Blacks Tire and Auto Service Bloghttp://blackstire.com/blogMost recent posts.Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:32:43 -0400en-ushourly1Improve Vehicle Safety with Brake Repair http://blackstire.com/blog/view/improve-vehicle-safety-with-brake-repairhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/improve-vehicle-safety-with-brake-repair#commentsMon, 01 Sep 2014 16:32:43 -0400TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/improve-vehicle-safety-with-brake-repair<p> <img alt="brake repair raleigh nc " src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/3324/brake_repair_raleigh_nc.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />Holding utmost significance as one of the most important vehicle safety features, properly functioning brakes are necessary to both vehicle operation and dependability. Responsible for all slowing down and stopping motions, brake repair should never be ignored or overlooked. Servicing customers for over 85 years, Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC encourages drivers to participate in regular brake repairs and inspections per driving practices. Recognizing the importance of brake repair to vehicle safety, driving with improper brakes could at best cause vehicle immobility, although at worst a potentially avoidable accident.</p> <p> The greater majority of non-commercial vehicles operate using a brake system called &ldquo;friction braking&rdquo;. This system involves heat storage in a rotating part, either a drum or disc that releases air gradually after storage post brake application. Disc braking is most commonly used in passenger vehicles, which involves stopping or slowing via wheel rotation.</p> <p> Understanding the complexities of brake system operations and brake repairs should never be taken lightly, thus Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC never suggests brake repair without the consultation and direction of their knowledgeable technicians. Schedule an <a href="http://blackstire.com/appointments">appointment</a> today to experience the superior <a href="http://blackstire.com/service-brakes">brake repair</a> and unmatched customer service of Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service. Sustaining vehicle excellence since 1929, technicians consider driver safety in the Raleigh, NC area to be of top priority and work diligently to ensure the safety of customers and unyielding quality of brake repairs. Never travel the road alone with Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/improve-vehicle-safety-with-brake-repair/feed0Dangers of Skipping an Oil Change http://blackstire.com/blog/view/dangers-of-skipping-an-oil-changehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/dangers-of-skipping-an-oil-change#commentsFri, 01 Aug 2014 14:52:00 -0400TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/dangers-of-skipping-an-oil-change<p> <img alt="oil change raleigh nc" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/3323/shutterstock_82142272.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 300px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />If an engine is the heart of a vehicle, consider the oil to be the blood. Thus, understanding the importance of routine auto repair such as oil changes can both improve vehicle drivability and lengthen longevity of life. Scheduling an oil change around every 3,000 miles should be more than a routine errand, but instead an investment in the future of your vehicle. Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC works diligently to ensure the vehicle safety of all drivers, finding small auto repairs such as oil changes to be the most significant throughout the life of a vehicle.</p> <p> Participating in regularly scheduled oil changes is necessary to maintain proper engine operations and ensure all preventative measures are taken for vehicle safety. Consequently, as regular engine operations progress and oil ages, debris is collected and dirty oil is continuously pulled through the engine gradually becoming more harmful to the engine.</p> <p> Stabilizing engine lubrication, oil works to transfer heat away from the engine. Ensuring the mobility of all engine parts, clean oil proficiently maintains engine processes while keeping temperatures at safe temperatures. Oil changes are imperative to engine use, as dirty oil will cause internal parts to stick together and ultimately cause unwanted repairs and potential engine failure.</p> <p> Investing minimal effort and finances into a vehicle about every 3,000 miles by maintaining regular oil changes will improve both engine safety and vehicle life. <a href="http://blackstire.com/appointments">Schedule</a> an oil change with Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC for excellence in <a href="http://blackstire.com/catalog/search_by">tires</a> and <a href="http://blackstire.com/services">auto repair</a> coupled with unparalleled customer service. Serving the Raleigh, NC area as the premier tire retailer and oil change specialist since 1929, Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service welcomes customers to experience the difference of over 85 years of trusted workmanship.