I am trying to decide between buying a CRV and buying an Accord. There
is roughly a $1,500 between the two models.
But if I buy an Accord, I will have to have snow tires installed and
taken off once a year. Does anybody know how much that is going to be
approximately? I am guessing that it will not offset the $1,500 price
difference very fast, but it still sounds like a fair amount of money
to pay every year.
I greatly appreciate your help.
I'd think the tire change should be about $50-75 to get all four changed and
balanced. Not sure if there would be a price different at many shops
between these two models. As far as the initial cost of winter tires, I'd
assume $100-200 per tire.
Of course, different shops will have different prices and different quality
of work. I'd go with the better quality of work over price. I'd much
rather pay $10 more at a better shop and know that I won't have to worry
about a bad seal or slow leak.
Although I'd also think that if you're considering winter tires this time of
year then there must be a real need for them wherever you are. I'd want to
have decent winter tires on either vehicle.
I have a CRV, and put snow tires on it. They help. I'm not
sure why you'd put snows on the accord and not the CRV.
Get the snow tires on their own steel wheels, and the annual changeover
is no big deal. Your dealer will often do it if the tire rotation
is due, or you can pay a tire shop something like $35 for the change.
Go to a tire shop and ask; the changeover rates are usually posted.
If you need them to store them for you, remember to factor that in.
Always remember that having the snow tires will lengthen the life
of your summer tires. So, you are really paying for the cost of the
steel wheels and the annual changeovers. The rest mostly
comes out neutral, except you're buying a lot of tires up front.
I used to have a 1993 accord, and found it to be more comfortable to
drive on the highway. Felt less bouncy, less susceptible to
winds, etc. The difference may be in the wheel base and height,
who know. The road noise seemed a lot less too. It was a great
car, and is still out there on the road.
The CRV is great too. When loaded up for a camping trip, it can take
a lot of stuff. For urban driving, you've got a good view of traffic
sitting up higher than a sedan. Easier for some people to get in
and out of, as it is higher.
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