Thanks to everyone who answered. That's what I kinda thought.
I was at a Discount Tire store. They also do business in some places as
America's Tire. After looking around on the web, I got a list and called around
for prices. They beat the competition by about $100 on the set of Michelins. I
just about settled for a set of Goodyears at Sears when the mechanic there
stumbled into the showroom from the shop floor. He looked like his night job
was at a meth lab. So that was out. There I are about 4 local owned outlets
for tires here that I would prefer to patronize but their shops were a mess and
I didn't feel that the extra 100 or more that they wanted for the tires was
I have read the other thread about these Energy Tires. I'm an easy driver and
am willing to accept the limitations the tires may have for the extra mileage.
My MPG dropped by about 3 miles when I replaced the stock tires for a set of
cheap Dunlop. The price of all that extra gas over 50,000 miles was a lot
(aprox. 1725 vs 1650 gallons). Plus the road noise jumped. My first trip out
of town last weekend I found these tires extremely quiet. My 10 y\o car is
still rock solid with not rattles.
The tires cost $448 for a set of 4. They also charge $45 for "installation,
balancing, and lifetime spin balancing." Since they lied to me, I really don't
trust them to re-balance the tires. They could just as easily intentionally
unbalance the tires to make their prediction come true that I would experience
vibration if I insisted on a back side balance. So the Lifetime balance really
has no value to me.
My plan now is to contact corporate, ask for my $45 back so I can go to a
independent and get the tires balanced. They will likely refuse but the local
manager will probably hear about it. It IS merely aesthetic. So in that I'm
not out that much, its not that big a deal. I STILL got a good set of tires at
a good price.
What is a big deal is that I was treated like a chump. That's pretty
offensive to me.