Reader Mail: Best Tire Shop?

1/21/2010:

With so many drivers leasing their cars these days, it seems that the need to worry about tire purchase and maintenance doesn’t happen often. However, Hoboken411 reader Lacie needs some advice about where in the Hoboken area is the best place to buy new tires!

Where to buy tires near Hoboken NJ

So many tire choices in the Hoboken area!

“I never knew buying tires was such a enduring task! I have a sedan with “255/45R18” sized tires, and it’s time to replace them. Never had to go through the process, and was curious if anyone had advice where to go around here?

The dealer was way too expensive to replace at over $350 per tire, and the cost difference and selections online and at different places like Sears, Pep Boys and others was overwhelming.

I tried Walmart thinking they were the cheapest around, but the selection was poor, and the costs prohibitive. The best place I found so far was FireStone, who has locations in Jersey City and Fairview.

Was also considering eBay, and having a local mechanic install. What is the cost to mount and balance a tire nowadays?

Before I venture too far, do you think there are some other shops worth investigating? I want to be sure that parting with over $1000 isn’t a total disaster.”

Anyone have a rock-solid place they can recommend? At the best value?

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17 Comments on "Reader Mail: Best Tire Shop?"

lacie
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lacie

Thanks everyone for your advice! I agree that Tire Rack was definitely a good resource. But the tires I ultimately chose were back-ordered. I took Frink’s advice and called ETD in Lyndhurst, because they didn’t quote prices online. The cost was in line with tire rack, but without the hassle of shipping, finding a installer and coordinating. ETD had them in stock too. One stop shopping. The install took about an hour.

frink
Member

Nice, yeah I remember their prices were great too now that you mention it.

In response to lacie who said:
Thanks everyone for your advice! I agree that Tire Rack was definitely a good resource. But the tires I ultimately chose were back-ordered. I took Frink’s advice and called ETD in Lyndhurst, because they didn’t quote prices online. The cost was in line with tire rack, but without the hassle of shipping, finding a installer and coordinating. ETD had them in stock too. One stop shopping. The install took about an hour.

exm
Member

Another +1 for tirerack here… Costco is also good, but pricier. It depends on the size tires; my Infiniti FX takes 20″ tires so I save a LOT of money using tirerack. For more normal size tires (14″-15″), Costco might be your best bet.

xyzpdq
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xyzpdq

TireRack is the best way to go. Biggest selection in the world. Odd sizes found on the BMWs, Audis, Minis and VWs popular in Hoboken aren’t in stock at Sears, and special order selection is limited. TireRack will give you more options than anyone. Throw them in the trunk and get them mounted locally.

briank
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briank

I second the recommendation for the tirerackand then shipping to a local installer found on the tire rack website. Prices and selection are excellent as is customer service for choosing the best tire for your car and driving habits.

Silva
Member
Silva

Buy them on line! It’s still cheaper with shipping than buying them locally. Have them shipped to a shop that will charge you the most…$50 to put them on.

I found a site that was even cheaper than Tire Rack. I believe it was discounttirederect.com. It’s easy to do. You put in the make and model of your car and the list of right size tires pops up. Go with the Michelins. 🙂

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