I ONLY buy from the Tire Rack. Their research is amazing, and frankly a well run organization like that deserves my business.
I can usually get tires from Tire Rack faster than my local distributor, who is 23 miles away and usually at a better price even with shipping, I just wish they carried some additional lines (mostly Nitto and Federal) and complete lines of Yokohama and Continental, but that is a US market gripe not just Tire Rack.
anybody remember the sale discount tire direct had a couple years ago. $100 off any 4 tires purchase and $100 off any 4 wheels purchase. They lost their ass on that sale. I bought a set for my CRX and a winter set on steelies. Saved $400 lol
Never ordered anything from Tirerack but I window shop their site every time I'm looking for wheels/tires.
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TIRE RACK, OPEN UP A CANADIAN ECOMMERCE WEBSITE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tire rack is awesome if you live in the states... once we pay taxes, shipping, duty + brokerage, it's nearly a wash.
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Wal-Mart serves the 'I need tires, any tires, at a good price' demographic. Tire Rack helps those of us who actually care about tires. They have reviews, test data, tire weights, and other metrics. Tire Rack sponsors the Wheel & Tire subforum at Miata.net. They monitor the forum to answer questions. Tire Rack sponsors autocross. Tire Rack cares about the communities in which it is a part. Wal-Mart? Not so much. Not to mention that I can browse tires by size or vehicle and decide on what I want, rather a decision between two options given to me by the tech at Wal-Mart.
That's why I shop at Tire Rack.
This is all fine and dandy if you're buying wheels AND tires, but if you're only buying tires to replace on the vehicle it actually cost more and is a bigger PITA to go through Tirerack. Much easier to go to local shop like Discount Tire, Les Schwab, Costco, etc.
I've been looking at TR recently, and while they still have good deals on a lot of tires, discount has been matching or beating them on the tires I'm looking at (before price matching).
Considering I'd have to get them mounted somewhere anyway, looks like Discount is the way for me to go this time around.
Tire rack rocks.
Their on line inventory is accurate.
They process orders quickly.
I have recieved wheel & tire combinations mounted & balanced within a day from them.
With replacement tires, I have them shipped to the directly to the shop, and I make the appointment with the shop ahead of time. So I bring my car in a couple of days after I order the tires. Within an hour, they're mounted and I'm ready to go.
(It ain't just UPS, although they deserve some of the credit for prompt service as well).
Last edited by bbk; 10-05-2012 at 12:31 PM.
Another fan. They have a warehouse in Shreveport, LA so I also get ground shipped tires the next day. Price is competitive and I have a local 'hood tire shop that will mount and balance for $60 a set. Been using them for years.
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I like tire rack because discount tire will match their prices.
Our Civic needed new tires and I really like the Ecsta 4X from Kumho but discount tire was $2x more dollar a tire. Sent them a link to the tire rack page, discount tire ordered the tires had them shipped to the shop right down the street and all set.
Side note: Tire rack has great customer service too. Winter tires for the civic 1 tire was out of balance. Took it to my local tire place, they re-balanced the tire. Emailed the receipt to Tire rack, few days later check from tire rack shows up in my mailbox.
There is a very close local chain that has given good service when it comes to mounting and such. I purchased one tire from them once. But even they have recommended that I order tires through Tire Rack and have them do the mounting since they can't special order sizes as quick or compete with Tire Rack's prices.
My sister needed a set of tires for her Miata last winter. It has gotten to where there are very few tires available anywhere in the right size. I shopped all the web tire places and found only a couple of tires were in stock anywhere. Tire Rack not only had the right size but the right tire. I checked the local shop since I knew they sold the same brand. They said they could order them but all their suppliers were on backorder for that particular tire. I told them I knew somewhere that had them, and told them the price. They were stunned, and told me to order from Tire Rack quick.
I have also been able to order a non-recommended size tire from them just for a test fit. I wanted to run a size that was too large for my car according to their recommendations. I read through their return policy, then called and talked with one of their cs people to confirm. He said I could purchase a single tire and have it mounted on the wheel, put it on the car, roll it around to check fitment. If it didn't fit, I could return it as long as it wasn't driven on. Of course I would have to pay return shipping but, in this case it wasn't necessary since fitment was fine. Maybe a local shop would have let me do the same thing but, this was a tire and size that no one had in stock but, I could get one from TR within 48 hours.