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tires
Posted by: Curmudgeon ()
Date: October 03, 2011 10:21AM

anyone been happy with any particular shops for tire replacement? any that i should definitely avoid?

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Re: tires
Posted by: just got new tires ()
Date: October 03, 2011 10:35AM

I used Tire Van. Chose the tires I wanted on their website, scheduled an appt. and done. The guy actually showed up on time, did a great job and I never had to leave my office.

DON'T use Mr. Tire in Fairfax Station! I brought my car there for an oil change and they called an hour later to tell me that I needed new brakes and rotors. WTF?? Why were you even looking at my brakes? When I asked them that, they told me that since my state inspection was due that month, they thought they'd do me a favor and go ahead and check it for me to make sure it would pass. I told them to just do the oil change and I'd deal with the inspection on my own. They guy then proceeded to tell me there was no way it would pass inspection without new brakes and rotors. Again, I told him I'd would deal with that later.

The following week, I took my car to my local gas station for the inspection, told the inspector what Mr. Tire had said about the brakes and rotors and he told me they were full of shit! Nothing wrong with either, passed inspection with no problem.

Mr. Tire is a bunch of crooks! I won't take my car there for anything, ever again.

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Re: tires
Posted by: Shadow ()
Date: October 03, 2011 11:01AM

Mr. Tire in Springfield is good. I usually buy tires on line from Tire Rack and get them mounted at Mr. Tire. Better savings that way. But you can just buy them straight from Mr Tire as well.

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Re: tires
Posted by: BigK ()
Date: October 03, 2011 11:09AM

The last few sets I bought were on Tire Rack online then mounted at one of the shops they list for service. Never a prob and always less $$$$.

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Re: tires
Posted by: TMP ()
Date: October 03, 2011 11:14AM

cherrydale motors in arlington is great car shop for quality work and trustworthy techs. buy your tires off tire rack and get each tire mounted and ballanced for 22.45 each if u bring ur own tires. 18.00 per tire if u buy the tires from them

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Re: tires
Posted by: DH ()
Date: October 03, 2011 11:22AM

Last tires I purchased were through Tirerack.com. I was very happy with the purchase.

BTW, about Mr. Tire and the oil change. Oil changes at these types of places are offered just to get your car in so they can find other work. They are not really making much money on the oil change it is just a way to get you in the door. Most places cover themselves by including a free maintenance inspection with the oil change. Gives them the right to check your car out. I know because it is one of the reason I got of the business

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Re: tires
Posted by: poopstick ()
Date: October 03, 2011 11:57AM

Just tires does an OK job. Just be sure to check the invoice before paying. They'll tack on extra warrenty charges without telling you.

Something like an Emergency Warrenty Repair fee (ie. they will plug your tire if there is a nail in it) for like $15 per tire. Complete ripoff.

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Re: tires
Posted by: Rubber Circles ()
Date: October 03, 2011 12:02PM

Costco. Order on-line for store delivery. No BS installation fees. Great warranty/replacement. Check their coupon book as well as they flop back and forth between Michelin and some other brand most months, typically $50~100 off 4 tires.

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Re: tires
Posted by: Winged Shoes ()
Date: October 03, 2011 02:25PM

I've been going to the Goodyear Auto Service Center on North Glebe Road in Arlington for more than 10 years. This store is a cut above the other locations in the area because it is a corporately owned store and not a franchise. They are not the cheapest but, they do timely, quality work. It's also located across the street from Ballston Mall so, you can go ice skating, watch the Caps practice, shop and or dine while you are waiting on your car.

http://www.goodyear.com/en-US/tires/tire-shop/all/000900255/22003/retailer-details

I would avoid BJ's Wholesale Club for tires at all costs. Yes, they have great prices but they only stock crappy tires. If you require a mid-grade or performance or above quality tire, they have to order it, your order has to be paid in full prior to ordering and it takes a week or more. They keep their prices down by limiting their in-stock selection.

They also do not employ people with the same skill level as Goodyear. And if all of that wasn't enough, since most tires have to be ordered they will repeatedly try to upsell you into more tire than you need. When I price shopped them, they attempted to sell me a performance tire, when I requested an all-season tire because I drive up North a lot in the winter. I immediately left at went to Goodyear.

