CAROLINA BEACH, N.C.-In response to members' requests, the North Carolina Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association is planning to craft its own credit card for retail tire purchases and related services. According to NCTDRA Executive Vice President Bob Smith, the association wants an independent credit card that isn't tied to a particular tire brand. Many NCTDRA members also do not belong to the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, so they cannot take advantage of that group's Money Express credit card.
The NCTDRA expects to have a credit card available by the end of the year, Mr. Smith said, adding that a local credit card agency would be more familiar with various cities in North Carolina and thus may provide a better credit approval rate. The card is expected to be inscribed with ``NCTDRA Car Care Program'' and the individual dealership's name.
The association also recently endorsed Auto Road Services Inc. for dealers interested in offering customers a 24-hour emergency roadside tire service as part of a tire warranty package.
ARA to enhance video lobrary
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The American Retreaders Association board plans to fund the production of two new training videotapes-``Module 4-Buffing'' and ``Module 5-Skiving and Cementing''-to complement its training series, which will eventually total 15 videos and become part of an ARA Technician Certification Program.
The board, which held its summer meeting June 21-26 in Louisville, also approved production of Spanish versions of the first three modules-``Basic Tire Construction,'' ``Tire Inspection Techniques'' and ``Tire Inspection Conditions.''
Meanwhile, plans are under way for the 1996 ARA World Tire Conference & Exhibition, April 18-20. The show will feature new outside demonstrations and seminars on OTR and fleet service equipment, including mounting and dismounting of tires and rims; demonstrations and seminars on various scrap tire processes and procedures; and safety training on OSHA issues related to operating recycling equipment. The outdoor demonstrations will take place under tents.
Indoor workshops are slated to deal with tire failure analysis, employee retention, marketing, financial survival, determining production and distribution costs and mold cure retread technology.
DeShazer to head Kan. TDA
WICHITA, Kan.-The Kansas Tire Dealers Association elected Gary DeShazer of D*&*D Tire Center, Scranton, president during it July 1 meeting in Wichita.
The KTDA also installed Daryl Dwyer of D*&*D Tire Inc., Lawrence, vice president; Terry Zvolanek of Midway Co-op Association Inc., Osborne, secretary; and C.R. Worthing of Wamego Supply Inc., Wamego, treasurer.
The association has slated its 1996 convention for March 31-April 1 in Wichita.
New logos support revised names
To better reflect their auto service constituencies, California's two tire dealer associations revised their names this year.