High Performance Tyre Fitting Training Course

IMI Accredited Tyre Fitting Courses at Tyre Bay Direct

Tyre Bay Direct has secured itself as being one of the industry leaders in the supply of tyre fitting equipment and tyre consumables. Over the last 10 years, the company has developed its Unite brand to the point of being able to offer a high quality product at an affordable price and were the first in the industry to be able to offer a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.  With their constant new and often innovative products, it is no surprise that they are about to launch another industry first from a supplier, IMI Accredited Tyre Fitting Courses!

The course is held over 2 1/2 days, with a day of theory and a full day of practical, followed by a half day assessment.  Covering everything from health and safety, run-flat technologies to safe tyre removal and replacement of tyres, this course literally covers it all! The successful candidates will not only receive an IMI Quality Approved Award in High Performance Light Vehicle Tyre Fitting but this award will also count as a credit towards the nationally recognised Technical Certificate in Vehicle Fitting!

Tyre Bay Direct has already run the first successful course with some excellent feedback from those that attended. Customers and non customers alike have come from all over to take part in the course and have been surprised by just how much they have learnt and just how beneficial the course was for them.

The training course is held at Tyre Bay Directs impressive training centre in the midlands with a classroom for the theory sessions and a complete training and demonstration area for the practical aspect of the course. With only 6 delegates attending anyone course there is plenty of time for the trainers to focus on individuals and provide them the information that they need. Delegates also leave with a complete “knowledge booklet” giving them reference to tyre markings, correct repair procedures and correct fitting procedures along with a wealth of other information to ensure they are doing things correctly.

Tyre Bay Direct is urging more people to take advantage of this course and proudly display to your customers that you and your fitters have been trained to the highest standards. Each delegate receives an IMI certificate which can give your customers confidence that they are in safe hands. For more course information and dates or to register then please visit our Training Course section on the website.

Tyre Bay Direct urges all tyre retailers to explore TPMS further

Tyre Bay Direct urges all tyre retailers both experienced and new to explore TPMS further. Tyre retailers have a major new profit opportunity with the TPMS legislation which came into place November 2012. With Tyre Bay Direct’s expertise and wide product range, tyre traders and garages have every reason to get involved.

Tyre centres and garages are missing and excellent opportunity to generate extra revenue from service kits, replacement sensors and triggering and updating the ECU. Alternatively you could send your vital customers away to the dealership, but with close to 8 million vehicles already sold with TPMS systems, and from 2014 all new cars will be sold with TPMS, Tyre Bay Direct have seen a vast amount of their customers cleverly take advantage of this legislation.

Tyre Bay Direct has gone to great lengths to create one of the most advanced TPMS search facilities available, giving you information in seconds. By entering only the make, model and year of the vehicle, the website allows you to identify the exact sensor or service kit you require.

To get started with TPMS, Tyre Bay Direct offer starter kits from their basic TPMS kit which includes service kits and valves, to their premium TPMS kit which will allow you to do everything without the need to send your customers anywhere else, keeping them loyal to you and your garage.

Setting TPMS up in your garage with Tyre Bay Direct will be simple, fast and most importantly a worth while investment. Visit the TPMS section on Tyre Bay Direct’s website to learn more.

Tyre Bay Direct offer IMI accredited Tyre Fitting Training course

Tyre Bay Direct is renowned for being the first for many things, not just new products but in offering the customer what they are after. The Unite brand has grown significantly in the UK and represents quality tyre service equipment at realistic prices. Tyre Bay Direct were also the first company to offer machinery package deals, giving their customers significant savings and all their packages still offer the very best machinery deals on the market, complete with a 2 year warranty.

