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.

 

 

 

Odd Traffic Laws: Do They Still Exist?

odd traffic lawsEven though they were made many, many years ago, there are still some bizarre and ridiculous rules of the road still in existence. Over time states address the odd laws, so if you know about any of these that have some documented proof one way or another, please share it on our Facebook page! Let’s have some fun.

  • In Nevada, is it really illegal to ride a camel on the highway? Is there a large camel population in Nevada?
  • Driving barefoot is illegal in Alabama. Got to admit; this one sounds feasible.
  • In Massachusetts, will you be ticketed if you drive with a gorilla in the backseat of your car? Was this a thing at one time?
  • In Sag Harbor, New York, it is illegal to take off your clothes in your vehicle. Seems like a reasonable law, although this should really fall into the common sense category, right? 
  • Don’t honk your horn in Oxford, Mississippi – you’ll scare the horses. This seems to have some merit.
  • It is illegal to strap your dog to your roof in Alaska. If this law is true, why would this seem like a logical way to transport a dog anyway?
  • Unless you are digging a grave or putting someone in one, it is illegal to drive in a cemetery in parts of North Carolina. Really?
  • In both Tennessee and California, is it really illegal to shoot any animal from your car – unless it’s a whale? And that folks may be how the whale population was thinned out in Tennessee. Either that or that fact there isn’t any ocean around the state of Tennessee. 
  • The ice cream man has been banned in Indianola, Iowa. If true, I bet there is a story there!
  • In Minneapolis, red cars may NOT be driven down Lake Street? Makes you want to head to Lake Street and watch for red cars not aware of this, right?
  • You can’t dirty up the road in Minnetonka? If true, you’ll want to leave your mud, dirt and sticky substances at home or you’ll be fined.
  • So you think it’s true that you don’t need a windshield on your car in MN because it’s not specifically required anywhere in Minnesota statute? Well in the land of snow and ice, windshields sure are helpful!

Do you know of another odd driving law? Chime in on our Facebook page. 

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

Don’t Break the Bank on Better Tires!

 

You get a 30 day guarantee on used tires

  • We stand behind what we sell.
  • You get a warranty on all used tires for 30 days!
  • Customers trust the quality of our used tires.
  • Call within the first 30 days of purchase, and we’ll make it right.

Many Ways to Save on Tires and Be Safer on the Winter Roads

  • Only buy what you need. We’ll help you determine the quality of your tires and find options to replace only the tires that need replacing.
  • With a large used tire inventory at both our locations, you will often have choices; you pick what you’re looking for.
  • 10% Discounts for Military and Students, along with other specials available here.
  • No hidden costs; we provide upfront pricing so you know what the total cost will be to buy the tires, have them balanced, installed, and tax. 

We’re not like other places that sell used tires “as is”. If something happens, you can call us or stop back within the first 30 days of purchase. We have locations in Anoka and BloomingtonVisit us today! No appointments necessary!

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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!

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