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/dangers-of-skipping-an-oil-change/feed0Tire Safety and Tips http://blackstire.com/blog/view/tire-safety-and-tipshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/tire-safety-and-tips#commentsWed, 09 Jul 2014 15:22:06 -0400TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/tire-safety-and-tips<p class="MsoNormal"> <img alt="raleigh nc tires" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/3322/raleigh nc tires.jpg" style="width: 133px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Sustaining a vehicle at safe, road-ready conditions involves many components of maintenance and auto repair. Amidst the check-ups and scheduled servicing, vehicle owners easily forget one of the most important safety features of any vehicle- the tires. Consider these helpful tips coupled with the specialized advice and workmanship of Blacks Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC to keeping your vehicle&rsquo;s tires in optimal condition. Prepare any vehicle for the surprises of road wear and driving with proper tire maintenance and repairs. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Serving Raleigh, NC since 1929 with the highest quality in name brand tires, Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service knows the best way to maintain a healthy set of tires is through preventative maintenance and customer care. In order to provide top performance and motility for any vehicle&rsquo;s tires begin with tire pressure. While this tip might seem obvious, according to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Association 1 in 4 drivers do not have proper tire pressure in their tires. This result contributes to over 200 traffic casualties per year caused by improperly maintained tires.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Tires are estimated to lose nearly 1 psi (pound per square inch) per month, dramatically decreasing steering-power and vehicle control over time if left unattended. Inspect tires externally for cracks or other trauma and never drive without the valve cap secured tightly on the air valve. Consult the specialized technicians of Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC if tires appear to be wearing unevenly or need servicing. Staying aware of tire conditions is the most important tool for sustaining safe tires. Experience the difference over 85 years of experience in <a href="http://blackstire.com/services">auto repair</a> and <a href="http://blackstire.com/catalog/search_by">tires</a> can provide any vehicle by scheduling an <a href="http://blackstire.com/appointments">appointment</a> with Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></p> /blog/view/tire-safety-and-tips/feed0Auto Repair for the Long Run http://blackstire.com/blog/view/auto-repair-for-the-long-runhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/auto-repair-for-the-long-run#commentsThu, 05 Jun 2014 14:19:02 -0400TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/auto-repair-for-the-long-run<p> <img alt="auto repair fayetteville" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/3302/auto_repair_fayetteville_nc.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: left;" /><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 15.600001335144043px; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">by: Willie Whitewall</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Often when we purchase a car we become incredibly preoccupied by external features- color, price, make and model. However, one extremely important aspect to consider is how much the maintaince of a car will cost. It&rsquo;s easy to look at the car payment and insurance as the only costs that go into a new vehicle; however, this could not be any further from the truth. It is estimated that over four percent of the total investment put into a vehicle is on <a href="http://blackstire.com/services">auto repair</a> and maintenance over the lifetime of a vehicle.</p> <p> While four percent seems hardly relevant, the average American will spend over $3,300 on auto repair per year, making that measly four percent seem not as small. The best way to help minimize this number is to participate in regular oil changes and filter replacement. The average American only spends $120 annually on minor auto repairs such as these making the larger ones much fewer and far between. &nbsp;</p> <p> Let the trained professions of Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service help you to maintain regular auto repair in the Fayetteville, NC area. With over eighty years of experience in quality auto repair and <a href="http://blackstire.com/catalog/search_by">tires</a>, find out why their loyal customers trust no other auto repair technicians in Fayetteville, NC. Keeping up with auto repair can be expensive and time consuming, but Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Services works tirelessly to ensure you receive the best value in auto care for the lowest price in the most timely manner possible. Schedule an appointment online today and see the difference nearly a century of experience in auto repair can provide any vehicle owner with Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Fayetteville, NC.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/auto-repair-for-the-long-run/feed0Warning Signs You Need New Tires http://blackstire.com/blog/view/warning-signs-you-need-new-tireshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/warning-signs-you-need-new-tires#commentsThu, 05 Jun 2014 10:41:48 -0400TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/warning-signs-you-need-new-tires<p> <img alt="tires raleigh nc " src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/3300/tires_raleigh_nc.