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Old 02-05-2014, 01:19 PM   #1
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I'm in the market for new tires on our Trillium. Being in rural Vermont I can't just walk in somewhere and buy them. I can go to a local shop and they will order them. If their supplier (there appears to be only one no matter where you go) has them then it takes up to a week, otherwise it will be longer. The cost is usually list price. The alternative is to buy them online at considerable savings ($40-50) and delivery is about 7-10 days. *Obviously it's winter, so I'm not in a hurry. *Anyone ordered tires online. Problems? Raz
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:52 PM   #2
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I've ordered motorcycle, car, and trailer tires online from various dealers. I've ordered trailer tires from;
Trailer Tires & Wheels at Trailer Parts Superstore

How will you mount them? I have my own tire machine. Any online purchase saving may be wiped out by mount and balance fees. Be sure to consider the entire cost.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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I've ordered motorcycle, car, and trailer tires online from various dealers. I've ordered trailer tires from;
Trailer Tires & Wheels at Trailer Parts Superstore

How will you mount them? I have my own tire machine. Any online purchase saving may be wiped out by mount and balance fees. Be sure to consider the entire cost.
You should also confirm with the seller prior to purchasing that you are getting "fresh" tires, rather than something that has been sitting in their warehouse for years.
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Old 02-05-2014, 02:27 PM   #4
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How will you mount them? I have my own tire machine. Any online purchase saving may be wiped out by mount and balance fees. Be sure to consider the entire cost.
Good point. In the spring lots of places do tire change specials as folks switch to summer tires. I figured I'd take advantage of that.

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You should also confirm with the seller prior to purchasing that you are getting "fresh" tires, rather than something that has been sitting in their warehouse for years.
Saving a few bucks is nice but I also figured I would get fresher tires from a national dealer with higher turn over than the local warehouse. Perhaps I'm wrong? Raz
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Do you have anyone living near a Costco that could pick them up for you. They would have a high turn over and I have found their prices to be pretty good.
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Old 02-05-2014, 02:41 PM   #6
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Do you have anyone living near a Costco that could pick them up for you. They would have a high turn over and I have found their prices to be pretty good.
Nope. The nearest Costco is 60 miles so I'm not a member and don't know anyone who is.
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Old 02-05-2014, 02:56 PM   #7
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Tire rack.com will ship to a local installer, you can see the local guys install price on the tire rack website. I've used them several times, always good service.
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Costco in Calgary told me they don't carry ST tires.
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:08 PM   #9
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I buy my tires from my local repair shop. He does my state inspections for me, is not too strict, so I feel I have to give him some business. I could no way feel right about asking him to mount tires that I bought somewhere else if he could have got them for me. I do some of my own tire work, but don't have a good balancer, so can only do my off road equipment myself.
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tirerack online for me.
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:48 PM   #11
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I buy all my tires at Les Schwab so this is a non-issue for me, but if it was:

I'd use my regular mechanic, with the same understanding we have for other work for which we supply the parts: he's allowed a fair markup on the cost thereof. We still save because we do the shopping, but he doesn't lose out on his small piece of the action.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:19 PM   #12
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We recently bought tires for our Honda Pilot. I found good information at tire rack and their price was good...until I added shipping and then added in the install cost. So I went shopping locally and at a little Podunk tire shop got the best installed price even after paying tax. I suggest you at least try shopping locally. Those local businesses are sorta like neighbors and they need to make a living too.
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I need a spare to match my trailer tires that were put on by my previous owner. here is where I bought it all good experience.
Hercules Power Str Trailer Tire s Only 175 80R13 175 80 13 1758013 80R R13 | eBay
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+2 for tire rack. Several buys, zero problems.
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