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This is just an idea to help All Members, especially those buying and running their own R.  I have No Axe to grind or preferences or links to anywhere.  Also open to this being rubbish,  not being a good idea .

My concern is to help fellow enthusiasts to Avoid any unnecessary Overpaying.   

I know it will need development & refinement after comments, and updating.  Not sure how best to do this.  Or it May have already been done I haven’t found it.

 

TYRES, vital and an awkward subject at best, a frequently asked question,  a Big expense too.

Many ownwers want the Best All round Tyre, or Quietest, or Best Wet road grip, or Dry Grippiest, or Track Tyre, or whatever....

 

I think we’ll all agree that there can often be a big difference in the price you have to pay -  maybe over £100 per set or more for the same tyres from the same source just a different Offer Week.  Big Price difference between Main Dealer and Tyre Specialist.  Big difference between a planned replacement and emergency/ urgent purchase.  It should only be in a real emergency that you are compelled to pay Top Dollar for a Tyre ( and even then it’s worth trying to barter a lower price).

My idea is for a readily Available Thread on here for All Members to use to help find the best Prices for their preferred Tyres easily and quickly.   So if doing on a carefully planned basis you can wait for the mega deals, maybe even buy tyres on line and have fitted later by local known Fitting specialist.. Please remember to check that everything is included: Fitting, Balancing, Valves and Disposal of old tyres.  And if you are concerned about buying old stock, make sure to check the date the Tyre was manufactured, as shown on the tyre wall, prior to fitting. 

OR 

if more urgent find the best price for buying online and local fitting in next few days,  Many Suppliers claim to Price match so be prepared to test this out.  

OR 

getting a specialist price and using this for Price Matching purposes.  with another specialist or Dealer.  I’ve done this and saved  decent £ and time.

AND 

(I’m aware that not everyone enjoys spending time going to a Tyre Centre and waiting around while the job gets done.. time Costs..

Some Tyre Specialsts, eg. Kwik-Fit offer mobile fitting so at home or at work may be possible.  If able to be flexible eg. Able to have done at home early morning to late evening then charge for this can be just around  £10. (I bought 2 tyres from Kwik-Fit online and had at home figment.  The fitter was a great car enthusiast, went the extra mile with mine and Massively appreciated working undercover in our Garage, plied with Coffee & biscuits).

 

BEST FAVOURED TYRES  - just pulled from posts and chat on here

Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (19”) or 4 (18”)

Goodyear Eagle Assymetrico 5

Pirelli P Zero

Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

and less so,

Continental Contact Sport 5/6

Bridgestone S001.

Also some owners have given good feedback about All Season Tyres, eg. “Michelin Cross- Climate” when Full Winter Tread Tyres are not needed.

 

TYRE SPECIALISTS, nationals only....

blackcircles.com

kwik-fit.com

atseuromastr.co.uk

national.co.uk

Asda.com

Costo.com

Formula One Autocentre.  f1autocentres.co.uk

 

 

Also Independent Specialist Camskill, Whitehaven for great deals.
Camskill.co.uk

 

Also look at Tyre Manufacturersite for and Discount Deals obtainable in addition to discounted prices from Tyre Specialists.  Look out too for Cahback codes/vouchers on Cashback websites.  It can all help keep your spend to a minimum.

There will sadly, still be occasions in which a puncture or damage will mean no alternative to being “over a barrel” and having to pay out in full. Discount Code sites also worth a look.

 

I guess the bottom line is the Buyer, at point of purchase, should be happy with the price they are paying. 

Comments and Views very welcome, please. I’m done for now. 

 

 

Edited by NRW
Updated O.P. with comments up to 24 10.19.

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The last 4 sets of tyres I have bought were from Camskill in Whitehaven. They are generally cheaper than other on-line suppliers and supply direct from the manufacturer, so the tyres are new. Suppliers are allowed to sell tyres up to 3 years old as new!


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@NRW Great post idea!   There’s been previous threads but well out of date now so great to have a new up to date version.  👍

 

I’ll sticky it so it’s easy to find, can be easily updated as and when required. 

 

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3 hours ago, NoR said:

 Suppliers are allowed to sell tyres up to 3 years old as new!

 

But that doesn't mean we have to buy them.  I always ask what are the date stamps on the sidewalls.  If they are more than 6 months old I refuse to buy them (this has happened several times).  I don't drive a lot of miles so I usually replace my tyres based on age (no more than 4 years old) rather than tread depth, so I want fresh tyres, not old ones.

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1 hour ago, gregozedobe said:

 

But that doesn't mean we have to buy them.  I always ask what are the date stamps on the sidewalls.  If they are more than 6 months old I refuse to buy them (this has happened several times).  I don't drive a lot of miles so I usually replace my tyres based on age (no more than 4 years old) rather than tread depth, so I want fresh tyres, not old ones.

Sound advice. I knew I’d heard  that recently! Must have been on here. Agree 100%.  Cheers. 

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20 hours ago, NRW said:

TYRES

This is just an idea to help All Members, especially those buying and running their own R.  I have No Axe to grind or preferences or links to anywhere.  Also open to this being rubbish,  not being a good idea .