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11.818181991577148px; line-height: 15.600001335144043px; background-color: rgb(236, 236, 236);">by: Willie Whitewall</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Much like your feet become sore after a long walk,<a href="http://blackstire.com/catalog/search_by"> tires</a> are gradually worn down over time and with extensive use. This gradual progression is in no way the fault of the driver or indication of driving skills, as all tires eventually wear away with use and should be replaced. Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service of Raleigh, NC is eager to help customers find the best fit tires for any vehicle and become educated on tips to know when their tires should be serviced or replaced. Having correctly maintained tires is the best safety feature any vehicle owner can provide themselves and their passengers.</p> <p> The most prominent exterior indication that you should consider purchasing new tires is tread depth. If the tread of your tires falls below 1/16 of an inch, contact Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service immediately. Another simple notification to see when you might need new tires is the tread wear indication bar. This feature is available in newer tires and becomes more visible as treads wear down allowing the owner to know when replacement is needed.</p> <p> Worn down the tread on your tires is not the only sign that you need to be in the market for a new set of tires. Be cautious of cracks on the sidewall of the tire as these cracks can grow slowly over time and become very dangerous. Bulges and blisters on the tire can also greatly decrease the life and safety of your tires, increasing the chance of a blowout and a potential wreck. Never ignore the signs above as these are simple problems that can be easily fixed. However, if left unattended can become a much larger problem. Consult the expert technicians of Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service in Raleigh, NC or any of their other 32 convenient locations. Experience the performance and maneuverability of top quality tires and <a href="http://blackstire.com/services">auto repair</a> at reasonable prices from the trusted mechanics of Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/warning-signs-you-need-new-tires/feed0Ricky Benton of Black's Tire & Auto Service Named 2014 Dealer of the Yearhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/ricky-benton-of-black-s-tire-auto-service-named-2014-dealer-of-the-yearhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/ricky-benton-of-black-s-tire-auto-service-named-2014-dealer-of-the-year#commentsMon, 14 Apr 2014 14:21:46 -0400TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/ricky-benton-of-black-s-tire-auto-service-named-2014-dealer-of-the-year<p> <img alt="Black's Tire &amp; Auto Service" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/3247/blacks-tire-and-auto-service.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 170px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /></p> <p> This press release recently went out about Black&#39;s Tire &amp; Auto Service:</p> <p class="releaseDateline"> Whiteville, NC (PRWEB) April 11, 2014</p> <p class="releaseDateline"> by: Willie Whitewall</p> <p> Ricky Benton, owner of Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, was named the 2014 Dealer of the Year by the North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA)</p> <p> NCTDA President Richard Leicht presented the award to Benton on Friday, March 28th during the NCTDA&rsquo;s Annual Trade Show and Expo in Raleigh, NC. Benton was introduced by his son Ryan Benton, a past NCTDA President.</p> <p> &ldquo;It is an honor to be given such a prestigious award, and I wouldn&rsquo;t be here today without the great group of people we work with every day. They are my family and friends, not just my colleagues&rdquo;, Benton said as he accepted the award.</p> <div> <p> Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service is celebrating their 85th year in business this year. Visit <a href="http://blackstire.com/" target="_blank">http://blackstire.com</a> for more information.</p> <p> About Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service:<br /> Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, was formed in 1929 as Black&rsquo;s Service Station by W. Crowell Black in Whiteville, NC. With W. Crowell Black at the helm, Black&rsquo;s Service Station was a vital tire and vehicle service center in Whiteville and southeastern North Carolina. In 1976, Ricky Benton and his wife Dianne opened a gas station/garage in the Cerro Gordo, NC community. Ricky continued to operate this business until 1981, when he began working with Black&rsquo;s Tire&nbsp;</p> <p> Service in Whiteville. Ricky continued working at Black&rsquo;s Tire, expanding the business into multiple locations (that include 34 retail stores, 3 warehouse/distribution centers, a retread center, BTS Academy &ndash; the corporate training center, and corporate headquarters). Later, Benton purchased Black&rsquo;s Tire from Crowell Black but continued to operate it under the Black&rsquo;s Tire name out of respect for the Black family. Ricky and Dianne are very involved in the daily operations of the company as are their sons Rick, Ryan, and Jeremy. Today the company operates under the division names Black&rsquo;s Tire &amp; Auto Service, BTS Commercial, BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors, and Carolina Retread.