Originally Posted by jmorgan
This may be an urban legend, but my own expererience with tyres is that you only get what you pay for. The same model tyre will sell for both high and low prices depending on the dealer. Go to a cut-price dealer and you may not get the same quality tyre even if it is the same model. It may not be fully "true" and may need more balancing, and it may wear out quicker. Check out the trye when it is on the balance machine. Does it run true when viewed from the front and sides?
Go to a top class dealer and check the same. They get the premium tryes because they pay more for them.
I have a friend who worked for Firestone and he said that the yield of really "perfect" tyres was about 25%. Ok tyres were about 70% and 5% were marginal. These were sold to the cut price merchants. The best tyres get sold to the manufacturers and the top class dealers, the rest is pot luck.
Just my opinion, but it maybe explains why the tyres on a new car last much longer than the subsequent sets?
Total urban Myth
I work in auto componant manf, and trust me, its hard enough to managing making the parts full stop in the cost pressured auto supply world, without increasing your end item numbers size, by splitting one end item into even more catagories.
There will be a manuf tolerance, but this is set so that all within this do the job they are supposed too - those out are scrapped. the manuf isn't gonna then spend time and money managing their inventory in 3 sub lots, so they can sell for higher prices to big chains. The chains would want the cheapest ones 'in spec', just like the punter, anyway!
Balancing is designed to take account of tyre and fitting/wheel differences. all tyres req balancing
Basically big chains charge a premium because of the general publics lack of knowledge and fear of 'going to small dealers and being ripped off' - so they go to a big name they 'can trust' - and do get ripped off!
Having said that, protyre is a biggish chain (linked with Micheldever tyres, often recommended in the press), but still matched the price of the little guy
only thing is that small place means less stock flow, so poss they deal in older stock, been sat on a shelf or miss stored. but mine were ordered in especially!
Anyway always shop around - (147 lusso sele with all extras - £20K dealer, or £13K unregistered new from a independant importer - nuff said).
I could of had f1 GSD3's for 80 each, fully fitted inc vat, again fresh ordered in stock, but chose sheaper longer lasting contis
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