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#3387747 - 06/03/14 10:35 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: earlyre]
y_p_w Offline


Registered: 05/06/05
Posts: 2920
Loc: SF Bay Area
Originally Posted By: earlyre
Originally Posted By: y_p_w
I remember years ago I crunched the numbers and figured that I was saving a reasonable amount buying from Tire Rack, even accounting for the shipping and higher costs of installation.

However, the shipping costs seem to be higher than I remember. A set of 4 used to ship for about $25. Now I'm getting a quote of $60. The prices also don't seem to low enough to offset the shipping (even if sales tax is accounted for), especially when lots of tire shops will price match. Add to that included road hazard warranties, lifetime rotations/balancing, etc from purchasing/installing at the same place.

I suppose buying something like a full mounted set might make sense. I thought they didn't charge extra for the mounting/balancing.


they "used to" ship for $25, how long ago was that?
how big were the tires? (were the past ones 15's, and the new ones 20's, etc)
how much has the Dollar Devalued in the time since then?

15" back then. My current car rides on 16". The last time I bought from TR might have been around 2002. Still - a lot of retail these days have heavily discounted shipping or even free shipping. And for me, it would be coming to Northern California from their warehouse near Reno. I just checked for the same size tires, and the quote was $53.

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#3387752 - 06/03/14 10:40 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: Chris142]
y_p_w Offline


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Originally Posted By: Chris142
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

Last time I bought from them I got a price less than $30 each compared to a local tire shop. Shipping was pretty cheap back then and of course there was sales tax. But now the gap is smaller and not enough for me to justify spending more.

And I did hear that TR does a lot of wholesale business. I suppose that's where they make a lot of their money, ad where they subsidize their extensive website. Even if one buys elsewhere, there's a chance that a tire purchase went through TR.

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#3388132 - 06/03/14 07:37 PM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
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Loc: NE,Ohio
It makes alot more sense if you are purchasing wheels too..

free road force mount and balance.

I try to give DTD most of my business but sometimes they dont carry the tire I want.
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#3388806 - 06/04/14 03:49 PM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
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Registered: 02/04/13
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Loc: Louisiana
A lot seem to forget dtd is free shipping
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#3388892 - 06/04/14 05:11 PM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
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Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 3323
Loc: USA
Tire Rack doesn't make financial sense for me, but other online tire retailers do.

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#3388909 - 06/04/14 05:28 PM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
edwardh1 Offline


Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 2486
Loc: Coastal South Carolina
seems what you want to buy is a balanced tire assembly.
thats what you buy from a local retailer, buying different places for tire then balancing sets u up for the tire is bad/ ship it back by the balancing company.

I like costco


Edited by edwardh1 (06/04/14 05:32 PM)
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#3389068 - 06/04/14 08:13 PM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
JustinH Offline


Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 4408
Loc: Texas
The service at discount tire is unbeatable.

So happy we have a ton of stores here in the Austin area.
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#3389565 - 06/05/14 09:47 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
99Saturn Offline


Registered: 02/25/13
Posts: 1385
Loc: NY
OT but didn't want to start a new thread for this and it's related to online tires.

When Discount Tire Direct price matches, does the buyer still qualify for additional rebates DTD might be running? For example, a tire priced $100 at TreadDepot (and $50 shipping for 4 tires) versus $150 at DTD (free shipping).

Tread Depot total price $450.
DTD total price is $600.

If DTD runs one of the $30 DTD rebate with DTD CC and $100 DTD rebate for July 4th does that come off of the matched price ($450 minus $130 in rebates) or is it factored into the price match?

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#3389636 - 06/05/14 11:06 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
SuzukiGoat Offline


Registered: 02/04/13
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Loc: Louisiana
Still get rebates on top of pricematch if they are manufacturer rebates.

You cant get the instant savings off of the pricatch too, but the other you can.
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#3395610 - 06/12/14 12:03 PM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
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Registered: 01/17/10
Posts: 164
Loc: PA
it depends on what tires you want and if you can get them at local shops, I have had a few times that Tire rack was the same price or a little over a local shop, but they could get the the tires faster.
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#3396138 - 06/12/14 11:22 PM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 39357
Loc: New Jersey
The last number of sets of tires that we've bought, Tire Rack has not been able to be competitive. If not on base price, then considering shipping. This is with tax factored in.

Frankly Im fairly surprised.

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#3396406 - 06/13/14 09:33 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: JHZR2]
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Registered: 09/23/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
The last number of sets of tires that we've bought, Tire Rack has not been able to be competitive. If not on base price, then considering shipping. This is with tax factored in.

Frankly Im fairly surprised.

Maybe the brick and motar guys just price match the online guys, to get the installation dollars? Compared to actual mechanical work, its got to be more profitable, as its much less than an hours work for a relatively cheap guy, but the shop takes in $100-150 to do a set. Any profit on the actual tire sale would be a bonus.
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#3396509 - 06/13/14 11:45 AM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
grampi Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 6552
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: y_p_w
I remember years ago I crunched the numbers and figured that I was saving a reasonable amount buying from Tire Rack, even accounting for the shipping and higher costs of installation.

However, the shipping costs seem to be higher than I remember. A set of 4 used to ship for about $25. Now I'm getting a quote of $60. The prices also don't seem to low enough to offset the shipping (even if sales tax is accounted for), especially when lots of tire shops will price match. Add to that included road hazard warranties, lifetime rotations/balancing, etc from purchasing/installing at the same place.

I suppose buying something like a full mounted set might make sense. I thought they didn't charge extra for the mounting/balancing.


Shipping costs have gone beyond ridiculous. I recently shipped a football, not overnight or anything like that, just plain ol' ground, and it cost me $25...come on man!

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#3400034 - 06/17/14 06:30 PM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: y_p_w]
kbmag1 Offline


Registered: 07/20/10
Posts: 62
Loc: fl
Couple of weeks ago, bought two sets of tires from Discount Tire Direct. Cheaper then other online stores much much cheaper then local. Plus avoided sales tax.

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#3400206 - 06/17/14 11:00 PM Re: Does buying from Tire Rack make sense any more? [Re: PandaBear]
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Registered: 07/29/12
Posts: 100
Loc: NJ and Florida
Originally Posted By: PandaBear
It depends, I like buying their close out tires on the cheap and those low profile tiles like 255/40-18 are cheaper online than in store.

I probably won't buy Corolla tires there however.


I was looking for low profile tires for an Acura and I found that Ebay and Amazon has lower prices than Tirerack. People who haven't used Amazon a lot will be surprised at the things they sell nowadays, and many of the tires include free shipping.
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