Regardless of where you buy tires, KNOW what kind of tire your vehicle needs and what type of tire you want to put on it BEFORE you purchase the tires. There are many good online resources for this. That way when you walk in you can say, "I'd like to buy (brand) (model) tires for my car. Do you have those and what's your price?" A good salesman will still try to upsell you to something else, but do your homework and stick to what you need. If they keep pressing, walk out.

The WORST thing you can do when buying tires is walk in and say, "I need tires. What kind do you recommend for my car?"

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Re: tires
Posted by: Winged Shoes ()
Date: October 03, 2011 02:38PM

poopstick Wrote:
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> Just tires does an OK job. Just be sure to check
> the invoice before paying. They'll tack on extra
> warrenty charges without telling you.
>
> Something like an Emergency Warrenty Repair fee
> (ie. they will plug your tire if there is a nail
> in it) for like $15 per tire. Complete ripoff.

I agree with poopstick. Most name brand tires come with some kind of manufacturer's warranty based on mileage. Naturally, best quality/expensive tires have the best warranties, worst quality/cheap tires have the worst warranties. Of course, this warranty covers only manufacturing defects and not punctures.

The emergency warranty repair where they plug your tire for free if you've paid the $12 is basically just a pre-pay for repairing your flat tire. Maybe you get a lot of flats maybe you don't...I advocate leaving that $12 in the bank and just pay for the repair out of pocket IF it happens. It's not like they give you the $12 back if you never take advantage of the program. Most, not all, cars have a spare tire or in some cases, "run-flat" tires. Check the spare regularly, keep it properly inflated and it'll get you to a place to have your tire serviced. Oh...and avoid those stupid, "flat tire fixer in a can".

You're next...on Tire Talk! :)

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Re: tires
Posted by: davedavedave ()
Date: October 03, 2011 02:40PM

BigK Wrote:
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> The last few sets I bought were on Tire Rack
> online then mounted at one of the shops they list
> for service. Never a prob and always less $$$$.


Tire rack is awesome but not just because of price. You can select from a huge varity of tires and get what you really want instead of what one store has in stock. I get them delivered to my house and then have a local shop that has a road force balancer to mount and balance them.
The reviews on tire rack seem believable, lots of mixed or bad reviews along with positive ones.
If you cant have tires delivered to your home they have shops in the area that will take them and call you when they are ready to install them.

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Re: tires
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: October 03, 2011 02:41PM

I agree with "Winged Shoes." Goodyear Gemini shops do an excellent job and come with warranties that dealers can't match. One suggestion, at Goodyear shops get their Dunlops or Kelley tires. Both brands ride and wear better than the garden variety Goodyear tire.


As far as the people recommending Costco, they carry shitty brands just like Wal-Mart, brands like Cooper or Uniroyal's Tiger Paw series.

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Re: tires
Posted by: ROCKO MEATS ()
Date: October 03, 2011 03:07PM

Costco can get any tire you want, they are an exclusive Michelin dealer, only issue is the wait, get there early.

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Re: tires
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: October 03, 2011 03:12PM

ROCKO MEATS Wrote:
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> Costco can get any tire you want, they are an
> exclusive Michelin dealer, only issue is the wait,
> get there early.





I don't think most people that want to save money by using Costco's service are willing to pay for a brand like Michelin.

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Re: tires
Posted by: FUCK_U_WELFARE ()
Date: October 03, 2011 04:40PM

Check out hankook tires, they are korean and cheap but are very high quality and are backed with a 100k mile warranty. Consumer reports rated them best tires over all. It was a racket getting them installed because everyone wanted to sell me their own tires. My boss and mom have these on their cars and they have been great.

Hankook Optimo H727

CR's Take

A very good choice for drivers looking for one tire that can tackle all weather conditions.

HighsWell rounded for all weather conditions. Impressive snow traction for an all season tire. A comfortable and quiet ride.

LowsAverage predicted tread life despite the 100,000 mile treadwear warranty.

Approximate retail price:$96 Summary: The Hankook Optimo H727 is a premium all season tire with a 100,000 mile tread wear warranty. It's suitable for many family cars and minivans.

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Re: tires
Posted by: Price ()
Date: October 03, 2011 05:00PM

Adding to positive comments about TireRack, local shops that partner with TR have special pricing for mounting/balancing, which is listed on their website and which could be huge savings over regular pricing, smthg like $25 vs. $45 per tire... but as always a shop may "forget" about it so you'll have to remind them.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/03/2011 05:00PM by Price.

