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#3387618 - 06/03/14 07:21 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
Cujet Offline


Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 5896
Loc: Jupiter, Florida
I recently purchased tires from Tirerack. The local tire stores were Out To Lunch, with absurd prices and fees.

I'm sure I could have purchased tires I did not want, from Costco, for a better deal. However..... That makes no sense. I have specific tire needs for my 400HP Honda S2000 turbo.

I got the tires on sale, with rebate. Shipping was $18 per tire, ugh. The local Tirerack installer charged me $100 to install all 4. Not exactly cheap, considering I brought the wheels to him, not the car. And it took him 18 minutes from start to finish.

When it was over, I spent $550 for $350 worth of tires.
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#3387630 - 06/03/14 07:40 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 7900
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I bought my yokohama snow tires from PMC tire out of Quebec. Local tire prices are nuts, as in $120-130/tire for 185/65R15's for the Chinese brands, Sailun, etc... Middle of the road would be $150 and X-ice's would be near $180.
PMC had the yokohama's for $108/tire with free shipping and Yokohama had a $70 mail in rebate which covered installation at my local garage.

I could've driven down to the Toronto area and got a similar deal to PMC but it would be a half day wasted, and atleast my mechanic got the work to mount the tires up. I'm sure he makes more money on mounting, than the actual sale anyways...
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#3387641 - 06/03/14 08:05 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
Hokiefyd Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 14498
Loc: Top of Virginia
Their website is fantastic, and I guess *someone* has to buy from them to keep it going, right? I just can't bring myself to do it. I've never found a better deal at Tire Rack compared with local, at least for purchases that I've made.

I understand that UHP tires or other "niche" tires can be had for deals online. I've never shopped those categories, though.

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#3387646 - 06/03/14 08:17 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 11853
Loc: Onondaga County
TR doesn't seem to be a good deal unless you're buying premium tires.

For cheap / everyday tires, seems that the best value are the Chinese tires from small local chains or something from Tread Depot / Tires Easy / Discounttiredirect.

Last set of tires I bought in a store were the Winterfarce tires back in 2011. I have bought 2 or 3 sets online since then. Still cheaper to buy ,ship and bring somewhere to have mounted up.
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#3387656 - 06/03/14 08:31 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
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Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 13040
Loc: Chicago, IL
If you live close to them (Chicago area), it's worth the trip to buy in person. Their facility is awesome, and they even loan the test track to car clubs on the weekend free of charge.
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#3387660 - 06/03/14 08:39 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 14852
Loc: apple valley, ca
I started a simiar thread a few months ago.never made sense to me unless you could not get the tires you want locally. You pay more when you add in shipping and having them mounted and balanced locally
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#3387661 - 06/03/14 08:40 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: dparm]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
Posts: 33272
Loc: Great Lakes
Originally Posted By: dparm
If you live close to them (Chicago area), it's worth the trip to buy in person.

How? You'll end up paying sales tax instead of shipping, so it's a wash. On top of that, you'll waste time and gas money driving out there.

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#3387664 - 06/03/14 08:44 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
99Saturn Offline


Registered: 02/25/13
Posts: 1389
Loc: NY
I bought snow tires last year from Tire Rack, partially b/c of my own procrastination, but still saved a few bucks versus local & elsewhere online.

I had been waiting to score a Black Friday sale from Sears, and my order was stopped (the snows I wanted were supposedly sold out across all of Sears, and I learned had been since last season). DTD was much higher for the Xi3s than Tire Rack, and did not have any General Arctics in stock, so it was buy local or TR. I still saved a bit versus local on the quoted price ($5-$10 a tire). But avoided tax (8.125% here) + $2.50 a tire environmental fee + online cash back (FatWallet/Ebates). That equated to about another $80.

Based on the Memorial Day "sale" at DTD, I'm not too positive about finding a deal there in the future.


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#3387669 - 06/03/14 08:47 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 18207
Loc: Upstate NY
I have found tires from treadeopt.com with free shipping. I like the reviews on TR. But without free shipping, buying tires online may not be worthwhile.
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#3387670 - 06/03/14 08:48 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: Miller88]
BMWTurboDzl Offline


Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 1745
Loc: Atlanta,GA
Originally Posted By: Miller88
TR doesn't seem to be a good deal unless you're buying premium tires.

For cheap / everyday tires, seems that the best value are the Chinese tires from small local chains or something from Tread Depot / Tires Easy / Discounttiredirect.

Last set of tires I bought in a store were the Winterfarce tires back in 2011. I have bought 2 or 3 sets online since then. Still cheaper to buy ,ship and bring somewhere to have mounted up.


^This. Over the past few years TR appears to have expanded their wholesale operation. So although you may find them slightly cheaper at X, there's a chance that X sourced your tires from TR.

I've had good experience with TR. Saved about $150 on my last set. I'm lucky since TR has a warehouse in my state.
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#3387675 - 06/03/14 09:05 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: LoneRanger]
Sayjac Offline


Registered: 10/13/08
Posts: 10923
Loc: The Old North State
Originally Posted By: LoneRanger
Discount Tire opened a store here, so it's buh bye Tire Rack for me.
"Buh bye". LOL

About right though. DT will match or beat TR's shipped no tax price, so little reason to buy from TR for me. They also will match or beat their online sister company DTD's no tax price which includes shipping.

See Tread Depot (online division of Kaufmann tire) mentioned often, but they charge tax in NC, so not usually the lowest price here. But, DT will match them too if they are the lowest price.

TR is great for tire research and price comparison, but unless one can get TR's tires installed with all the things that go with it like lifetime balance and rotation for significantly less than local b&m tire stores, indy or otherwise, doesn't make much sense.

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#3387678 - 06/03/14 09:08 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
ronbo Offline


Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 800
Loc: western ny, usa
There are more online tire sellers than TR and some may be closer for cheaper shipping. Living in NY order snow tires from Ohio they came in 24 hours . Also like that they were only 1 month old on date of manufacture.

Also Bought Firestone Destination LE2 from tirebuyer.com at a good price, last year.

I want fresh tires out of the mold and not something sitting on a shelf for years.


Edited by ronbo (06/03/14 09:09 AM)

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#3387686 - 06/03/14 09:21 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: Quattro Pete]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 13040
Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: dparm
If you live close to them (Chicago area), it's worth the trip to buy in person.

How? You'll end up paying sales tax instead of shipping, so it's a wash. On top of that, you'll waste time and gas money driving out there.




It's just a cool facility and I like visiting. :-)
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#3387696 - 06/03/14 09:33 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: dparm]
threeputtpar Offline


Registered: 08/04/11
Posts: 2061
Loc: Appleton, WI
Originally Posted By: dparm
Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
Originally Posted By: dparm
If you live close to them (Chicago area), it's worth the trip to buy in person.

How? You'll end up paying sales tax instead of shipping, so it's a wash. On top of that, you'll waste time and gas money driving out there.




It's just a cool facility and I like visiting. :-)


If you purchase tires in person at their facility, do they still include mounting and balancing for free or is that only if you also buy new wheels?
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#3387714 - 06/03/14 09:52 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
crw Offline


Registered: 05/31/05
Posts: 1712
Loc: Pocatello, ID
My last tire purchase was with TR. It was so much cheaper than what was available locally, it was a no-brainer. I also got better tires. Locally, a shop I go to keeps pushing this "Fuzion" brand, which is apparently made from Gummi Bears (they wear out with less than 20K) and also won't seal properly to the wheel. It was great to FINALLY get some tires that hold air!
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