Looking for a free old tire?

If you’ve been inspired on Pinterest to create something new out of an old tire, you might be in search of a free old tire to use. Maybe you need a tire for your dock up at the lake. 

Stop by the TireZoo, and get a tire. We love to see unique furniture, dog beds, boat docking stations, tire swings, and more inspired by the durable qualities of a old tires.

However, it’s important to responsibly recycle old tires. If you have old tires to get ride of, we accept them for a small fee. We make sure old tires are recycled.

If you are looking for a free tire for a project, it’s best to call ahead to make sure we set one aside for you. All we ask is if/when you are ready to get rid of the tire, you do so responsibly.

Check out our Pinterest board dedicated to repurposing tires.

Student Discount on Tires

student discount on tiresNeed a GREAT graduation gift? Why not a set of new or quality used tires? Any high school graduate heading off to work, college, or travel will appreciate the gift of tires! 

Not only can we help find a set of tires, we can help you get the tires on fast and without any appointments necessary. Just stop in and we’ll help you find what you need very quickly. Then, make sure you remind the students in your life that the TireZoo offers student discounts

Stop by either location; Anoka or Bloomington, MN and our tire technicians will be ready to help get you what you need!

Ways to Save Money on Your Upcoming Road Trip

Save money road trip

Save Money: Road Trip Tips

Your expenses on a cross-country road trip are mainly food, gas, lodging, and incidentals. While you can’t control all costs, you can reduce your expenses by planning ahead and taking a few extra measures to insure incidentals are less likely to happen.

Food

Obviously eating out at restaurants can take a toll on the pocket book, especially if you are on the road for most of your trip. One of the advantages of driving over flying is the ability to pack food and beverages to eat along the way. 

  • Coupon and shop deals ahead of time to plan out snacks and meals for the road.
  • Clip coupons for restaurants and grocery stores that you can use along the way.
  • Take some time to scout out deals ahead of time and plan your route to take advantage of foods in season, family/friends along the route, and events offering great food at low prices like community celebrations.
  • For a bunch of foods that travel well, check out our Travel Pinterest Board

Lodging

Finding nice place to stay and relax along the way is important, especially when driving. You need time to rest so you are safe on the road and prepared to deal with yet another “are we there yet?”.

  • Visit the websites or call ahead to the Chamber and Visitor’s Buearu’s along the way to see if they have any coupons, discounts, or specials they know of from Chamber member businesses.
  • Check your credit card company for additional perks or points that could be used that you forgot or may not even be aware exist.
  • Check other memberships and associations that may offer lodging discounts or have agreements with certain hotel chains. 
  • Don’t rule out Airbnb or other lodging options that can be cheaper and offer completely different advantages and amenities.
  • Is there a family or friend who is interested in taking a vacation at the same time that you could swap homes along the way?

Gas & TraveL

There isn’t much you can do about the ever fluctuating gas prices, but you can be proactive. Scheduling your trip at less “peak” travel times might help. Gas is typically less leading up to elections, so fall trips can save on gas too. 

  • Maximize your fuel efficiency by making sure your tires are under inflated or over inflated. Properly inflating your tires and making sure they are in good condition, will help your gas money stretch a little further.
  • There are apps for checking gas prices, such as GasBuddy. You can look ahead and plan to fuel up where gas is less, as well as find discounts and coupons along the way.
  • Don’t forget to plan for tollways or route around them. Most are minimal, but some can be several dollars each. If your road trip route as quite a bit in tolls, you’d want to budget for that.

Incidentals 

Incidentals are things you don’t anticipate happening, but know could. It’s good to plan for incidental expenses, but take as many precautions as possible to avoid unwanted “extra” expenses.

  • Proper car and tire maintenance is a must before a long road trip. Make sure your vehicle has a solid “thumbs-up” before heading out.
  • Avoid tourist seasons for where you are headed. Prices tend to be higher around peak tourist seasons.
  • While you can’t plan for all construction and detour areas, you can look ahead for any major re-routes such as bridges or interstates that might slow you down or cause extra delay.
  • Know local laws, pay parking meters, and obey speed zones, especially in construction zones. Tickets and fines are something you can hopefully avoid.

