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Mobile service: His tires, your place....

A firefighter's mobile service brings new tires to his mostly high-end customers with busy schedules.

By Christina Rexrode, Times Staff Writer
Published November 18, 2007


Craig Knarich, owner of Pit Crew tire, changes the tires on a 1979 Corvette. he started the business in 1990.
Between 24-hour shifts at the fire department, Knarich runs Pit Crew, a business he started in 1990.

Pit Crew Tire is a one-man operation, and that man is Craig Knarich, a mustached, multitasking firefighter who walks as fast as most people run.

He's like a delivery guy for the tire industry, bringing new wheels to customers who are too busy to take their Jaguar or Corvette to the garage. He is not, he is quick to point out, in the business of rescuing people who run over rusty nails. That's for AAA.

Between 24-hour shifts at the fire department, Knarich, 44, runs Pit Crew (, a business he started in 1990. When a client makes an appointment, he'll drive to their office, their house or wherever their car is parked and install their tires on the spot. Half the time, he doesn't even see his customers.

Only once has he put new tires on the wrong car. That was when there were two Mercedes in an office parking lot.

Knarich ate the cost on that one.

Most of his customers own high-end cars and have busy work schedules or small children who would be less than amenable to sitting around a tire dealership. "I provide the nicest waiting room in the industry," said Knarich, a Palm Harbor resident who's married and has three children and one grandchild.

When customers call for an appointment, most know how many tires they need and what brand they prefer. If they don't, Knarich talks them through an at-home tire assessment

Knarich's headquarters is his Isuzu step truck, its rear 128 square feet crammed with $65,000 of equipment, including a spin balancer, a nitrogen generator and a toolbox with about a billion types of lug nuts. Everything is bolted down.

The electronic marquee on the front of the truck has a seven-minute loop of messages. "Need tires?" it says. "We come to you." (It also has snarky messages like "Professional firefighters bust theirs to save yours." But that's beside the point.)

Knarich will drive to jobs throughout most of Pinellas, west Hillsborough and southwest Pasco counties, and farther if the customer will pay a service fee.

Business is so good he is thinking of expanding, maybe by recruiting a few guys to be owner-operators of their own trucks.




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