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Going strong at 70: Same family still runs Lloyd's Tire Service

There are 21 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Mar 6, 2010, titled Going strong at 70: Same family still runs Lloyd's Tire Service. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

When Lloyd Johnson opened Lloyd's Tire Service in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the president, World War II was spreading, and a complete set of tires cost less than $100. At the time, in order to preserve the limited rubber supply, drivers across the United States were encouraged to go easy on their tires by driving slower than 35 miles an ...

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Boulder Creek, CA

#1 Mar 6, 2010
What is this? An add for this guys business? They certainly did not take all their employees to SC. They let go a family man with two kids. At least make the story truthful.

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Mar 6, 2010
Used to go to Lloyd's, always like to support locl business. After a bad experience, in which they even failed to call back, as promised, took my business to another local place. If you are driving newer car, you might get good service. I usedto reccommmend them, not anymore. Better service, cheaper prices over on Suquel, serveral places to chose from, as well. This rticle does sound more like an ad, a payoff for thier senile ads?

Oakland, CA

#3 Mar 6, 2010
I always go to Lloyd's. The service is fast and reasonably priced and they are always friendly and helpful. IMO it's a fantastic, locally owned business. The kind that are getting hard to come by these days. Thanks guys!!

Oakland, CA

#4 Mar 6, 2010
"we try to do things the right way, every time."

"Try" is a very accurate statement from my experience.
pee wee herman

Walnut Creek, CA

#5 Mar 6, 2010
Nothing wrong with giving a good ol Santa Cruz business a plug every once in a while. Good job Lloyd's! T

United States

#6 Mar 6, 2010
Customer service at Lloyds is not what it once was, I just won't do business with them anymore. They treat the commercial customers fine, but the average Joe off the street, forget it, you're just another sucker.
I like

Oakland, CA

#7 Mar 6, 2010
Americas tires over the hill, excellent customer service as well as the best prices, costco can't even beat them!

San Francisco, CA

#8 Mar 6, 2010
The reason they failed in freedom was they underestimated the service and great prices that we already had across the street at Pasillas. If you want the same tires at the best price just go to Pasillas on Airport blvd. he will even beat Walmart prices. Lloyds was always over priced when I used to shop for tires. Now I dont even shop, I go straight to Pasillas.
SC teacher

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Mar 6, 2010
Thank you again, Lloyd's Tire Service, for supporting the Newspapers in Education program. About 2 years ago, Lloyd's sponsored Wednesday newspaper delivery of 22 papers to my evening ESL class. The students learned how to navigate the newspaper and how to use it as a study tool. Thank you, Lloyd's, for supporting civics education.

United States

#10 Mar 6, 2010
Lloyds always contributes to local sports programs. Nothing but class with Lloyds. Also, my experience with their service has been second to none. I just have one comment to say to those Anti Big Box people-Lloyds is a perfect example how to compete. Costco came in and Lloyds has thrived in this environment and has even expanded.

San Francisco, CA

#11 Mar 6, 2010
I would strongly recommend getting any SERIOUS mechanical work (brakes,etc.) done elsewhere. Hard to screw up an oil change, but my experience with their brake work (and no, I didn't let them know that I know my way around an auto. repair shop) tells me to steer clear of them. And ditto the above post re. the pissy attitude.

Alviso, CA

#12 Mar 6, 2010
About price matching on tires -- most businesses will do it if you are a regular customer, are buying at least two better quality tires, are nice about asking, or all of the above. Sears even matches prices. Costco is out of the mix because they insist you buy four tires at once. with special-order tires you usually don't have a lot of leeway.

