What type of tire changer would you recommend for my shop?
"It all depends upon what type of tire shop you operate. Do you specialize in truck tires? Are low profiles your specialty? Like hand tools, there are specific machines that handle certain types of tires.
"Remember: quality is the first thing you are going to concentrate on regarding your tire changer purchase. Of course, cost will be involved, too. But, it's all about the quality of the machine that's going to make you money in the long run."
I want to purchase a scanner for myself. There are so many types out there, where do I start looking?
"A scanner is a big purchase. I have multiple scanners at my shop to cover the vehicle types I service. First you need to ask yourself if you are going to be working on domestic, Asian or European vehicles. Then, research (and it's so easy to do online) which scanner is best suited for your needs. Then, you are going to look at the quality of the product, free updates and warranty. At least, that's how I purchase my equipment."
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ASE-certified technician Pam Oakes is the owner of Pam's Motor City Auto & Tire Center, an award-winning automotive service business in Fort Myers, Fla. She also is the author of the book series Car Care for the Clueless and hosts a weekly radio talk show by the same name on CBS Radio's The Sky and CoachMeRadio. And yes, she still "turns wrenches."