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Do Tires Make A Good Christmas Gift?

buy tires for gifts at anoka or bloomington, mn locationsGone are the days when you need to feel as though you must conform to strict gift-giving guidelines. Gift cards and technology have really paved the way for people to give new, creative, and often practical holiday gifts. How often have you received a gift that you immediately knew you’d never wear or use, yet it was (hopefully) given with the best intentions. If someone bought you a set of tires for a gift, chances are you’d love it. No doubt they’d get used!

new set of tires make great christmas gift ideasIf a loved one in your life needs tires, what better way to say “I love you, and I care you are safe” than a new set of tires? Go ahead and give a set of tires for Christmas or any upcoming gift-giving occasion. We’re open Monday through Saturday in Anoka and Bloomington, and we’ll help you select a gift that is both practical and appreciated! Our technicians are wonderful personal shoppers when you or someone you love needs tires.

What’s Cool in Anoka, Minnesota in October?

anoka mn halloween parade 2011Anoka Tire, also known as The TireZoo is definitely a cool place to stop for tires in Minnesota, any time of year. In addition to the TireZoo, you may like to know that Anoka hosts one of the largest and most elaborate Halloween festivals in Minnesota. Also referred to as  “Anoka, The Halloween Capital of the World”, this event spans several days and includes such fun activities as a Pumpkin Bowl, Medallion Hunt, Rib Tasting, Carnival, 5Krun, and Grand Costume Parade, and much more.

If you’re looking for one or more days of family fun, Anoka, Minnesota will not dissappoint, starting today, October 19, 2011. Many people turn out for the Grand Parade, scheduled for October 29th this year, and we hope you are able to travel to Anoka, MN and join in the fun!

Read the story “Meaty display wins Anoka Halloween decorating contest” and watch the clip from last year, covered by Kare11 News.

For more information, you can visit Anoka Halloween.com If you want to visit the TireZoo while in Anoka, you can find us here.

Happy Holidays From The Tire Zoo

The gift of tires from the TireZoo

Looking for a last minute gift idea? According to Twitter, many people sincerely wish Santa would bring them new tires for Christmas. Who can you surprise this year with the gift of safety? Call us in Anoka, MN at 1-800-421-2037 or in Bloomington, MN at 1-800-761-2013.

We wish you a very merry Christmas and safe travels!

Top Reasons to Shop TireZoo

What’s your reason for shopping the TireZoo? We’d love to hear from you.  Here’s the top reasons our customers keep coming back:

Inventory

We have the largest inventory to help locate one or more of just about any tire you may need.

Location

Two convenient locations in Bloomington and Anoka, MN

Lease Returns

The tires on your lease return will pass inspection with our help.

Myths

We bust myths at the TireZoo. Like one bad tire means replacing all four.

New and Used Tires- Both!

We carry every major brand and style of new and used tires; other places don’t.

Listen and Care

You’ll find us ready to answer the phone, assist when you stop by, visit on Facebook, and listen on Twitter to what YOU have to say. Give us a call and mention this post! 1-800-761-2013 or 1-800-421-2037.

Get to Know Your Tire Zoo of Minnesota

 

Do you have some favorite tire and/or auto related photos you’d like to add? If you purchased your tires or rims from us, let us know; but everyone is welcome to submit their favorite photos to social@tirezoo.com We can’t guarantee we’ll add everything that is submitted, but we’ll try.

The Story Behind the Super Hero Name

One day I was talking to someone about the Tire Zoo, and he referred to them having a super hero name. I paused for a second, and a smile broke out across my face. Yes, indeed, that is an interesting and fun way to look at the Tire Zoo, a division of All Season Tire Co. And so I began the task of telling their story.

The History of the Tire Zoo

By day (and signage) they are known as All Season Tire Co., but all day and night (and online) they are known as the TireZoo by  innocent shoppers everywhere looking for help with new and used tires.

Now branded in a fun blue and yellow color scheme and a cartoon-like TireZoo logo, the TireZoo has transformed from its meager start in 1979.History of the Tire Zoo

Like Clark Kent had roots in the Midwest, the TireZoo began in a garage as a home based business. Just as it’s difficult to picture Superman on a small farm in Iowa, it’s hard to imagine one of the United State’s largest used tire shops having started one tire at a time in a small garage somewhere in Bloomington, MN.

Not able to conceal their identity and growth any longer, owner Dan Wilkerson, moved his business a few years later into a store front in Bloomington, MN 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, and began helping people from as far away as Canada!

With the launch of their new website, The TireZoo.com 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 be unique.

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 in being 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’ve recently added auto mechanic services to better serve their customers!

In addition to their super hero name and fun persona, they are the most accessible tire people you’ll find.  From their website, two store locations in Anoka and Bloomington, Facebook fan page, Twitter, and toll-free numbers (Anoka: 1-800-421-2037, Bloomington: 1-800-761-2013) – the TireZoo Crew is waiting to hear your cry for help.

When to Repair a Tire

Ouch!

When is it time to repair a tire, and when is it best to start shopping for a replacement tire?

If you have a puncture in your tire that can not be fixed, you need to decide on a new or used replacement tire.

If you have worn tires, the easiest way to figure out if your tire is a “keeper” is to take a penny and place it with Lincoln’s head facing down in to the tread.  If you can see the top of his head (i.e. it is not below the tread) they need to be replaced. You can also look for the wear bars on the tire. These are wear indicators. When they are even with the tread, the tire should be replaced. 

 

 

Tires, New and Used Coming Soon to a Blog Near You

We are excited to introduce our Tire Zoo blog to you. Please check back frequently, as new features are being added everyday. Our Twitter button is already added, so be sure to join us there for lively chats. Coming soon are interesting blog posts, pictures, events, and polls.