I'm among those who used to swear by Lloyd's. A couple of bad experiences there, and I changed to another supplier. In one of the minor-yet-annoying instances, the balancing weights on my wheels flew right off when I drove home. That's sloppy work.
Five Star Rating

United States

#13 Mar 6, 2010
I've always had a positive experience at Lloyd's.
I'm sure I could shop around and get a better price somewhere, but it's not worth the time or the risk of bad service or workmanship.
I'm always amazed how fast they take care of me, even if I just walk in without appointment.
I was shocked when they fixed my flat for only $12 (this was a year or two ago).
I was very happy when they started doing oil changes. It's always a little scary going to those "quick-lube" places. Plus, at Lloyd's, they don't try to sell you everything when you come in for just an oil change.
Also, they check/refill air pressure and rotate your tires for free!
Good work Lloyd's - Customer for life.

Boulder Creek, CA

#14 Mar 6, 2010
I went abouta month ago, when I asked how long it would take
a Hispanic worker yelled at me, then when I left my tire fell
off down the street. I asked if Larry or a owner was present and they said the business had sold Owner run-apparently not. I don't think so, they lost over 20 customers after they yelled at me, I never experienced such rude treatment when Larry was present. They laughed at me when I returned with my tire falling off and told me it was probably my fault. Mind you I had driven off their lot 5 minutes earlier to only water st. We all go to Goodyear, wonderful professional service and polite customer service. This tire shop will not have any of our return business. We did not feel that they could safely fix our tires.

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 Mar 6, 2010
As a former Santa Cruz business owner, a life long resident, and like all customers...like to go to a business I trust for integrity, fair prices, and great customer service...Loyd's Tires can't be beat.
My philosophy of business is that a third of the people will like you, a third won't, and the other third could care less. I think Abraham Lincoln said something to the same effect.
Larry and Dean are carrying on the high standards set by Larry's grandfather and father.
Good work as always and I am sure it will continue.
Some think this is an add for the business while I see it as a recognition of a long tradition of a Santa Cruz business, which is something lacking in this City.
la ringrazio per la vostra dedizione e il lavoro. pace e amore.

United States

#16 Mar 6, 2010
Some guys never know when to give up! Haven't they heard
of Costco's cheap tires. They may not allign the tires,
but you can't beat the price!
Try retiring and leave the business to young business
sharks who will make twice as much, for half the product!

United States

#17 Mar 6, 2010
My experiences have always been great at Lloyd's Tire Service....no matter what I've been driving (from my beat-up Honda Civic, and Toyota Starlet, through my more beat-up Geo Metro, and on into my new Subaru Forester...well, it was new in 2004 when I bought it). The 1st time I went to Lloyd's, I had called them and asked if it was possible that they could install some tires while I was on my lunch break,(because I was headed out of town that night, and had just realized I was down to metal on 2 tires). They said they could, and they did. They were not only efficient and quick, they were friendly too (and charged waay reasonable prices)....and that has always been my experience there. Larry, Dean, et al....You folks ROCK! Thanks.
Amused by dishonesty

San Luis Obispo, CA

#18 Mar 12, 2010
True to the comment by WTH. Lloyd's tire certainly did NOT transfer all 3 employees from the Watsonville store over to Santa Cruz. They let go of THE fastest guy that I've ever seen change a set of 4 tires! Quick, good at his job & always a smile...Armando Zepeda now works for Young's Tire in Pajaro. Can anyone truly believe that Lloyd's Tire are good business people when they can't even tell the truth for a newspaper article??? Boooo to you Lloyd's Tire & GOOD for you Young's Tire...you picked up one HELL OF a GUY!

Santa Cruz, CA

#23 May 23, 2010
Worst tire shop I have ever been to!!!!!!!!!! Went in for an alignment and they broke my door lock then denied it to the point of getting upset at me, then when I left, the car pulled to the right so hard at 20mph that in 1/2 block I would have been jumping on to the sidewalk. I took the car back and they said that it was the tires and not their fault, they called it "radial pull", come on,,,,you don't get that pulling that hard at 20mph without the alignment being way off. They indicated to me that they were not going to do anything about it. I think I will check w/my Attorney to see what I can do.

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Since: Dec 07

Aptos, California

#24 May 25, 2010
I go to Holser's out on 7th. Always get prompt courteous service.

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