However Tyre Bay Direct are about to launch another first to support the range of products they already sell. Leigh Stote, Sales Director explains “More and more of our customers, new and existing ask if training is available to cope with the increasingly difficult Low Profile and Run Flat tyre fitting techniques. We have the equipment to cope with the latest tyre designs but also have a strong philosophy of service and we wanted to give our customers the knowledge too. We are therefore pleased to announce that we will be holding ‘High Performance Tyre Fitting Training Courses’ from January 2013. The courses are IMI Accredited and run by the same company who carry out training for the NTDA. The 2.5 day course will teach all aspects of tyre fitting ending with a test and certification process. We feel this course is extremely beneficial to anyone wanting to ensure the highest level of workmanship in their centres and also ensure the safe fitting of tyres”

For the more experienced fitters there is a one day refresher course with certification. You can also view Tyre Bay Directs demonstration area at anytime to see the latest Unite wheel service equipment and discuss your requirements.

Exclusive Distributors: Alloy Wheel Protection systems – Rimbands

Tyre Bay Direct has been appointed exclusive distributors of the next generation of Alloy Wheel Protection systems, Rimbands. Rimbands are a stretchy, hard wearing continuous band of silicone rubber that is fitted around the circumference of alloy wheels preventing damage caused by hitting kerbs, pothole damage and in addition mask existing scuffs making older scuffed wheels look new again.

Rimbands have been designed as a universal size that will fit any alloy wheel from 15” to 22”. The continuous band of rubber stretches over the rim to create a perfect fit without the need for messy adhesive products to complete the circle or cutting to size prior to fitting. The simple stretch and grip principle means they are easy to fit for the tyre shop and more attractive than the first generation of Alloy Wheel Protection Systems. Rimbands are designed to be supplied and fitted by tyre and wheel professional’s only.

Being available to the trade at nearly half the suggested selling price, Rimbands are able to generate extra revenue for your business.

Darren Bowden, Managing Director of Rimbands commented “Tyre Bay Direct was our first choice when we were looking for a company to distribute our product. We liked their professionalism from the start and we believe they are the best placed company in this market to achieve Rimbands full potential.”

Available in a vast range of colours, Rimbands are fast becoming a must have stylish accessory as well as an efficient alloy wheel protector. Rimbands will be on display at upcoming trade shows including Automechanika in Frankfurt, Brityrex in Manchester and SEMA in Las Vegas.

Tyre Bay Direct Exhibiting at the Brityrex show

Tyre Bay Direct is looking to strengthen its position as one of Europe’s premier suppliers of quality tyre service equipment and consumable items by exhibiting at this year’s Brityrex show. As one of the newest supplier members of the NTDA and with over 50 years experience in the tyre industry Tyre Bay Direct are keen to discuss the needs of tyre fitters today and provide valuable solutions.

Leigh Stote, Sales and Marketing Director says “Being heavily internet and mail order based Tyre Bay Direct welcomes opportunities to meet new and existing customers at events such as Brityrex and build stronger relationships with our ever expanding customer base.”

Tyre Bay Directs main attraction will be their famous Unite machine packages which all come with a 2 year manufacturers warranty as standard. There will also be displays of consumable and garage equipment including an impressive TPMS showing, demonstrating the full range of lines that Tyre Bay Direct stock in their purpose built 20,000 sq ft warehouse in the Midlands!

As another big feature along with the tyre machinery, Tyre Bay Direct will be showing off their Uniflate nitrogen systems which have been supplied to Formula 1 Grand Prix racing since 1992. Additionally, the most advanced customer retention package ever, the Nitrofill Auto Club will be unveiled which can increase traffic to tyre centres up to 4 fold! Combining this with the Uniflate nitrogen systems which are installed in thousands of tyre centres in the UK means visitors will see the very best options of Nitrogen inflation.

Think Smart – The Smarter way to do business

Tyre Bay Direct has teamed up with Think Smart to offer a revolution in Tyre Equipment leasing. Rent Smart has been available through Curry’s and Dixons for many years but Tyre Bay Direct are the first people to bring it into the Garage Equipment market.

