Sears has been one of the most trusted brand names in retail for more than a century and has a rich tradition of serving American motorists. Sears pioneered automotive products in the Sears catalogue in 1905, and for a period, even sold vehicles under the Sears Motor Buggy name. When Sears opened its first auto service station in 1931--offering tire and battery installation, as well as accessories, gasoline, and oil and lube services--it set the standard for trust and reliability in automotive service. Thirty-five years later, Sears introduced Michelin tires to America (under the Allstate label) and within four years Sears was selling a record one million units per year. Sears remains one of the largest company-operated networks of automotive repair centers.