Mobile Commercial Tyre Alignment – A step forward for A2 Tyre Supplies
Supertracker is primarily known as a leading specialist in the design, production and servicing of passenger car tyre wheel alignment equipment. We have actually always offered a more limited facility in commercial tyre aligners, in fact the company has been providing various models of aligners for all applications on trucks, buses and coaches for the past twenty seven years.
It is only in the last year or so that Supertracker has decided to significantly increase the business profile of its commercial aligners which has been well received by the commercial vehicle market sector. Currently we work with a growing number of established companies including truck owners and fleets plus major national and regional independent haulage companies.
Also recently we supplied our Laser Commercial Tyre Aligner to Kent based tyre retailer – A2 Tyre Supplies who for the past decade has offered a thriving wheel alignment service to car drivers but they have recently decided to expand the service to the commercial vehicle sector. A member of Supertracker’s PR team recently visited Kev Lorton and Rob Lorton – Directors at A2 Tyres to find out how they were getting on with their new piece of our alignment equipment and Kev says, “Having successfully sold truck tyres for the past three years. This is our first venture into commercial vehicle alignment as a fully mobile service and we are very pleased we took this significant step forward as it is already providing dividends.
“The equipment was installed around three months ago and it was an ‘obvious choice’ to go back to Supertracker as we have always received excellent products and service during the past decade as a customer. Then after a superb introductory training session from Supertracker engineer Marc Senning we found our new laser truck aligner extremely easy to operate and just as efficient and fast as our PCR aligner.”
When asked about the company’s future plans for this additional service at A2 Tyres, both Kev and Rob stated that it was early days at the moment but they have already started to build up a growing customer base in the commercial tyre sector, including a number of weekly fleet checks and intend to adopt a controlled growth momentum and will shortly be using a new custom built truck fleet vehicle for call-outs.
Whilst with Kev and Rob we were also able to travel over to Maidstone in Kent to witness first hand a routine alignment inspection on a heavy goods truck for MC Rental, one of A2 Tyres new commercial vehicle customers for mobile alignment. Whilst there we chatted with Scott Cruickshank, MC Rental’s Fleet Maintenance Manager who explained that the MC Group was formed thirty years ago and over the past three decades has evolved into one of the country’s leading rental provider within the UK transport sector.
The group currently operates over 3,000 vehicles ranging from 4x4’s, van and temperature controlled vehicles through to the largest HGV’s and Scott confirmed that correct wheel alignment for all MC’s vehicles is absolutely vital to ensure their tyres give maximum mileage return. He adds, “Having such a valuable mobile tyre fitting and alignment service just a phone call away is very reassuring.”
Trevor Lovesy, Supertracker’s Managing Directors says, “Since deciding to look at taking our commercial vehicle alignment products and services towards the same high level as our passenger car models, we have been surprised by the positive reaction from HGV, Coach and Bus fleets. Therefore the success of A2 Tyre Supplies expansion into the commercial alignment sector perfectly underlines the growing popularity of our product range in this very competitive market.”
Having spent several interesting hours ‘on the road’ with A2 Tyres new mobile commercial tyre facility, Supertracker gave the last word to Kev and Rob who agreed that adding this additional ‘string to the company’s bow’ had the potential to build up into a highly lucrative business for the future.