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New report reveals changing car buying habits

7th June 2016 | 0 Comments

A new report into the UK’s car buying habits has revealed the impact that technological and generational changes are having on the country’s motorists - and the people they buy their cars from. The 2016 Car Buyers’ Census, compiled from an online YouGov poll by the search engine Carsnip, revealed a growing ‘generation gap’ among drivers, with many younger people embracing new technologies and peer-reviews to make the task of purchasing a car easier than ever. According to the survey, so-called ‘Millennial and ‘Generation Z’ drivers were twice as likely to use online car search when buying a car compared to over-55s.

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Huw Lewis Tyres’ upgrades online platform with Michelin funding

Huw Lewis Tyres’ upgrades online platform with Michelin funding

9th May 2016 | 0 Comments

Wales’ Huw Lewis Tyres has added a one-click-fit feature and dual-language support to its website in a move that was part-funded by the Michelin Auto Professional programme’s business development fund. The revamped website showcases the Michelin Certified Centre dealership’s entire tyre product range and service offering in both English and Welsh, along with a ‘find my tyres’ page that matches prospective customers’ cars with their ideal fitments.

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Michelin website selling tyres directly to consumers in Europe

Michelin website selling tyres directly to consumers in Europe

13th January 2016 | 0 Comments

Michelin will begin selling tyres directly to consumers online for the first time during the first quarter of 2016. The news came in parallel with the launch of the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4, which will be the first tyre to be sold by the company via this method.

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Goodyear steps up tyre retail involvement with new UK digital platform

Goodyear steps up tyre retail involvement with new UK digital platform

8th January 2016 | 0 Comments

Goodyear has launched its next generation website in the UK and Ireland. While not quite the pioneering retail strategy employed by the manufacturer’s US digital platform, the new site (www.goodyear.co.uk) has increased the company’s interaction with end-consumers – a reaction to the sustained growth in consumers researching their tyre purchase decision online. In an unusual move for tyre manufacturers’ own websites, Goodyear also provides a recommended sell-out price on its tyres, which indicates a step towards the retail activity of its American cousin, albeit without any sort of requirement of the retailer to honour that price.

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Goodyear implements direct online sales in US

Goodyear implements direct online sales in US

3rd December 2015 | 0 Comments

Last January at its annual dealer conference, Goodyear unveiled plans to launch direct-to-consumer online sales across the US through its Goodyear.com website. Since then, Michelin has bought into two large European e-tailers and Apollo has acquired another. Clearly 2015 has been the year that tyre majors have allowed their online retail strategies surface. And while approaches differ between manufacturers and markets, Goodyear’s US approach is by far the most direct. At the moment, this approach centres on North America, however what we learn from Goodyear’s case is valuable in any market. In mid-November Tire Review editor Jim Smith met with Goodyear’s Mike Dauberman, senior director of marketing and interactive, and Bill Friel, general manager of consumer dealer retail, and here gives Tyres per cent Accessories readers access to their conversation.

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Goodyear now selling tyres online throughout the USA

Goodyear now selling tyres online throughout the USA

18th November 2015 | 1 Comment

In April, Goodyear Tire & Rubber chairman and chief executive Richard Kramer shared plans to introduce a company-owned online tyre retail platform in the USA. After opening for business in September, the tyre maker reports that the goodyear.com tyre sales site is now serving customers across the entire country. More than 4,000 outlets, including 600 Goodyear tyre and service centres, have joined the programme and will act as fitters for tyres purchased through the site.

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Dipstix’ new TrustBay service designed to help garages generate online reviews

Dipstix’ new TrustBay service designed to help garages generate online reviews

29th July 2015 | 0 Comments

Social media has made accessing the opinions of trusted peers easier than ever, so it makes sense that garages and workshops should find ways to increase this free publicity. Dipstix, a website dedicated to helping motorists manage their cars, has created TrustBay to offer garages a chance to generate vital customer reviews.

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Michelin launches the first cloud-based tyre content syndication platform

30th June 2015 | 0 Comments

On 15 June Michelin launched what it says is the tyre industry’s first cloud-based content syndication platform. According to the company, the digital platform will allow partner dealers to access any kind of official digital content provided by the manufacturers in real time in order to automatically update their own sites.

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Delticom announces TyresNet launch

11th June 2015 | 0 Comments

Online tyre retailer Delticom has begun rolling out the first in a series of new national websites that combine tyre sales, tips and information in the one location. Delticom’s name for the new information portal is TyresNet, and it says it aims to “open up the world of tyres and wheels” to motorists and tyre, rim and wheel suppliers. The first two sites to go live cater to the German (reifen.de) and Austrian (reifen.at) markets.

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NFDA supports increased DVLA services

27th May 2015 | 0 Comments

The director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has voiced her organisation’s support for the DVLA’s extension of online services. The Authority has made it possible to retain and assign a registration number online, a feature for which the NFDA has previously campaigned.

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Delticom: Tirendo’s business concept not successful

6th May 2015 | 0 Comments

At Delticom’s Annual General Meeting in Germany yesterday, shareholders were informed that the online tyre retailer would distribute a dividend of € 0.25 per share for the 2014 financial year – only half that of the previous year. This smaller dividend particularly reflected a three-quarter drop in net profit – a decline “mainly due to the higher cost base after the Tirendo acquisition.” Andreas Prüfer, head of the company’s board of management, also told shareholders that the Tirendo business concept “of achieving 50 per cent or 100 per cent growth in the online tyre market through high advertising and personnel expenses did not prove successful.”

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Kingsway Tyres first dealer to register with CAM’s e-jobsheet.com

Kingsway Tyres first dealer to register with CAM’s e-jobsheet.com

27th April 2015 | 0 Comments

Kingsway Tyres has become the first tyre dealer to register with e-jobsheet.com, CAM’s open-access mobile data platform for digital tablet technology in the truck, bus and van service arena. Signing up at the CV Show in April, director and general manager of Kingsway Tyres, Martin O’Brien, says, “We were persuaded to register by the many benefits associated by taking greater control of our truck tyre service work which will continue to improve our processes, drive efficiencies and reduce costs.”

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MAM releases StockTake app

MAM releases StockTake app

27th April 2015 | 0 Comments

MAM has announced the release of the latest in its suite of mobile and tablet apps, MAM StockTake, which integrates with a suitable MAM business management system to simplify the stock count process.

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US site Goodyear’s entry into online tyre retail

US site Goodyear’s entry into online tyre retail

17th April 2015 | 0 Comments

Online tyre retailers are nothing new, and Michelin’s current 40 per cent share acquisition of leading French portal Allopneus shows the major manufacturers are taking an interest in this business. That said, no major tyre maker sells directly to the public over its own website – but this is about to change. As Goodyear chairman and chief executive officer Richard Kramer announced at the company’s annual shareholders meeting on 13 April, the US-based company is gearing up to begin rolling out online tyre sales in its homeland. Goodyear has yet to comment on whether it plans to extend these web retail activities to other markets.

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IMI announces launch of free vehicle diagnostics eLearning resources

IMI announces launch of free vehicle diagnostics eLearning resources

14th April 2015 | 0 Comments

IMI has launched a series of online vehicle diagnostics training modules, funded by digital solutions charity Jisc. The resources will be free to access through the IMI's eLearning platform, acquired in 2014 by the IMI. They are aimed at individuals with a background in car maintenance and level 3 qualifications, providing technicians with an opportunity to brush up their diagnostic skills and learn new ones. Modules will be made available to IMI Members first before becoming accessible to the wider industry.

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