Rent Smart gives Tyre Bay Directs customers the ability to lease any capital equipment they choose from £250 to £5000 with a simple 5 minute application. “It’s the next generation of leasing” explains Leigh Stote, Sales Director at Tyre Bay Direct. “In the past, our customers faced a long list of questions and paperwork as well as having to provide bank statements and all sorts of guarantees. This led to delays in receiving equipment in effect penalising those people who wanted to use the tax effective option of leasing equipment. Rent Smart is the perfect solution to that problem.”

With the new Rent Smart product, people can apply for leasing within minutes either over the phone, face to face or through a fully integrated on line application. The decision is instant and in effect customers can now choose to lease the equipment and receive delivery in the same time scales as if they choose to pay cash.

Rent Smart seems to offer all the tax advantages of leasing but with none of the hassle and has proved very popular with Tyre Bay Directs customers already. “Our customers are really taking to this option of purchasing equipment.” says Leigh Stote. “Tyre Bay Direct is once again proud to be at the forefront of introducing new concepts and systems to serve the garage equipment market in the best possible way.”

To find out more about Rent Smart simply visit Tyre Bay Directs website or call for more details.

Tyre Bay Direct Ltd Member of the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA)

Tyre Bay Direct is now a proud supplier member of the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA). Having the right to display the NTDA’s distinctive “kneeling man” logo means we are amongst the businesses that operate to the highest professional standards. It’s a sign of reassurance recognized equally by trade customers through to the private motorist. With the recognized logo comes reassurance for everyone dealing with Tyre Bay Direct, from the independent mobile tyre fitter to the largest national fast fit chains that the company is committed to the industry it serves.

The NTDA started back in 1930 promoting the interests of the tyre retailer and remains their overall goal to this day. Being a supplier member of the NTDA holds many benefits that Tyre Bay Direct are thrilled to be a part of. They are the voice of the independent tyre and fast fit retailers throughout the UK representing them at the highest levels of government on issues concerning the tyre, fast fit and wider automotive aftermarket. As well as actively promoting, developing and supporting the members’ professional interests, they raise their members’ status and profile of the retail sector among customer and related industry groups. And possibly most important of all they champion the importance of responsible tyre safety among all road users.

Tyre Bay Direct asks are you ready for TPMS?

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, also known as TPMS will soon become a legal requirement of the MOT test. As of November 1st 2012 all new passenger car models must be fitted with TPMS and a non working TPMS system will be an advisory on the MOT test from 1st January 2012. As from January next year, all taxis will be required to have the TPMS system working to pass the MOT and this will then become the same for all TPMS fitted vehicles as of the start of 2015. This legislation was put into place, by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), following a study of road traffic accidents involving under inflated tyres.

Tyre Bay Direct believes they are best placed to help you prepare for this legislation change! “We have a complete selection of trigger tools, workshop tools, OE TPMS sensor Valves from the likes of Schrader and Beru, as well as full TPMS kits with the ATEQ VT55 tools and popular sensor and service kits” commented Leigh Stote, Sales and Marketing director. He also added “We have gone to great lengths to fully understand all the available systems on the market and the ATEQ tool offers a simple and affordable solution. When it comes to TPMS we are on hand to help choose what is best suited for you and your business”.

Tyre Centres and garages can generate revenue from service kits, replacement sensors and triggering and updating the vehicles ECU, instead of handing this exclusively to the dealerships and with close to 8 million vehicles already sold with TPMS systems Tyre Bay Direct have seen a large amount of their customer base take advantage of the increased revenue now.

They also have one of the most advanced TPMS search facilities available, giving you information in seconds. The website allows you to identify the exact TPMS Valve or service kit you need from just the vehicle make, model and year. The site provides full information on the sensor, the Nm torque settings, associated kits and also what other vehicles the sensor is compliant with.

From their basic TPMS Kits, which gives you a small package of service kits and service valves together with the ATEQ VT15 trigger tool, the grommet removal tool and the core and valve torque tools for a basic service, through to their TPMS kit 3 and the comprehensive ATEQ VT55 OBDII tool which allows ECU programming they are certain they can find the right solution for you.

