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Published on March 30, 2009

Letters: īBottom feedersī; growing demand for used tires

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Bye 'bottom feeders'


The story I read on Tire Business' Web site about CMA L.L.C.'s Double Coin-brand truck tire market share in Mexico doubling to 1.5 percent last year is interesting.


Given the issues with the economy, we are seeing increased demand from our dealership's customers in the U.S. and Mexico for premium tires from Michelin North America Inc., Continental North America Inc., Goodyear and Bridgestone Americas. The “give-me-the-cheapest-tire-you-have” bottom feeders who previously bought cheap Chinese tires are struggling or going away.


It is getting more and more difficult to get credit insurance on Mexican customers. And Mexico has increased duties on Chinese tires vs. U.S.-manufactured product.


Perhaps the U.S. should consider the same?


George Pehanick


CEO


East Bay Tire Co.


Fairfield, Calif.


Used tires needed


Every tire dealer needs to keep all the good 13- and 14-inch used tires they can find. They are back.


My customers keep asking me why new tire prices don't come down since the price of oil is down. Kentucky doesn't have a legal site to dispose of waste tires. We have a few people with grinders who come around and pick up our scrap tires, at $3 each, and they're just chopping them up and taking them to landfills. I also have to pay the state $1 for every new tire we sell.


Some of the new cars are coming out with 13- and 14-inch tires, and with the economy the way it is, we're seeing a lot of customers who are looking for used rather than new tires. There's going to be a big demand for used tires, but no one seems to have them in those sizes.


I get calls from throughout the state from people looking for them. We sell more used tires than new ones, and I could probably sell 25,000 used tires if I had them in the smaller sizes.


If there are any dealers who know where we can find them, we need 13-, 14- and 15-inch used car tires as well as used truck tires.


Glen Knight


Owner


Knights 24-Hour Tire Service


Lindwood, Ky.

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