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Re: tires
Posted by: Michelin Man ()
Date: October 03, 2011 07:38PM

eesh Wrote:
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>
> I don't think most people that want to save money
> by using Costco's service are willing to pay for a
> brand like Michelin.

I must be in the minority, cause I was on the Costco website last nite pricing a set of Michelins @ $230 ea. WTF.. and they were the least expensive of the other dealers for the same tire.

The former Craven Tire in Merrifield had the best service and the best equipment.. (balancer and tire mounter)

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Re: tires
Posted by: eight thirty ()
Date: October 03, 2011 08:28PM

Michelin Man Wrote:
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> eesh Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> >
> > I don't think most people that want to save
> money
> > by using Costco's service are willing to pay for
> a
> > brand like Michelin.
>
> I must be in the minority, cause I was on the
> Costco website last nite pricing a set of
> Michelins @ $230 ea. WTF.. and they were the
> least expensive of the other dealers for the same
> tire.
>
> The former Craven Tire in Merrifield had the best
> service and the best equipment.. (balancer and
> tire mounter)


My husband managed the Merrifield Craven for years. You'd probably remember him. Once Mr. Tire bought the company, everything went south quickly. The focus on quality customer service was immediately changed. Stores were encouraged to get the highest number of cars in and out in the fastest time. It was alllllllll about quantity and never about quality. My husband is no longer with the company, needless to say.

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Re: tires
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: October 03, 2011 08:32PM

Michelin Man Wrote:
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> I must be in the minority, cause I was on the
> Costco website last nite pricing a set of
> Michelins @ $230 ea. WTF.. and they were the
> least expensive of the other dealers for the same
> tire.




Have you looked at Yokohamas and even some Pirellis? They are usually much cheaper than Michelins, especially on SUVs.

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Re: tires
Posted by: Matched Perfect $ Staggered Spectrum ()
Date: October 03, 2011 09:23PM

First off - Mad Props to anyone that knows the reference I used as my name.



Costco was good , you can order them ahead of time if they don't have them in stock. You show up and they give you a cone to put on your cars hood so they can find it in the parking lot. Decent service I guess. Just be prepared to wait or leave your car. + 1 for the free food samples while you wait.

Tire Rack was cheapest, I had the tires delivered for my Tacoma and was able to just throw them in the back and drive up to the Goodyear in Burke by the Safeway. The install rate they qouted me was higher than if you bought tires directly through them. Maybe I got ripped off who knows. The difference offset what the Tirerack savings was.

I haven't used Tire Van myself, but he shows up pretty often at my work location and the building next door which is another company.

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Re: tires
Posted by: Robert Duvall ()
Date: October 03, 2011 09:46PM

Matched Perfect $ Staggered Spectrum Wrote:
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> First off - Mad Props to anyone that knows the
> reference I used as my name.


"Days of Thunder"

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Re: tires
Posted by: days of thunder ()
Date: October 03, 2011 09:57PM

Nice pull dullvall. You nailed my question. Awesome movie.

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Re: tires
Posted by: Where is he now? ()
Date: October 04, 2011 12:59AM

eight thirty Wrote:
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> Michelin Man Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > eesh Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > >
> > > I don't think most people that want to save
> > money
> > > by using Costco's service are willing to pay
> for
> > a
> > > brand like Michelin.
> >
> > I must be in the minority, cause I was on the
> > Costco website last nite pricing a set of
> > Michelins @ $230 ea. WTF.. and they were the
> > least expensive of the other dealers for the
> same
> > tire.
> >
> > The former Craven Tire in Merrifield had the
> best
> > service and the best equipment.. (balancer and
> > tire mounter)
>
>
> My husband managed the Merrifield Craven for
> years. You'd probably remember him. Once Mr. Tire
> bought the company, everything went south quickly.
> The focus on quality customer service was
> immediately changed. Stores were encouraged to get
> the highest number of cars in and out in the
> fastest time. It was alllllllll about quantity and
> never about quality. My husband is no longer with
> the company, needless to say.

Does he work at another local tire establishment now? I would love to have some place with someone like him in charge. Mr. Tire blows, I am glad he has principles and got out of that place.

