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MOTO
04-12-2007, 11:54 AM
Do you guys have recomendations in the DC area for a tire shop that doesn't charge an arm & a leg to mount tires?

TIA.

Biggins
04-12-2007, 12:05 PM
I always go to my local Sears Auto Center. Many here use and have recommended Radial Tire and TireVan.

Real M3
04-12-2007, 12:13 PM
Alban tire in the Springfield area is also a good place to check.

OwnedbyDuncan
04-12-2007, 03:07 PM
When I was at Radial Tire last month I think it cost either $11 or 13 a tire to mount and balance. Also Radial Tire is the only place I know that can balance the tire on the car. I got a quote from Tire Van and it was either $20 or $25 a tire.

Sears/NTW/Merchants is 5 minutes away but I drive 45 minutes on Saturday mornings to get to Radial Tire by 800am when they open at 900am. Wander why.

Have been dealing Sam and Paul for almost 20 yrs now.

Paul saved me almost $70 a tire by recommending Toyo Open Country's over the Michelin LTX M&S. Toyo's are a great tire. Beat the OEM Goodyear Wrangler's. My snow tires the Michelin Latitude Ice's beat the Wrangler's in dry and wet weather handling. Toyo's are superior to Latitudes. And Radial price on the Toyo's beat Tire Van.

Made the mistake once of going with Merchnat down the street for BF Goodrich tires for my 3 series. Big mistake.

Now if Paul had only had shuttle bus into Silver Spring or Rockville for good Chinese!

Dave Apker

jmezz911
04-13-2007, 10:37 AM
Sears did a great job for me in mounting my winter tires

mlytle
04-18-2007, 09:49 PM
hollin hall service station on ft hunt road in alexandria. they have all the latest hunter equip for mounting even the lowest profile tires. they are a tire rack installer too. i use them on a regular basis for street cars, race car and truck.

jgm
04-26-2007, 05:09 PM
Radial Tire.Paul and Sam and the rest of the crew have given me excellent advise and service.The only downside is they are not quick but the attention to detail and is worth the wait....
Jonathan
72 tii

dougmoney
04-29-2007, 06:03 PM
How much does Sears charge per tire?

Biggins
04-29-2007, 06:50 PM
How much does Sears charge per tire?
It's always ~$90 for four tires mount/balance, so approx. $22.50 per tire? It also depends on rim/tire size.

Scany
08-29-2008, 01:43 PM
I just went to Radial Tire in Silver Spring today. I brought 4 new tires to mount on my (washed) 17" rims, and 4 14" wheels and tires which I wanted on another set of rims. All this was nicely loaded in the back of my Tahoe.

They did a great job after 2 hours waiting. I guess the job took them 30-45 minutes. But they charged me $20 a wheel plus $1 disposal of the 8 used tires. And now I ask myself: why didn't I just go to the Shell station on Wisconsin that's just 5min away?

They did not give a BMWCCA discount when I didn't buy their tires. If I'd showed up I'd bet you they wouldn't have the tires I wanted for the price I paid. And they obviously wasn't gonna charge me less even though they didn't have to lift two cars up in the air and unbolt/bolt the tires to the cars. To me that's unreasonable. But they were nice and friendly. Just not cheap or quick at all.

I don't think I'll go back there. Capitol Shell on Wisconsin has done a good job for me so far, and they charge the same.

87325is
08-29-2008, 02:41 PM
don't think I'll go back there. Capitol Shell on Wisconsin has done a good job for me so far, and they charge the same.

Not to bust balls because everyone can say good or bad things about any one and yea Paul can get busy at times(def holiday weekends).....but if Capitol Shell has done a good job so far, why did you go some where else?

You could always go to where i did (because i consider the 94 a POS and just wanted something cheap) and deal with someone who some how messed with the lip of the rim to cause a slow leak. O yea and told me i had to fix it.....first leaky tire in the past 9 years!

At least everything turned out ok in the end.

