Just to set the record
straight about Canadian Tires, I'd like to make it clear that there are
no purely Canadian tires and no tire brand called "Canadian", but there is a large retail chain in Canada
which is called "Canadian Tire".
This is truly a big retail chain with 487 stores
at last count and
while they are big sellers of a wide variety of merchandise --including
food in some outlets-- they do sell a great many tires. So, if
you are in Canada and need tires this may be the place to shop.
I can't do the same kind of projection which I did for Costco, because
Canadian Tire's service bays (5500 of them) do all sorts of automotive
services, so I cannot project that each bay needs to sell 100 tires a
month to be profitable. With an average of 11 service bays per
store it certainly isn't impossible that each store would sell an
average of 1100 tires a month, but I'm not familiar enough with their
business model to make that kind of projection.
Yet, if we look
at the number of different brands which Canadian Tire sells and the
amount of space devoted to tires in each store, we could still imagine
that an average store might sell 200 tires a month. In a
year this would bring sales to 1,168,800 for the entire chain.
Even at this level, they are one BIG seller of tires!
The list of brands which you could expect to find in Canadian Tire's
MotoMaster is Canadian Tire's own private brand produced for
them by major tire companies such as Goodyear, Michelin and BF Goodrich.
Some of the pluses in choosing Canadian Tire as the place to buy
A large number of locations, 487 in Canada
A strong commitment to selling tires, with a good assortment of
brands, sizes and tire types.
Stores which sell other merchandise from gardening
housewares and furnishings, hardware, sporting goods and camping
supplies allowing you to shop for other items while your tires are
As tire specialists, Canadian Tire
recommends proper tire maintenance with special attention to the
Balancing - Tires should be balanced to ensure
vibration-free ride and to avoid damage to steering and suspension
Alignment - Give your tires a visual inspection.
Any feathering of
face, apparent to eye or touch, is a reliable sign of misalignment or
Avoid curb scuffing - this is a sure way to
needing a wheel alignment.
2-wheel or 4-wheel alignment? All four wheels
properly aligned. It's particularly important to check 4-wheel
alignment on FWD
vehicles because they lack a rear drive axle, which tends to keep rear
Inflation - The most frequent cause of tire
is under-inflation! Even extreme under-inflation can be difficult to
detect simply using a visual inspection - don't depend on it, use a
Under inflated or overloaded tires, generate
destructive, internal heat, which could lead
outs! Really low tire-pressure can even unseat the tire from the rim
vehicle is moving!
Correct air pressure lead to longer tire life,
fuel economy and lower risk of accidents.
Rotation - To prevent uneven wear, rotate your
tires regularly. Rotation equalizes wear between tires mounted on drive
wheels and non-powered positions and allows a closer inspection of
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