Yes...There Are Honest Tire Shops
I first went to Costco but they did not carry any of the tires I needed. So went online and selected tires from Fountain Tire, Kal Tire and Blasken and Lane. Initially, in all cases in "round one" to the 3 tire shops, they called me back and said the tires were out of stock and recommended the most high-end tires you can find. My spend went from $1250 to $3000. Some of the dealers suggested high-end summers and did not even listen to my needs for an all season tire. In one of these discussions, the dealer said they would only do the tire installation if I had a high-speed tire alignment.
When pressed if they can get the tire I requested, only one would even try and it would cost me $15/tire to ship. The other 2 said, they weren't interested in my business. All said I had to put a deposit or pay up front. Really left a bad taste in my mouth.
I did a few more inquiries with similar results. Then a rep from Fountain Tire at Sunridge mall in Calgary called me back and discussed my tire needs. He verified the tires I wanted were appropriate and said they were only in stock in the US. I asked how much for shipping and he said they would cover it. He also said they would book a first morning appointment that I requested. When I offered my credit card for a deposit, he declined and said we would settle up after I'm happy with the service.
Yes, there are some honest tire shops out there. Maybe I'm naive when it comes when shopping for tires but just wanted fellow RFD'ers to shop around and to look for those honest tire shop owners out there.
Has anyone else had this experience?
I'll update this post once my tires are installed.