Where to Get New Tires: Tips to Get the Best Deal on New Tires for your Vehicle

Where to get new tires

Where to get new tires? The TireZoo!

Deciding where to get new tires for your vehicle can be a tough decision. Pick the wrong place, and you could easily spend too much or end up with substandard tires that won’t fit your needs. At the TireZoo, we’re all about helping people find a great set of tires that fit your budget!

Here are some tips and tricks to help you select the right place when you’re ready to buy your next set of tires:
  • Reputation/Reviews: Reading through reviews helps you get a good understanding of the product and service you can expect to receive. We consistently get positive reviews almost everyday on Google and Facebook from customers. 

Anoka TireZoo, the nicest people on EARTH. Thank you for your amazing service every single time ❤ ~John and Emily Balsley (Facebook)

  • Selection: You need choices. Some places are only able to sell new or used tires. Other tire places are restricted to certain brands. We carry an extraordinary number of used and new tires at both our locations, and because we’re an independent shop, we can carry a wide variety of brands.

Always very helpful; had no trouble finding a tire replacement with tread wear and brand close to the rest of my set. ~Andrew Blakeborough (Google)

  • Price: The best price doesn’t always mean the best deal if you are sold something you don’t need. If you’re told you must buy new or you must replace all four tires because one tire is bad, you need to know that you have options. The crew at the TireZoo takes the time to find out more about your driving habits, how you use your vehicle, the type of driving you’ll be doing this next year, and more. Then they’ll present new and quality used tire options for you with upfront pricing. The price you get is “out the door” pricing without hidden costs. We often can save our budget-conscious customers hundreds of dollars on tires.   

QUESTIONS? GET IN TOUCH WITH US

Give us a call at 800.421.2037 – Anoka / 800.761.2013 – Bloomington or fill out the form below.

Now Hiring!

jobs hiring anoka bloomington mn tire technician sales positionsTire Technician Jobs Available

Now hiring full-time Tire Technicians at both our Anoka and Bloomington locations. Our company has been in business over 30 years and offers a great opportunity to be a part of an established team. If you’re looking to learn new skills, we want to hear from you. Experienced tire technicians encouraged to apply. Paid vacation time. Pay is based on experience and starts at $10/hour. Be a part of our growing tire business! Apply by November 1, 2018

Sales Associates Jobs Available

Now hiring full-time Sales Associates for our growing tire business at both our Anoka and Bloomington locations. Paid vacation time. Pay is based on experience and is negotiable. If this opportunity interests you and you have sales experience, we want to talk to you.  Excellent sales career opportunity with established tire company that has been a part of the metro area for over 30 years. Apply by November 1, 2018

To apply for the Sales or Technician position at our Anoka location:

  1. Stop by to pick up an application, or
  2. Email Andy

To apply for the Sales or Technician position at our Bloomington location:

  1. Stop by to pick up an application, or
  2. Email Pete
  3. Apply on Indeed here for Sales Technician

 

Learn more about the TireZoo

The TireZoo began in a small garage as a home based business in Bloomington, MN by Dan Wilkerson in 1979. A few years later Dan moved into a store front in Bloomington and hired his first employee. They were known as All Season Tire Co, and still are by many devoted customers.

The company grew, more employees were added, and their line of new and used tires expanded exponentially. In June of 1995 they opened their second location in Anoka, MN (also known to locals as Anoka Tire), and began helping people from as far away as Canada!

With the launch of their website TireZoo.com, their name TireZoo took shape and well, it’s just plain catchy! What makes the TireZoo Crew so intriguing is their interest in reaching out to customers and doing what it takes to save them money on tires and provide excellent service.

Their impressive inventory of new and used tires is the largest you’ll find. They sell many brands of new tires, wheels, and rims; yet have no corporate restraints, so they are able to offer used tires and other products and services their customers need – at incredibly affordable prices. The Tire Zoo will make sure you get what you need, help you put your tires on your vehicle, and take the time to answer all your questions.

They are the most accessible and friendly tire people you’ll find. We hope you’ll consider joining our team!

Carpool & Travel Snacks for Kids

Travel Snacks for Kids

Travel Snacks for Kids

We’ve got ideas for travel snacks for kids in the car, as we’ve been collecting lots of great ideas on Pinterest over the last few years.

When schedules get busy, parents spend a lot of time in the car transporting kids to school, activities, social events, practice, and games. Time in the car means eating in the car or packing food to eat at the final destination. If greasy burgers aren’t appealing and tightening the budget is, try some of these tips and travel-friendly snacks and meals.

