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Best place to buy winter tires?

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Best place to buy winter tires?

I'm new to Canada and am in the market for my very first set of winter tires. Any advice on the best (price, service, good advice) to go? I just joined CAA and they advertise that their Car Care Centres have great deals. But not sure if this is better than Canadian Tire, Toyota dealer, anything else.

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the states lol

winter tires almost never go on sale here sadly

there's a huge thread in the auto section with info on both domestic and cross border dealers

http://forums.redflagdeals.com/2010-201 ... ixid=Auto9

that's the thread

but it basically boils down to if you want bottom of the line, just go to a local garage or canadian tire. anything in the range of a hundred something per tire you'll be saving going down to the states.
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geobandito wrote: I'm new to Canada and am in the market for my very first set of winter tires. Any advice on the best (price, service, good advice) to go? I just joined CAA and they advertise that their Car Care Centres have great deals. But not sure if this is better than Canadian Tire, Toyota dealer, anything else.

Thanks!
Jen

depending on your car and tire size, this is the best deal at the moment:
http://forums.redflagdeals.com/jc-whitn ... es-937324/
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If you can't score some tires from the states I would look at Costco. They are typically pretty cheap compared to everyone else and their warranties are great
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geobandito wrote: I'm new to Canada and am in the market for my very first set of winter tires. Any advice on the best (price, service, good advice) to go? I just joined CAA and they advertise that their Car Care Centres have great deals. But not sure if this is better than Canadian Tire, Toyota dealer, anything else.

Thanks!
Jen

if you're in north york/richmond hill or markham try www.joycitytires.com
they have their winter tire prices online.
for sizes not posted, call them.

I bought my winter tires there last year. very happy with the service I got.
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www.tirerack.com is a competitive U.S. supplier. I recommend buying a separate set of rims or alloy wheels for your winter tires. In the long run, it pays for itself by avoiding two annual charges for removal and re-balancing if you had only one set of rims.

Tirerack.com (if not for purchase than is a great source of customer reviews & tire research)
Home: http://www.tirerack.com/
Winter/Snow Tires: http://www.tirerack.com/winter/index.jsp
Tech Center: http://www.tirerack.com/about/techcenter.jsp
Video Center: http://www.tirerack.com/videos/index.jsp
Tire & Wheel Packages: http://www.tirerack.com/wheels/wtpack.j ... rom=wtpack
Canadian Orders: http://www.tirerack.com/about/using.jsp ... nCustomers

For Manitoba Buyers:
If you prefer buying in person and not online, Costco and Walmart are some of the lowest priced options in Winnipeg. Larger cities will have more options.

Consider ordering from the US and shipping tires to Menke’s Parcel Service at a U.S. border town. Tire Rack shipping rates are significantly less to a US zip code. Neche, ND is about 1h15min from Winnipeg,
Home Page: http://www.menkesparcel.com/
Tire Handling Fees:
Car Tires or Rims - $3.00 each.
Car Tires or Rims (Mounted) - $5.00 each.
Truck Tires or Rims - $4.00 each.
Truck Tires or Rims (Mounted) - $6.00 each.
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do they ask for membership to buy tires just, no service them?
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Kijiji. You just have to know what to look for. Learn how to read the manufacturing date of the tires: http://www.tirebuyer.com/education/how- ... your-tires

I got all four of mine on Kijiji. The seller said they had just bought them the year before, used them for one winter, then sold their vehicle. The manufacturing date on the tire confirmed their story: they were only a year old. I bought all four for $300.
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I would suggest you go to an actual tireshop as they INCLUDE installation and balancing.I,ve gotten prices from Canadian Tire and they charge extra for each service. Walmart does the same etc. Thats just my 2 cents plus tire shops only do one thing and that is tires so most know what they are doing.
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Costco.
$70 Rebates ongoing right now.
Look up what they have and then google for reviews on the tire.
Service is great but you just can't walk in off the street.
Free puncture repair and Nitrogen refills.
Also buy another set of rims to keep the tires on.
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Costco pricing is pretty decent, you might be able to save a bit if you go to tire shops but you'll have to do the MIRs yourself and probably won't have the same warranty.
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geobandito wrote: I'm new to Canada and am in the market for my very first set of winter tires. Any advice on the best (price, service, good advice) to go? I just joined CAA and they advertise that their Car Care Centres have great deals. But not sure if this is better than Canadian Tire, Toyota dealer, anything else.
Do some research on the tyre recommendations first. I looked at Consumer Reports' buying guide on tyres and then - with their top 3 recommendations in hand, got quotes from Costco, Canadian Tire and some US suppliers.

With all suppliers, get an 'out the door' price - fully installed, taxes, any shipping costs, etc. That way you can compare apples to apples.

If you're getting US quotes, throw the numbers into a currency exchange app to get an idea on the US price in CAD, then add PST/GST/HST as applicable to that price to determine if there are any savings by getting them in the USA. For my own situation, this year (non-winters) I did the math and the price came in about the same, when everything was considered...so I just went to Costco to get my tyres. Canadian Tire was about $300 more for the same tyres.

As someone else has already written, get a set of rims. Get quotes for them separately. If you're in a place where you can keep them (condo storage locker, back shed, etc), then great. I swap them out myself each year...and after the second year I think they paid for themselves in full.

So, in summary...identify the tyres YOU want, get quotes for those tyres and make your decision on what's included for the price.

Good luck.
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cybersaga wrote: Kijiji. You just have to know what to look for. Learn how to read the manufacturing date of the tires: http://www.tirebuyer.com/education/how- ... your-tires

I got all four of mine on Kijiji. The seller said they had just bought them the year before, used them for one winter, then sold their vehicle. The manufacturing date on the tire confirmed their story: they were only a year old. I bought all four for $300.
I second this. I just picked up a set of 4 Michelin X-Ice on 17" rims. They are only 2 years old and are practically new, with about 8/32 tread depth.

I got them for $350 cash whereas it would have been at least $1K + tax if I were to buy the tires and rims new. I took my time to inspect the inside to make sure there was no patch and also verified the manufacture date for each of the 4 tire.

I will have to get them on tomorrow as they are calling for between 5 - 10 cm of snow in Ottawa on Sunday :)
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