The Most Cost Effective Way to Get New Tyres?

Hello,

please share your experience with getting new tyres for your car.

I am thinking to wait for ebay next 10-15% discount, then buy 3x tyres online and use the current spare tyre as the 4th one.

What would you recommend?

Comments

  • +1 vote

    get the tyre shop to price match tempe/st george tyres if youre in sydney

  • +4 votes

    Costco, at the money Costco is running promotion buy 3 and get 1 free. Maybe not the cheapest but peace of mind

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      I called them and it's for specific tyres only and is much more expensive then tempe and st george

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        Get Kmart to price match tempe or st george on Bridgestone Tyres that are buy 3 get 1 free.

        Or price match cheap tyres at Kmart, they normally beat them by $5 a tyre.

  • +4 votes

    If your spare tyre is a space saver or temporary tyre (marked with a line or brightly coloured), then it isn't meant to be driven for more than a few hundred kilometres.

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    I got mine from Costco. Got buy 3 get 1 free deal at the time and the cheapest I can find anywhere in Melbourne. (Free installation from memory)

    Balancing and rotation afterwards are free for as long as you own the tyres

    They said flat repair is also free but this is pretty rubbish IMO unless you got a flat tyre near Costco.

    Make sure you call first before visit, you might need an appointment…I was there last week without an appointment and they told me I have to make an appointment for balancing and rotation.

    • +1 vote

      Balancing and rotation afterwards are free for as long as you own the tyres

      Only as long as you have a MEMBERSHIP……

      They said flat repair is also free but this is pretty rubbish IMO unless you got a flat tyre near Costco.

      You don't have a spare to put on? ;)

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        Oh yeah..I didn't think of that. Apologies, I have never changed a tyre before

        • +3 votes

          No worries…. Anyhow, when you do get a flat one day, you put the spare tyre on and then take the flat tyre in to get fixed. Once fixed, you put it back on ;)

          Driving on a flat tyre even a short distance, will wreck the tyre beyond repair.

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    Depends on how long 5he spare tyre gas been in the boot unused

  • +2 votes

    I got my last set of Khumo's from Tempe Tyres via eBay with a 15% discount last year. Great outcome. Freighted directly to my shed, then in the trailer after a few months to my mechanic after I'd used up the remaining tread on my old ones. Price could not compete with anyone else by a solid 25% reduction per tyre, even including labour to install. The buy 3 get 1 free deals don't average out well in comparison.

    I would recommend against using the spare, even if it's full size - you probably won't match brand or tread patterns, and even disregarding that, the tyre age mismatch will cause uneven wear. Besides, this isn't like cheaping out on a graphics card to buy a better one later - you want peace of mind should you ever need to insert your brake pedal into the firewall, if a roo ever takes a fancy to your grille.

    If you're clearly the quality OzBargainer that you are - THIS is where you should be spending all those hard-earned discount savings!

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      The spare is unused, in good condition and is under 3 years old. My tyres do not last longer then 3 years, so best case scenario i will replace it before it reaches 5 - 6 years which is normally standard for the rubber shelf life.
      I am planning to get the identical ones to the OEM.

      What's your experience with Khumo's? They currently almost half the price of my OEM bridgestone duellers.

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    Depends on the car, but I haven't seen anyone get it cheaper than what I have. I managed to get 4 tyres, fitted balanced and aligned for $333
    This was the premium line of tyres too

    The way I did it was by calling one company, asking them for their price, then booking in an appointment for the following week
    Then I called the next company, asked if they could beat that price. If they could, I booked in with them
    Then I rang the first company and said I had to cancel, at which point they lowered their quote

    Rinse and repeat until you get bored. You don't have to make the booking, but people seem to be more willing to talk turkey if they think they already have you and are about lose you.

  • +6 votes

    Apply for any amex card. wait until end of the year and save bob jane offer spend $400 cash back $100. combine with buy 3 get 1 free offer. Bob Jane does price match so make sure come you do your homework and tell them how much you would like to pay. ur welcome

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    Tempe tyres

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      is it worth waiting for ebay discount and then buy it from Tempe tyres ebay listing?
      Do they normally increase their prices during the ebay promotion?

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        I'm not sure how often ebay discounts come about.

        The last time I had tyres replaced was because of a screw so I didn't have much choice of timing.

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    Maybe can try to use tyresales.com.au

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    Buy second hand. Easier if you have a car that has wheels upgraded often. I managed to get an upgraded set of rims and decent tyres for my 4wd (not cheap for tyres) for a changeover of $300 once I sold the old rims. Just bought similar tyres for my wife’s car for over $200 each. Because lots of 4wd owners upgrade their wheels for more off road type, you can pick up stock rims and tyres fairly cheap.

    Edit: make sure you look after your tyres to keep them for longer. Keep them inflated properly and the wheel alignment up to date.

  • +1 vote

    I know a guy who runs a very successful business wrecking luxury cars (and occasionally fixing the odd one and selling it on).
    He says that it is not uncommon that a absolutely stuffed car will come in and the tyres are fine. When a car becomes a statutory write-off, that does not necessarily apply to its tyres.
    So, locate a wrecker that deals in your brand of car and see if they have any tyres to suit.
    Wreckers will usually know someone who can fit and balance the tyres for cheap too.

  • +1 vote

    bridgestone sometimes have a buy 3 get the 4th free deal - otherwise just check if the tyre place has a pair of slightly used tyres.

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    I've heard of people renting the same car and swapping them over.

    • +4 votes

      might as well just take a jack to a quiet carpark and look for the same vehicle. Will save the rental fee.

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    Ultratune are now doing tyres. Prices are pretty good too. Not well known brands, but they seem pretty good. They just replaced tyres on my Kluger, I had Bridgestone Desert Duellers, which were supposed to last 5 years+ and they only lasted 3 years.

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    So are you intending to run without a spare?

    • +1 vote

      Just put an old tyre on as the spare. It's easier when the rims are the same, but it doesn't cost much to get the best one of the tyres you are replacing put onto the spare rim.

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    I'd like to share a couple of thoughts.
    First, I hate having to buy new tyres because there is no such thing as a fixed price for them, none of the tyre shops put the prices online.
    And if you do phone for a quote, you don't really know what you are getting apart from a brand and a name. You don't really know how they will perform in the wet, or how noisy they will be. Some people will assure you that they know these things and rubbish cheap tyres, but I don't have a lot of confidence in their opinions. I've had good experience with cheap Kumho tyres, but I drive my underpowered vehicle like an old fart, and I'm very cautious in the wet, so I'm not really pushing the tyres to the technical limit.
    I don't need new tyres right now but I will shortly, I'm down to 5 mm tread and will change them at 3 mm. (I rotate front and back to make sure they all wear at the same rate, and need changing at the same time). But I've taken a look at the market and I will be considering:
    * RAC - they offer fixed prices and have given all their tyres a score of 1 to 10 on 5 key features.
    * Supercheap Auto - they've started selling tyres online and you can have them delivered to nearby tyre shops to have them fitted. Even with delivery and fitting, their prices are pretty keen.
    The second thing I'd like to say is this - I hate how tyre fitters flog up the wheel nuts. I've had tyres done at Kmart where I've had to use a hammer on the tyre iron to get the nuts loose, and I've had one flat tyre where I needed to use the jack to lift the tyre iron to get the nuts loose. I now carry a rubber mallet in the boot to assist with getting these wheel nuts off after being overtightened by tyre shops.

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    SCA tyres webpage looks like it came from Tyroola.com.au
    Tempe tyres are still cheaper
    I agree that it’s very hard to know what you are getting before you buy the tyres

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