By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: July 2012
“Discount Mike” Gauldin is looking forward to meeting new friends and neighbors as he opens shop in Glenpool on Highway 75.
Mike Gauldin has been in the tire and automotive repair business for 42 years. The first Discount Mike’s Tire & Automotive was opened in Broken Arrow in 2005. The company was previously known as Eastside Tire & Auto. “Discount Mike’s wants to be your one-stop, on-the-spot car and truck service headquarters,” says Mike. The company carries a complete lineup of quality tires and supplies, and specializes in complete automotive repair and factory maintenance. “We’re much more than just a tire shop,” explains Mike.
Discount Mike’s has provided northeastern Oklahoma with the latest products and unprecedented service on everything they offer, including air conditioning service, batteries, brake service, complete alignments, engine analysis, CV and drive axle service, exhaust systems, front end work, shocks and struts, transmission maintenance, and wheel balancing. They also carry custom wheels in many sizes and styles. Mike is proud of the customer base and friendships he has developed during his many years of service in the tire and automotive industry and looks forward to meeting you.
Mike believes in doing a job like it ought to be done, the first time, every time. While working for Goodyear Tire & Rubber when he was a young man, Mike was dubbed “Discount Mike” by his boss, because he was good about pointing out to each customer exactly what was needed to get them back on the road in good running order, and he did it at a fair and reasonable price. By word of mouth, customers heard about him and began coming into the store and actually asking for “Discount Mike.” Mike always liked the nickname, and when he went into business for himself in 2005, it was a natural choice that the business be called Discount Mike’s Tire & Automotive. Mike was drawn from Virginia to Oklahoma to go to school at Victory Bible Institute, and it was there he met his wife to be.
Some of the featured manufacturers you’ll find at Discount Mike’s include tires by Firestone, Bridgestone, Michelin, BF Goodrich, Uniroyal, and National (by Cooper). He carries, or can order, literally any brand of tire you desire, because he is a member of a National Buying Group of Independent Dealers. This allows members to buy and sell to the public at great prices and enables them to competitively price their products to compete with the box stores. Discount Mike’s has access to tires for trucks, cars, tractors, and lawn and garden equipment tires.
The official opening date for Discount Mike’s in Glenpool was June 25. “We’re here to provide tire and automotive service throughout the area. We want to get involved in Glenpool and give back to the community and schools in any way we can,” said Mike.
Discount Mike’s is conveniently located in Glenpool on Highway 75. The store offers the latest in tire technology and the services needed to keep your car or truck looking good and running well. If ever you have a tire or automotive problem, Discount Mike can get you on the road again quickly and affordably.
When asked by a friend about opening the new Discount Mike’s in Glenpool, Mike stated, “I love hanging out by the pool – Glenpool that is!” Stop by Discount Mike’s even if you don’t need tires or automotive services right now. Just come in and say hello and welcome Mike to the community. He looks forward to the opportunity to serve you and would truly enjoy meeting his new neighbors face to face.
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Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.