Throwback Thursday: PopCity Profiles Champtires President Brad Rea

Brad Rea

Brad Rea, president and founder of Champtires

It’s time for Throwback Thursday (or #TBT on your favorite social media platform)!

In 2011, Pop City Media writer Heidi Brayer was working on a story on Pittsburgh entrepreneurs who started a successful business in a bad economy. She profiled five ‘burghers and their startups, including Champtires and its president and founder, Brad Rea.

Read “Starting a business in a down economy” at http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/downeconomy072711.aspx.

If you are in the market for one tire or a whole set, call Champtires at 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com or shop in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122.

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Champtires In the News

Why Buy Used Tires?

 

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Sale! All 205-55-16 Tires 30 Percent Off

Pictured above is a Bridgestone 205-55-16 tire. All brands and tread levels are 30 percent off through February 9, 2014.

Pictured above is a Bridgestone 205-55-16 tire. All brands and tread levels are 30 percent off through February 9, 2014.

Now through February 9, 2014 save 30% off of all 205-55-16 premium used tires! All brands – Bridgestone, Firestone, Goodyear, Michelin, Dunlop, Nexen and others – in every tread size are available. 205-55-16 tires are commonly found on these cars: Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat and Jetta, BMW 3 Series, Kia Soul, Kia Forte, Audi A4, Mazda 3 and others. To check current regular prices, click here (note these prices do not reflect the sale price).

For this special discount to apply, the tires must be purchased in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122Champtires offers low-priced tire installation, complete with laser balancing and mounting.

This sale cannot be combined with any other offers and will run through end of the day on February 9, 2014. Please call 412-462-3000 with any questions.

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Why Buy Used Tires?

Why Buy Used Tires?

Why Buy Used Tires?If you’re in the market for tires, considering used tires is a good choice if you’re looking to save money. However, not all used tire stores are created equally, so make sure that you purchase used tires from a reputable seller, such as Champtires.

Give us a call at 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com (where shipping is always free to the continental U.S.!) or shop in person at our two convenient Pittsburgh-area locations – where we also install tires.

Why Buy Used Tires?

To save money. Even if you just need to replace one tire, the cost of rubber has increased dramatically recently and has caused the price of brand new tires to skyrocket. High-quality used tires are a much more affordable option.

Used tires are also an environmentally friendly choice – you will be using a premium, recycled product.

Why Buy Used Tires From Champtires?

Champtires only sells the highest quality used tires. Every tire that enters Champtires’ warehouse is air-tested and quality-checked. Tires that do not meet Champtires’ high standards are not sold.

I Only Need One Tire – Can I Still Buy Used?

Absolutely. You can buy one, two, three or a whole set of tires from Champtires. Our inventory is so massive that we can match the tread level and brand name that you need.

Call us at 412-462-3000 or visit us in person at:

Pittsburgh Store: 1319 Washington Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

West Mifflin Store: 1130 Lebanon Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122

If you don’t live in Pittsburgh, don’t worry – we offer same-day shipping! Call or visit Champtires.com.

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Tire Sizes Available at Champtires

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Throwback Thursday: Champtires on KDKA-TV

Former KDKA reporter Jim Lokay (left) checks out a tire with Champtires President Brad Rea.

Former KDKA reporter Jim Lokay (left) checks out a tire with Champtires President Brad Rea.

It’s time for Throwback Thursday (or #TBT on your favorite social media platform)!

Today, we’re taking you back to March 2011 when former KDKA reporter Jim Lokay profiled Champtires for Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate.

Lokay interview Champtires President Brad Rea about why used tires are a safe and affordable option for drivers.

Check out the story, “5 Ways To Save Money On Tires,” and video at http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2011/03/14/5-ways-to-save-money-on-tires/.

Tire Tread Level and State Car Inspections

pennsylvania-inspection-facilityDo you live in a state that has vehicle inspections? If you live in Pennsylvania, cars are required to be inspected annually. And, tire tread level is something that is checked and can prevent a car from passing inspection.

In PA, the minimum tread depth is 2/32 of an inch. If you have an inspection coming up and are worried about your tire tread, Champtires can help. There’s no need to spend a fortune on a brand new set of tires – the more affordable option is used tires. Champtires can get you the number of tires you need at a tread level that will pass inspection.

For more information, call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com (where shipping is always free to the continental U.S.!) or shop in person at our two convenient Pittsburgh-area locations – where we also install tires:

Pittsburgh Store: 1319 Washington Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

West Mifflin Store: 1130 Lebanon Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122

Still not sure if used tires are a good option for you? Read why buy used tires.

Are your tires ready for snow, ice and cold weather?

snow tiresTread level is crucial to safely driving in wintery conditions. If your tires are running low on tread (2/32″ is the usual minimum legal limit), call, visit or stop by Champtires for huge savings on premium used tires.

Champtires is located at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122. Phone number is 412-462-3000.

For more cold and winter weather car care tips, check out this Chicago Tribune article.

Champtires, Pittsburgh Used Tire Startup, Expands To Offer Tire Installation

installationSince 2009, Pittsburgh-based startup Champtires has provided drivers around the country with affordable, high-quality used tries through the company’s website and its West Mifflin, Pa. warehouse. Champtires has expanded its operations at 1130 Lebanon Road (15122) to include tire installation, becoming a one-stop tire shop for customers.

[UPDATE: Champtires opens second Pittsburgh location!]

Tire installation starts at $19.99/tire, but for the next 30 days, there is a special introductory price of $14.99/tire. The cost includes laser balancing and mounting.

During a soft launch, the company installed an average of more than 20 tires/day. Champtires will continue to sell tires to drivers in the continuous 48 states via www.champtires.com and will explore other opportunities to expand storefront locations. In the past year, the company sold approximately 14,000 tires nationally and 12,000 tires locally.

“We have the best used tires available at really good, low prices, and we want to make it easy for our customers to use our tires,” said Brad Rea, founder and president of Champtires. “I see a huge growth potential because there are still many people who do not realize that you can buy and use used tires to save a lot of money. And it doesn’t matter if you need one tire or a complete set – our inventory is so massive that we can match tread levels and brand names.”

Rea, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh who was an All-American baseball player at Pitt and spent five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league teams, got the idea for a used tire business after working in waste management and seeing how many quality tires ended up in landfills. He started Champtires as a strictly online operation in August 2009 and eventually opened a storefront in the Pittsburgh warehouse to respond to customer demand.

“The cost of rubber continues to rise, and Americans are still facing really difficult economic and financial situations,” Rea said. “We’re selling a product that people need – whether it’s because they hit a pothole and got a flat tire or need to have a certain tread level for a leased vehicle turn-in or to pass inspection.”

Champtires currently employs six people in Pittsburgh; two experts were hired to install tires. Rea thinks the expanded operations will lead to more hires and more locations in western Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.

Champtires’ Pittsburgh location is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tires can also be purchased 24/7 through Champtires.com.

For more information on Champtires, visit http://champtires.com/.

UPDATE: Champtires opens second Pittsburgh location!