Tips & Travel Snacks for Kids
  • When you buy a new school lunch box, keep the old one for traveling. It’s nice to have a small insulated bag for the car to pack items in.
  • Keep a little bin of wet wipes or baby wipes for fingers and minor spills.
  • Have a dedicated bag or bin for wrappers and garbage. 
  • Here are some additional tips for eating healthy in the car.
Travel-Friendly Foods
  • Individually wrapped foods or foods separated into smaller containers. It helps with food waste, as well as having less to spill should it get dropped. 
  • Wraps work well, as they contain the sandwich ingredients and are easier for kids to hold.
  • Snack and trail mixes can include just about any type of dry ingredients and seasoning.
  • Cheese sticks, meat sticks, fruits/veggie sticks are all simple and easy to pass around the car.
  • For endless recipes and food prep ideas for travel, visit our “Travel Snacks” board on Pinterest

Labor Day Weekend Holiday Hours

Our Labor Day Holiday hours for both the Anoka and Bloomington locations are as follows:

Friday: 9am-6pm (regular hours)
Saturday: 9am-3pm (closing early)
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9am-6pm (regular hours)

From the TireZoo to you and your family, we wish you a safe and fun holiday weekend!

TireZoo

School Carpool Ideas for Busy Parents

School carpool ideas to help this school year go great.

Carpooling to and from school and activities is a popular choice for saving time and money. Other reasons to carpool include saving on the environment. It can be a viable option for some people without good busing or who deal with unsafe walking/biking to school areas. If you are new to carpooling, these tips will make it less stressful. If you are a seasoned carpool driver, please leave your tips on our Facebook page. 

School Carpool Ideas to Maintain Your Sanity

  1. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention checking over your tires, and doing proper vehicle maintenance, right?
  2. Get all kids’ and parents’ cell and work numbers in your cell phone.
  3. Keep your phone charge in case of emergency.
  4. Determine your carpool route and schedule.
  5. Clearly communicate your rules; wearing seat-belts, no drinks, etc.
  6. Leave early and give yourself plenty of time.
  7. Pack healthy, travel-friendly snacks so you aren’t dealing with hungry and crabby kids.
  8. Assemble a Sanity-Kit; band-aids, wet wipes, plastic bag for who-knows-what, aspirin for the driver?
  9. Sunglasses for the early morning and late day “sunny drive”.
  10. Extra booster seats to avoid too many transfers. If you are unsure of booster seat laws, check out an article we did a while back on Minnesota Car/Booster Seat Laws.
  11. It’s ok to rely on good maps and current road conditions/status updates.
  12. Anticipate delays, road construction, detours and have a plan B ready.
  13. Create the “no trash” rule at the end of the ride. Have a designated place or bag, or ask that everyone takes trash with them out of the vehicle.

 

 

Road Closures and Construction in MN

road construction delays closures mnThe summer weather is fabulous, but it also means it’s the only time on the  frozen tundra that road crews can work on various projects. From resurfacing and pot hole filling, to bridge replacement projects, the landscape in Minnesota is dotted with orange cones and barrels. In order to make your commutes tolerable and your weekend road trips less stressful, it’s good to check out current projects so you can anticipate detours and delays.

We all know that 169 North, 494 East and West and I-35 are all a bit challenging. To learn more about the work being done, re-routes, and anticipated completion dates, check out MN DOT; they keep the information up-to-date. You can also access 511.org on your mobile phone for real-time updates.

Cars Birthday Party Ideas and Games

We’ve created some fun car related birthday party games and activities that are simple and inexpensive. These car games will be appealing to young kids having a car themed birthday party, or simply at the right age to play party games that are a little different from the same ones they’ve played at previous parties.

Cars Birthday Party IdeasCar Party Games

Icy Roads

If it’s a warm day, this is a great game for outside. Otherwise, you may want to limit this game to the kitchen or laundry room and be creative on how to contain the melting ice.

Prep: Freeze a small car in a (small) block of ice using a small Tupperware container, yogurt container, etc. Let each child use his or her creativity on how to get the ice to melt. Or you may choose to start this game and allow it to be an ongoing game throughout the party, checking on the progress of the melting cars. Another variation could simply be to “guess how long it takes to melt” and have kids put their guesses in a bowl and choose the closest estimate later.

Object: The object of the game is to be the first to melt the ice around the car, get it thawed enough to race it on a given track or area to “win”. If you’d rather not have a “winner”, then have the object to get every to the “Finish” line.

 

Traffic Jam

This is a fun game that doesn’t need to have a designated winner, but will get kids really excited. The added “plus” of this game is the thinking and problem solving skills needed to play. It can be tailored for any age, depending on how complex your instructions are made.

Prep: Gather a bunch of matchbox cars, vehicle related toys, travel items, etc and place in large, unstructured pile in the middle of the floor.

To play: The kids will sit in a circle around the pile. You will read off a pre-written description of an item they need to find in the pile. Example: A Red Truck, A Chevy, Four Doors, Hatchback, Tow Hitch, etc. There may be more than one item that fits the description. Each child only needs to find one item. Give them a little time, and then tell them to return the items to the pile and listen carefully for the next instruction.

Make it More Difficult: Add more items, even unrelated like socks, plastic containers, etc, so that it isn’t as easy to find what they are looking for and/or make your instructions more detailed.

 

Mystery Travel Game

This is a remake of an age old favorite where kids have to reach in a paper lunch bag without looking and try to figure out the item inside by touch.

Prep: Put one car related item into each bag. Ideas include: sunglasses, tire pressure gauge, lug nut, key, keyring, driver’s license, gas cap, toy car, window scraper, driving glove.

