Fred’s Tires makes service their top priority
Many business rely on the seasons to determine their busy time, but for David Denning, owner and president of Fred’s Tire Discounter & Auto Centre in Orangeville, he can pin it down to a single day depending on the weather forecast when he knows there will be a sudden rush of customers.
“It is very weather related. If we’re going to get a lot of snow, the more winter tires we are going to sell,” Mr. Denning explained of why he listens to the weather reports. “If we are supposed to get snow tonight people will hold off changing from winter tires to all season radials. People get anxious about changing their winter tires over because they think they are going to wear them out faster. But if you wait, it’s safer to keep them on for a couple of weeks until we get through the sticky weather because it’s a safety issue.”
The magic number for winter tires is seven degrees Celsius. That’s the temperature that is recommended when you should change from snow tires to all season tires or the other way around depending on the time of year.
For truck owners, selecting the right tire is a combination of style and practicality depending on where you live and how you use your vehicle.
“The most popular truck tires are all terrain tires,” Mr. Denning said. “An off-road tire is a very aggressive tire. The off-road tire has super traction – the real mudder tires you will see on a Jeep. With all-terrain tires you can still run on the highway. All-terrain is the most popular.”
This type of tire is ideal for people who take their vehicles off the main road at times and offer the grip and stability needed for gravel and dirt roads.
Customizing your ride is a priority for many truck owners who like to turn their vehicle into a personal statement and for many that includes installing a set of over-sized or aggressive tires that are both functional and add to the over all look of the truck.
“If you want to get an over sized tire we do leveling kits and lift kits to give you more ground clearance,” Mr. Denning explained. “We do anywhere from one inch up to six inch lift kits. We have done them on Jeeps, Ford half-tons, Chevy half-tons, and Rams.”
A lift kit will raise the entire vehicle to allow for larger tires. A leveling kit will raise the front end of a truck to allow for a slightly larger tire and provide the needed clearance to turn the wheel.
Of course if you’re going to put larger tires on your truck you might also want to upgrade your rims.
Fred’s Tire has a full assortment of custom rims to add the finishing touch to the look of your customized vehicle.
For truck lovers, adding accessories to a vehicle becomes part of the routine of customizing the look and setting your truck apart from the rest of the pack.
Adding after market products to improve the look or increase performance is a big part of truck culture and Fred’s Tires carries a wide range of accessories for most makes and models.
From off-road lights, brush bumpers, and flare kits to Tonneau covers, and spray-in box liners, they can install the accessories that will create a one-of-a-kind ride that makes your truck different from every other one on the road.
Now in their 51st year of operation, Fred’s Tires has become the premier location in the region for not only tires but a full range of auto and truck service.
“We have full mechanical services,” said Mr. Denning. “We do brakes, shocks, struts, alignments, gas tanks, and electronic diagnostic. What ever needs to be done really.”
For customer convenience, the facility warehouses tires for the off season making the switch to winter or summer tires easy and fast. They currently have around 4600 customer tires stored on site in a heated environment.
On top of that they stock a wide variety of brand new tires in a variety of sizes and models.
After more than five decades of serving Orangeville and the surrounding area, Fred’s Tires has a solid reputation for customer service and superior work by automotive professionals.
Fred’s Tire Discounter and Auto Service is located in the north end of Orangeville at First Street and Highway 10.
Written by Brian Lockhart