 

If the crew at the TireZoo in Anoka or Bloomington can help get your tires ready for a long road trip ahead, stop in and see us. We’re here to help you save money, get on the road fast, and find affordable tires.

Top 10 Things Teen Drivers Should Be Taught to Do

Top 10 Things Teen Drivers Should Be Taught to DoDoes your teen driver know how to do these then things?

  1. Where to find the owner’s manual, maintenance schedule.
  2. Open the hood of the vehicle. This seems intuitive enough, but can be a stumbling block.
  3. Where and how to check the oil. It’s simple and easy to do.
  4. How to check tire pressure.
  5. How to refill window washer fluid.
  6. How to turn on and off the hazard lights.
  7. Where to find the spare tire, tire iron, jack.
  8. How to tell which side the gas tank is on and how to pump gas. Again, this seems intuitive, but there are many stories of kids that aren’t sure how to do this the first time they need to put gas in on their own.
  9. Routine visual and audible car inspections; what doesn’t look or sound right and what to do.
  10. How often to change the oil, air filters, tire rotations, and other maintenance for safe driving.

Shopping for Tires?

shopping for tiresThe TireZoo has been locally owned and operated since 1979 and has two convenient locations in Bloomington, MN and Anoka, MN to better serve our customers with all their new and used tire shopping needs and repairs. The TireZoo aims to provide affordable options, as well as carry all major (and minor) tire brands so that customers have plenty of choices when shopping for tires. We take great care to listen to customers, only sell them what they want, and insure their experience in friendly and genuine. We offer online shopping of our inventory, as well as the option to give us a call with the size tire you need. We’re happy to give you options over the phone, so the process is even speedier when you stop in.

Shopping for Tires Made Easy!

Open six days a week, neither of our locations require appointments! Just stop by when you are shopping for tires, and our tire specialists will help you find exactly what you need.

The TireZoo in Bloomington, MN (All Season Tire)

The TireZoo in Anoka, MN (Anoka Tire)

Where to Recycle Car Seats in Minnesota

Where to Recycle Car Seats in MinnesotaIf you can’t bring yourself to throw your old child car seats into the garbage, you don’t have to. Minnesota has one recycling center in McLeod County that accepts and recycles infant and older child car seats. Working in conjunction with McLeod County, Stearns County serves as an alternate drop off location that collect the seats and hauls them to Hutchinson, MN.

While neither of these sites is in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro area, they are an easy drive that works well with groups and organizations willing to serve as micro-drop locations. Over the years, parents, neighborhoods, and various organizations have collected child car seats to recycle, so people don’t have to individually drive the items to be recycled.

More information about Stearns County Household Hazardous Waste Facility and their Greenseats Car Seat Recycling Program

More information about McLeod County Household Hazardous Waste Facility and their car seat recycling

10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle

Cleaning your vehicle

It won’t be long before you’ll hear the hum of shop vacs throughout your neighborhood as soon as you step outside.   It’s always a sure sign of spring when Northerners emerge from their homes to clean their vehicles after a long, cold winter. If you live in an area like Minnesota, where salt and sand is used to temper the icy roads, then your vehicle (and your paint job) is screaming to be freed from the grime.

