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Tires: Costco, America's Tire, or ???

zodiac711 1,692 July 1, 2010 at 02:23 PM
The tires on my SUV are coming near the end of their useful life... I intend to keep it until it dies, so definitely want to get a good tire.

Looking at the upcoming Costco coupons, they have a $70 off coupon for Bridgestone Tires. A set of 4 Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza's would run (after coupon) $730 installed, as compared to America's Tire @ $838.

I've had (positive) dealings with both. That said, assuming price were to be equal, what do people see as benefits America's Tire has over Costco? (They're situated within a few blocks of each other for the Costco that's closest to where I live...)

For Costco:
  • Open Sunday's (america's tire isn't -- normally not a big deal, but when you get a flat Saturday night...)
  • Fill tires with Nitrogen (not sure if America's tire does)
  • When it comes time for tire rotation, I can do shopping at Costco
  • Costco near where I live AND where I work (should I need work done)

For America's Tire:
  • Can get an alignment -- not sure it's needed per-se, but I know Costco doesn't offer it. (Vehicle has 45k miles, and not had one before.)


As can be seen, I'm heavily leaning towards Costco, unless America's Tire can significantly beat Costco's pricing -- Just wondering if I'm missing a reason to go with AT over Costco. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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I went with AT over SAM's club for the following reasons:

1. Sam's club was always difficult to get service on the weekend
2. AT has an optional warranty that will replace your tires at no cost for any damage for the length of the tires warranty. Since I bought an expensive tire with a long warranty, this seemed like a good deal to me. When my wife ran over a curb and wrecked the tire, I knew I made a good decision.
3. AT had a better selection of tires at a comparable price.
4. Free tire rotations at AT (they do this as a service, so you don't actually have to buy from them to use the free rotation... but I thought it was good Karma)

YMMV as those reason's may not apply to you, but I thought I would give you a run down of what sold me.
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Quote from bzhayes View Post :
I went with AT over SAM's club for the following reasons:

1. Sam's club was always difficult to get service on the weekend
2. AT has an optional warranty that will replace your tires at no cost for any damage for the length of the tires warranty. Since I bought an expensive tire with a long warranty, this seemed like a good deal to me. When my wife ran over a curb and wrecked the tire, I knew I made a good decision.
3. AT had a better selection of tires at a comparable price.
4. Free tire rotations at AT (they do this as a service, so you don't actually have to buy from them to use the free rotation... but I thought it was good Karma)

YMMV as those reason's may not apply to you, but I thought I would give you a run down of what sold me.
Thanks for the response -- rep'd.
I do agree about the good Karma with AT -- They did a flat repair free of charge on a tire that was not purchased from them.

That, and the optional warranty are good points -- Knock-on-wood however, I have never had a problem with a tire aside from the occasional nail/screw in the tread (not the sidewall) -- of course, if I buy from Costco, or AT (sans warranty), my luck might change...
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If price is the main thing driving you to Costco, AT will probably price match. Though, it seems like you have lots of reasons to choose Costco so it is probably the best bet for you.
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AT/DT matches the costco price here... There is always a $100 rebate going on on 4 tires installation at America Tire. The offer code in my area was 87999

You can ask and see if that makes it cheaper for you
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I went with AT over SAM's club for the following reasons:

1. Sam's club was always difficult to get service on the weekend
2. AT has an optional warranty that will replace your tires at no cost for any damage for the length of the tires warranty. Since I bought an expensive tire with a long warranty, this seemed like a good deal to me. When my wife ran over a curb and wrecked the tire, I knew I made a good decision.
3. AT had a better selection of tires at a comparable price.
4. Free tire rotations at AT (they do this as a service, so you don't actually have to buy from them to use the free rotation... but I thought it was good Karma)

YMMV as those reason's may not apply to you, but I thought I would give you a run down of what sold me.
Not sure why you're comparing Sam's Club here but I'll go with it anyways.

Costco has a warranty on their tires and it's not an optional warranty that's purchased separately, it's included when you pay for the installation, balancing and everything. When my tire got a nail in it and was deemed unrepairable, the service guy estimated that I had about 1/2 the tread left so I got credit for half the original price I paid for the tire (which I purchased about 2 years ago). If the tire is brand new and it gets a nail in it, you could get the full price back for it, although they can and will repair it for free.

Costco also has free balancing and rotations for the life of the tires after you purchase them with the installation package. If you want to get alignment the smartest thing to do is goto Firestone and purchase the lifetime alignment for around $150. After you do 3 alignments the service has already paid for itself. I usually try to align the tires after they've been balanced and rotated.
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