) -- Ford's fast growing tire-and-auto service business is about to get bigger.


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says its Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center business is on track to reach 600 stores nationwide by early 2010. The company says that it also recently opened Quick Lane stores in Singapore and Costa Rica.

"We are very pleased with the growth we've experienced in 2009," says Frederiek Toney, vice president of the Ford Customer Service Division. "Customers have told us they feel more comfortable bringing their vehicles to a service facility that has factory-trained technicians."

Quick Lane offers routine maintenance services, like oil and filter changes, and light repair services, like brake repairs and tire replacements.

Ford has seen an increase in its routine maintenance services on non-Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles year-over-year.

They now comprise 24% of its Quick Lane business in the U.S. On top of that, Ford's tire sales are up 7% and its battery sales are up 13% year-over-year.

Ford stock has is flat at $9.06 in early Friday trading. Competitor


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is up 0.7% at $84. Meanwhile,


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shares have risen 0.8% to $33.70 and



stock is down 0.1% at $51.60.

-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York

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