Happy Thanksgiving!

From everyone at the TireZoo, we want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We are closed at both locations today, Thursday, November 22nd. We will reopen on Friday, November 23rd at regular business hours. Enjoy today!

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It’s Illegal to Throw Away Old Tires

Recycle old tiresYou can’t throw away old tires into the garbage, nor can you dump them on public or private land. In 1985, Minnesota enacted the first state law for the management of scrap tires. Read more about Minnesota waste management laws, including tire disposal.

Tires are recyclable, so you simply have to find a place that accepts old tires for free or a nominal charge. Some consumers run into the problem of tire shops not wanting to accept and recycle tires not originally purchased from them. That’s not the case at the TireZoo!

We help you by accepting and properly disposing of old tires for a small fee. Old tires brought the the TireZoo in Anoka or Bloomington are picked up by a truck, transported to Green Man,  ground up, and recycled into other products.

Tire Disposal

  • Standard $5/tire
  • Specialty $10/tire
  • Semi/Farm $12/tire and up

Stop by the TireZoo or contact us today!

Driving Risks: Autumn in Minnesota

Deer on the road driving risks mn in the fall

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.

Fall harvest tractors on road driving risk mn Fall harvest tractors on road driving risk mn check your tire tread wet roads and driving risks

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. 

 

 

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.