Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Tires

I need new tires.  It's hard to believe that 60,000 miles has come and gone.   It seems like I just got this set just a couple months ago, but it's actually been over 5 years.  I was still living at home at the time.

When dad was down a couple of weeks ago, we shopped around and found the best deal at Tires Plus.  I got a reasonable quote at the Columbia Heights store but I wanted them installed in Blaine.  They offer free tire rotations for the life of the tires and it's more convenient with it just 2 blocks away.

So I took my quote in, but they wouldn't honor it.  They said that sale ended on the 31st.  But that's not want "Justin" told me in Heights.  Justin said the quote was good for 30 days which means it should have been honored through January 15.  However, the gentleman that helped me in Blaine said he could hook me up with a different tire and still give the the Buy 3, Get 1 Free, plus $15 off the alignment if I need it.  The total was going to be about $440.  With my holiday bonus check, that was exceptable.  Where do I sign?

Left the car and Jean and I headed out to do some shopping while they work was being done.  Not 10 minutes later, they called and said that my front right wheel was loose, which causes the tires to wear faster.  To fix this, they have to tighten the tire rod.   And when they tighten the rod, an alignment is needed.  To do this will bring the total over $600.  What?!  What happended to $440.00?

The alignment is $50 (the quote from before I left including the $15 off) which means the tightening is about $150.00 .  It costs $150.00 to tighten a rod.  A monkey can do that.  Whatever.  If it keeps my tires healthy longer, I guess it's worth it.

But what do I know.  I'm just a woman.