</p> <p> <a href="http://blackstire.com/" target="_blank">http://blackstire.com</a> is powered by TCS Technologies. TCS Technologies, a Microsoft Certified Partner, develops and markets both off-the-shelf and custom tire software solutions, web applications, ecommerce platforms, and support and consulting services to tire companies across the US and Canad</p> <p> a. TCS Technologies has built a product base, which continues to prove itself as a revenue increasing, business streamlining asset to any size tire business. TCS Technologies has tools unmatched in the industry and customization within each of its products to cater to the way tire dealers and retreaders do business. TCS Technologies&rsquo; home office is located outside Nashville, TN with a second location in Salt Lake City, UT.</p> </div> /blog/view/ricky-benton-of-black-s-tire-auto-service-named-2014-dealer-of-the-year/feed0Black's Got Your Back!http://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-got-your-backhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-got-your-back#commentsSun, 02 Mar 2014 12:55:30 -0500brianhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-got-your-back<p> <span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}"><img alt="auto repair columbus county nc" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/3301/auto_repair_columbus_county_nc.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />&quot;A big thank you to NCSHP Cumberland County Trooper Anthony Godwin for helping me get my tire situated &amp; waiting with me until Mama &amp; Daddy got there. His presence made me feel so much safer sitting on the side of 95. Also thank you to Black&#39;s Tire for looking out for us!! Columbus County ties run deep and it&#39;s so nice knowing people!! The Good Lord definitely had his hands in it and looking out for me! Black&#39;s definitely had my back thank you Keith Nobles &amp; The serviceman Mike!!&quot; &nbsp; &nbsp;-Brooke Andrews</span></p> /blog/view/black-s-got-your-back/feed0Winner of the Duke vs. UNC ticketshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/winner-of-the-duke-vs-unc-ticketshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/winner-of-the-duke-vs-unc-tickets#commentsMon, 10 Feb 2014 16:40:37 -0500brianhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/winner-of-the-duke-vs-unc-tickets<p> Congrats to&nbsp;Joey &amp; Beth&nbsp;Clewis for winning the Duke vs. UNC tickets today! Thanks to everyone that participated in our feedback survey.</p> /blog/view/winner-of-the-duke-vs-unc-tickets/feed0Now Offering Instant Out the Door Pricing http://blackstire.com/blog/view/now-offering-instant-out-the-door-pricinghttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/now-offering-instant-out-the-door-pricing#commentsSun, 01 Dec 2013 09:11:26 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/now-offering-instant-out-the-door-pricing<p> Black&rsquo;s Tire has announced new instant out the door pricing- a new way to save by shopping for tires as a complete package, with no hidden costs or fees!</p> <p> by: Willie Whitewall</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> RALEIGH, NC- Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service has over 30 locations specializing in high-quality tires, tire repair, and auto maintenance. Now customers shopping for tires have more options to get instant quotes and see the real cost of their tires, taking out all of the guesswork and hidden fees! Black&rsquo;s has an easy to use, customer friendly website that makes shopping for tires online a breeze allowing customers to compare specifications, and view deals and special rebates, with just a few clicks of their mouse. &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The online experience of shopping for tires has always been problematic because customers cannot see their total cost of their tires. Searching for and choosing tires has only allowed buyers to choose a tire at the best price for them, but leaves out the essential costs of getting their new tires installed. With Black&rsquo;s new Instant Out The Door Pricing system, that guesswork has now been removed! Online shoppers can choose the best tire for their needs with an extensive online selection, then choose to include the installation service quote. This quote includes installation and any fees associated with their new tires, such as recycling fees. The quote is emailed to the tire buyer as well as their local Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service with a detailed breakdown of the services. Now customers who buy their tires online will know from start to finish what their new tires PLUS installation will come out to be. This is the best way to simplify the tire buying process, and help buyers compare prices, without ever leaving home!</p> <p> Locally owned and operated Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service Black&rsquo;s offers unbeatable deals on top name brand tires from Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, Cooper, Goodyear, Hankook, Falken and more. Online shopping for tires has never been easier where customers can search the large inventory of tires online before they buy, with search options by vehicle, brand, or specials. Black&rsquo;s state of the art website also offers printable coupons, car maintenance news, current specials, and access to ask questions or schedule appointments with the closest Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service center. To request an instant quote, with out the door pricing log on to Black&rsquo;s website at blackstire.com.