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Old 04-16-2009, 11:56 PM   #1
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What's a Fair Price to Have Tires Mounted & Balanced?

So I bought the BF Goodrich g-Force tires (225/45/18) on sale for $75 a piece from Tire Rack.

What's a fair price to have them mounted and balanced OTD?

I called Discount Tire, which is ordinarily very reasonable, and they wanted $75.

I was thinking something closer to $50 would be fair.

Am I off base?
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:15 AM   #2
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Yep, off base if it's $50 total for 4 wheels. Got to tirerack.com and search for a local installer, then check their posted prices for comparisons.
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my dealer did it for $12.50 a piece
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out here in santa ana they do it for about 10$ a piece but you gotta know spanish
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I paid something like $200 for no-touch mounting and road-force balancing at a specialty shop. I felt a little icky afterwards.

Worse, my bro-in-law can mount and balance for free.
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:26 AM   #6
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My speciality shop does it for $35.00 a wheel. Mounted and road force balanced. But they also do Lambo's and the such. I'm picky.
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costco is $10 a piece; also any local shop you can sweet talk to $40 for the job
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:24 AM   #8
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Sweet. Glad I asked.

I don't need any specialty shop prices. Why are some of you burning money like that? Crazy *****.

I'll check out Costco, tirerack.com's installer list and the dealer.

I can't speak Spanish, lol.
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I think $60-70 for all 4 should be a fair price if they are Hunter Road Force balanced, taxes and fees included. They do seem to be rather low-profile tires, which are typically more expensive to mount.

A good balance is important if you don't want a lot of vibration on the highway. It's more complicated than just throwing the tires on.
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i paid $80 at the same place my brother paid $40.

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and i actually DO speak spanish.
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how strong of a transmission do you need with 120 torque?!
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:43 AM   #11
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i paid 18 a tire, they took their time in a good way, didnt scratch rims and what not...maybe caus i was watchin them! :P

...i paid 23 a tire....they stole 20 dollars from me, screw ntb. and now i have a dumb receipt that says congrats you paid this much for services at ntb. that won't help me get my money back.
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Well, Costco won't mount tires unless you buy them there.

I went to a tirerack.com recommended installer (called them) and got a price of $18 per tire.

Anyone have any concerns about Wal-Mart?

They will do everything - dismount, remount of new tires, balance with inside and outside weights (if required), using a Corgy (is that how it's spelled) instead of a Hunter, for $12 per tire, including valve stems and disposal.

This is the best price so far.


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you mean beside the fact that they are a shitty company who treat their employees like crap and are effectively ruining small town businesses?
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you mean beside the fact that they are a shitty company who treat their employees like crap and are effectively ruining small town businesses?
I know what you're saying.

I guess I should pay the $80 with a clear conscience.

But then the Wal-Mart employees may get laid off if more people do this.

It's a quagmire, I tell ya'.
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i pay $80 to have the local dealership do it.
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out here in santa ana they do it for about 10$ a piece but you gotta know spanish
LOL I just got charged $15 today but they do great work balance is always right on. Mc Carty Tire chain.
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When i get mine done its 60 bucks.
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Just paid $10 per tire today. remove from car, de-mount snows from rims, mount and balance summer tires, place back on car, hand torque lug nuts. Discount Tire
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Just paid $10 per tire today. remove from car, de-mount snows from rims, mount and balance summer tires, place back on car, hand torque lug nuts. Discount Tire
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Well, Costco won't mount tires unless you buy them there.

I went to a tirerack.com recommended installer (called them) and got a price of $18 per tire.

Anyone have any concerns about Wal-Mart?

They will do everything - dismount, remount of new tires, balance with inside and outside weights (if required), using a Corgy (is that how it's spelled) instead of a Hunter, for $12 per tire, including valve stems and disposal.

This is the best price so far.


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When I was getting ready to get my winters mounted & balanced, I checked at wal mart for pricing just for grins, and they informed me they wouldn't even touch low profile 18s.
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i paid 120 for mounting and balance with the tmps put in on my new rays

last place i went to i paid 80 and they screwed up big time, i rather not take the chance at costco or some other cheaper place with my nice wheels. its really a once in a while expense so get it done at a legit place id say
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you mean beside the fact that they are a shitty company who treat their employees like crap and are effectively ruining small town businesses?
I know people that work at Wal-mart and I'm gonna have to disagree with the treating employees like **** part. I suppose there are bad stores, but corporate is very big on treating employees right because they don't want any more labor problems then they already have. Very accommodating with time off, you get insurance, it's not a bad deal save the low wages.

I think rotorsport charged me 80 bucks for mount and balance, including a tire disposal fee. 15 to mount and balance, 5 to get rid of the old tire.
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$25 total at the dealer. But then again my dealer also is going to sponsor a track day for us.
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$25 total at the dealer. But then again my dealer also is going to sponsor a track day for us.
Wow. That's a dealer to hang on to, for life.
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