Uniflate launch the Uniflate Nitrofill Auto Club

We all know converting to nitrogen in tyres can improve your fuel economy by up to 10% and increase your Tyre life by 30% or more while dramatically increasing the safety of your vehicle.

High purity nitrogen has been used for decades in Formula One, with Uniflate being the sole and exclusive suppliers since 1992.

We now bring you the Auto Club, an exclusive club available at participating distributors of Uniflate Nitrogen. To back up the amazing benefits of Uniflate Nitrogen our participating distributors will give you a free 12 month registration into the Auto Club. This gives you benefits such as Tyre Repair and Replacement coverage, Free 24 hour roadside assistance, 24 hour towing and many more benefits.

Our nitrogen generators have set the standard worldwide and are used by the likes of Porsche, Nissan and BMW dealerships, local councils, and over 2000 Tyre retailing outlets. In fact, Uniflate was selected, and remains, the sole nitrogen Tyre inflation product used by Goodyear, Bridgestone, Michelin and Pirelli in all Formula 1 Grand Prix since 1992. With our Auto club coverage, we take it one step further than anyone else in the market.

New Product- 8 CCD Computerised Wheel Alignment System

Tyre Bay Direct have introduced a new range of Computerised wheel balancing equipment. The TBDWAG58 is the flagship system in the range offering state of the art alignment with full colour print out for wheel ranges 11″ – 25″.

Standard with the machine is the cabinet and mainframe computer with 17″ LCD screen, colour printer and Windows 7 operating platform. The system offers multi lingual audio guidance as well as a stunning 3D instructional training video.

The 4 sensors, all 8 CCD have touch key interface with Lithium batteries offering extended capacity and battery life. Also included are the 4 universal self centering clamps with the range of 11″-25″, mechanical turn plates, steering wheel lock and brake depressor.

Some of the other technical features of the system include;

New generation wireless communication
Dual wired and wireless control option
Data Freeze program to ensure no data loss
Lift calibration and compensation
Data of over 20,000 vehicles through Auto Data UK data base
Self diagnostic and repair
Black Box recorder
Work efficiency management program.

These systems are being offered at a special introductory price for a certain time and are available on line or through our main sales centre.

Tyre Bay Direct unveil the all new, UK manufactured Unite Bead Blaster

The Bead Booster / Blaster, sometimes referred to as a Cheetah has turned one of the most frustrating and time consuming jobs in the tyre shop into one of the quickest and easiest. It seats the beads of difficult tubeless tyres instantly by directing a rush of air into the gap between the tyre and rim, lifting the bead to give a contact seal which allows the tyre to inflate. Easy to use on car, truck, bus, agricultural and ATV tyres. Perfect for service vehicle and workshop use. It will save you time and money.

The Unite Bead Blaster is made in the UK and is supplied with full CE certification. Available now for a limited time at an introductory price of just £99.99 + VAT



Tyre Bay Direct Announcement- ISO accreditation

Tyre Bay Direct are proud to announce they have been accessed and approved by QMS International Plc to the following quality management systems, standards and guidelines: ISO 9001: 2008

The approved quality management systems apply to the following:


ISO 9001The certificate was presented by Jim Simnett to Siobhan Day on the 12th August 2011 at Tyre Bay Direct’s headquarters in Redditch, Worcestershire.


Finance Available from Tyre Bay Direct

Together with our partners Kennets Equipment Finance, we are able to offer you 3 attractive Finance deals:

2 Years, 3 Years, 5 Years

Applying for finance online couldn’t be easier consisting of 3 easy steps:

  1. Add your items to the online basket
  2. Choose the Finance option at the checkout
  3. Provide your address / delivery details then our finance team will be in contact with you to arrange the paperwork.

