The primary thought to always keep in mind
when searching to find the best tire discount is that you always get
what you pay for.
A plan of attack to get
the best tire discount
To put the above thought in other terms:
When you find a tire discount which seems
too good to be true, you are wise to suspect that there is some
inconvenient reason why the price you've found is so low. Dig deeper
until you discover the reason or know that you have found a genuine
Here's a plan of attack that will help you find the best tire
First, do some shopping online to get an idea of what prices are
being charged over a variety of online dealers and offline stores.
Choose a specific tire
brand as your preferred buy and even
narrow this down to a particular size and tire design. This allows you
to compare "apples" with "apples."
If you visit a tire dealer, know which tire you want before
you walk in the door. This will keep you on track when someone trys to
convince you that something they have in mind is what you should buy.
It may help if you have a second or third choice in mind just in case
your most preferred tire isn't available.
Hopefully you are not in an urgent condition where you have to
buy something right now. Allow yourself time to shop around and make
comparisions to get your optimum tire discount. It is vitally important
to ask if the price being quoted
covers everything like installation, balancing, road hazard protection,
disposal fees and any other charges that may apply before you can take
your car out of the shop.
Keep your cool and be courteous. Many salespeople will be more
disposed to give you a better discount if they are treated with respect.
Arm yourself with competitive quotes before you arrive. You can
often get prices on specific tires by phoning or looking online. If you
can get a quote for a specific tire to compare to others this can be a
real useful bargaining tool.
Use my secret tool --treadwear--
to compare tires. This isn't a
well known tactic, but it can help keep you on track so that you are
getting the same value from two different tires. Remember that if one
tire has a treadwear of say 500 and another has 100, the one with the
larger number is likely to last as much as 5 times longer. If its price
is less than 5 times the price of the 100 tire, you may be getting a
much better value.
Remember the extra costs
involved in buying a tire. Not only
is there the tire's cost but installation and balancing may be extra
too. If you buy a more expensive tire which lasts longer you won't be
faced with this additional costs as many times.
Look at the possibility of buying your tires online. Even
after you add shipping charges and the cost of installation and
balancing this might be a better deal. For example, you can read
Rack's Customer Reviews before you buy your tires. Tirerack.com has
tremendous following for this reason and the fact that you can find
numerous reviews of an assortment of tires
Be aware of "free repairs" scams. Sometimes a shop get you to
come in for a free repair then, after the tire is off your car, they
tell you the repair isn't possible, will then attempt to charge you a
premium price to replace a single tire which will match the other three.
Using these pointers will set you on the path to get the best tire
What experiences have you had with tire discounts?
Have you had a particularly good or bad experience
that you would care to tell others about?
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