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#3302359 - 03/05/14 02:21 PM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: jcwit]
TrevorS Offline


Registered: 07/14/13
Posts: 1281
Loc: California
You could get by that problem by buying from DTD and installing at Discount Tire.

On the other hand, DT price match so the advantage of buying online is saving tax and installing later when taking advantage of discounts / rebates when you want.

Right now DTD on EBay has some of the best deals around with $100 off $400+ spent and a few manufacturer rebates available.

Tire Rack made the market more competitive. If you want to go 100% local, go to DT and get a price match.

If you want to save tax and time the rebates, maybe get DTD to price match and install at DT later.

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#3302366 - 03/05/14 02:27 PM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: TrevorS]
stephen9666 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 2597
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: TrevorS
You could get by that problem by buying from DTD and installing at Discount Tire.

On the other hand, DT price match so the advantage of buying online is saving tax and installing later when taking advantage of discounts / rebates when you want.

If you want to save tax and time the rebates, maybe get DTD to price match and install at DT later.


Not all areas of the country have Discount Tire retail stores. We recently got some in the last few months. Looking online, their prices aren't as amazing as I was led to believe. Their installation is actually more expensive than other places in my area.

The next set of tires I buy I'll see if they'll do some serious price matching. If they can't or won't then they won't be very competitive for my business.

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#3302374 - 03/05/14 02:33 PM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: jcwit]
TrevorS Offline


Registered: 07/14/13
Posts: 1281
Loc: California
Btw, does Walmart install tires they don't sell? Their latest price menu suggests they don't.

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#3302384 - 03/05/14 02:47 PM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: Chris142]
97f150 Offline


Registered: 02/24/05
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Loc: Southeast Louisiana
Originally Posted By: Chris142
Well every time i have compared mail order to buying locally the mail order was more expensive. Granted i buy 31 or larger truck tires which may cost more than a p185 to ship. The prices after adding in shipping was usually $30 or so more per tire.


The last set of tires I bought a few years ago were 33" Nittos. They were bought from DTD, again free shipping across the board, and $175 less then where I could purchase at a dealer around here. I would not buy tires online from a place that charges shipping.
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#3302987 - 03/06/14 06:31 AM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: 97f150]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 7504
Loc: Rochester NY
Originally Posted By: TrevorS
Btw, does Walmart install tires they don't sell? Their latest price menu suggests they don't.

In my area, they do at all tire/superstore locations. Our local W*M will install any tire you bring in and dispose of your old tires. But, I can't answer for all areas of the country.

Originally Posted By: 97f150
Originally Posted By: Chris142
Well every time i have compared mail order to buying locally the mail order was more expensive. Granted i buy 31 or larger truck tires which may cost more than a p185 to ship. The prices after adding in shipping was usually $30 or so more per tire.


The last set of tires I bought a few years ago were 33" Nittos. They were bought from DTD, again free shipping across the board, and $175 less then where I could purchase at a dealer around here. I would not buy tires online from a place that charges shipping.


Yes, shipping costs can bring the cost of the OTD experience over the top. I have never paid more that a total of ~$50 for all 4 tires shipped to my zip. And, it's all bottom line to me...No, I would not buy online just to save a small amount compared to buying localy.

If I had to draw a line dollar wise, I guess that I would say that if buying localy was ~$20 more, I would buy localy. But for the > $100 difference on each order of 4 tires that I have experienced over the last 11 years of buying tires online, this is my prefered choice!
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#3303717 - 03/06/14 07:18 PM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: CapriRacer]
jimbrewer Offline


Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 908
Loc: New Mexico, USA
Originally Posted By: CapriRacer
Originally Posted By: Char Baby
......What you DO NOT get is:
Free Flat Repair or(of course), road hazard warranty(RHW).

But, for $120-$150, I can fix alot of flats and replace a tire now and again.


smile

CB


What you also don't get is a buy-in from the mounting dealer that YOU are HIS customer. Not only can he screw up the mounting process, but he won't treat you as though you are worth the effort to try to satisfy.

Don't get me wrong. Not only am I a fan of Tire Rack, and not only am I sure that tire issues are fairly rare, but when it happens, it can be very frustrating to the consumer - ESPECIALLY if no one is stepping up as the responsible party. It's amazingly easy for tire dealers to dodge the responsibility aspect of things - but if they sold and serviced the tires, it becomes much, much more difficult.


