We are a family business that thrives to provide
the best customer service in town.
Come as a client, leave as a friend.
Associated Tire and Auto is proud to be involved in the community, supporting a number of charitable organizations.
With years of tire experience and a love for Campbell River we will do our best to cover all your tire and service needs at a competitive price.
A few words about the beginnings
Kermit Dahl grew up around an automotive/tire shop in Alberta. He came to Campbell River in 1985 and ended up working at Fountain Tire for 13 years.
In 2011, Kermit and his son David decided to buy a Campbelton tire shop to start their own business and serve the needs of people in Campbell River.
2016 Automotive Business of the Year
Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards.
2015 Board of Governor’s Award
Campbell River Chamber of Commerce Business Awards of Distinction
Meet our Pit Crew
Kermit is the boss and co-owner with son David of Associated Tire and Auto, their family business. Sales and service have been his life – he began in sales in Calgary, selling shoes at the age of 12. As for service – he’s committed to the shop’s motto:
Come in as a customer and leave as a friend.
He’s spent his adult life in tires and knows pretty much everything about them, from wheelbarrow tires to log stacker tires. (They’re huge.)
For Kermit, the best thing about tires is that they keep him close to cars, expecially fast ones that race on drag strips and burn up a lot of rubber. His own race car, a 1963 Chevy II alcohol-injected big block 509 ci.
The shop’s matriarch, Betty arrives in the late afternoon every day, granddaughter Alexa in hand, to tend to the banking, invoicing and filing, and to make sure that the shop is clean and organized.
She is the activities organizer, ensuring that all the charity barbeque work is prepared and that it runs smoothly. As well, she attends all the drag races, making sure that Alexa wears her ear protection.
Her attitude to tires – she loves them because they bring in the money. 😉
David is co-owner of the business with his father, Kermit, and proud of being a third-generation tire technician. While his peers were playing Little League baseball, he started changing car tires and fixing flats with his grandfather.
His expertise is matching tires, both on-road and off, to the climate and terrain of the North Island where he has lived his entire life. His speciality in the shop is changing and fixing big tires – the bigger the better – especially for loaders and stackers.
His car: a 1973 Chevy Vega wagon with a 383 stroker. He takes it out for cruising every summer.
Michelle is part of the family so she’s part of the business. One day a week she works in the office, looking after accounts, paying bills and helping husband David on service calls.
Ever since an aptitude test in junior high suggested that she could be a race car driver, she has wanted to drag race. Recently, she realized that dream at the Port McNeill drag strip in her 1975 Vega. She hopes to race in an NHRA event some day.
Along with David, she is raising a future drag racer, their daughter Alexa.
Jordan is Associated Tire and Auto’s godsend, arriving shortly after the shop opened. He knows tires, but his specialty is all things mechanical. He looks after cars, trucks big and small, trailers of all sorts, motorhomes – anything that arrives in the shop on wheels.
He’s Kermit’s right-hand man, keeping the shop going while attending to everything from alignments to suspension work to brake maintenance and repair, to – well, to keeping customers’ vehicles running well.
Not surprisingly, he’s worked in tire shops since he was a 14-year-old student hanging out in his school’s auto shop.
His speciality is import cars with low-profile, high-performance tires. Because Kermit draws classic car collectors to the shop, Derrick gets to look after the tires for all their unique vehicles.
His own car is a Mitsubishi Lancer, a 4-door sedan with a stereo that can shake windows and make paper blow on sound waves. He also drag races, but with sound, not speed, at DB (decibel) Drag Racing events
Curtis grew up in Campbell River in a family of mechanics and fabricators, dreaming of working with big machinery himself. Now, beginning his career at Associated Tire, he’s living that dream.
He primarily works with David, travelling on service calls to service commercial and off-highway equipment. That takes him to remote sites all over the North Island and along the Mainland coast. He loves the travel, as well as the work.
When he’s not at work, he’s likely still out of doors, hiking, hunting and fishing with his young family.
Lee is the perfect combination of easy going and hard working. His entire career – 35 years in BC – has been in the tire business, so he’s comfortable with any tire big or small, although he has a special interest in custom wheels.
He is happy to work mostly in the shop. The main reason he’s at Associated Tire now? He worked with Kermit in another shop some years ago, so he knows who he wants for a boss.
His other interests – landscaping, camping, playing sports.
Jay is a Red Seal mechanic with a serious passion for high performance cars. For a hobby, he builds hot rods; he drives a street legal ’31 Model A coupe. At first glance, it looks like a rusted piece of junk. However, it’s actually a fast and powerful race car.
He’s working at Associated Tire because of the car culture that pulses through the business. In particular, he’s responsible for the dyno (it measures horsepower and torque) that Kermit had installed in May 2018. It’s state of the art, the best available. With Jay’s skilled touch, it is making this shop the go-to centre for high performance vehicles.