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New Tires

August 28th, 2013 at 06:15 pm

I blew a tire on the way to work yesterday. The truck is fully insured, including towing, so after some effort on my and DW's part to get the spare on, we had it towed to the tire shop.

I opted to have all four tires replaced. The truck has 85,000 miles. I'm not sure if the tires are original or not, but they needed to be replaced. No need to go blowing them one at a time over the next several months.

The total cost to replace was $636, including tires, labor, and tax. The tire guy said that I could have a good used tire for $50. But, again, we have the cash, so I opted for new tires all around.

This leads to a (somewhat) funny story. Until recently I drove a POS car. Three or four years ago that car had a flat that needed to be replaced. My job has me wearing different clothes depending on what I'm doing, either seasonally or day to day. One day I might be wearing khakis and a button up shits, another day I might be wearing a tee shirt and dirty beat up jeans. On this particular day when I got the flat I was not dressed up. The tire guy probably assumed I was broke (actually, I probably was broke). He offered a good used tire for $20. Different vehicle, different tire, different year, I know, but I can't help but think that I appeared to have a different paying capacity three or four years ago than I did yesterday, hence the difference in pricing.

Anyway, I'm set for the winter now, and maybe set for another 85,000 miles.

3 Responses to “New Tires”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    It always amazed me the financial assumptions made. I am used to a more of a "Obviously you can't afford that" attitude. I don't know how much is culture (i.e. the vet/dentist/doctor assumes you aren't able or willing to pay for anything more than $50), and how much of that is appearance. I've often been confused for a college student, so just assume it's a cultural + "looking young" thing. Plus, just aren't into much bling.

    Who knows, but I am presuming he offered you a more expensive tire and still had some $20 variety for the poorer folk. Some of that is probably truck tire versus car tire?

  2. Bob B. Says:

    Yeah, I'm sure that car vs. truck was a big part of the difference. But, the difference is 2.5X. I would expect maybe a $15 difference car vs. truck? And it was a few years ago, too. I just can't help but suspect that part of the difference was based on how much he thought I could pay.

    On a side note, that $20 tire lasted the remaining life of the car. I didn't put many miles on the car/tire. Basically back and forth 14 miles to work.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Yeah - I actually have always bought a used tire when a tire has blown prematurely. OF course, I learned long ago that "barely used goods" last just as long as "new goods." Wink But, tires are one of those things most people won't touch with a 10-foot-pole. But have saved our bacon when we had a bad luck string with our "new" tires. Never had a problem with a used tire. Wink That's great!

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