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Old 02-19-2013, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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Got 2 sets st Costco and then another at town fair tire in Brookfield when I had my jeep.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Fairfield
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If you are just getting replacement tires, then you can order them online (tire rack and tiresbyweb are pretty reputable) and pay a fee to a local shop to have them mounted and balanced on your existing wheels.

If you are getting winter tires to complement your all-season or summer tires, then buy them online on new wheels - they will handle the mounting, balancing, etc. It will save wear and tear with bringing the tires on and off at the change of seasons, you can use a jack and change em one at a time, and will save you money in the long run. Oh, and if you get studded tires...the season to use these is somewhat limited - mid-november through mid-march, i believe. Don't use them a single day beyond the law or else you'll get a big fat ticket.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:09 AM
 
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I spent A LOT of time late last year researching this exact question. I ultimately ordered from DiscountTireDirect.com, a reputable vendor that is quite comparable to TireRack.com. TireRack was showing as out-of-stock on the exact tires that I wanted, but I found the exact set of tires for the same final price at DTD. Tires were delivered within a few days.

I then had "Burns Tire Exchange" in Stratford (Lordship area) to do the installation. They were cool with having the tires shipped directly to them.

TireRack is VASTLY superior though when it comes to the library of information contained on their website. If you spend some time perusing the website, you will learn a lot about why things like tread patterns, speed ratings, and seasonal categories (e.g. All-Season or Winter-Only) matter. Their customer review database on there is the best resource to see what tires are recommended and what aren't.

Few tips:
  • The prices online are MUCH better than TownFairTire, Costco, et al. Costco comes close but only when they have a sale going on (their Michelin sales can be pretty good).
  • To be fair, TownFairTire and Costco do offer "free value-added" services (e.g. free Winter Changeovers, free Flat repairs, free Rotations, Costco has free Warranty, etc.). These "free value-added" services aren't quite free once you realize that you're paying for them upfront via a higher price tag.
  • Most smaller tire shops do not carry a large volume/selection of tires. It might be hard to find the exact brand, size, class, speed rating, etc. if you care about that stuff.
  • Similarly, most smaller tire shops will only specialize in one or a few brands. Again, this limits your options even if you know that shop does quality work.
  • When you shop online, one vendor might show a lower initial price, but that price creeps up once delivery, taxes, and other fees come into play. It's important to go to the very end of that online shop's checkout page to see the Final-Final price and do your comparison there.
  • If you are an enthusiast and/or OCD about how smooth your ride is, you may want to find a tire shop that has a Hunter RoadForce Balancer (fancy tire balancing computer machine). Hunter's website has a search option that allows you to find local tire shops that have the machine. I mention this because some cars (e.g. my Nissan Maxima) are much more sensitive to imbalanced tires. Note: Burns Tire in Stratford does NOT have a Roadforce machine.
If you need further auto-related recommendations (not limited to tires), I had started a thread not too long ago where many City-Data folks contributed their recommendations. See thread here.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Thanks Comp625!!
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Any reviews for Hank Mays in Norwalk?
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Sandy Hook
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I would NEVER patronize another Town Fair Tire~ever! That said, check out tiresavings.com slightly better than tire rack and cheaper shipping & NO sales tax. Tire Rack has to charge tax as they have a warehouse presence in CT.
Marc
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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Btw, I've been ecstatic with the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires as an all-around all season tire. This is one of the first all-season tires I've ever driven on that provides good handling in the dry, wet, and the best snow traction I've experienced short of a winter tire. They also provide nice road feel. My father and girlfriend both have them now.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:13 PM
 
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Btw, I've been ecstatic with the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires as an all-around all season tire. This is one of the first all-season tires I've ever driven on that provides good handling in the dry, wet, and the best snow traction I've experienced short of a winter tire. They also provide nice road feel. My father and girlfriend both have them now.
Agree, if you aren't going to switch to dedicated winter tires, the DWS are hard to beat for most cars.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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I spent A LOT of time late last year researching this exact question. I ultimately ordered from DiscountTireDirect.com, a reputable vendor that is quite comparable to TireRack.com.

TireRack is VASTLY superior though when it comes to the library of information contained on their website. If you spend some time perusing the website, you will learn a lot about why things like tread patterns, speed ratings, and seasonal categories (e.g. All-Season or Winter-Only) matter. Their customer review database on there is the best resource to see what tires are recommended and what aren't.

Few tips:
  • If you are an enthusiast and/or OCD about how smooth your ride is, you may want to find a tire shop that has a Hunter RoadForce Balancer (fancy tire balancing computer machine). Hunter's website has a search option that allows you to find local tire shops that have the machine. I mention this because some cars (e.g. my Nissan Maxima) are much more sensitive to imbalanced tires. Note: Burns Tire in Stratford does NOT have a Roadforce machine.
discount tire has stores in some parts of the country and is quite reputable. their online presence is somewhat a response to tirerack. as you note, tirerack has by far the best info/data available for consumer education. on the site you can also find a link to local shops they partner with to accept delivery of the tires for install. some will have user reviews, and all note the type of mount/balance equipment they use.

I like the RoadForce balance recommendation, but around Fairfield the only tirerack partner installer I found is C&H Automotive in New Canaan, who wants $45/tire for 40-45 series sidwalls. That seems somewhat excessive.

Of course many independent shops will also accept drop-shipped tires if you ask.

Costco, on an all-in basis (including install, rotation, plus the general costco guarantee), can be a reasonable deal, they just have a very limited selection.
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:24 PM
 
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I like the RoadForce balance recommendation, but around Fairfield the only tirerack partner installer I found is C&H Automotive in New Canaan, who wants $45/tire for 40-45 series sidwalls. That seems somewhat excessive.
C&H is pricey. I remember noting 2 years ago that their labor charge was $106/hr. I wonder how much it is now?
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