Buying Tires on a Site Such as TireBuyer.com

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  1. khardbored

    khardbored Well-Known Member

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    Anyone had a good experience (or bad) buying tires online with a site like www.tirebuyer.com and having them shipped to a local installer? (or tirerack.com, etc.)

    I don't love the "call around" or "drive around" game to get a good deal.

    If it matters, I'm in the Des Moines metro area.

    Thanks.
     
  2. brianhos

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    Used TireRack a few times, super easy. Then I found costco has the same prices, so I can just buy online, and a week or so later I get a call to schedule the install.
     
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  3. WhatMeWorry

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    I did this exact thing a couple weeks ago. Used TireRack for ratings, bought them from Costco
     
  4. JP4CY

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    Know many people who have done tirerack.

    Make sure to give local stores a shot though if you ask them just to get close to a Costco or TR price. I've found that sometimes it can be within 20, 40 bucks which is good enough for me to keep the money local.
     
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  5. Dopey

    Dopey Well-Known Member

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    I used a Discount Tire store in town last time. Price match from anywhere, free rotations & flat repair.

    They price matched some winter tires from TireRack.com for me.
     
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  6. brianhos

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    Even the local tire store did that once for me. Just tell them tirerack has X for Y and they get pretty darn close to make it happen. Even $50 diff is not worth it if you can get it all done in 1 place.
     
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  7. benjay

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    TireRack didn't have the tires I wanted (Kumho) so I bought on Amazon. I took them to a Discount Tire for installation and had a good experience.

    On that note, I recommend taking a look at Kumho as a budget buy. High quality for the price.
     
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  8. Clonehomer

    Clonehomer Well-Known Member

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    I've used them several times. Choosing a good local shop to install them is the key.
     
  9. RedBlooded

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    If you don't know anything about tires, don't buy them online. Go to a discount tire and talk to someone who can guide you to the right tire for your driving needs.

    They aren't commission so they will be honest with you.

    Plus tire guys hate your guts when you buy online and bring them in for install
     
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  10. intrepid27

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    I have used tire rack several times. I feel it is easier to do comparisons since they don't care what brand I buy. Their comparison features are easy to use and they rate for things like road noise, handling, and tread wear.
    They will also suggest multiple local options to install and you can direct ship to your choice.

    IMO- I watch my pressure and rotate every 10k miles bu nobody's tire last as long as they are rated for. Thus I gave up buying hi end and typically buy in the upper end of mid range.
     
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  11. motorcy90

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    #11 motorcy90, Jan 5, 2020
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    I will use tire rack to search for what tires I want then will do the local call and ask for price. Discount tire will usually either price match or beat a price quote if you have one. I do like keeping money local though. Just recently decided on a set of Toyo Celcius CUV tires for the new family hauler as the stock bridgestone duelers on it sucked ass in the bit of snow and slush we have had so far, local shop had the best price installed and saved me the hr drive to the closest discount tire.

    I also did buy a set of cheapo tires off of Walmart on black friday and had them installed at the closest walmart auto center for $107 a tire total for my work beater, but that has an uncommon anymore tire size on it.
     
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  12. Scott34

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    Discount Tire is pretty decent. This summer I was looking for trailer tires and they actually went around 50 bucks cheaper when I asked them about price matching a quote I got from another place.
     
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  13. cstrunk

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    I used National Tire & Battery because they had the best deal on a set of mud tires for my truck. I ordered online and booked the appointment that way. I'd suggest calling the store or going in person because the online system was apparently a pain for them to use.

    NTB or Discount Tire would be a good place to start.
     
  14. Cyrealist

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    I used Mr. Wheel Deal to get wheels and tires for my truck. The tires came mounted and balanced on the wheels. I buy a lot of tires from the local guy so he didn't mind doing the install. Usually I buy tires locally because they're the ones I'm asking to do service work and they can help with warranty work. I run Goodyears almost exclusively unless it's for a real beater that I don't think will last long enough to wear out a set of tires.
     
  15. AgronAlum

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    The last few times we’ve bought tires, I’ve found them cheaper at Theisens than anywhere even online.

    the last set of Firestone’s we got for my wife’s car were 40 bucks less a tire than the actual Firestone shops.
     
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  16. isufbcurt

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    I buy tires frequently from Tire Rack ( for my Ford Explorer and racing trailer). I have have them shipped to my house then just take them to a client of mine to have then mounted and balanced.
     
  17. 1100011CS

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    I used tirerack to get winter tires and rims. It was super easy and no issues
     
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  18. motorcy90

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    take that quote to discount tire and they will beat it by $30-40 bucks at least if they can get the tires in. just telling them over the phone I could get the new tires I'm looking for from Theisens cheaper the guy punched some numbers on the computer and came back with a even lower price.
     
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  19. motorcy90

    motorcy90 Well-Known Member

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    was looking to go that route for about $1400 bucks for cheap 18" wheels and some snow tires, a new set of all-weather tires will cost me about $800 bucks for mounting on 20"s
     
  20. jdcyclone19

    jdcyclone19 Well-Known Member

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    Discount tire and discount tire direct are awesome. Any discount tire can install discount tire direct tires and there’s 3 in the metro.

    discount tire direct will match any online vendor and beat it.
     
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