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Old 11-26-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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advise dont wanna get ripped off.

I bought new tires and i want to get them mounted and balanced, anyone know what is a fair price for that. i called 3 places and got 3 different quotes. I dont wanna get ripped off.


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Old 11-26-2013, 01:58 PM   #2
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don't go to a major chain store where you'd pay $20 per tire. find a hole in the wall place that you can either pay cash under the table. $10 per tire would be the lower end of hte price spectrum.
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:39 PM   #3
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around $15 a tire is what you should pay.
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:54 PM   #4
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where did you buy them? got them on tire rack? Usually the place you buy them from will give you good deals along with life time balance and rotation. so even if you pay a bit more its usually worth it in the long run.

Find a local owned shop that is usually not that busy and offer cash. this should drop there advertized price. Its more convincing to go into the shop and say "I need 4 tires mounted, can you do it for $10 a tire cash" and if they say no walk out the door. go to the next shop. if you keep striking out then $10 might be to low. $10 might not be the right starting point. but go with the lowest of the 3 quotes you got.

When you call they know you are also likely calling around. but then you are in the store they see you walking away that's "free" money that's just walking out the door. makes the shop manager / owner feel completely different than just giving a quote on the phone.
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Just had mine done at walmart for $72 after tax. Mounted, balanced, new valve stems and the BS disposal fees for the old tires. I think valve stems were 3 each and disposal was 1.50 each.

so 18 a tire with everything, 13.50 if you dont need stems and dont have old tires to get rid of. In my area that's not too bad, local hole in the wall place that ive done business with for years wants 80 if you buy through them and 100 if you dont. eff that.
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Old 11-26-2013, 05:13 PM   #6
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Always call around BEFORE buying tires, sometimes places offer sales/deals on mounting and balancing if you buy through them- making it actually cheaper than the few bucks you save buying online.
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Going rate in the Toronto area is $80 cash and you take the old tires if you shop hard then $60 is the lower end.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:18 PM   #8
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One does not get cheap good fast all at the same place

What if the tire monkey impacts wrench the lug nuts back on? and you have a flat?
Happened to me and I could hardly take those lug nuts back off! and I am a big beefy guy. Not only that one wheel stud had a stripped thread too! The bad work was done by a Ford dealership!

So now i take it to the big F chain for ALL tire and brake work because the manager swears that all his workers use a torque wrench when tightening the nuts back on.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:39 PM   #9
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I always deal with a privately owned tire shop
Only has 3 employees
I have personally purchased 3 sets of tires from them in the last year ,paying cash for all sets
This guy quotes all in out the door pricing , no surprises when you go to pay
I have sent him at least another 6-10 customers also in the last year and some of them have returned or sent other people to him
Every time I needed a tire patched it has been for free

Loyalty definitely has benefits , unfortunately loyalty is rare these days

$20 is not a bad price if they are cleaning the rim beads up so you don't have rim leaks later
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$20 is normal
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