</p> <p> About Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service: Locally owned and operated since 1929, Black&rsquo;s Tire Service is located in Whiteville, NC, with over 30 locations including a central distribution center, a wholesale center and retail and commercial locations. W Crowell Black founded his small family business that for over 80 years has grown as a leader in giving back to the community through charitable events and sponsorships. They are located throughout Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina to serve the tire and vehicle needs of its customers. Black&rsquo;s has your back!</p> /blog/view/now-offering-instant-out-the-door-pricing/feed0Thank You for Great Service at Carolina Beach Rdhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/thankshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/thanks#commentsTue, 22 Oct 2013 14:27:09 -0400Danielhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/thanks<p> I wish to express our sincere thanks to your firm and to Horace Padgett who greeted us and took care of our needs in a timely manner.&nbsp; We were very much pleased with the service and the price.&nbsp; We now know why your store was highly reccomended by the good folks at the Moose Lodge down the road.&nbsp; I will tell all our RV Friends about your service and how pleased we are.</p> <p> God Speed to All.</p> <p> Thanks again.</p> <p> Darvin &amp; Margie James</p> /blog/view/thanks/feed010 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileagehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileagehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileage#commentsFri, 28 Jun 2013 12:48:25 -0400http://blackstire.com/blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileage<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0in"> <img alt="" src="http://blackstire.com/images/display/highway-to-horizon-www.wallbest.com.jpg" style="width: 340px; height: 255px; margin: 10px; float: left;" />by: Willie Whitewall</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0in"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Who doesn&rsquo;t want better gas mileage these days? Maximizing your fuel efficiency will not only save you money, it is better for your vehicle and the environment! With some proper maintenance, and simple tips and tricks, you can make fewer trips to the pump, which will be friendlier on your car, and your wallet.</p> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tires - The right tires for your driving conditions are important. For the best gas mileage choose low rolling resistance tires. These are designed to maximize fuel efficiency and performance by increasing the tire&rsquo;s grip on the road. Tires for racing and oversized off-roading tires are designed only for specific uses, and shouldn&rsquo;t be used as your vehicle&rsquo;s primary tires.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tire Inflation- Proper tire inflation for driving conditions will promote a smoother, more efficient ride. Tire inflation should be watched more in temperature extremes, and should be checked only when the tires are cool and have not been driven on recently.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Wheel Balance- If your wheels aren&rsquo;t balanced, they can wear unevenly or even bounce, preventing full contact with the road, diminishing fuel efficiency. For the best gas mileage, have your wheels balanced with every rotation.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Proper Alignment &ndash; A vehicle with proper alignment will have less pull due to tires not working together with the driveline, and should use less gas. Proper alignment can also help save your tires, and decrease engine drag by creating less resistance, boosting your vehicle&rsquo;s performance.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Oil changes &ndash; Proper and frequent oil changes can be one of the best ways to maximize your gas mileage. Your vehicle will run smoother and cleaner, using less fuel. Make sure you are checking with your owner&rsquo;s manual for exact specifications and using the recommended oil weight.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Air filter &ndash; Air filters can be visually checked and changed when dirty, or checked with every oil change. If you live in an area with smog or pollution, or drive on dusty roads or through frequent road construction, you may need to check and change your air filter more often. Without clean, cool air mixing with the fuel to create combustion, your vehicle consumes more gas, and therefore lowers your vehicle&rsquo;s efficiency.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Maintenance - Maintaining you vehicle will improve its overall health, with the added bonus of better gas mileage. Regular tune-ups will replace spark plugs, checks for leaks in hoses, and tighten any belts. On your own, you can maintain your fuel filter, fuel pump, and gas cap, and watch for leaks or cracks. This is not only a fuel waster, but can be a safety hazard.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Driving Habits- Stop and go traffic for city dwellers happens, which will lower your fuel efficiency. But many driving habits that can suck up extra fuel can be avoided- like jackrabbit starts, hitting the gas pedal as soon as a light turns green, rather than easing into it. Excessive speeds and freeway driving can also lower gas mileage due to the constant acceleration.