In this series we introduce you to the tire and wheel experts who work on the TireBuyer customer sales and service teams, located in Kirkland, Washington and Huntersville, North Carolina.
Today we’d like to introduce Bryan Barnes, who works out of our Kirkland office. If you’d like a little help finding the right tires, if you need assistance with your current tires, or if you just have a general question, give Bryan a call at (866) 961-8668!
I have been in the tire industry since 2008 (10 years). I got my start as a tire tech at Discount Tire in Lynnwood, Washington, working part-time while in school. I held that job for a number of years while in school and playing/coaching baseball, until I became a full-time salesman/technician in 2015. Recently I made the switch to come to TireBuyer.com and have been here since July of 2017.
What do you enjoy most about your job at TireBuyer?
The thing I like most about my job is the people and atmosphere. I’ve played baseball all of my life and have always had a sort of team mentality, and that’s what you get here at TireBuyer. A bunch of hard-working people that feed off of other, whether it’s trying to get a problem taken care of for a customer, or just goofing around with each other during some down time.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Coach baseball, play guitar, and going to as many concerts as humanly possible.
What’s in your dream garage?
Bumblebee from Transformers.
Fun tire fact/tip:
LT tires, or light truck tires, actually have a lower load carrying capacity when run at the manufacturers’ recommended PSI on passenger vehicles. LT tires are designed for heavier vehicle models (F-250, F-350, RAM 2500, etc.) that require a much higher air pressure (for example, 65 PSI or 80 PSI). In order for an LT tire to meet or exceed the load carrying capacity of a passenger- rated, or standard 4-ply rated tire, it would need to be inflated to a much higher tire pressure than what’s recommended for most passenger vehicles. This causes a much louder, stiffer, and bumpier ride, and this is why LT tires aren’t recommended for passenger-rated applications.