AKRON (Sept. 26, 2001)—Although a number of tire- and automotive-industry-related Web sites have come and gone, several still are doing business and claim varying degrees of success. The following is a partial, although by no means comprehensive, list of some of those dot-com survivors:
iCARumba.Com. Established: June 1999. Profile: iCARumba, headed by CEO Ken Brookings, has 45 employees. It helps consumers find auto service providers, claiming that nearly 100 million consumers see it as their site for auto service. It also sells “Top Shop,” an online marketing program shops can purchase for $100 a month. In the past three months, more than 1,500 shops have enrolled in the program, which provides Internet advertising. Contact: (800) 426 4006
Mechanicnet.com. Established: November 1999. Profile: Mechanicnet, headed by President Steven Liao, has 12 employees. It provides various direct-marketing packages to shops to help them find customers. It sells the “Maintenance Messenger”—a tool that reminds people when their vehicles need a particular auto service etc. More than 500 shops have signed up for the service so far, a number the company said is steadily growing. Contact: (877) 632 4638.
eTires.com Established: June 1999. Profile: eTires.com, headed by President Steve Leffler, has three employees. It is a consumer Web site where people can order and purchase tires online—at a significant discount over stores, the company claims. The site will also point customers to installers. The company said its business grows by roughly 10 percent every month. Contact: (877) 463-8477
Appointmentzone.com. Established: March 2000. Profile: Headed by President Dan Ogden, a former Yokohama Tire Corp. executive, Appointmentzone has three employees. It is a consumer-driven site where users can, among other things, set appointments with tire dealers to have service work done. Consumer use of the site is free; dealers pay a fee for the business it generates. More than 450 stores operated by Arizona-based Discount Tire Co. are affiliated with the site. The company said business is doing very well. Contact: (866) 277-8966.
NetworkTires.com. Established: February 2000. Profile: NetworkTires, headed by President Mark Colbath, has four employees. It is a business-to-business site where dealers can buy and sell tires via the Web, offering savings on both ends of the transaction. The company said it has more than 1,000 customers and is experiencing slow, steady growth. Contact: (210) 497-5692.