First time with "TireRack.com" -- good first impression

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jamie, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    My 1987 740 I bought in March seems to have tires purchased during the
    Civil War. They are old Michelins that are dry-rotted and I've been
    driving around with a sphincter factor of 7 for the last week or so
    that the car's been running well after the engine rebuild.

    Anywho, I ordered some tires on Tire Rack and after a lot of research,
    decided on the Yokohama Avid TRZ for $53/each (185/65-14).

    http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...l=AVID+TRZ&partnum=865TR4TRZ&index=3&vIndex=4

    Well, I placed the order online, then got a phone call from them about
    an hour later. It was a representative who didn't think the size I
    selected would be best for my interests. My standard size was 185/70-14
    and I just thought by switching to a 185/65 would give me a lesser
    sidewall (more sporty looking). He said this would decrease the load
    factor and depending on how I drive, could be something worrisome.

    What impressed me was he asked me to consider another tire I liked,
    which was only a $35 Kumho. A cheaper tire! I told him I wanted
    something a little more sporty, so he suggested the number 2 tire, the
    BF Goodrich Traction T/A T for $52 in my size, and I got that one.

    It kind of gave me that "warm and fuzzy" feeling to get personal
    service from an online discount company who didn't try and push a
    higher priced product and actually seemed to know what they were
    talking about. Now, I am sure we could debate the whole 185/70 versus
    185/65 thing, but I'm satisfied with the outcome.

    Nice first impression.
     
    Jamie, Jun 1, 2006
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    zencraps Guest

    I had good luck buying some BFGs for my wife's 740 at Wal Mart.

    Researched online, decided what to buy, and got em.

    Good price, free follow up rotation.
     
    zencraps, Jun 1, 2006
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  3. Jamie

    Steve Guest

    I have always had good results from tire rack too.
    How do you like the tires?
     
    Steve, Jun 2, 2006
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  4. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    The tires are being delivered at this time, I hope to get them today.

    JB
     
    Jamie, Jun 2, 2006
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  5. Jamie

    mdrawson Guest

    Don't know about Yokohama tires, but whatever you get from Tire Rack, or
    whenever you deal with them, I've found them to be great in all respects.
     
    mdrawson, Jun 2, 2006
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  6. Jamie

    zencraps Guest

    I once found something I liked online through tirerack, and per their
    suggestion found a local vendor ostensibly allied with them to do the
    mounting and balancing.

    When I called the vendor, he asked what tire rack was going to charge
    me for the tires and the shipping charges.

    When I told him, he said "we'll match it:" which he did.

    Why wait for tires to be shipped when you can to to a local dealer and
    get them on the same day?

    So be careful, tirerack, your alleged allies will stab you in the back
    at every opportunity.
     
    zencraps, Jun 2, 2006
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  7. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    I'm in an itty-bitty town - 6,000 people. We have a couple of local
    tire shops that stock some tires, but not many of the big name brands.

    I ordered the tires yesterday around 11am, they showed up at my door
    today at 4pm via UPS.

    It worked out well for me, the tires cost $208 for 4, the shipping was
    $32 and the cost to mount and balance all 4 is $35. So I end up paying
    $275 total - it took 2 days for everything, and it comes out to about
    $68 a tire when you add it all up.

    I guess in my case that's not too bad.
     
    Jamie, Jun 3, 2006
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