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    $164 to mount and balance 4 tires?

    So I ordered a set of 4 tires from Tirerack for some bare wheels and had them sent to the local Les Schwab. They said $164 to mount and balance. Seems like a lot of money. I thought it would be in the neighborhood of $70 - 80 total.

    Edit: I searched... I guess $100 to $120 would be more reasonable. I just couldn't believe they said $164. Can anyone local recommend another place that doesn't charge an asinine amount?
    Last edited by traumattic80; 04-30-2008 at 03:53 PM.

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    WHAT!?!?!?!?!??! Are they fuckin nuts!?!?!?!?!??!?!

    Discount tire mount and balance tires for like $20 a wheel. If you pay anything over $50 total they are ripping you off!

    I've done this twice now for all 4 wheel and NEVER paid over $50. Just call around and ask. But screw those guys, $164....F that! hahahaha.

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    Very wrong. Find someplace else.
    It costs $15 per corner at BJs price club, but chances are the guy doing it doesn't really know what the hell they are doing anyway (I had one guy put my tires on inside out. How do I know? It was molded into the sidewall "Mount tire with this side facing in". ) A reputable tire store will likely charge $25 or less per tire. Call around.

    FTW, I have a mechanic friend who did all four of mine for $40.

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    I pay 15 each for mount balance and disposal of old tire.

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    They should seriously be reported to the BBB for charging that much. After I'd laugh in their faces for being total ass-hats while I pick up my tires to take somewhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traumattic80 View Post
    Edit: I searched... I guess $100 to $120 would be more reasonable.

    NO IT'S NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $15-$25 TOPS PER wheel is what is "reasonable".

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    No, you should be well under $100 my friend, unles your wheels were totally fubar and were damn near impossible to balance. check the weights, see how many they put on there. You should be at NO MORE than $20 a wheel/tire.

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    Did you use the TireRack website to find an affiliated shop in your area? If not, you should. Case in point:

    I purchase my new wheels from the 'Rack. Had them sent to my local NTB as it is listed as an affiliate *and* it's 5 min from my house. Called NTB to confirm they knew about the wheels being shipped and to price out mount/balance. The guy originally quoted me something like $93. I looked at the TR website and they had fixed prices right online. I mentioned to the guy that the wheels were coming from the 'Rack. He said, "Oh yeah ...it'll be $58."

    TireRack's website includes installers who follow the site's "Price Pledge" stuff. Essentially, they list the price online for each shop and the shop is bound to it. You should not be paying more than $15 - $20, depending on the sidewall height of the tires in question. (They charge more for low-pro than for stockers.)

    Good Luck.

    Edit: I just popped in 95814 for a Sac. CA zip code. You should look for Big O Tires or a local Goodyear Auto Svc Center. They seem to be plentiful and shouldn't pop you for more than the aforementioned $15 - $20 mount/bal per wheel ...unless you're a baller and running something insane like 30 aspect tires.

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    I ordered via tire rack and was $89 at thier recommended installer and if a Hunter Balancer is used there could be a $$ adder because of whats entailed with them but they do a lot better & proper job of balancing.

    The other thing to remember you can get a hack doing it for $15 a corner and you can possibly kiss your nice rim goodbye. I paid the price and I even got to watch and they did it perfect.

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    Tire Rack mentions they offer "road force" balancing. Is this using the Hunter machine you mention? Does TR do this for every order?

    I wonder if a local discount tire, NTB, etc would be able to do this, and if its more expensive, maybe this is where the original $100+ quote came from.

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    You are paying for the "service" at Les Schwab though... They probably have record of your mount & balance and will cover it under some type of warranty.

    They have awesome customer service.

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    wow thats a rip off big time, i paid 47 after tax for mounting and balancing 4 15" tires at walmart, shop around dude

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill1975 View Post
    Tire Rack mentions they offer "road force" balancing. Is this using the Hunter machine you mention? Does TR do this for every order?

    I wonder if a local discount tire, NTB, etc would be able to do this, and if its more expensive, maybe this is where the original $100+ quote came from.
    Here is a link ... lots of reading nut it gets down to the Hunter machine


    http://www3.telus.net/jesstzn/hunterbalance.html

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    Yup, mount and balance depends on what size your tires are, specially the sidewall ratio.
    15" and 16" wheels, you can get those mounted anywhere for around $50.
    If your wheels are in pristine condition and want to keep it that way, I would pay extra for a shop that deals with expensive wheels all day (they charge $20 per tire for my 18's).
    You should look at the itemized costs and make sure they don't charge you tire disposal fees because your wheels don't have any tires on them (most of the shops I go to try do it).

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    Heck, even up here doing all 4 corners is no more than $50-$80. I got my 17s mounted and road-force balanced (Hunter machine) for ~$120. But I forgot to give them the valve stems I got with the tires. Dunno if they charged me for them.

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    Wow, I pay $60 to do mine and that with Hunter mounters and Road Force balancing. You're getting hosed.

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    Big O Tires did it for $60 yesterday. I had no issues with the last set they put on so I went back. When I got my old wheels back the driver's side had old and new grease all over the inside. I was hoping my CV boots would last at least till 60,000 but they're toast at 51,000. I can only hope warranty will cover it.

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    I just did my first cv boot at 116k. Sounds like you have a problem that should be covered by the dealer. 51k is way too early. Glad you got a better deal for your tire mounting.

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    i had discount tires mount, balance, install valve stems and it was out the door with tax for $100.28. Thats for all 4 wheels and tires. Les schwab is a bunch rip offs.

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    Discount Tire in my area mounts and balances for free if you purchase from them, and they price match Tire Rack on regular and sale prices. I think they are at least half of what you are being quoted.

    Try

    http://dt.know-where.com/DiscountTir...on=&country=US

    Also, Discount Tire's road hazard warranty is a straight swap of flat/damaged tires for a new one. No mileage check or anything. If it can't be repaired it's replaced outright.

    Good luck, and don't get hosed!

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    Wow. I do think that $164 id kinda nuts. But I've encountered the same kind of ridiculous pricing from most shops if you didn't buy the tires from them. Walmart is like $7.50 per wheel, but thats if you trust Walmart. They did mount my tires backwards too. Otherwise most other shops I've seen are $20-30 to mount AND balance.

    For the rest of you guys, are you buying the tires from the same place that mounts them? or are the prices you guys are saying for bringing in your own tires say from TireRack?

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    Wow, last year I payed $65

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    It was the Hunter Road Force balance that did it. Otherwise, places charge around $15 a corner mounted and balanced with everything.

    There's only three Hunter machines within 100 miles of me, though. Two are owned by a tire place and the third is a VW dealer that told me it would be ~$60. When I showed up and they told me it would be the same price as the tire place, I turned on my heel and took it to them. The dealer is NOT getting any more of my money unless I can help it.

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    Just did this over the weekend. No Touch Mounting, Road Force Balancing, and disposal on 235/45/17 tires was $86 all together.

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    Agreed on taking work away from the dealership, especially when their overall quality of service is poor for what they usually charge.

    Could you believe some posted that a dealership wanted around $1200 for a timing belt change? Ridiculous! Who would want their wallet raped by a dealership?

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    I ordered my tires from the 'Rack and had them installed at the local Disco Tires. $20 per plus tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crookedletterd View Post
    You are paying for the "service" at Les Schwab though... They probably have record of your mount & balance and will cover it under some type of warranty.

    They have awesome customer service.
    Les Schwab just quoted me "about $20" for mount, balance, and a new stem... strange - you'd think they'd be the same price at all their locations.

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