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Old 02-06-08, 11:37 PM   #1
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What do car tires really cost (wholesale)?

Anyone ever work in the biz who would know the answer? I got a set of Michelin LTX M/S installed w/lifetime balancing but only pro-rated warranty today for $460 (tax included). That was about 140 bucks less than the original quote I got at another store.

But, I remember a friend once telling me about a friend of that friend who worked at a tire store and that tires really only cost like 15 bucks wholesale.

Anyone have a clue? Clearly, the store has to pay for electricity, salary for several salespeople, and about 10 guys out on the floor....so a $100/ea tire must have considerable markup for the store to be profitable.

Anyone know about car tire wholesale?
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Old 02-07-08, 12:57 AM   #2
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I once paid a hundred dollars for four brand new tires... Installed!

Granted, they didn't match, one of them was a different size than the others, and one of them was defective. $100!
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Old 02-07-08, 01:07 AM   #3
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I once paid a hundred dollars for four brand new tires... Installed!

Granted, they didn't match, one of them was a different size than the others, and one of them was defective. $100!
oooOoooOoo can we say .... retread? Shoot - years ago from Sears it was a buy 3, get one free for $100 (and brand spankin new I have to say). Course they wore badly and quickly.

Oh yeah, and have also experienced the boyfriend's friend's bestfriend's cousins place on a corner in the Hood where you only had a 2 hr window of time where you could enter is electric fenced in place and he goobahed (no ethnic boo boos now) he way into selling me the best, I mean BEST - didn't even sell them to his best customers <wink, wink> for ... whatever money. One was a beautifully sculpted retread that looked quite nice in that dim light and the other - that looked like a match too - was a POS.

Shop around and get info on line I'd say ---- shoot I've been researching mtb tires on and off for the past month trying to decide what I want and where I want to go. hehe, I suppose if I had a car (which wouldn't be anything special either), I'd spend more time researching tires for bike than I would car.

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Hard to comment on the price you got without knowing the size of your tires. In any case, for the tires you bought, the wholesale price is well above $15.

Look at www.thetirerack.com. They have very competitive prices on tires. Great place to buy tires; if you local shop won't beat or match The Tire Rack you should buy from The Tire Rack. You can also try Costco.
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Last year I paid $240 for four 17" Perelli Snow Pro tires mounted. I know the owner of the shop, FWIW.
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Everything is about $4 wholesale. This is great if you are buying houses wholesale, but sucks if you own a $.99 store. You lose at least $3.01 on every single sale.
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