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4 Michelin Tires needed, buy @ costco, dealer or sears?

Deal2go 5,113 277 August 16, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I am looking for 4 Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tire - P215/60R16 94H or Michelin Energy MXV4 Tire - P215/60R16 94V BSW Tires for my 07 toyota camry hybrid. I checked prices at SEARS, LOCAL DEALER. COSTCO and WALMART but they are about the same. michelin has $70 rebate for 4 new tires but I checked at costco and they don't provide that factory rebate.

I have never purchased and installed any new tires on my camry since purchase date in AUG 2006 and i got lots of cracks on my tires and losing air.

they are selling adds on like ROAD HAZART for $80 and TPMS for $24. Are these actually needed or just a waste of money?

below is sears price.


Merchandise Subtotal
$616.32
Road Hazard Plus Agreement
$ 89.28
Automotive Services & Fees
$ 110.60
Online Only-$35 off automotive orders of $350 or more with promo code AUTO35. Items Sold by Sears.
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Estimated Sales Tax (60660)
$41.81
Estimated Total
$858.01


below is COSTCO, they have good warranty but no 70 factory rebate


Subtotal: $753.96
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Tax: $43.00
Order Total: $796.96


this is my local dealer's price but only 24 month road hazard

ESTIMATE INSTALLED WITH ALL TAXES $849.79 WITH $70.00 MAIL IN REBATE P215/60R16 MICHEKIN ENERGY MXV4

walmart's price is about $850

below is NTB's price ( worst price)

Michelin: 215/60R16 95V

$167.99 each

Size: 215 60 16
4
QTY $671.96
Road Hazard Item for MC03321606V $104.00
Change Add-Ons
Buy 4 Michelin Tires - Get $70 Mail-In Rebate. Print Form.

Install as early as Fri, Aug 17
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Tire/Wheel Installation - Tire & Wheel Installation


$67.96

TPMS - TPMS Service


$28.00
Subtotal $871.92
Estimated Taxes $79.12
Estimated Fees $0.00
Store Fees $0.00
Total: $951.04
Total Savings $0.00

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Instead of only considering MIchelins, simply buy the cheapest tire you can find that will fit your car's needs (size, type of tire, and speed rating). You will save hundreds doing it this way.

Consumer Reports did a survey a couple of years ago and found there was no correlation between price and quality (just like practically every single other thing we buy). So, check with places like Discount Tire [discounttire.com], Tires Plus [tiresplus.com], and Tire Rack [tirerack.com] and save your money!
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I have not done a lot of driving myself, but my experience with tires says go for Michelin if you have the money and plan to keep your car for long. This is what I was told by a couple of other people too. I got a used car from my bro well maintained but the tires were dying. 500 miles max he told me. I used it for 2k+ miles. I happened to ask my auto mechanic about tires while getting an oil change and he was like "whoa look at the condition of those tires. Its probably cause they're Michelin's that you still didn't end up with a burst tire and a fender bender." I drove my car from CA to AZ on those tires and it stood the heat here too! And any day I feel the handling is awesome. Smooth ride, not noisy and I love my breaking distance.
Discount tires will price match Costco any day in terms of proce + deals. They were cheaper than costco when I was buying and added on an instant rebate of $70 instead of MIR just cos I told them Costco was doing so Wink
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I buy tires at Costco. Road hazard is included. I don't know how many flats and ruined tires that Costco has replaced for me.
Plus they are open late, and more convenient for me.

I put a new set of Michelin's on my wife's vehicle at Costco a few years ago. Two tires kept leaking air. Over a period of about six months, I brought it back 3-4 times, and the tire technicials just put more air in.
On the fourth trip, I went back and told them that I wanted a new set of tires. The tire manager wanted to "reseat" the tires. I said "no, you've had four opportunities to fix this. I'm concerned that my family's going to get killed by these defective and leaking tires...". And I reminded them of Costco's Satisfaction Guaranteed policy.
After I got the store manager involved, he finally agreed to put a new set of $800+ tires on my wife's car. I probably would not have got this at a local tire store.
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Do I have to have Costco member ID to show every time I go to Costco for tire repairs? Or all I have to show is tire purchase receipt? I am buying the tires with my sister using her Costco member ID.?

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If you have an America's Tire or Discount Tire (same company) nearby I know they'll pricematch to www.discounttiredirect.com (their online sister company.) The website doesn't charge tax or shipping and I was able to get the B&M store to match it. Saved me some pretty pennies and their service is great. I managed to get them to factor in that the website was doing $100 rebate too so I ended up saving up front without having to wait for the rebate.

