I dropped by Costco today and found out they sell these Radial X tires for
around $100 Canadian, are they any good? I have a Buick Regal 94. I don't
think mine can last through the winter as the fronts are getting pretty
P.S. These radial x tires are Costco exclusive but they offer roadside
assistance for the tires under warranty.
I haven't found Costco's tire prices to be especially good in our area.
My preferred way to buy is from www.tirerack.com and then have a local
installer put them on. I've done this many times over the past 10 years and
am very happy with the selection and price I get this way.
I'm curious as to how the local guys react toward you bringing in tires from
another source and asking them to mount/balance/etc them?
Do they charge you a disposal fee for the old rubber?
Do you feel they are doing as good a job balancing them as they would do if they
were tires that you bought direct from them?
What kind of place do you go to?
Not a *tire retailer* I hope :)
General repair shop?
I'm curious because I seem to get decent "out the door" prices where I live on
all kinds of tires although I am convinced that the entire industry is price
I avoid places like Sears/Pep/Mavis and so forth but prefer to go to a small
shop that may not have as much in stock but can get me anything within a day or
so and the total out the door price seems to be very good.
Thanks in advance!
Tire Rack and some other mail order tire retailers have arrangements
with various local shops for just this purpose. The local shops may
actually gain installation business from customers who would not
ordinarily buy tires through them (because the customers wanted a kind
of tire that they don't offer).
Timothy J. Lee
I always ask politely if they mind doing such work. So far I've always had
cheerful replies. The local Goodyear store guy even said "hey, lots of us
buy our personal tires from Tire Rack because we get a better deal than we
can here as employees".
I have also had good experiences using well regarded general automotive
repair shops to mount my tires. Most of these places sell very few tires
and are happy for the labor earnings.
Yes, California has fees for everything!
Yes, I've watched them do the work. They seem plenty careful.
Usually a general repair shop, though I have used the local Goodyear place
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