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Tires? [Apr. 21st, 2010|05:02 pm]
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Are these charges normal when buying tires?

$77/per tire (total: $308)
$12.95/per tire for computer balancing (total: $51.80)
$3.95/per tire for valve stems (total: $15.80)
$2/per tire for disposal (total: $8.00)
$20.24 in taxes
$59.80 in nontaxable
Total cost: $403.84

Online, I can get the same tires for $282 including shipping, but of course not including installation.

I'm frustrated because the tire store is giving me the run around, offering me tires that I don't want after I spent the time to research these specific tires. I need the tire place for the installation, but I don't like the service I am getting.

[User Picture]From: togglehead
2010-04-21 09:25 pm (UTC)
$13 bucks per tire for balancing seems a touch steep...but not enough to really complain. Maybe just find a new installer?

Otherwise...all appear to be normal costs...
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[User Picture]From: edgar_suit
2010-04-21 11:22 pm (UTC)
$77/tire is a bit cheap, IMO. What kind?

Get the tires you want and take them somewhere you trust if you don't like what the shop offers. Or, hey, tell them "I really want these Bridgestones" and if they keep trying to sell you Kumhos, ... leave.

Tire disposal looks good, valve stems is a bit high as is balancing ... but not TOO high... otherwise the taxes and $60 in nontaxable is ..eh, fishy. Breakdown of that??
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[User Picture]From: sparklekitten29
2010-04-22 02:20 am (UTC)
more or less normal, tiny bit high for my region but not outside pep boys/ firestone/ etc ranges. if you don't mind waiting for your online order, your local used tire shop will probly do it slightly cheaper...
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[User Picture]From: houdini_cs
2010-04-22 12:04 pm (UTC)
Order them from Tire Rack and go through a different installer. They'll even suggest one to you if you want.

If you're feeling like that place isn't taking care of you, go somewhere else. "Vote with your dollars" as they say.
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[User Picture]From: phoenixredux
2010-04-22 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'll second the recommendation of Tire Rack...


The $60 "non-taxable" must be labor, that's probably the one-hour shop rate. It's pretty normal to install new valve stems, and you definitely need to have the wheels balanced with new tires or your car will vibrate uncomfortably at high speed.

Look around for some coupons. You might be able to find someone who is offering free balancing with purchase. Double-check the prices with Tire Rack, and keep in mind that you'll have to pay shipping on Tire Rack. I've found that shipping often makes it just as expensive as buying directly from the shop. Some shops may even price-match to Tire Rack, but you're still going to have to pay for installation.

And of course, if you don't like the tire shop you're at now, find a different one. The Car Talk website has a pretty good database of shop recommendations nation-wide. I'd check there.
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[User Picture]From: wolf359nmt
2010-04-22 09:31 pm (UTC)
I don't think that is right at all. The difference in tire price that you found should have covered everything else except tire disposal (because you have the option to keep the old tires). When you buy the tires in bulk, as a tire shop, they are even cheaper.

Balancing and valve stems are part of buying tires. "Computer balancing" is a buzzword to justify shafting you. It is 2010, computers are in many things. Why, I bet you are using one right now.
New valve stems are 20-50 cents apiece depending on the size. You don't get charged a 10 cent ,custom design, wax paper fee at Burger King. You shouldn't be charged for valve stems.
What about a impact wrench fee, a compressor fee, or a tire machine fee? Those don't seem as reasonable because they can't convince you that they need a computer to torque your lug nuts. They are just seeing what they can get away with.
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[User Picture]From: wolf359nmt
2010-04-22 09:36 pm (UTC)
There is also a market for used tires if they have enough tread. There is a good chance you paid them 8$ to take tires that they sold for $20-$40.
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