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Is it ok to get tires from Just Tires or somewhere similar instead of the dealer?

I have a 2003 CLK. I pretty much drive slow like a grandma, (I go exactly 65 mph on the fwy etc), I don't need crazy performance or anything like that.

Is it a lot cheaper to get tires from a place like Just Tires vs going to the dealer, what kind of price difference am I looking at?

And if I go to a place like Just Tires, what kind of tires do you suggest for me?

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Of course it's o.k. and probably significantly less expensive. Just be sure to choose the right size. Look at what you have on the car now and get the same. Look at tread wear warranties to choose long-life tires. I usually buy tires on-line where a search will often turn up a sale price. You then take your new tires to your local independent mechanic who will mount and balance for you.

My last experience was with Tire Rack and I was very pleased. I bought new wheels and tires. They arrived mounted and balanced so all I had to do was put them on the car myself. The old ones sold on ebay to recoup part of the cost.

Let us know how you make out.
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Yes, no one buys tires from a dealer.

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Imagine this scenario. You have the wrong tyres. Your car is stolen, and the thief has a blow out at speed, kills an innocent family, all because of the wrong tyres being fitted. Who is to blame.
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Yes, no one buys tires from a dealer.
except my brother! But yes no reason to go to the dealer, there are lots of tires that wil probably fit your need. do a search on tire rack or discount tire and read the user reviews to find a tire that fits your needs and driving condition. talk to local tire shops, the good ones will give you good advice as well based on what you want.

I've had very good experiences with tire rack, and discount tire/america's tire store and Les Schwab.


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I like Tire Rack as well. The only big issue to watch for, especially at smaller dealers, is tires that have been sitting around for years. Tires do gradually age even if stored indoors. The side of the tire will have a number that shows when it was made eg 2308 means the 23rd week of 2008. I would not buy tires made more than a year or so prior to the purchase date.

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Imagine this scenario. You have the wrong tyres. Your car is stolen, and the thief has a blow out at speed, kills an innocent family, all because of the wrong tyres being fitted. Who is to blame.
That's funny right there, I don't care who you are.

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You're in the OC, there is a Costco right down the street. The Michelins will work fine for you, they were just on sale/rebate and may still be.

I've never actually known a single, solitary soul who purchased tires from a dealer.

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yes surely dont buy tires from the dealer. It may prove a bit expensive. Drive your car normally.
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You should stop your search for "economy" at finding a less expensive retailer.

You should still install same tires as originally specified and not some minivan/camry tires instead.

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