SAN JOSE, Calif. — Online auto parts and accessories retailer eBay Motors is expanding its tire installer network to include Firestone Complete Auto Care/Tires Plus and TBC Corp.'s NTB and Tire Kingdom brands through a partnership with CarAdvise L.L.C.
The partnership with CarAdvise, a San Jose-based online vehicle repair and maintenance platform, will expand eBay Motors' tire installer network by about 3,500 tire shops nationwide.
Thousands of additional brand-name shops within the CarAdvise network are slated to roll out over the coming months, the companies said.
The partnership boosts the amount of tire listings with installation services available to eBay Motors customers more than 10 times over what it was, with more to be added throughout the year, eBay said.
"As the nation's leading automotive repair and maintenance technology platform, we are thrilled to partner with eBay Motors, allowing their customers to leverage our technology and extensive network to further streamline eBay's online tire-buying process," Greg Tepas, CarAdvise founder and CEO, said.
"Through this partnership, we're able to connect with millions of eBay automotive shoppers, offering increased convenience and selection when it comes to servicing their vehicle."
eBay Motors customers can add professional installation services to their online tire purchase. At check-out, customers are prompted to choose a service provider in their local area and complete the transaction.
Following payment on eBay, customers select a preferred date and time for their installation appointment and can add additional services, such as a wheel alignment or oil change, via the CarAdvise platform.
eBay launched its tire installation services in 2017 in the U.S. with an initial 9,000 service locations across the country. eBay ships customers' tire purchases directly to the selected automotive repair shops for installation at no additional cost.
CarAdvise offers consumers a platform to compare prices for maintenance services at more than 20,000 repair shops nationwide. Consumers and commercial fleets receive upfront discounted pricing when booking through CarAdvise using its proprietary technology to approve and pay for services suggested by the shop real-time.
CarAdvise said its service descriptions and advice protect customers from unnecessary work resulting in greater trust, convenience and savings.