Apply online or call our sales team on 0845 900 2130

Tyre efficiency from Tyre Bay Direct

At Tyre Bay Direct we recommend inflating all tyres with Uniflate Nitrogen for improved fuel efficiency, reduced rolling resistance and increased pressure retention – keeping you safe and saving you money.

Uniflate Nitrogen has been used by every Formula 1 Grand Prix team since 1992, and was created right here at Tyre Bay Direct!  As experts in the industry, we believe Uniflate nitrogen combines high performance and maximum safety to make it our first choice for tyre inflation.

Uniflate Nitrogen Tyre InflationUniflate Nitrogen Tyre Inflation

New Product- Primeshield

As part of Tyre Bay Direct’s continued research into new products we now present:

PrimeshieldInvisible Gloves! If you work in dirt, grease, oil, rubber, paint or ink, PRIMESHIELD is the perfect solution.
PRIMESHIELD acts as an invisible glove forming a membrane 30 seconds after application, protecting working hands from the ingrained dirt and grime that industry throws at you.
PRIMESHIELD is more than just a barrier cream, with it’s 4-in-1 solution.

Available in sachet form, each sachet has enough product for 2 applications. Available in varying pack sizes as shown below. For larger bottles and dispensers please contact our sales team 01527 883580

Product Code TBD93-50 Quantity 50


Why Uniflate?

Police forces across the country conducted a survey; they discovered that 86% of vehicles involved in road traffic accidents had incorrect tyre pressures.

There are three main reasons why maintaining the right tyre pressure is important. The first is safety. Tyres that are under inflated can overheat and cause difficulty in road handling. The second reason is economy. Under inflated tyres suffer more damage than those with the correct pressure and need to be replaced more regularly. Vehicles with under-inflated tyres have increased rolling resistance that require more fuel to maintain the same speed. The third reason is the environment. Correct tyre pressures help to maintain optimum fuel efficiency. This can equate to lower Co2 emissions coming from your vehicle.

Why use Uniflate Oxygen and water vapour contained in normal compressed air leaks through the wall of the tyre resulting in a decrease in pressure. Uniflate contains minimal amounts of both oxygen and water vapour and therefore tyres remain at the correct pressure for longer. All the components of air that we have identified as undesirable are removed and replaced with Nitrogen. Nitrogen is an inert, dry, non-flammable gas that is favoured by Formula One racing for its safety and efficiency, therefore everything in Uniflate is what we want in a tyre.

Uniflate is the only inflation medium developed solely for pneumatic tyre inflation and maintains the correct tyre pressure for longer. This leads to benefits such as:

1) Reduced Fuel Consumption

Up to 5% reduction in fuel consumption

2) Longer Tread Life

Up to 25% increase in tyre life

3) Safer Motoring

Better road holding and handling

4) No Oxidation

No water vapour or oxygen means no corrosion of wheels

To discuss your specific requirements and no obligation quote talk to the experts,

1) Exclusive suppliers to Formula 1 Grand Prix Racing since 1992,

2) Over 1500 installations in the UK and Europe

3) Most competitive system on the market

4) A direct and never ending supply of nitrogen from your existing compressed air-no tanks- no re-fills

5) Can be installed in under 10 minutes

Call our sales team on 0845 900 2130


Nitrogen Tyre InflationUniflate Nitrogen Tyre Inflation

Unite Brand goes from Strength to Strength

Unite LogoTyre Bay Direct, exclusive UK suppliers of Unite Tyre Equipment believe they have built a strongly recognised brand synonymous with quality, durability and value for money.

For the last 6 years Tyre Bay Direct has maintained a close partnership with Unite to develop and supply durable, high spec tyre machinery at affordable prices. This is backed by the fact that Unite are now OEM suppliers to Toyota manufacturing in the Far East. Closer to home, Tyre Bay Direct have supplied Unite equipment to the likes of Police forces, MOD, Main car dealerships including Nissan and BMW and even major players in the market such as Hi Q and Pro-tyre centres. Leigh Stote, Sales Director commented “Pro-Tyre are a welcome customer for Tyre Bay Direct and seem happy with our service. They recently ordered a machine for their Stockport branch and were impressed with the prompt service. The feedback from the guys on site was that they thought the machine was very good and were impressed with the accessories supplied as standard”.

