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 and used tires, or call either of our locations. 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.

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

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.

10 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Traveling with KidsWe care that you have safe tires on the road so that your traveling experiences can be as pleasant as possible and worry free. Before traveling with kids, check over your tires to make sure there are no issues including bulging, uneven wear, and/or low tread. Check to make sure your tires are properly inflated too. If you want us to take a look at your tires and let you know if anything needs to be fixed or replace, stop in. 

10 Tips for Traveling with Kids

  1. Pack travel friendly snacks that are easy to eat in the car. We have a Pinterest board set up and dedicated to lots of ideas for snacks while traveling: Travel Snacks
  2. Regardless of the time of year, dress in layers. Whether you are running the heat or the air conditioning, everyone is either hotter or cooler than the rest. Having short sleeves, long sleeves, and a blanket along will keep the whining hopefully at a minimum.
  3. Have wet wipes and hand sanitizer along to make minor messes and clean up a snap.
  4. Leave special blankets or stuffed animals in the vehicle when you stop to take a break. That reduces your chances of leaving something important and irreplaceable accidentally behind.
  5. Have a garbage bag or container along.
  6. Plan some travel games and activities, including some that will be new to the kids. We have a Pinterest board with plenty of travel ideas: Road Trip Entertainment
  7. Look ahead and plan a few kid-friendly stops along the way including family friendly restaurants, outdoor parks, and children’s museums.
  8. If installing car seats isn’t an issue, consider mixing up the seating arrangements throughout the trip for everyone to experience a different vantage point.
  9. Consider a family game that all can play, including the driver such as trivia questions, Scategories, Would You Rather, and other read aloud games.
  10. Print a map of your travel plans, and include stars of start and finish. When you get asked “how much farther”, it’s easier to show kids on a map where you are and help them with timing of the next stop, etc.

Benefits of Buying Used Tires

Benefits of Buying Used TiresThere are definite benefits to buying used tires. There are very good reasons why it might be more advantageous to invest in new tires, but for many people there are plenty of good reasons to opt for used tires.

5 Benefits of Buying Used Tires

  1. Save Some Cash: Saving money is typically the number one reason people opt for buying quality used tires for their vehicle. In many cases, the savings is substantial. 
  2. Environment: Using tires through their lifespan is definitely a greener choice. Many of the quality used tires we have in stock have barely been used, and many have 75% or greater tread life left. 
  3. Flexibility: Another of the benefits of buying used tires is the ability to buy just one, or two, or three tires to replace bad tires and match existing tread on remaining tires. When you aren’t forced to buy more than you need, you save money.
  4. Freedom: If you drive in extreme conditions that would wear down tires faster than normal or pose a threat to wrecking or puncturing tires such as driving in construction zones and off-road, you have less invested in used tires should they cease to be repairable. Nobody wants to buy new tires if there’s a daily chance of wrecking them. 
  5. Shop in Person: At the TireZoo, we carry both new and used tires in stock. You are able to see the used tires yourself and the condition they are in, as well as compare to your other options. With our large inventory of quality used tires in Anoka and Bloomington, seeing the tires for yourself is a benefit to buying online or an auction site. You’ll know you’re getting quality tires and our unique 30 day used tire guarantee. 

Before the Snow Flies

winter tires snow tiresIt’s early October, but Denver, Colorado is already getting snow. We all know that winter weather will arrive in Minnesota in just a few short weeks. It won’t stay at first, but those first few flurries will throw everyone in to frenzy. Make sure your vehicle and tires are ready before the snow flies.

Winter Tires

Winter tires, also called snow tires are made to handle snow and ice packed roads. They are designed to provide the best grip possible under the craziest winter conditions we all seem to find ourselves driving in at some point. Are winter tires something you should consider for your vehicle and typical winter driving? Stop in and see us at either our Anoka or Bloomington location, and we’ll help you figure it out. We want you to have the safest driving possible this upcoming winter.  Even if you decide not to put winter tires on your vehicle, we can check over your tires to make sure they are in the best condition possible and alert you to any concerns. Stop in and see us today!

How Important is Tire Rotation?

How Important is Tire RotationIn the most “perfect” of circumstances, such as a brand new vehicle with brand new tires, tires will still wear unevenly. Tires can wear unevenly individually, as well as the front and rear tires can also wear differently. When you rotate your tires an regular intervals, it allows the tires to wear in different locations on the vehicle and therefore, even out the wear over time. 

Also Read, “How Can You Best Care for Your Tires?” 

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