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Re: tires
Posted by: Robert Duvall ()
Date: October 04, 2011 07:25AM

days of thunder Wrote:
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> Nice pull dullvall. You nailed my question.
> Awesome movie.

Except the quote is, "...matched perfect, staggered special."

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Re: tires
Posted by: Tire Owner ()
Date: October 04, 2011 07:56AM

I also use Tire Rack and have had the tires installed at a Merchants, which did fine with the tires and alignment but pretty much suck for anything else.

Tire Rack is great because of the reviews. Some tires just suck. TR helps weed those out. You'll also notice differences between big cars and small cars. Some tires are great on a Toyota Avalon but stink on a Civic.

I saw some praise for Goodyear shops, but I'd warn you about "Hogan and Sons". They are competent (but overpriced) on tires, but I wouldn't use them for anything else. I caught them charging me for parts they never installed.

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Re: tires
Posted by: 1995hoo ()
Date: October 04, 2011 11:12AM

I've bought from Tire Van and was quite satisfied with their service. Most recent purchase, for my wife's car, was at the Sears at Landmark. I did my research on Tire Rack and other online sites before going to the shop. Sears had the best price around as well as a sale, which is why I went there, and I wound up not waiting. Service was pretty good and very fast, though sometimes they can get very crowded over there.

If you're not using Tire Van, it definitely helps to go mid- to late-morning on a weekday if you can. Places will be less busy.

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Re: tires
Posted by: jonnybones ()
Date: October 04, 2011 11:37AM

TMP Wrote:
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> cherrydale motors in arlington is great car shop
> for quality work and trustworthy techs. buy your
> tires off tire rack and get each tire mounted and
> ballanced for 22.45 each if u bring ur own tires.
> 18.00 per tire if u buy the tires from them


those prices sound the best for a mount and balance each tire

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Re: tires
Posted by: tired out ()
Date: October 04, 2011 11:53AM

+1 at Tire Van, but I find their pricing not as competitive as others (I guess you're paying for the convenience factor anyway).

In terms of quality for brands of tires (SUV only), IME, I'd say Michelin #1, followed by Continental, then Goodyear.

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Re: tires
Posted by: counterfeitpenny ()
Date: October 04, 2011 01:04PM

I guess all Goodyear franchises are different...but stay away from Reston Automotive...they are a bunch of crooks ever since they have had "new management"...

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Re: tires
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: October 04, 2011 02:08PM

counterfeitpenny Wrote:
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> I guess all Goodyear franchises are
> different...but stay away from Reston
> Automotive...they are a bunch of crooks ever since
> they have had "new management"...



Even the guy at Goodyear Gemeni told me to stay away from the franchises. Make sure you go one that says Gemeni, they are held to a much higher standard. I believe they are all corporate owned, not franchised.

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Re: tires
Posted by: eight thirty ()
Date: October 04, 2011 08:03PM

Where is he now? Wrote:
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> eight thirty Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Michelin Man Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > eesh Wrote:
> > >
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> > > -----
> > > >
> > > > I don't think most people that want to save
> > > money
> > > > by using Costco's service are willing to
> pay
> > for
> > > a
> > > > brand like Michelin.
> > >
> > > I must be in the minority, cause I was on the
> > > Costco website last nite pricing a set of
> > > Michelins @ $230 ea. WTF.. and they were the
> > > least expensive of the other dealers for the
> > same
> > > tire.
> > >
> > > The former Craven Tire in Merrifield had the
> > best
> > > service and the best equipment.. (balancer
> and
> > > tire mounter)
> >
> >
> > My husband managed the Merrifield Craven for
> > years. You'd probably remember him. Once Mr.
> Tire
> > bought the company, everything went south
> quickly.
> > The focus on quality customer service was
> > immediately changed. Stores were encouraged to
> get
> > the highest number of cars in and out in the
> > fastest time. It was alllllllll about quantity
> and
> > never about quality. My husband is no longer
> with
> > the company, needless to say.
>
> Does he work at another local tire establishment
> now? I would love to have some place with someone
> like him in charge. Mr. Tire blows, I am glad he
> has principles and got out of that place.


He's actually (and thankfully) out of the industry altogether. If he were to suggest another shop, it would be Curry's in Falls Church. They are (for the moment) a trustworthy family run business. I hope to god that buy-out rumors aren't true.

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