Scany
08-29-2008, 08:44 PM
...but if Capitol Shell has done a good job so far, why did you go some where else?

Because they charge 20 a wheel too.

Like I said, they were nice and probably very skilled. But they were not cheaper than elsewhere, which was the reason I tried them. I'd heard they were.

OwnedbyDuncan
08-30-2008, 09:19 AM
Last time I was at Radial Tire to buy tires I paid $13 a wheel. However I purchased my tires from Radial Tire.

Since you had wheels and tires and just needed them mounted you should have called Sam and asked when a good time to drop them off was. And then picked them up when they were done and not waited.

My out the door costs for tires and wheels on my car or in the trunk have always been the lowest at Radial Tire. Tire Rack ahs always been substanially higher. I stupidly tried all palces just down the street in the past but learned my lesson.

I drive the 45 min to an hr on a Saturday morning get there by 8am. Kill an hour waiting for them to open, And am usually out fo there by 1030am.
If only Paul would provide bagels, loxes and cream cheese or the option to breakfast delivered from Parkway Deli life would be good!

Radial Tire does an incredible volume of business. They are one of the largest retailers of Toyo's and Yokohama's in the US.

Dave Apker, Duncan and Kate

87325is
08-30-2008, 02:35 PM
woodside deli is only .5 miles away....

thewebgal
09-02-2008, 11:53 AM
Because they charge 20 a wheel too.

Like I said, they were nice and probably very skilled. But they were not cheaper than elsewhere, which was the reason I tried them. I'd heard they were.

yeah, but their business is knowing good performing tires that sell under typical market prices. They are car guys, and they know A LOT about tires.

If all you want is tires mounted, there is no "product" for them to make any money on - its just a labor thing. There is nothing there to discount on ...

Heck, you can get that done anywhere!
Just go to your local gas station ...

pseto
09-02-2008, 12:46 PM
yeah, but their business is knowing good performing tires that sell under typical market prices. They are can guys and they know A LOT about tires.

If all you want is tires mounted, there is no "product" for them to make any money on - its just a labor thing. There is nothing there to discount on ...

Heck, you can get that done anywhere!
Just go to your local gas station ...

the local gas station probably wont have the equipment to mount low-profile tires and I doubt that they do it often enough. i've used Radial Tire enough to know that they will handle my rims with care and wont scratch them either.

Munchenman2
09-02-2008, 07:31 PM
Have been happily using Radial Tire for over 35 years.

In addition to the other positive comments, if you request, Radial will mount any required weights on the back side of the wheel, to preserve the attractiveness of the front wheel design.

Cheers,
DCB

OwnedbyDuncan
09-02-2008, 07:32 PM
woodside deli is only .5 miles away....

Sorry got my SS deli's confused.

Car54
09-03-2008, 03:16 PM
~$12 if you buy the tires there....but if you bought 4 of the tires there Paul would probably work with you on the other labor.

The coolest thing about Radial Tire, or Paul at least, is that he'll tell you what's best for you (like it or not), not the profit.

Scany, did you know Paul was a Koni Challenge BMW driver?

Scany
09-03-2008, 05:07 PM
~$12 if you buy the tires there....but if you bought 4 of the tires there Paul would probably work with you on the other labor.

The coolest thing about Radial Tire, or Paul at least, is that he'll tell you what's best for you (like it or not), not the profit.

Scany, did you know Paul was a Koni Challenge BMW driver?

I didn't know that. That's cool.

It really sounds like it's place to go for professional advice on tires and quality mounting. I had to wrong impression about the place I guess. Sounds like it's more a quality high end place for tires. I just wanted our Sumis onto our beat up rims and was looking for a good price. My budgets for cars are tight in these wedding days :frown:

OwnedbyDuncan
09-03-2008, 09:04 PM
And its the only place I know of that can balance the tires on the car.

And it isnt high end since I get ires and wheels for my Element there.