Whatever you do, stay away from the Falken ZIEX ZE-512 tires. Great tires but the tread wears down REALLY quick.
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Quote from Deal2go View Post :
Do I have to have Costco member ID to show every time I go to Costco for tire repairs? Or all I have to show is tire purchase receipt? I am buying the tires with my sister using her Costco member ID.?

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You'll need your card and your receipt.
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Quote from Nhanandmel View Post :
If you have an America's Tire or Discount Tire (same company) nearby I know they'll pricematch to www.discounttiredirect.com (their online sister company.) The website doesn't charge tax or shipping and I was able to get the B&M store to match it. Saved me some pretty pennies and their service is great. I managed to get them to factor in that the website was doing $100 rebate too so I ended up saving up front without having to wait for the rebate.

Whatever you do, stay away from the Falken ZIEX ZE-512 tires. Great tires but the tread wears down REALLY quick.
Where is the $100 rebate ? I don't see any on the site.
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You'll need your card and your receipt.
ok than, i dont have costco card and it is my sister's and i was trying to use my credit card to buy.

any deals on costco member id?
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ok than, i dont have costco card and it is my sister's and i was trying to use my credit card to buy.

any deals on costco member id?
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We have an "Executive" Membership that $75/year, with a rebate. We spend so much money at Costco - the rebate makes the membership free.
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We have an "Executive" Membership that $75/year, with a rebate. We spend so much money at Costco - the rebate makes the membership free.
How did you get your Executive membership for only $75?
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Back in 1998 we purchased tires at Costco in So Fl and shortly after we drove the vehicle across country to Ca. They were Michelin tires.
Long story short we picked up half of a needle nose pliers in Borne, Texas (which was not fun on many levels since the SUV was fully loaded with stuff we could not put on the moving van.) At the time Costco had no outlets in Texas which we did not find out until we called corporate. We were told to stop at the first Michelin dealer we could find and get the tire replaced. We were also told to bring the receipt into the next Costco we found for a full reimbursement.
True to their word they reimbursed us every penny even though the tire was twice the price of the tire in Costco.
Since then we have never purchased tires anyplace but Costco
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How did you get your Executive membership for only $75?
Every year there's some sort of deal for membership..
http://slickdeals.net/f/3809072-New-Costco-Membership-offers-for-2012-YMMV?page=4
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Quote from MrCookieBar View Post :
We have an "Executive" Membership that $75/year, with a rebate. We spend so much money at Costco - the rebate makes the membership free.
if i install, it would be at my local dealer or at, WalMart, costco or Sears. Because DISCOUNT TIRES, TIRE RACK, NTB are all not in the city and it doesn't make sense to drive all the way to suburbs for any flat tire repairs.

I think the COSTCO's warranty is very good but costco told me they are not participating in current Michelin $70 rebate. Sears offers the $70 rebate but review of their service is bad and bit over priced. I checked WalMart's price but it doesn't show me what services are included in the total price.

I don't have COSTCO member ID. I thought about getting them installed at COSTCO using my sister's costco ID but than if I get flat tire in future, I may not get them fixed cos I can't show member ID?
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Costco, 100% hands-down. Why?
* Free lifetime road hazard protection
* Open on Sunday's. (Great if you get a flat Saturday evening.)
* They use nitrogen to fill tires. (Not really a big deal, but some places CHARGE for Nitrogen... and it provides minimal benefits over traditional air)
* They don't "sell" add-ons (at least not to my knowledge), so you're not going to get screwed in that regard.

As far as the price difference between Sears & Costco, if I'm understanding correctly Sears would be more out of pocket, but you'd get a $70 rebate at some future point in time? How long does it take to get the rebate? (Looks like it's a $10 difference after rebate, so if it was going to take say 8 weeks to get the rebate, not to mention the hassle of having to fill it out, all the more reason to opt for Costco over Sears.) FINALLY, Costco always has tire promotions it seems... They have done $70 off Michelin (been a while), so am thinking they are due for one soon. Current coupons expire Sep 9, next set presumably would come out Sep 13 (which may or may not have Michelin coupon)... I'd say if you can wait, it'd be good, but based on the condition you describe, and considering that those four tires are what connects your car to the road, man up, eat the price, and be more proactive in the future.

Regarding the poster who suggests buying cheap ass tires... unless you live in a very dry climate and don't plan on keeping your car for long, BAD idea... Michelin is def good. If it's available for your car (either direct size, or even if diff size but still fits on your wheel), I *highly* recommend the Michelin Hydroedge.

Best of luck.
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