It’s unsurprising that Tyre Bay Direct and Unite are becoming the choice for many people with the quality carefully developed with the manufacturer and a through hand building and testing process taking place in their head office in the Midlands. The 2 year standard warranty also demonstrates the belief in the machines strength and that Tyre Bay Direct takes the after sales service of their customers very seriously.

New Product – Blue Nitrile Gloves

Blue Nitrile GlovesUnlike the usual latex gloves the Nitrile material that the gloves are made from is 3 times less likely to catch and tear but still offers the same sensitivity making them ideal for all situations. As well as this, the Nitrile material is resistant to chemicals providing a greater level of protection.

There’s no problem in getting a full day’s wear from these gloves and the blue material is just that bit more stylish than the old white latex. (Supplied in boxes of 100) available in sizes medium, large and extra large.

Product Code: TBD08DL –Large


Precision Automated Wheel Balancing from Tyre Bay Direct

Tyre Bay Direct is further consolidating its presence in the market with the growing popularity of its 3D motorised wheel balancer, at a fraction of the cost of similar products from other distributors.  The U829’s automatic data entry – including the wheel width measurement without the use of calipers – further reduces the turnover time when it comes to wheel balancing, especially with a cycle time of just 8 seconds per wheel. The self calibration functionality through the state of the art processor reduces the possibility of human error during set up and operation.  Amongst its other features, the machine boasts a split-weight function to provide precision balanced alloy wheels without unsightly visible weights.

The machine can comfortably deal with wheels from 10” – 24” and with adaptors available for motorcycles, light commercial vehicles and centreless or ‘blind’ wheels almost any wheel on the road can be balanced in seconds.


Complete with all the functionality that even the most demanding fast fit centre would expect the Unite U829 offers real value for money. Advanced diagnostic and calibration software also ensures the greatest possible accuracy and information is available to the fitter during the process. Leigh Stote, Sales Director at Tyre Bay Direct says “Unite is a strong brand in the market and their combined development with Tyre Bay Direct is providing some excellent solutions in the equipment market at realistic prices. We are proud to be associated with Unite and the quality that they offer and are pleased they have chosen us as their sole UK distributor.”

The Unite U829 is available with a 2 year warranty as standard and with Tyre Bay Direct’s own engineers providing installation, training and repair assistance across the UK as well as a full range of consumables available for free next day delivery, the after sales service is unrivalled.

Product Code: TBDU829


New Product- Pneumatic Tyre Spreader

Pneumatic Tyre SpreaderAs part of Tyre Bay Direct’s continued research into new products we now present:

The powerful Pneumatic tyre spreader will make repair of inner tyre a simple operation. With trigger operation the pneumatic ram and claws will open up the bead of the tyre with a simple push, giving full and easy access to the repair area.

Product Code: TBD077P



New Product- Tyre Caddy

As part of Tyre Bay Direct’s continued research into new products we now present:

The purpose built Tyre caddy makes moving multiple tyres around simple. With opening bottom “jaws” to reach under the tyre stack, lifting, moving and dropping up to 8 tyres at a time is a one man operation.

Not a standard “sack truck”. The design and operation is directed towards the sole purpose of Tyre movement.

Product Code: TBDCAD



New Product- Alloy Wheel Protector Rings Set

As part of Tyre Bay Direct’s continued research into new products we now present:

The metal ring protector set is suitable for all passenger car wheels. The rings protect alloy wheels during the mount and demount process. The set includes 6 rings from 15″ to 20″. Simply fit the ring over wheel prior to removal or fitment of the tyre to ensure no damage to the alloy wheel!

Product Code: AWPS