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Use the Right Gas - Unless your vehicle requires premium gasoline, most vehicles do just fine on regular unleaded gas. In fact, premium gas can burn less efficiently, actually reducing your gas mileage and wasting gas. Not only do you spend more at the pump, you&rsquo;ll be fueling up more often.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Air Conditioning- It&rsquo;s not a myth that driving with the air conditioner on can reduce gas mileage significantly. In the hotter months, it is nearly unavoidable. But, when possible, driving with the windows down or taking shorter trips will help you and your wallet in the long run. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> /blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileage/feed0BTS announces new store opening in Matthews, NChttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/bts-announces-new-store-opening-in-matthews-nchttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/bts-announces-new-store-opening-in-matthews-nc#commentsTue, 16 Apr 2013 11:45:12 -0400Danielhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/bts-announces-new-store-opening-in-matthews-nc<div class="blogPostText"> <p> Please visit us at our new&nbsp;store in Matthews, NC.&nbsp; It is located at 11008 E. Independence Blvd just East of Charlotte.</p> <p> BTS is now serving Monroe, Indian Trail, and Matthews.&nbsp; If you have friends or relatives in the area, send them down so we can take care of all their <nobr><a class="FAtxtL" href="http://blackstire.com/blog/index/year:2013/month:04#" id="FALINK_3_0_2">tire and</a></nobr> auto maintenance needs.</p> </div> /blog/view/bts-announces-new-store-opening-in-matthews-nc/feed0We feel more secure because of youhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/we-feel-more-secure-because-of-youhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/we-feel-more-secure-because-of-you#commentsMon, 11 Mar 2013 12:19:00 -0400Davehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/we-feel-more-secure-because-of-you<p> To Bruce at Myrtle Beach and Lloyd at Lumberton locations we want to thank you for your help</p> <p> The welder did a good job repairing the broken shock absorber bracket on our RV.</p> <p> Its because of you we found him ,</p> <p> We hope that all our problems are solved but we know, if we need help your people will do what they can to find a solution</p> <p> Thanks a lot, it was appreciated</p> <p> PS. we are heading south to Florida and feel more secure because of you</p> /blog/view/we-feel-more-secure-because-of-you/feed0I am a Customer now !!http://blackstire.com/blog/view/i-am-a-customer-nowhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/i-am-a-customer-now#commentsMon, 11 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0400Davehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/i-am-a-customer-now<p> I was in the Monroe store recently and had the best experience .</p> <p> the Manager John went SOOOOO out of his way to assist me</p> <p> I&nbsp;had never been to this store before but,&nbsp; I AM A CUSTOMER NOW !!</p> /blog/view/i-am-a-customer-now/feed1Blacks Tire in Monroe, crew extremely helpful http://blackstire.com/blog/view/blacks-tire-in-monroe-crew-extremely-helpfulhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/blacks-tire-in-monroe-crew-extremely-helpful#commentsMon, 11 Mar 2013 11:34:00 -0400Davehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/blacks-tire-in-monroe-crew-extremely-helpful<p> I had my car serviced at the skyway drive&nbsp; location</p> <p> I needed several repairs to be done</p> <p> John and his crew were extremely helpful and accommodating, they are very professional and did a terrific job</p> <p> Thanks Guys !</p> /blog/view/blacks-tire-in-monroe-crew-extremely-helpful/feed1Black’s Tire Racing Coloring Contesthttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-racing-coloring-contesthttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-racing-coloring-contest#commentsMon, 04 Mar 2013 13:48:42 -0500TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/black-s-tire-racing-coloring-contest<h1> HEY KIDS-</h1> <div style="float:right; margin:0 10px 5px 20px; text-align:center;"> <div align="center" style="text-align:center; background-color:#000099; padding:14px; border:2px solid #666; border-radius:6px; width:260px;"> <p align="center" style="text-align:center; font-size:28px; font-weight:bold;"> <a href="http://blackstire.com/BTS-Race-Coloring-Contest.pdf" style="color:#fff;" target="_blank">Download Contest Coloring Page</a></p> </div> <br /> <a href="http://blackstire.com/BTS-Race-Coloring-Contest.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://blackstire.com/img/logo.png" /></a></div> <h2 style="color:#cc0000;"> Win tickets for you and your family to Nascar at THE ROCK!<br /> <em>(4 tickets per winner)</em></h2> <br /> <h2 style="color:#000099;"> You&rsquo;ll watch Black&rsquo;s Tire in the Nascar Camping World Truck Series<br /> April 12th &ndash; 14th at Rockingham Speedway!</h2> <br /> <h3> Contest Rules</h3> <p> Children ages 4-13 can enter by picking up the coloring page at any Black&rsquo;s Tire location or by downloading the coloring page on our website at <a href="http://www.blackstire.com">www.blackstire.com</a>. All coloring pages must be returned in person or by mail to any Black&rsquo;s Tire location by April 1, 2013.