AKRON (Aug. 17, 2009)—A Southern region tire dealer contacted by Tire Business—who asked not to be identified—said he didn't lay off or cut salaries this year in light of the country's ongoing recession, but his technicians are seeing reduced pay due to lack of car count.
The dealer, who operates a retail/commercial center and a second commercial-retread location in an eastern seaboard state, said he pays his technicians commissions based on gross profits. All wages at this dealership are based on job type.
The store manager of the dealership's commercial/retail store is paid an annual salary of $85,000 with no additional incentives, according to the owner. ASE-certified technicians are paid more than $50,000, he said, without giving specifics.
Other benefits include a 401(k) plan with a 50-percent match of employee contributions up to 6 percent of wages, and an HMO health insurance plan.
Regarding health insurance, the owner told Tire Business he didn't cut back on coverage but asked employees to shoulder more of the burden of monthly premiums.
Employees with family coverage pay 12 percent of the monthly premiums, but individuals pay less.
The dealer said that he “laid it all out” when explaining to employees what he could afford to pay for health insurance per employee, and they were “appreciative” of his transparency. No one has left the dealership due to the increase in health insurance premiums, he added.