’s raining, poor tread can cause your car or truck to slide across the road with little to no traction; something you want to avoid!

Sporadic Frost and Snow

Frost is something that greets Minnesotans most mornings during autumn. The moisture in the air and the falling temps means slicks spots on the road. A sporadic and surprise dusting of snow can happen at anytime, and you’ll want to be prepared and stay vigilant, especially in the early morning hours and late into the evening.

Field Harvest Season

You’ll be sharing the road with weary farmers and truck drivers hauling straw, hay, equipment, and trailers full of grain. Tractors and combines are slow moving, so slow down and give them your patience. Watch for clumps of mud on the roadway, as well as cobs of corn or sugar beets that accidentally spill over. There are also wide loads like hay and combines with wide corn snouts. Be careful meeting them on the road, as well as passing.

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Advantages to Buying Used Tires

buying used tiresWith new tires offering the utmost most in quality, condition, and longevity, is there a reason to buy used tires? Of course! Quality used tires, like the ones the TireZoo stocks, serve a purpose for thousands of our customers. There’s a long list of reasons to consider buying used tires, so we thought we’d share some of the reasons our customers have stopped by for used tires and what they have to say.

  • Cost of Used Tires Compared to New Tires: When you get down to it, cost is a factor for many families on a budget. Quality used tires with plenty of tread life left are a good option for those who can’t afford new tires at this time.
  • Only Need One Tire: Sometimes you don’t need to replace all your tires. Maybe you just purchased a set of new tires, but had a blow out on one tires. The TireZoo can help you match your existing tires with a used tire so you don’t have to replace all four.

I just bought used tires for the first time in my life, and I can’t believe what I’ve been missing.

  • Vehicle is Ready to Expire: If you’re driving an old beater, then chances are you’re doing so to get the most out of your initial investment. You aren’t interested in sinking money into a new set of tires, and you doing have to. Used tires are a great option for a high mileage vehicle.
  • A Lease Situation: If you don’t own your vehicle, but rather are leasing one, used tires can be great solution. If your leased vehicle is due in the next couple months and the tires are worn, we can help you find tires that will pass lease inspection.
  • Front-End Issues: Front end issues can be costly, and maybe you can’t afford the repairs right now. Putting the extra wear and tear on used tires is better than on a new set that you’ll need to replace too soon.
  • Hard on Tires: Maybe you have teen drivers that are hard on your tires, or you work in an industry where driving over a nails is common. If you’re hard on tires and end up blowing them out before the tread wears out, used tires are a viable option.
  • Save money: Many times we have “like new” take off sets, and people just want to save money. Why not?

My son’s minor mishap bouncing off a curb caused rim and wheel damage. I was VERY pleased with the repair costs and service from your Bloomington facility. It was one of those times I was stressed yet couldn’t have been happier with my experience with you.

Did you know? The Tire Zoo offers a 30 day warranty on all used tires. If buying quality used tires meets your needs, then experience the savings at the TireZoo!

Thinking About Winter Tires?

Winter tires

By October many of our customers are stopping by to have winter tires (also called snow tires) put on their vehicles. If you’re familiar with winter tires, then you’re probably used to this seasonal task. If you’re less familiar with winter tires, you may be wondering what they are and why you’d switch to them for the winter months.

New to the Idea of swapping out Tires?

Many people have vehicles that have tires that usually suffice in the winter. Depending on where you live, the type of driving you do, and your vehicle,  your all season tires are designed to handle a wide range of uses and may suffice. But, all season tires are not the same as winter tires. All season tires are popular in the US, likely because many areas of the country can get by with them year round.

However, Minnesota is not your average, moderate climate state. We have extremely hot and humid summers, and we have erratic winters and storms. When you use an all season tire, that was designed to be a compromise of desired tire properties, you’re getting just that; a compromise. It’s comparable to buying a nice fleece jacket that works well in all seasons for MOST parts of the country. A fleece jacket isn’t going to cut it on a 30 degree below zero day in January with a 40 mile per hour north wind gust. Some vehicles that have 60 series tires or less should have four snow tires put on for better driving in winter conditions; stop in and have a conversation with us. You can’t expect a tire to optimally handle snow, slush, and ice when it wasn’t designed to do that. Winter tires are your best choice for traction and control of your vehicle. It’s not advisable that you use them year-round, however, and will need to switch back to your all season tires or previous “warmer season” tires. 

We typically recommend Nitto snow tires because of their tread design and affordable pricing. When winter tires makes sense for you and your vehicle, you have two options. You can use your regular wheels and swap tires at the beginning and end of the season, or you can have a separate set of wheels and tires that you swap out. Either way, you want to make sure you properly store your tires when they are not on your vehicle. You want them protected from corrosion, and our tire technicians can give you tips to get the most out of your tires.

Not sure what this means, stop by and we can help you decide if winter tires are right for you and your vehicle.