Object: The object is to guess the items in the bags. You can reward the person with the most correct guesses.

 

Drive By the Rules

This is a variation of Simon Says, but make it car related. There is really no prep to this game, just tell the kids they can only do what the driver tells them.

  • Driver says hold your hands out like you’re holding a steering wheel.
  • Driver says turn to your right
  • Driver says turn left.
  • Driver says hit the break.
  • Driver says check your rear view mirror.
  • Drive says pretend to buckle up.
  • Driver says drive in a circle

If you play these games, we’d love to hear your ideas or how you added to them. If you have pictures you’d like to share, visit our Facebook page.

If you liked this post, you might also be interested in how to use an old tire to create birthday party decorations; tire track theme!

 

Avoiding a Summertime Tire Blowout

prevent tire blowoutThere isn’t always a way to prevent a tire blowout, but on the other hand there are quite a few things you can do to improve your chances of dealing with an untimely summertime tire blowout.

The best place to start is understanding why some tire blowouts happen. According to Popular Mechanics,  “tire-blowout season runs from roughly the middle of May through early October.” The reason why more blowouts happen in the summertime than other times of the year have to do with

  1. Hot climates; Minnesota can be plenty hot and humid in the summer, as well as many other parts of the upper Midwest. 
  2. More travel, Longer Travel; More motorists traveling farther. More people on the roads for longer periods of time and farther destinations simply translates to higher number of tire related issues. 
  3. Towing increases: Many people are hauling heavy items such as boats, campers, landscaping trailers, etc. Industrial and road construction projects send large rigs around the country hauling aggregate and heavy equipment. It’s no wonder we see shredded tires along the side of the road so often! 

 

So what can you do to prevent a tire blowout?

There are things you can do to improve your chances of avoiding a tire blowout this summer.

  • Are your driving habits kind to your tires? Do you drive carefully and slowly so you don’t hit the curb at an odd angle when parking? Do you slow down around potholes and other obstructions? Are you paying attention to slow and avoid debris in the road whenever possible?
  • Do you know what your vehicle tire’s specific inflation amount is?
  • Have you checked your tire pressure when the tires are not warm, but cool?
  • Have you looked over your tires for any issues such as cracking, bulging, unusual wear?
  • Are you overloading your vehicle? Are you hauling too much weight inside the vehicle, trunk, or pick-up bed?
  • Are you giving your tires and vehicle proper and timely maintenance? Making sure your tires are balanced and rotated, as well as other issues are addressed that can cause uneven wear or stress on your tires is important.
  • Is there enough tread left on your tires? Do you know how to tell?

If you have concerns about the quality and safety of your tires, stop in so we can have a look. The time to address tire issues is before you head out on the road this summer.

Tire Questions and Answers

Tire Questions and Answers

Tire Questions and Answers

Question: Can I look at my tires and tell they are properly inflated?

Answer: No. While obviously you can tell (visually) when a tire has gone flat, you can not do visual checks of tires to check if they are over-inflated, under-inflated, or properly inflated. Use your owners manual and check your tires with a tire pressure gauge. 

Question: Can I buy only one tire to replace a tire that went bad?

Answer: Yes. You don’t need to buy an entire set of four new tires when one tire goes bad. If your remaining tires are new with almost all tread left, then you can buy a new tire to match. If your remaining tires aren’t new, we can find one quality used tire to match the tread of your existing tires, saving you a bunch of money.

Question: How do I know/find the right size tire for my vehicle?

Answer: Assuming your current tires are the correct size for your vehicle, you can look on the side of your tire. You can also look on the inside of the driver’s side door, or in your vehicle’s owner manual. Or stop by the TireZoo, and we’ll figure it out. 

Question: If I buy a set of four new tires, how many miles can I expect to get?

Answer: It really depends on the type of tires you purchase, the speed rating of your tires, and the kind of use you intend for your vehicle.  As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t had your tires checked by 40,000 miles, you should. If all is well, then you are good to go for a while longer.

Travel Snack Mix: Great Snack Mix Recipes for Traveling

MN White snow Travel Snack Mix

10 c. Cheerios
10 c. Crispix
4 c. peanuts
2 – 10 oz. bags pretzel twists
2 lbs. M & M’s
4 bags white chocolate chips
6 Tbsp. Oil

Mix together cereal, nuts, pretzels and candy in a large container. Melt chocolate chips and oil in microwave. Pour over mix and stir until coated. Pour onto wax paper and let dry. Store in airtight container.

Traditional Snack Mix with a Kick

3 cups Wheat Chex
3 cups Corn Chex
3 cups Cheerios
1 cup almonds, pretzels, peanuts, or cheese crackers
5 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp season salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp white pepper (or if you like wasabi, use 1/4 tsp wasabi powder)

Mix dry ingredients in a large roaster pan. In a small pan, melt butter and remaining ingredients. Pour over dry ingredients, mixing well. Bake in oven at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

Do you have a snack mix recipe you’d like to share? Email social@tirezoo.com and be sure to include links to your blog/website so we can pass your ideas along to our readers!