Biz Bio: Orange Tire: Your one-stop auto shop

 Patrick (left) and Chris Herndon bought Orange Tire three years ago and take pride in the shop's ability to help out its customers.  Photo by Jeff Say

Patrick (left) and Chris Herndon bought Orange Tire three years ago and take pride in the shop’s ability to help out its customers.
Photo by Jeff Say

 

Need a tire for your car?

Orange Tire has you covered.

Break your lawn mower tire on a stump?

Orange Tire can help again.

Roll over your combine and do some serious damage?

No worries, Orange Tire is ready to get you rolling again.

Yes, it sounds strange, but that last scenario has happened and brothers Chris and Pat Herndon had their road crews ready to help immediately.

“A guy flipped a combine over,” Chris Herndon said. “It totally destroyed the tire, it had a hole in the tire you could stick your head through. We had to jack it up and put a spare on and had to order them a new tire.”

While that’s not an everyday occurrence, it just highlights how versatile Orange Tire can be.

Bought three years ago by the Herndon boys, the long time Orange business has built a strong return clientele by providing quality service and a variety of tires.

The customer service is one area that the business prides themselves in.

“You just have to be honest and courteous with them, treat every customer the same way,” Chris Herndon said. “Treat them the best way you can.”

Lifelong residents of Orange, the Herndon brothers both graduated from Orange County High School and then completed four-year degrees at Virginia Tech. Returning home, they worked for a few years before the opportunity arose to purchase Orange Tire.

They employ nine others and offer oil changes, alignments, tire changes, engine work, brake work, shocks and struts and seemingly everything in between.

Like the name implies, tires are the big draw however. Passenger vehicle tires, truck tires, wheelbarrow tires, big agriculture tires, off-road tires, forestry tires and more are in stock. If they aren’t in stock, the third member of the Herndon family comes into play.

“I’m very fortunate that my dad is recently retired and he likes to go around and meet the tire trucks for us,” Chris Herndon said. “He’s met them on the side of I-64. If we need it bad enough, we’ll see that we get it.”

The businesses two road service trucks also stay busy, driving all over Central Virginia to help motorists and truckers alike.

That versatility makes every day an adventure.

“Every day is something different,” Chris Herndon said. “It’s different problems on vehicles, situations on pieces of equipment, that’s surprising I guess.

“We try to be a one-stop shop for auto service needs.”

 

 

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