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Need to buy tires. Any tips?

submitted on January 6, 2011 by orangearrows in "Sales / Promotions"
Need to buy new tires for VW 2008 Passat 4 cylinder sedan 2.0T.

I looked up online and found tirevan. Got a quote from them. Price of 4 Kumho was $500 + $100 installation + $20 TPMS system check.

There was a $20 mobile tax too ( not sure what that is )

With taxes $25 ( There was $3 - MD tax + $22 state tax -- wonder why their are 2 of them?) it was all $665.

Called up NTB - they quoted $800

Any other online/in-store vendors you all used.

I understand it's cheaper to buy them online - and to have them installed by someone. Any limitations / difficulties you all faced going that path?

New to buying tires online - feedback will be much appreciated.

thanks in advance

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  • 94764
    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on January 6, 2011
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    Just to add to the above - looking for 16" tires.

    Found 2 more vendors

    www.Discounttiredirect.com

    and www.Tirerack.com
  • 94766
    deathbynosleep
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    Posted by deathbynosleep on January 6, 2011
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    For 800 bucks you could probably get a new set of wheels and tires mounted balanced and shipped.

    I like discount tire. Call them up and they may work with you on price. They took about 50 bucks off when I called. They will also beat any price you can find online.

    Sears had pretty fair mounting prices, and a couple local small shops. Walmart(if you trust them enough to do it) is pretty cheap too.http://www.walmart.com/cp/Tires-Services/495845
    I had a friend do mine for free Big Grin
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on January 6, 2011
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      Walmart seems pretty reasonable. Do you think they don't do a decent job?

      Will call up discount tire and match with tirerack prices.
  • 94776
    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on January 6, 2011
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    Although I don't know what style of Kumho tires you prefer, but personally I like buying Goodyear Weatherhandler tires at Sears. I get the 70,000 mile and my size 205x15 is around $85 when on sale, includes mounting & balancing & rotation. I buy the road hazard warranty for about $28 per tire and worth it!
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on January 6, 2011
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      Will keep an eye on Sears - thanks

      70K - that's impressive

      I had my eye on

      Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum
      215/55R-16 XL 97W BW

      Mileage
      Warranty 60,000 Miles
      Treadwear 600
      Traction A
      Temperature A
      Speed Rating Z*

      http://www.discounttiredirect......lse&cs=215
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    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on January 6, 2011
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      If you don't already know orangearrows, always ask for long stem valves when buying new tires, because those short stems are hard to get ahold of when inflating tires! They cost a few bucks more and worth it!
  • 94782
    fleurette
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    Posted by fleurette on January 6, 2011
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    I called Merchant's Tire & asked if they'd match online pricing. Answer--yes for exact same tire. Went to PriceGrabber & typed in one or two specific tires (size & brand) to get a sense of which online supplier would be cheapest. In my case, it was Tire Rack. Then I printed all of Tire Rack's selections which matched my size tire & took to Merchant's. There were three or four exact matches with Merchant's inventory, so I had a decent selection from which to choose. The mounting price at Merchant's was only $1.00 more per tire than at my local Costco.
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on January 6, 2011
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      thanks - will try the price-matching technique.
    • 94788
    • Avatar_w
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      Posted by sareece on January 6, 2011
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      I dont know if this helps you or not, but I noticed in an email I got from Costco's today that they have a $70 off Michelin tires coupon Big Grin .

      http://tires2.costco.com/?whse.....ngItemName
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on January 6, 2011
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      Called up NTB - they told me about a buy 2 get 2 tire offer. But they doubled the price of 2 tires. Came to $600 for four ( including installation and lifetime tire rotation)
  • 94790
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on January 6, 2011
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    This is a very old article, but most of the basics stay true:
    http://probargainhunter.com/20.....est-tires/

    TireRack has the best prices if you up to the job of installing the tires yourself
    Most of the local retailers will price match, so just choose the one you like
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    • orangearrows
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      Posted by orangearrows on January 6, 2011
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      Thanks - that's a good article. I see that the prices have gone up though.... a lot. Big Grin
  • 94841
    josetring
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    Posted by josetring on January 6, 2011
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    Check costco for tires. They have liifetime rotation if I am not wrong
  • 94892
    laaya
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    Posted by laaya on January 7, 2011
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    Check this. Special gift for you

    http://www.buxr.com/deal/ntb-b.....tore_73009
  • 95013
    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on January 7, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Another thought to your new tires orangearrows, be careful when you buy tires because alot of times they try to sell you an alignment. Take notice of how your tires are wearing, or does the steering wheel seem cockeyed, or does your car sway to the right or left and most important how many miles are on your car. Toyota tried to sell us an alignment on a car less than 20,000 miles, the mister said no way, there is nothing wrong with the steering or tires!
  • 95062
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    Posted by fleurette on January 8, 2011
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    Regarding alignments--they're expensive, and if you live in a pothole-laden locale, your vehicle could be back out of alignment very quickly. I recommend buying a 5-year alignment contract whereby you pay one flat fee up front and then you can align as frequently as you want with no additional fees. I'd definitely only purchase from a big, nationwide automotive chain because less chance of going out of business, and you can use elsewhere in the US should you move. My contract happens to be from Merchant's which will let you transfer the contract to another vehicle. The contract pays for itself with just two or three alignments. Typically, with each alignment service, they'll try to convince you your car is about to fall apart offering all sorts of other pricey services--just smile, nod your head and ignore! Roll Eyes
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    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on January 8, 2011
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      Thats a good thought fleurette! Location does make a difference on wear & tear of tires.
  • 95074
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on January 8, 2011
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    We have always ordered all our tires from Tire Rack. We found that they always had the best prices, and it's very convenient to have the tires delivered directly to us. Then we take the vehicle & tires to a service station a block away, leave them for mounting and balancing, and walk back. They call us in a few hours to pick it up.

    Several good reasons to buy by mail is tax savings, and the availability of special tires like the run-flat Goodyears. On your vehicle, I would insist on Michelin Pilot VR, which are high speed highway tires. They also have an M&S version with a different tread pattern for mud and snow.
  • 97371
    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on January 19, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Orangearrows, did you find your tire deal yet? Big Grin

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