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best value for car tires and battery

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by senior smoke, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Hello:
    My nephew emailed me asking if I new what brand tires he should purchase for his car as well as he needs a new battery?

    I told him I just purchased new Good Year tires for a car that I gave to a friend's daughter as well as a new Sear's Diehard battery.

    He throws nickels around like manhole covers, just like his father, my brother, and wants the best value for his dollar. He says he has $500.00 put a side for the tires and battery.

    Any ideas, $500.00 for both seems a bit low to me?
    Steve Balistreri
    Wauwatosa Wisconsin
     
  2. 635 G

    635 G Well-Known Member

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    I bought 4 tires for my Benz, Michelin Primacy xmx4, installed, balanced all state fees @ Sams club under $800.00, included a $70. instant cash back, includes free balancing & rotation every 6 months.

    Phil Berkowitz
     
  3. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

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    If he is strapped for cash, check out local craigslist. He might get new tires if he is running size 13's under $500

    As for battery's, gel cell is the only way to go. EVERY acid battery I've had, has leaked.

    In todays world its still, you get what you pay for.

    Good hunting!
     
  4. RobertT

    RobertT Well-Known Member

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    I believe Die Hard batteries are rebranded Interstates, some of the best around. You really need to consider what type of tire based on the vehicle and how it's going to be driven. Hankook tires are relatively inexpensive and of good quality. Personally, I consider quality tires good insurance. Living in the southwest the results of cheap tires traveling on hot freeways are scattered all over the roadways.

    Robert
     
  5. Bakerking31

    Bakerking31 TS Member

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    For the battery just get the cheapest one with the best warranty.
    For tires ... It depends on the car and tire size. My suggestion is to go to tire rack and find some online that are on sale with good reviews. Go through the cart so you get to the payment screen and print it out. Bring that into your local tire shop and ask them to match it. They will most of the time and you support your local businesses
     
  6. Pull & Mark

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    For Tires, I'd look at the HanKook's or the Falken's. Good economy type tires that hold up well. For the Battery that's even easier "Diehard". I Replace them every 3 years in my climate no matter what. Sears never gives me hard time and gives me credit for a new one. Good Luck and break em all. Jeff
     
  7. 635 G

    635 G Well-Known Member

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    everything depends where you live--In Florida tires that rack & stop well in the rain are a must.

    Phil Berkowitz
     
  8. ljutic73

    ljutic73 Well-Known Member

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    I have Cooper tires on both our trucks (sizes: 245-60/18 & 275-55/20). We put on lots of miles and they've been good value for the $$. And because I deal with a dealer who is also a Cooper distributor the price for our tires is about 30% less than what was quoted at Goodyear and Bridgestone. My '06 GMC Envoy Denali had 2 Goodyears delaminate before they were close to wearing out, so after the warranty replacements wore down, I went with Coopers.

    Ron Burr
     
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    Michelin Defender - 90,000 mile tire. By Michelin's own admission, it is the best tire they ever made.

    I just put four of them on my wife's Outlander Sport. She said it is noticably quieter and smoother than her old Goodyear original equipment tires.

    Also, I'm not sure Interstate batteries are of the same quality that they were back in their hay day. Nothing to add to that except to say I use them in my work car in the cold MN winters and they seemed to be a better and longer lasting battery 15 years ago. Probably like everything else, they had to cheapin them to compete with the lower budget products.
     
  10. hose 'em down

    hose 'em down Active Member

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    Go to Costco.....tires (name brands too, and batteries ....Interstates) ...they stand behind them. Of course, just MHO.

    Ernie .....in AZ
     
  11. wireguy

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    I've used the WalMart batteries for years with no complaints.
     
  12. Steve Fischer

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    If you are looking for mileage and performance in weather, it's hard to beat Michelin. I have a 23 year old Toyota that has 13 inch wheels and after going through a couple of brands of cheap tires that wore out far too soon, and would hydroplane in rainy streets I finally went back to Michelin's. They are well worth the higher cost in my opinion.
    If you want a performance tire, I found Toyo Proxis 4 tires to work great on my Vette. They are high speed rated and wear very well.
     
  13. Bob Merkov

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    If your nephew is strapped for money, and there is one in your area, Pep-Boys has some good deals on both tires and batteries.

    Bob M.
     
  14. W.P.T.

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    Sam's Club, tires and Battery under $500 is no problem ... Don't look at the prices on their site, go there, tell them what you want to spend and they will fix you right up ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  15. Brian in Oregon

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    Skip the Optima battery.

    I have an older Optima battery, a red top, from 2005. Best battery I've ever owned. It's in a vehicle that I had to install a battery kill switch on, otherwise the battery drains after a week. It mostly sits, so it would often be dead before I drove it again. That Optima has been drained dead dozens of times, and is still going strong.

    Unfortunately, Optima got sold, and the new company is turning out Optimas that do not last. Pity, because at one times these were the best battery you could get, bar none. I'll be pretty saddy faced when it finally goes.

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    On another battery topic, do you know what the difference is between a 24 month, 36 month and 48 month battery are?

    At many shops, it's the decal they slap on them.

    You're basically paying more for the warranty.

    A friend who worked at a shop showed me. They have batteries on the shelf with decals on them. But in the back they have bare batteries. He showed me them and a stack of different decals to put on them.

    if you take into account the extra you paid, plus the pro-rating of the replacement battery, the shop ain't losing a dime with this sales technique.

    Not all shops are like this, and you actually get a better battery for more money. But this is nevertheless a scam pulled by some shops.
     
  16. senior smoke

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    Thanks for all the advice. I love my nephew but he's a bit frugal. He lives in Wisconsin, he needs tires that grips the road in winter. Needs a battery with high cranking power as the car sits outside in winter.

    Just curious, can you even get whitewalls any more? My father would only purchase Firestone tires. I sent him your comments and he just emailed me back and said the tires and battery are for his ford Escort station wagon. (he loves that car, as he uses it for work).
    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  17. Shooting Coach

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    This may be against the tide, but I recommend a AAA battery. Costs a little more, but if it pukes out, or if you leave the lights on, they come to you at no charge to give a boost or replace battery.

    Not an issue if your car is at home when this happens, but if on the road, or in the boonies? When I ride the Road bike, I park the car in western Bum Egypt. This means something to me.

    AAA Premier is the way to go, especially for those of us who are unwilling or unable to pull a battery or change a tire, and don't want to pay three prices for a tow.

    Tires? A1 Tire is down the street. I can get like new major brand tires for $60 each mounted and balanced, all matching. This is for a Cadillac with oddball, high-speed rated tires.

    Likely there is a place like this in your town.
     
  18. halfmile

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    Sears is good for frugal people, I put a set on my wife's Kia and they were great.

    Trailblazer got the big bad Diehard.

    HM
     
  19. James344

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    I have to agree with Phil Berkowitz. I have a set of Michelin Primacy's on my Outlander right now and am heading to Sam's Club to get another set this weekend. They're the best tires I've had on my Outlander since I've owned it, 2007.
     
  20. W.P.T.

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    My wife just got back (09-17-13, 9:15 AM) from Sam's club, bought a battery for her car 3 years ago, was dead this morning took it over and they replaced it for NADA, ZERO, as in No Charge (no pun intended) ... Haven't bought tires anyplace else since I cannot remember when, it just don't get any better ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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