My concern is to help fellow enthusiasts to Avoid any unnecessary Overpaying.   

I know it will need development & refinement after comments, and updating.  Not sure how best to do this.  Or it May have already been done I haven’t found it.

 

TYRES, vital and an awkward subject at best, a frequently asked question,  a Big expense too.

Many ownwers want the Best All round Tyre, or Quietest, or Best Wet road grip, or Dry Grippiest, or Track Tyre, or whatever....

 

I think we’ll all agree that there can often be a big difference in the price you have to pay -  maybe over £100 per set or more for the same tyres from the same source just a different Offer Week.  Big Price difference between Main Dealer and Tyre Specialist.  Big difference between a planned replacement and emergency/ urgent purchase.  It should only be in a real emergency that you are compelled to pay Top Dollar for a Tyre ( and even then it’s worth trying to barter a lower price).

My idea is for a readily Available Thread on here for All Members to use to help find the best Prices for their preferred Tyres easily and quickly.   So if doing on a carefully planned basis you can wait for the mega deals, maybe even buy tyres on line and have fitted later by local known Fitting specialist..

OR 

if more urgent find the best price for buying online and local fitting in next few days,

OR 

getting a specialist price and using this for Price Matching purposes.  with another specialist or Dealer.  I’ve done this and saved  decent £ and time.

AND 

(I’m aware that not everyone enjoys spending time going to a Tyre Centre and waiting around while the job gets done.. time Costs..

Some Tyre Specialsts, eg. Kwik-Fit offer mobile fitting so at home or at work may be possible.  If able to be flexible eg. Able to have done at home early morning to late evening then charge for this can be just around  £10. (I bought 2 tyres from Kwik-Fit online and had at home figment.  The fitter was a great car enthusiast, went the extra mile with mine and Massively appreciated working undercover in our Garage, plied with Coffee & biscuits).

 

BEST FAVOURED TYRES  - just pulled from posts and chat on here

Michelin Pilot Sport 4S (19”) or 4 (18”)

Goodyear Eagle Assymetrico 5

Pirelli P Zero

Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2

and less so,

Continental Contact Sport 5/6

Bridgestone S001.

 

TYRE SPECIALISTS, nationals only....

blackcircles.com

kwik-fit.com

atseuromastr.co.uk

national.co.uk

 

Also look at Tyre Manufacturersite for and Discount Deals obtainable in addition to discounted prices from Tyre Specialists.

There will sadly, still be occasions in which a puncture or damage will mean no alternative to being “over a barrel” and having to pay out in full. Discount Code sites also worth a look.

 

I guess the bottom line is the Buyer, at point of purchase, should be happy with the price they are paying. 

Comments and Views very welcome, please. I’m done for now. 

 

 

Great post Neil...Very informative...:smiley:

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3 hours ago, Ted Striker said:

Thanks for this. Hoping to refer back in the future.

 

Anyone tried Michelin Cross Climates?

 

 

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I had Crossclimate+ fitted to 18” Pret replicas to run as a winter set and am really pleased with them.  Didn’t get any snow to try them in, but YouTube videos suggest they’ll be fine.   They dropped off (steering feel, grip, confidence) when temperature started to get into the mid 10s so I wouldn’t run them all year round.  You could though as long as you’re prepared for a drop off in performance in the warmer months.

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On 27/08/2019 at 14:07, ellixtt said:

Just ordered 2 x Michelin PS4S's from Costco - £235 all in (fitting included)

 

They have a deal on at the moment, buy 2 get £50 off and buy 4 get £100 off.

That's a very good price that. 

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Don't think you will beat the Costco price for P4S's. I use Camskill quite often as they are usually the cheapest amongst all the rest for my tyres and just get them fitted for £40

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Quick review after driving home on my newly installed MPS4S's....:smiley:

WOW!!!!....What a difference!!!.....I thought my Pirelli P Zero's were a good tire.....The Michelin Pilot Sport 4S's are twice as good....:afro:

I know I'm comparing used tires with 22,000 km's on them against brand new MPS4S...But the effect of driving on the new tires is literally night and day!!

 

Very happy to say the least....They have transformed my R....and has made it now even more enjoyable to drive....:)

The hype is true....These really are unbelievable....So glad I bought them...Great investment...:smiley:

The grip there tires produce is unreal...:blink::)

Best tire I've ever driven on by a BIG margin...:)

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27 minutes ago, goodbadboy said:

The hype is true....These really are unbelievable....So glad I bought them...

Thanks Paul for this really good, useful feedback. I meant to ask yesterday but got distracted. 

I ve only done about 2700 miles in mine so far so the Continentals are hardly worn. Noise on some surfaces is an issue for me,but not big enough to junk them yet.  Still tho, I’m putting Michelin PS4S x 4  on my ChristmasBirthdayWishlist, they might be there a while. 

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1 minute ago, NRW said:

Still tho, I’m putting Michelin PS4S x 4  on my ChristmasBirthdayWishlist, they might be there a while. 

They will make an Awesome Christmas Present Neil....:)....I had very high expectations...but I'm blown away how good they are....:smiley:

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