More than 140 Tirecraft shops have popped up across the country since Town & Country Tire bought Peters Tirecraft in 1990 and morphed into Tirecraft Auto Centre. One of those shops is Dumont Tirecraft & Auto Centre, which hatched as a tire center in 1991 and eventually grew into a mature garage that today offers a full list of maintenance services and supports local organizations such as the Sooke Fall Fair and the Sooke Legion. Inside, technicians ply their trade with everything from routine oil changes to wheel alignments and custom exhaust jobs, guaranteeing their work with a 90-day warranty and a car-shaped force field. And they still dabble in their original field of interest—tires—by outfitting passenger vehicles, ATVs, trucks, and other vehicles with treads from dealers such as Bridgestone and Cooper.
Helmed by owner Monte Graham, Great Canadian Oil Change's technicians keep domestic and foreign vehicles purring with a lineup of services that garnered them the "2009 Company of the Year" award from the Westshore Chamber of Commerce. Requiring no appointments, Graham's techs replace dirty old oil with conventional oil from brands such as Mobil or synthetic blends mixed by the world's most noted bartenders. They also check other necessary fluids and perform minor maintenance such as windshield-wiper replacement. After chariots gallop out of the shop, the staff sends all used oil, filters, and antifreeze off to licensed and bonded recycling companies.
Though Fountain Tire specializes in tire sales and installation, the centre’s technicians are also aptly trained in a variety of repair and maintenance services. They right wobbly cars with new Goodyear and Dunlop tires, kick engines into high gear with Quaker State motor oils, and replace anything from transmissions to belts and hoses with Napa auto parts. The techs also take a similarly restorative approach to cosmetics with detailing services for cars as well as more obscure equipment such as farm, mining, and industrial machinery.