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Tariff update: Can you afford to raise tire prices by 88 percent just to
break even?

Modern Tire Dealer
The process of determining whether or not tariffs should be levied on consumer tire imports from China is well underway, and early reports out of Washington, D.C., are not promising — if you are against the tariffs. The United States International Trade Commission has determined the United Steelworkers International union, which claims Chinese companies are exporting passenger and light truck tires to the U.S. at less than fair market value, may have a case. Are the tires being sold at less than fair market value? And, if so, is this hurting the domestic tire industry? These are questions that the U.S. Department of Commerce is now trying to answer.
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Tire pressure sensors, aerosol inflators don't mix
Boston Herald
The primary ingredients in most emergency tire inflator/"fix-a-flat" aerosol products are a liquefied propellant like nonflammable HFC-134a — the refrigerant used in air conditioning systems — and a latex polymer to seal the inside of the tire. Some earlier products utilized flammable propellants, which created a danger for the service personnel repairing the tires. It is important to remember that these products are, at best, a very short-term, temporary "fix." The tire must be cleaned and repaired — if possible — at the earliest possible time.
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2015 F-150 repair parts will be sold to all body shops
Automotive News
Ford Motor Co. says it will sell body repair parts for the 2015 F-150 to all body shops, even ones that have not been certified to fix the aluminum-bodied pickup. To help ensure that the components are installed properly, Ford will package each replacement part with the instruction sheet from the factory repair manual that dealers use, Paul Massie, Ford's powertrain and collision product marketing manager, said recently at an auto-repair conference.
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What's the real issue behind the staggering wave of auto recalls?
By Ross Lancaster
The amount of auto recalls so far this year has resulted in a most dubious record. The total number of cars recalled reached 40 million, blowing past the old record of 30.8 million set in 2004 with nearly half the year remaining and more recalls expected soon. Yet, with manufacturing technology constantly improving, one would think that such a widespread and comprehensive list of recalls should be a thing of the past. Has enforcement of safety issues improved greatly, or are automakers putting a lower-quality product on the road in the name of expediency?
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Tariff update: Can you afford to raise tire prices by 88 percent just to break even?
Modern Tire Dealer
The process of determining whether or not tariffs should be levied on consumer tire imports from China is well underway, and early reports out of Washington D.C. are not promising — if you are against the tariffs. The United States International Trade Commission has determined the United Steelworkers International union, which claims Chinese companies are exporting passenger and light truck tires to the U.S. at less than fair market value, may have a case.

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5 tricks to lower credit card processing fees
Business News Daily
Credit card processing fees don't seem like a lot at first. But those few cents here and there and the small percentage cuts processors take for every transaction quickly add up. Combine those costs with minimum, statement, gateway and other monthly fees, and the next thing you know, you're staring at your monthly credit card processing bill in utter sticker shock.

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Mastering the fine art of pricing
Modern Tire Dealer
Price, price, price, price, price, price, price…everybody is talking about tire prices. Independent tire dealers have a lot to say about this subject, and rightly so. Tire dealers are talking about all phases of tire pricing, what they pay for tires and what they charge (or can charge) for tires.

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Spotlight on Best One Tire & Service
Tire Business
After researching social trend after trend and how they could work for the tire industry, sometimes it is helpful to take a step back and see what is going on right now. Last month, Jennifer Karpus had the pleasure of meeting Brittney Meier, director of marketing for Best One Tire & Service, at Net Driven's dealer conference in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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10 ways to guarantee your best people quit
By Mel Kleiman
Are you tired of working with good employees? Looking for ways to ensure that your best people leave? Follow these 10 easy steps to guarantee your best people quit. The first step is to make your onboarding program an exercise in tedium. Employees are most impressionable during the first week on the job. Every bit of information gathered during this time will either reinforce your new hire's "buying decision" or lead to "new hire's remorse."
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Press-in bearings with fewer comebacks
Tire Review
Servicing the increasing number of vehicles equipped with pressed-in wheel bearings requires a little bit more finesse and tools when compared to hub units or tapered roller bearings. However, with the right tools and information, these jobs can be money-makers.
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Michelin unveils tire for high-clearance sprayers
Modern Tire Dealer
Michelin North America Inc. is adding a 50-inch tire to its SprayBib line. The new MichelinVF420/95R50 177D SprayBib is designed to support larger spraying equipment. The company says the new tire will share all the qualities of the current 46-inch SprayBib range in the new, larger dimension designed for bigger sprayers that carry heavier loads. It will be launched in the replacement market beginning in September 2014, and can be ordered now on the model year 2015 John Deere R4045 sprayer.
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10 tax tips for new business owners
Fox Business
If you are a new business owner, you need all the help you can get to cut it in this highly competitive economy. Keeping your money for working capital rather than paying it out in taxes to Uncle Sam will give you an edge. Here are 10 tips to help you do just that.
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