The Goodyear Wranlgers that were OEM were POS. Paul even commented that the Michelin Latitude Ice's handled better in the dry than the Badyear's.

Paul and Sam recommended Toyo Open Country H/T's over the Michelin LTX M/S at a savings of $50 a tire. Couldnt be more pleased with the Toyo's and Paul said I could try them and bring them back. Love the tires
in the dry, wet and on crummy farm roads and fields.

What is really cool is when you get invited into the back warehouse to hunt for wheels etc.

And that little store is one if not the largest Toyo and Yokohama dealers in the country.

Dave Apker and the collies

mlytle
09-03-2008, 10:12 PM
the local gas station probably wont have the equipment to mount low-profile tires and I doubt that they do it often enough.

my local gas station does...see my post on first page about hollin hall automotive in alexandria.

hoyabmw
09-04-2008, 01:50 PM
the local gas station probably wont have the equipment to mount low-profile tires and I doubt that they do it often enough. i've used Radial Tire enough to know that they will handle my rims with care and wont scratch them either.

My corner station (Rose Hill Texaco in Alexandria) has the right equipment, and is a TR recommended installer. Took about 2 minutes each for him to mount my 275/35/15 Hoosiers on 15x10s. He didn't have any problems with my old 265/45/16s Kumho v710s on 16x9s either, or any of the other more normal tires I've taken him. So that's not really a true statement about the local station. I'd say check the TR recommendations for your area and just use one of them.

OwnedbyDuncan
09-04-2008, 05:53 PM
And your cost after buying the tires and having them mounted by a local TR recommended mounter will be higher than buying them from Radial Tire.

Dave Apker

mlytle
09-04-2008, 07:51 PM
probably not true unless you live very near radial tire. factor in fuel cost and the lost time driving to radial vs. the <5min trip to the local garage and local is cheaper. nothing against radial, it is a great place, but there are other better options depending on where you are.

hoyabmw
09-09-2008, 04:08 PM
And your cost after buying the tires and having them mounted by a local TR recommended mounter will be higher than buying them from Radial Tire.

Dave Apker

May be true, but since I am never anywhere near Radial, it doesn't really matter. Accounting for gas and time, as Marshall said, makes it cheaper for me to go to the corner station. And Paul doesn't sell Hoosiers anyway the last time I checked, which are what I'm constantly replacing.

Street tires last me for 5+ years since the cars get almost no mileage and get replaced for cracks before the tread is gone.

woodym3
09-10-2008, 07:04 AM
I'd say check the TR recommendations for your area and just use one of them.

Being a Tire Rack recommended installer doesn't necessary make them good. Last year I bought a set of tires directly from Tire Rack to take advantage of a One Lap discount. They were shipped directly to Merchants Tire on Lee Highway in Arlington. First, Merchants said they weren't in when I called, but I stopped by and they were stacked right there in their showroom. Second, it took over 2 hours even though the two techs working on the tires didn't have any other jobs going on. Third, I didn't notice until weeks later that they had mangled the bead on one of the tires they removed meaning I had to try to sell a good set of 3 Michelin Pilot A/S tires.

hoyabmw
09-10-2008, 07:56 AM
Being a Tire Rack recommended installer doesn't necessary make them good. Last year I bought a set of tires directly from Tire Rack to take advantage of a One Lap discount. They were shipped directly to Merchants Tire on Lee Highway in Arlington. First, Merchants said they weren't in when I called, but I stopped by and they were stacked right there in their showroom. Second, it took over 2 hours even though the two techs working on the tires didn't have any other jobs going on. Third, I didn't notice until weeks later that they had mangled the bead on one of the tires they removed meaning I had to try to sell a good set of 3 Michelin Pilot A/S tires.

True that. I wouldn't call Merchant's a place worth going to for anything (one time they told me I had to buy a new tire b/c they couldn't get a repaired flat to bead up, Curry's got it in < 30 seconds) I was more thinking of the smaller guys since they have more to prove.