</p> <p> <em><strong style="color:#000099;">Please include Name, Age, and Phone Number on the back of the page.</strong></em></p> <p> Two winners will be chosen for each age group. We&rsquo;ll have 10 age groups divided by years of age (4 years, 5 years, 6 years, 7 years, 8 years, 9 years, 10 years, 11 years, 12 years, 13 years)</p> <p> Two winners per age group. Contestants are eligible to enter and win only once within the contest period. The contest period is from March 1, 2013 until April 1, 2013.</p> <p> Winners will be notified and tickets will be sent directly to all the winners.</p> <p> <a href="http://blackstire.com/Blacks-Tire-Racing-Coloring-Contest-Rules.docx" target="_blank">Click Here to Download Contest Rules</a></p> /blog/view/black-s-tire-racing-coloring-contest/feed0Shallotte location, Kyle Biashttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/shallotte-location-kyle-biashttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/shallotte-location-kyle-bias#commentsFri, 28 Dec 2012 11:13:54 -0500Danielhttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/shallotte-location-kyle-bias<p> You have an ANGEL at the Shallotte location.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Black&#39;s Tire and Kyle Bias have go to be the most benevolent business and individual I have dealt with in a long time.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In this time of hustle and bustle, I literally am bowed over by his act of kindness.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thank you, so much, Kyle, for blessing us this Christmas AND for helling keep my family safe. I don&#39;t know the why, but I do know I am grateful from the BOTTOM of my HEART!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thanks, Black&#39;s Tire for being such an awesome business WITH super employees.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Have a BLESSED 2013!!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Kayde Brown<br /> Leland, NC<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Do you know that I am still shaking my head in disbelief (but all smiles for it)!! Kyle is the EPITOME of what the true holiday spirit is! Thanks, again!</p> /blog/view/shallotte-location-kyle-bias/feed0Lumberton, NC (Store 15)http://blackstire.com/blog/view/bts15http://blackstire.com/blog/view/bts15#commentsMon, 03 Dec 2012 13:39:46 -0500Greghttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/bts15<p> The hit and run accident we were involved in was one of the scariest things I have ever been a part of. &nbsp;It is nothing short of a miracle that my brother, my 12 year old daughter, and myself are all alive today.</p> <p> You went above and beyond your job to get our car fixed and back on the road, knowing that we had no where to sleep and no money for another night at the hotel.</p> <p> The words &quot;Thank You&quot; are not even good enough to express how grateful we are to you and all of the staff at Black&#39;s! &nbsp;Thank you&nbsp;<u>ALL</u>&nbsp;so very much!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> To Cliff and all the staff at Black&#39;s Tire and Auto Service,</p> <p> Your thoughtfulness is a real gift</p> <p> with love,</p> <p> Pauly, Jasmine, and Ginny</p> /blog/view/bts15/feed0Riggs, RBR team battle to fifth-place finish at Martinsvillehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/riggs-rbr-team-battle-to-fifth-place-finish-at-martinsvillehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/riggs-rbr-team-battle-to-fifth-place-finish-at-martinsville#commentsSun, 28 Oct 2012 11:26:05 -0400blackshttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/riggs-rbr-team-battle-to-fifth-place-finish-at-martinsville<p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> by: Willie Whitewall</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> Going into Saturday&#39;s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville 200, Scott Riggs said he was just looking to just go out and have a little fun with the Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises team.</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &quot;Like I said, I&#39;ve been doing start and parks for the last year and a half,&quot; Riggs said, &quot;so it was a blast to be able to go out and run a full race.&quot;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> Of course, it did not hurt that Riggs brought the No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/fleetHQ.com Chevrolet Silverado home in fifth place in his first turn behind the wheel. It was the team&#39;s first top five since the 2011 NextEra 250 at Daytona.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <table align="right" class="imgCaptionTable" style="text-align: center; margin-top: 25px; width: 211px; margin-bottom: 25px" width="211"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="imgCaptionImg" style="text-align: center" width="201"> <img alt="Final Mville stop" border="0" height="133" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.92" src="http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs140/1105576429876/img/92.jpg" width="201" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="imgCaptionText" style="text-align: center; font-style: normal; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: 400"> The RBR Enterprises crew services the No. 92 during a pit stop late in the running of the Kroger 200.