Why Don Owen Tire?

April 3rd, 2017

At Don Owen Tire, we’ve seen a lot of change in the automotive world in the last 30 years. Yes, that’s how long we’ve been in business.

We opened our doors way back in 1986, with Don himself and his wife Carole establishing Don Owen Tire Service, Inc. at 620 West Olive St in Bloomington. Don was 45 at the time but already had 23 years in the tire industry under his belt, at both the commercial and retail sales/service levels. We had a modest little business at first, with just one service bay on a side street close to the railroad tracks. Between ’86 and ’95, our operation grew to over 30,000 square feet, expanding from a one-bay shop to 17 bays! Our little 10,000 square foot space where we started is now the Truck Tire Service Center, and Robert Owen, Suzanne and Jamie Schwoerer are serving as managers of the Olive Street location.

In the mid-90s, Don Owen leased a ten-bay Firestone service facility at 1502 E Empire i ...[more]

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A/C Repair -- Why Put It Off?

June 1st, 2016
Nobody likes riding around in a hot, stuffy car...and you know it's about to start getting hot outside!
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A Look Back At Some Top Selling Tires of 2015

February 15th, 2016
With tires from great brands like Goodyear, BF Goodrich, Bridgestone and Michelin in stock, we’d like to take a look at a few of our top sellers from last year.
  Posted in: Tires 101

Post-Holiday Road Trip Maintenance

December 3rd, 2015
The good news is that highway miles are the best kind of miles you can put on a vehicle. Running for hours at a constant speed and steady state is much less stressful on a vehicle than stop-and-start driving around town. With the right maintenance and care, your vehicle should be ready to go for many comfortable, dependable highway miles this holiday season!
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The Holidays Are Coming – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

November 26th, 2015
Where did this year go? Before you know it, it’s going to be time for the holidays, and that can mean travel in some pretty trying conditions (and we don’t just mean restless kids in the back seat). Is your vehicle ready for some interstate miles?

 
Tires: It’s a good idea to have your tires rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles to ensure even wear. With that in mind, it’s easy to just schedule a tire rotation with every oil change, since the vehicle will be up in the air on a lube rack anyway. Have you checked your inflation lately? Your proper 
inflation levels will be on a sticker on the driver’s side ...[more]
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Winter is Coming

October 15th, 2015
The days are getting shorter, there’s a snap in the air, and before you know it, the winter months are going to be upon us. Is your vehicle ready? 
 
Wipers: Even the best windshield wipers are only good for about a year; normal wear, the sun’s UV rays and the elements take their toll on them. Get a good look and check them for chunks, strips or chips missing, and replace if necessary for a streak-free field of vision in wet weather. Hint: a fresh application of 
Rain-X on your windshield and window glass can help visibility greatly. 
Brakes: Are you hearing any squeaks, squeals or ...[more]
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7 Fun Independence Day Celebrations

July 1st, 2015

Tires & Auto Repair in Bloomington, IL

 Everyone looks forward to Independence Day…for many folks, it’s the real kickoff of summer, and of course the whole family loves the barbeque, fireworks and fun of July 4. At Don Owen Tire in Bloomington, IL, we wanted to do a quick roundup of July 4 traditions in a few towns around Central Illinois:

  • Bloomington, IN – The “other Bloomington” will be host to its annual Fourth of July Parade, with entries that include floats, equestrian groups, classic cars, marching bands, and other entries to show their patriotism and love of the Bloomington community. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and is preceded by a concert by the Bloomington Community Band, beginning at 9 on the courthouse square.
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Summer Vacation Maintenance

June 1st, 2015

Tires & Auto Repair in Bloomington, IL

Summer’s here, and that means it’s time for weekend road trips and longer vacation drives. Is your car ready? Don Owen Tire is offering some discounts this summer to help you get on the road and save a few bucks at the same time:

  • Oil Change – Every car likes to run on a crankcase full of clean, fresh motor oil. Prevent buildup of gunk and sediment in your engine this summer with an oil change…and Don Owen Tire will sweeten the deal a little with a $5-off coupon (offer good through 8/31).
  • Brake Service – Don’t take chances on your brakes and your safety. If you’re noticing changes in braking performance or hearing noises from your brakes that weren’t there a month or two ago, it m ...[more]
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Don Owen Tire Offers Unbeatable Deals

October 31st, 2012
Locally owned and family operated Bloomington area Tire and Automotive Service Center Don Owen Tire has provided its communities with unbeatable service and great deals on quality tires since 1986. With two locations providing quality service by highly trained technicians, Don Owen Tire has fast, friendly, reliable car-care to keep their customers on the road.
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Don Owen Tire Celebrates 25 Years!

January 31st, 2011
Don Owen Tire Service Celebrates 25 years June 2011: Family Owned and Operated Don and his wife, Carole, opened Don Owen Tire Service, Inc. on June 2, 1986. For Don, selling tires was second nature with 23 years experience in the retail and wholesale tire business. Carole was new to the tire business but her organizational skills as a former teacher complimented Don and the business. Taking a chance as entrepreneurs on that second day of June 1986 25 years ago they founded their business on these simple standards: quality products, professional service at a reasonable price.
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