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!

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.

 

 

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.

Maximize Tire Life With These Tips

maximize tire lifeHere are a few tips to maximize tire life:

  1. Make sure you buy make/model of tires designed for your vehicle. 
  2. Keep your tires properly inflated.
  3. Look at your tires for anything unusual.
  4. Always check your tread, and watch for any uneven or premature wear.
  5. Check your tire pressure every 3,000 miles and don’t assume it won’t change between checks.
  6. Only inflate tires when cool.
  7. Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles or so to help ensure they wear evenly.
  8. Get your wheel alignment checked as part of your regular maintenance spelled out in your vehicle’s owner manual.
  9. Never drive on a too low or flat tire.
  10. Avoid excess acceleration and braking when possible.
  11. If unsure of something, don’t drive on them. Get your tires checked.

Stop in our Anoka or Bloomington location if we can help you with your tires and answer your questions.

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!

 

Money Saving Tips for Your Summer Road Trip

save money travel by carLooking for money-saving summer travel tips?

With weather that is, for once, not only warm but occasionally downright balmy, the summer is undoubtedly here once again. For many families that means that it is time to hit the road for a much deserved road trip vacation. If you are planning a summer road trip in the near future, here are a few tips to ensure that your vacation is kind to your bank account.

Plan Your Gas Spending Ahead of Time

Car travel is often cheaper than air travel, but it still comes with its own set of formidable expenses, namely gas. Gas prices are seem to be rising these days, and the price per gallon varies from city to city and state to state. Instead of relying on luck to try and find cheaper gas prices, there are actually ways to research the cheapest gas stations in an area ahead of time, such as GasBuddy.com and the US government’s fuel economy map. We’d be remiss if (being the TireZoo) if we didn’t mention checking your tires over for proper inflation and other concerns. Proper inflation will help with gas mileage, and obviously safe tires should help you avoid wasting time and money repairing tires when you’d rather be enjoying your vacation.

Pack Snacks Ahead of Time

Gas station stores make a tidy profit from hungry road trippers willing to pay a markup for convenience. However, you can save a surprising amount by packing your own snacks ahead of time, including cold drinks in a cooler – ice is less expensive than food and drinks on the road.

Avoid Tolls When Possible

The revenue from tolls helps keep certain roads maintained and operational, but that does not mean that you have to use those roads. With GPS units and smartphone apps, along with online trip planning sites, finding toll-free alternatives has never been easier.

There is No Rush

While it seems like getting there as quickly as possible may seem cheaper, and otherwise preferable, to spending more time on the road, flooring the pedal and far exceeding the speed limit is not necessarily the way to go. Not only is speeding dangerous and potentially very costly if you get caught, but high speeds are much less fuel efficient for most vehicles.

Avoid Fast Food Chains

While you or your family may get the craving for a specific type of fast food while on the road, stopping at chains regularly gets expensive and tedious. Local businesses often offer better tasting, more interesting and potentially healthier fare for the same price if not cheaper.

What is your favorite tip for saving money while on the road with the family?

 

Memorial Day 2018

Both our locations in Anoka and Bloomington will be closing at 3pm on Saturday, May 26th and will remain closed through Memorial Day. We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, May 29th.  We wish you a very happy and safe Memorial Day holiday.