10 Practical Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle

  1. Roll the garbage close. Don’t try to carry all those McDonald’s wrappers and pop cans to the garbage can. Bring it to you to save time.
  2. Have a container ready for items that need to removed from your vehicle and delivered to your house or garage. You know those items we’re talking about; the ones that make you smile and wonder why they are like one sock, a measuring cup from the kitchen, and a paint tray from the garage. Laundry baskets work great for sorting and carrying this items to their rightful place.
  3. Multiple rags. You vehicle is dirty, and it took months to get that way. Don’t expect one rag to do the trick. Bring a stack with you.
  4. A bucket of water to soak your beverage holders and any other removable, but highly sticky item that needs liberating. A simple bucket of warm water with a little dish soap will do wonders for removing pop and food.
  5. An empty shop-vac with a small nozzle. You will want to vacuum out all those fries and skittles between the seats. Use an extra long extension cord so you can move the vacuum with you. If you don’t own a shop vac, it is an excellent investment. Otherwise, plan to use a vacuum at your local car wash.
  6. Use paper towels or coffee filters to clean the windows. If your vehicle is super-dirty, you’ll need to clean it several times to avoid streaks. Don’t wash your windows in extreme sun/heat or they can get streaked. Also, a Windex or a simple vinegar and filtered water mix works best. Hard water from your well may leave spots too.
  7. To remove crayon or pen marks from vinyl, try hairspray on a soft, dry rag.
  8. To remove the remnants of stickers (such a bad idea in cars) from glass or vinyl, try a bit of baby oil on a QTip. It will take some elbow grease too.
  9. To remove a sucker from the carpet, soak a small rag or towel in very hot water. Lay over the sticky mess for a couple minutes and try pulling. Don’t leave too long so that the sucker melts into the carpet.
  10. To freshen the smell or remove mild messes from the vinyl seats, try a baby wet wipe, followed by a dry paper towel.

 

Tire Translation

Foreign languages translation word tireWhile every language is different and there are variations on every word and phrase, here is a list of translations we came up with for the word “tire”.

Tire Translation

Spanish: tire = neumatico

French: tire = pneu

Mandarin: tire = tāi

German: tire = reifen

Italian: tire = pneumatico

Finnish: tire = rengas

Haitian Creole: tire = kawotchou

Japanese: tire = taiya

Checking Tread on Tires

tire tread and checking tread on tiresDo you need to be a tire expert to be periodically checking tread on tires? The answer is no, and all vehicle owners should know how to keep an eye on tire tread. When is the last time you took a look at the tread on your tires?

Keeping an eye on your tire tread depth, as well as uneven wear, bulges, cuts, or foreign debris is very important. Even if your tires are new or you regularly have your vehicle serviced, it’s important to keep an eye on your tires so you are quickly alerted if something isn’t quite right.

Checking tread on tires isn’t only about watching if tires need to be replaced. Checking on tires and uneven wear can alert you to an issue that can be fixed and save your tires from prematurely wearing out and needing to be replaced. When this happens, you save money!

How to go about checking tread on tires

Use a penny and put President Lincoln’s head facing down in to the tread (but out facing you so you can see the head), meaning the top of his head is facing the tire and the other side of the penny is facing out. Now look at the penny, and if you are unable see the top of his head, then your tread is likely good. The more of his head you can see, the less tread is remaining. Make sense?

If you have any questions about tread life or wondering how long you have to save for your next set of new or quality used tires, you can stop in and have one of our tire specialists take a look. We’ll be happy to help keep you safe on the road! The TireZoo has two convenient locations; Bloomington and Anoka, MN

Beautiful Winter Travel Destinations in MN

Gunflint trail area, MNSo much focus is placed on summer travel destinations, that many beautiful winter travel destinations in MN are often overlooked. Aside from the fact that winter travel can be hazardous and unpredictable at times, winter is a beautiful time to visit parts of Minnesota. The snow and ice provide a mesmerizing landscape in many areas of Minnesota during the winter months that can’t be experienced any other time of the year. 

Five of the #OnlyinMN destinations we recommend you consider traveling to include:

  1. Gunflint Trail, also known as Gunflint Trail Scenic Byway
  2. Lake Superior and North Shore Drive
  3. Minnehaha Falls which is part of Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis
  4. Lanesboro, MN
  5. Ice fishing around Brainerd, MN

Before you head out on the winter roads, make sure your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread to get you safely where you want to go.

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