Give your tyres a break too – Tyre Hotels

Each year, Winter in the UK seems to be getting significantly colder, or like this year significantly wetter, making road conditions increasingly treacherous, we are therefore seeing more and more motorists in the UK thinking about, or deciding to swap, to winter tyres.

With UK car insurance companies now recognising the good sense of car owners changing over to winter tyres and the benefits of winter tyres also becoming more widely known and understood, so more motorists are considering and choosing to buy a second set of tyres for these conditions.

However, most motorists are currently storing their own summer tyres in their sheds or garages, which of course does not provide the best conditions for tyre storage. The problem doesn’t then go away in the summer either, for a set of winter tyres will then also require storage and these, being made from a softer compound, makes correct storage conditions even more important.

For some time now it has been common practice across the rest of northern Europe to have two sets of tyres or even wheels. In these countries the use of “tyre hotels” has also become popular. A “Tyre hotel”, often operated by a tyre dealer/fitting company, will store the unused set of four tyres ready for the next season, sometimes even for free, receiving instead the business for rebalancing and fitting them back onto the vehicle at swap over time, which of course is twice a year and thus gaining the loyalty of the customer for replacement tyres as they become needed.

So “Tyre hotels” can offer the motorist a safe and easy storage method for their off-season tyres, never again having to handle a dirty tyre or lose valuable space in their garage/shed.

Having decided to offer this service a dealer/fitter will then require lots of space for tyre storage and traditional static racking would be inefficient. As the tyres only need to be accessed twice a year at swap over times, so clever storage systems can be employed to reduce the space required as much as possible. A number of mobile tyre racking systems, (racking set on mobile bases moving along rails set into the floor, that compress the racks and save space), are available. Utilizing the height available only the aisle for access is opened when required.

Significantly increasing the storage space compared to traditional methods, Mobile tyre racks are a greater investment, but are an inexpensive alternative to an otherwise expensive warehouse extension, and are ideal when floor space is limited or rates per m2are high. Mobile storage racking can also be used to create secure storage as the individual mobile units can be locked and access gained only with a key or electronic code.

Contact Dexion if you too wish to store more tyres or create a Tyre Hotel then we can supply the mobile tyre racks, assist you with layout and organize installation.

Tyre storage solutions from Dexion offer cost-effective flexibility as the economic recovery gets underway

With autumn 2013 showing signs of economic growth emerging in Europe, the automotive sector in general and tyre suppliers in particular are looking for ways to position themselves for growth while continuing to keep their cash-flow under tight control.


No business involved in the supply of tyres wants to miss out on the opportunities for increased sales that we all hope lie ahead, but increasing the range and number of tyres held in stock can be expensive. As relatively high volume, low value items, the storage and retrieval of tyres can account for a substantial part of a retailer’s profit margin, yet to not hold adequate stock may result in missed business.

Key to its success in this area is the fact that Dexion works closely with all its customers to understand their needs; in particular analysing their existing facilities before making any recommendations. It often finds that making better use of existing space can be more cost-effective than extending a building or moving to larger premises. Dexion’s compact storage solutions, i.e. mobile racking and mobile shelving, make the most of the space available while at the same time allowing fast and safe retrieval. Its solutions can even be designed to allow space for other activities, yielding additional value within a given space.

Flexibility is essential in uncertain times, and Dexion has many years’ experience in the design of storage systems that can be easily modified in both size and shape. This makes them ideal for businesses planning for future growth in either new or existing buildings, as well as for those that simply wish to be able to respond rapidly and cost-effectively to unexpected changes in the marketplace. A full range of accessories is also available for safe handling, and Dexion offers regularinspection and maintenance services to ensure that its installations remain safe and effective for years to come.

Storing tyres is similar to storing wine. If you store them cool, dry and out of the sunlight they will retain their quality for much longer,” smiles Harald Guldahl, CEO of Constructor Group. “Our efficient and durable systems offer businesses the opportunity to reap real cost savings over the product lifetimes, as well as provide their own customers with an enhanced level of service.”

To find out more, go to Tyre Storage Solutions.