If you own a retail automotive store or another type of business that is geared towards auto enthusiasts, then you may decide to start selling tires to your customers. If you want to do this, then it is most cost effective to purchase your tires in bulk. While it wise to buy all-season and all-purpose tires, there are a few specialty tires that you may want to add into your bulk order. Keep reading to learn what these tires are and what they are used for.
Light Truck Tires
The name "light truck tires" may suggest that the tires are lightweight, but this is not true. The tires are in fact heavier than all-purpose or all-season tires. The tires are actually made with heavier loads in mind and are suggested for use on pickups and SUVs. The tires have thicker rubber compounds that make up the core of the tire or the tire plies. The dense rubber is also formed to create a more substantial inner core. The inner core and the bands of rubber that make up the plies help to keep air inside the tire. This is extremely important when heavy loads place constant stress on the tires.
The main benefit of the light truck tires and their main selling point is the fact that they are meant to hold a considerable amount of weight for a long period of time. While all-season tires may have weight and load-bearing ratings that are fairly high, these ratings are an upper limit when it comes to how much weight the tires can withstand. The tires are not meant to carry substantial amounts of weight for a long period of time. This means that they can fail more quickly than light truck tires. Specifically, blowouts are likely. This happens when the inner belts, plies, and liner bend and overflex. They eventually give out, and the tire fails.
Blowouts are dangerous, so it is wise to steer customers to light truck tires if they use vehicles for commercial purposes or if they tow trailers, campers, and large pieces of equipment. If SUVs and trucks are used purely for normal commute and low-weight situations, then you can and should suggest the purchase of passenger tires. If customers are looking to off-road with their vehicles, then suggest all-terrain or mud tires instead of light truck or passenger tires. These varieties have deep treads and tread patterns that can grip dirt and mud.
Fuel Economy Tires
Recent surveys on fuel efficiency, fuel usage, and the possibility of new fuels coming onto the market show that many consumers are concerned about fuel efficiency and reducing costs when it comes to their vehicles. Also, consumers will make their purchases with fuel efficiency in mind. Due to this fact, some tire manufacturers have started to rate their tires in terms of fuel efficiency. If you can, look for tires that are labeled as fuel efficient and purchase these in your bulk tire order. These tires are ones that have low rolling resistance. Low rolling resistance means that it takes less energy for the car to move or roll the tires. This reduces the amount of gas that is needed to move the car from a stopped position.
If you do purchase fuel-economy or low-roll-resistance tires in your bulk order, just make sure to remind customers that the tires will only help with gas savings if they are inflated properly. Point out the maximum tire inflation pressure that is printed on the sidewall of the tire. Show customers how to use either digital or manual tire pressure gauges so they understand how to investigate tire pressure so tires can be inflated as needed.
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