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &quot;These guys worked so hard all weekend to get this truck better,&quot; Riggs said. &quot;We were loose when we unloaded and then went a little too far on the adjustment after practice on Friday. But (crew chief) Dave (Fuge) and the guys kept making it better during the race and we kept moving forward.&quot;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> Riggs started the race in the 23rd position and quickly began moving through the field once the green flag fell. After moving into the top 15 during the race&#39;s first 150 laps, the RBR crew helped Riggs crack the top 10 with a yellow-flag pit stop on lap 152. From there, the veteran driver deftly worked his way into the top five.</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &quot;It was getting rough out there with guys beating and leaning on each other,&quot; said Riggs. &quot;My goal was to bring the truck home in one piece. There were a lot of guys that we were racing with that are contending for a championship and we weren&#39;t racing for points. I didn&#39;t want to get into someone and impact the battle for the championship.&quot;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> Riggs was not only able to keep the truck pointed in the right direction and off of the competition, but he was able to pass a number of fast trucks between the numerous cautions that slowed the race&#39;s final quarter.&nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> Owner Ricky Benton was overjoyed with that team&#39;s performance at Martinsville.</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &quot;I couldn&#39;t be more proud of these guys and what they did today,&quot; said Benton. &quot;We don&#39;t have the biggest budget or the newest trucks and this year has been a struggle, but we&#39;ve got a group of guys that work harder than anyone else out here. Scott drove a tremendous race, Dave made some great calls and the crew gave us some great stops. This really was a great team effort.&quot;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> &nbsp;</p> <p align="left" style="text-align: left; margin-top: 0px; font-family: cambria, georgia, times new roman, serif; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #000000; font-size: 12pt"> The RBR Enterprises team does not have any more NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events on their 2012 schedule and the 2013 slate will be determined by the team&#39;s ability to secure sponsorship.<span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span></p> /blog/view/riggs-rbr-team-battle-to-fifth-place-finish-at-martinsville/feed0Free Tire Rotation for Life of Tires at Black's Tirehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/free-tire-rotation-for-life-of-tires-at-black-s-tirehttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/free-tire-rotation-for-life-of-tires-at-black-s-tire#commentsTue, 16 Oct 2012 11:38:52 -0400TCShttp://blackstire.com/blog/view/free-tire-rotation-for-life-of-tires-at-black-s-tire<p> by: Willie Whitewall</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service has over 30 locations specializing in high-quality tires, tire repair, and auto maintenance. Customers shopping for tires now have access to the same great selection and service Black&rsquo;s is known for online or onsite. With Black&rsquo;s customer friendly website, it is easy to search for tires, compare specifications, and view deals and special rebates, anytime, anywhere.</p> <p> Locally owned and operated Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service has over 80 years of experience in the automotive service industry. Black&rsquo;s offers top name brand tires from Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, Cooper, Goodyear, Hankook, Falken and more. Now, Black&rsquo;s offers their unbeatable deals on tires paired with the security of FREE tire rotation for the life of the tires. Get the most out of new tires and extend their life, promoting a smoother ride and better fuel economy, by receiving routine tire rotations.</p> <p> Customers can search the large inventory of <a href="http://blackstire.com/tires">tires online</a> before they buy, with options by vehicle, brand, or specials. Black&rsquo;s user-friendly website also offers car maintenance tips and tricks, printable coupons, as well as news, customer feedback, and direct access to ask questions or schedule appointments with their closest Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service center. Schedule your appointment for new tires today, and receive their unbeatable deal on free tire rotation for the life of your tires! For more information log on to Black&rsquo;s website at blackstire.com.</p> <p> About Black&rsquo;s Tire and Auto Service: Locally owned and operated since 1929, Black&rsquo;s Tire Service is located in Whiteville, NC, with over 30 locations including a central distribution center, a wholesale center and retail and commercial locations. W Crowell Black founded his small family business that for over 80 years has grown as a leader in giving back to the community through charitable events and sponsorships. They are located throughout Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina to serve the tire and vehicle needs of its customers. Black&rsquo;s has your back!</p> /blog/view/free-tire-rotation-for-life-of-tires-at-black-s-tire/feed0