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Old 06-07-2008, 09:19 PM
Location: Southeast
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I've been buying tires online for the last 10 years or so...I am usually buying high performance tires and you usually get screwed going local...I used tirerack mostly, but Discount Tire Direct (google the whole name to get the right online website) had a good sale so I bought them recently with no problems.
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:28 PM
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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I've dealt with tirerack many times...excellent help and performance (shipping etc)...I'd never buy local again
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:08 PM
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I have been in the tire business for 15 years, and the only online retailer for tires to consider would be Tire Rack. My concerns with buying online is the lack of service you will receive in tire maintenence such as RMA approved repairs,rotation and balancing, road hazards, and mileage warranties.
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:42 PM
Location: Spots Wyoming
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The only tires I've bought online were for my ATV 4 wheeler. For the same reasons as sighted above. Hard to find stores that will mount somebody else's tire. Higher prices for mounting. No follow on support. For car/truck tires. So the only thing I've bought is 4 wheeler tires. You don't rotate, you don't balance. So I've had good luck finding a tire store to mount them. A couple times I got a bad tire and they had me send it back and they sent me a new one, no questions asked. If it was a car/truck tire, that would have depleted anything I saved, just in shipping. I shipped the bad one, but they paid and shipped the new replacement.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:07 AM
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Make sure their not old stock. My yokohoma's came apart after 18,000 miles. POS! I have Goodyears on my Audi A6
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:12 PM
Location: appleton, wi
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I buy all of my tires online, and though I shop many places like tires.com, edgeracing.com, 1010tires.com, I've always ended up buying from Tire Rack. Then find a shop to install them. It's always cheaper this way; recently I got a quote for 4 tires on my brothers car (purchase and install) from a local tire vendor. Quoted $611+ tax. Just the tires alone were $43 more than the same tire from tiretack.com. I bought from tire rack and had them installed at a good shop for a grand total of $453.00, including tax and shipping.
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:44 PM
Location: Austin TX
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Originally Posted by CTR36 View Post
Have any of you bought tires online? If so from what website/store?
They list places in your area that will install them! If not make a trip to Soulspeed in Austin they mount mine!
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:35 PM
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
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We have a local little tire shop that will mount them, so the mounting is no problem. My husband is online now looking at some Yokohama's for our F-150 at around $130 each! That sounds reasonable.
Thanks for all your input.
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:58 PM
Location: Eastern Washington
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I buy from Tire Rack all the time, they have been good to work with. They carry a really excellent "summer" high-performance tire that fits the 'rocco, the Sumitomo HTR 200, most local shops don't carry anything but cheap, hard-compound alls-season tires in that size.

Tire Rack will recommend an installer for you if you want. Frequently a small, local garage will accept shipment and install for you, that's what I did for a long time.

A friend of mine broke down and bought a mounting machine and a balancing machine, so I usually go visit him when time to mount/balance. If you have never driven on tires that have been balanced to the nearest gram (gram, not ounce!) you don't know how smooth your car could be. Good luck finding a "professional" shop that can/will take the time to do this (in fairness, the 2 of us sometimes take almost an hour to mount and balance 4 tires, but, we are having fun and learning stuff, and the wheels damn well stay un-scratched...but going rate for our time at work that would probably run about $250 for 2 nuclear engineers for an hour's labor...but we ain't counting...)
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:45 PM
Location: The Fruited Plain
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+1 on Tirerack!
UPS delivery, then get the local station to install them and you're good to go!
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