Sears Auto Center and Amazon have expanded their partnership across the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. The program offers full-service tire installation and balancing for customers who purchase any brand of tires through Amazon.
After selecting their tires, customers can choose a Sears Auto location and their preferred time and date for installation. Sears also will conduct free multi-point Performance Snapshots to ensure customers are satisfied with their purchase.
The retailers first teamed up in May 2018, offering ship-to-store and installation in eight metropolitan areas. The service grew to 21 states and 118 locations in June, and has since expanded to encompass hundreds of additional locations.
“The response from Amazon customers around this program has been extremely positive,” said Mike McCarthy, VP and General Manager of Sears Automotive in a statement. “Our competitive bundled price for tire installation, which includes the installation of the tire, wheel balancing, valve stem or tire pressure monitor rebuild kit and the tire disposal fee is resonating with these customers.”
Sears has been considering other steps to preserve its brands, including a proposal from CEO Eddie Lampert to purchase Kenmore for $400 million through his hedge fund, ESL Investments. Lampert has pushed for the divestment of the Sears Home Improvement and PartsDirect businesses as well, which he has said would help Sears “improve its debt profile and liquidity position, creating the runway to help continue its transformation, and allow these businesses to unlock their considerable potential by further expanding their presence in the marketplace.”