Not my experience. The Ma and Pa place are great but they only rep like three brands of tires. That's probably the norm. Their workers are fairly long term employees however, so I am pleased with that. Overall I probably saved a few bucks over Discount, but I got the benefit of the Ma and Pa store and the TireRack knowledge base. Its a very low margin business after all. I'm satisfied.

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#3304147 - 03/07/14 07:17 AM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: jcwit]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 7504
Loc: Rochester NY
There are no Ma & Pa tire stores around here that I can think of.
A few local/state wide chains but, they can't touch the prices that I get online without selling trying to sell me some elcheapo tires(private label tires). And I don't have good luck with private label tire on my vehicles.
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#3304576 - 03/07/14 02:46 PM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: jcwit]
metalboy Offline


Registered: 04/23/13
Posts: 123
Loc: Texas, USA
Tire Rack is an essential resource to the amateur racer, and Pete was a stand-up guy. I've bought thousands of tires from them, but I have my own mounting equipment too.
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#3304818 - 03/07/14 07:21 PM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: Char Baby]
jimbrewer Offline


Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 908
Loc: New Mexico, USA
Originally Posted By: Char Baby
There are no Ma & Pa tire stores around here that I can think of.
A few local/state wide chains but, they can't touch the prices that I get online without selling trying to sell me some elcheapo tires(private label tires). And I don't have good luck with private label tire on my vehicles.


I bet there are ma and pa tire shops near you. Tirerack actually has a kind of database on them. You can probably Yelp one up. They are just kind of invisible. Discount has the market power to get the major manufacturers to make special cheap jack tires for them. So there will be a Goodyear "Whatsis" tire there only it will be sold nowhere else. I'm not anti-Discount. But if I have to end up ordering anyway, why not go with Tirerack?

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#3304845 - 03/07/14 08:04 PM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: jcwit]
Jarlaxle Offline


Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 4202
Loc: New England
Honestly...I have never ordered from TR, simply because I can get equal (or better) prices on car tires locally. (They do not sell the truck tires I use.)
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#3304953 - 03/07/14 09:51 PM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: jcwit]
Miniata Offline


Registered: 02/21/14
Posts: 12
Loc: OH
I like to give Tire Rack my business when I can for the motorsports they support, their good customer service, selection, and all the info they provide. I've even driven 4 hours to autocross at their headquarters on their test track.

I also give my local Discount Tire store some business (often mounting tires I got from TR), but even Discount Tire gets tires from Tire Rack at times, like on the tire models that TR has exclusive rights to sell.



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#3305303 - 03/08/14 10:54 AM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: jcwit]
CT Rob Offline


Registered: 08/11/05
Posts: 17
Loc: connecticut
Just remember.There is NO such thing as FREE shipping.Ups Fedex etc does not work for free.It just seems like free shipping because there isn't a separate line showing the shipping.It's already figured in on the price of said tire.

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#3305584 - 03/08/14 05:49 PM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: jcwit]
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Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 12969
Loc: Irvine, CA
I agree.
Since the shipping cost is included in the listed price, it very easy to compare price to local tire store(s). Otherwise, you need to add tire(s) into your cart and click on estimate shipping cost to see the final price.
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#3305753 - 03/08/14 09:07 PM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: jcwit]
jcwit Offline


Registered: 07/24/07
Posts: 2859
Loc: no. indiana
My whole point of this thread was the death of Mr. Veldman and the company he founded. We was a good man and donated much to driving programs in the No. Indiana school districts. A true philanthropist.

Little to do with the selling of tires on-line or otherwise.

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#3305927 - 03/09/14 07:15 AM Re: The Tire Rack [Re: jcwit]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 7504
Loc: Rochester NY
Originally Posted By: jcwit
My whole point of this thread was the death of Mr. Veldman and the company he founded. We was a good man and donated much to driving programs in the No. Indiana school districts. A true philanthropist.

Little to do with the selling of tires on-line or otherwise.


You're right! We lost track of the topic and stole your thread!
Sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Veldman. A good man I'm sure smile
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