Current Issue
Published on July 6, 2009

Letters: Tire dealers´ profit; tire imports; TPMS



No profit allowed?

How can the independent tire dealer survive today when you have: a.) Tire Rack; b.) Dealer Tire; and c.) Ford Motor Co.'s “Around the Wheel” program?

Dealers have to meet many expenses and we're only making, at most, $5 per tire. Aren't we allowed to make a profit?

Michael Bocchiaro


Art's Tire Service Inc.

Hawthorne, N.J.

It's bull

The unions—especially the United Steelworkers (USW)—are the reason that the U.S. tire industry cannot compete in the marketplace with USA-made tires, not China.

The USW's action to get quotas on Chinese-made passenger and light truck tire imports is so much bull. It makes me want to throw up.

If this issue wasn't so serious it would be hilarious. It's simply ridiculous.

Don Mathis


DM Marketing L.L.C.

Bland, Mo.

GSA effort 'pointless'

In regard to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) ordering 14,105 fuel-efficient vehicles with $210 million allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, I think the people in charge of buying these vehicles are the absolutely most unqualified people to make any kind of decisions regarding spending money on vehicles.

All the compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles that this government has bought and all the flex-fuel vehicles aren't even being filled with flex fuel. It is pointless.

There aren't enough stations to even support what they have in the fleet.

Frank DeAngelis


Tires 13

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Time for police action

I truly believe there should be a federal law that gives police the authority to have a driver's car taken off the roads when its tires' steel belts are exposed.

Think about how many lives that action will save.

Jermaine Jamison


Custom Wheels & Tires

York, Pa.

More TPMS problems

A lot of vehicles that have tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) come with high-performance tires.

Most of them list on the sidewall the air pressure at maximum, which is close to optimal for the best wear and performance.

Most placards on vehicles' doors say 30 psi is too low. Now we're seeing premature tire wear, meaning mileage adjustments.

This is just another government program that does not work.

Scott Cameron


Lauren Young Tire Center Inc.

Sutherlin, Ore.


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