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Buying new tires for someone else... (215.4) - Mark's Journal
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Buying new tires for someone else... (215.4)
This isn't the first time I've been in the last year of my lease and had the tires get to the point where they really needed to be replaced. If it were June, I could probably get away with driving on worn tread, but going into the heart of winter, and with three or more hockey road trips ahead of me before the end of my lease on May 1st, I kinda want to have decent tread on the tires.

Shiny new Eagle GT-HRSo I get to spend over $800 to buy a set of new tires that I'll only get to use for a few months before returning the car at the end of the lease. I guess I had to do the same on the first A4, but never got to that point on the second because getting two flats meant having to replace all four tires early.

Somewhat surprisingly, Maguire, the local Audi dealer, has great Pirelli tires at a better price than I could get lesser tires at the Goodyear dealer. Probably even after the $40 Goodyear rebate offer that's running right now. Thus, I've made an appointment for Thursday morning to have the tires put on. I wanted to get that done before this Friday's trip up to Colgate for hockey; even when the weather's clear here, that trip often involves a little fresh or drifting snow. New tread helps.
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octanez From: octanez Date: January 18th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
What Pirelli did you pick?

I am running on a set of Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 18th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

The P6es. Don't recall which Pirellis I got last time, but I liked them, and since the Audi dealer stocks them for A4s, I should be in good shape!
retrev From: retrev Date: January 20th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never had a bad set of Pirelli's...BFGs are another story.
kukla_red From: kukla_red Date: January 18th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you have Costco up there, you might want to check their prices for tires. I've been buying my tired from them for years and have always been pretty pleased.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 18th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

No Costco. :-) I could save a few bucks by buying from Tire Rack, but anything but ground shipping is expensive as hell, and I want to do it this week. Thanks for the suggestion, though!
blaisepascal From: blaisepascal Date: January 18th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know people who own summer and winter tires, and switch them twice a year. Is there a reason why you couldn't do similar? If it would work, it seems you'd never wear out a set of summer tires (getting a new set with each car, and only half wearing them out) and would replace the winter tires about once every two cars.

Or are the chances that the tires on your current car wouldn't fit your new car too great (and the resale value of used winter tires too crappy)?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 18th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's certainly a thought. I haven't bothered buying snow tires for the Audis because all-season tires combined with all-wheel drive seems to work fine. Of course, snow tires are more expensive and shorter-lived than all-seasons, so I might not end up saving money that way.

If the tread on the old tires is still legal, if not great, I may keep them and put them back on before giving the car back, and keep or sell the four I'm buying this week.
f4f3 From: f4f3 Date: January 18th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, keep the old ones and swap them back when the lease ends - most of my lease-loving chums did that.
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