vested1 wrote: ↑
Mon May 07, 2018 1:44 pm
We've always taken our cars to a local dealer who is a Tire Pro member because of their service and honesty. They mentioned in the past that Costco tires may be cheaper but are of lower grade, but take that for what it's worth.
So, the retailer that you use because of its "honesty" has mentioned that Costco tires are of "lower grade"?!
There are certain products, such as electronics, that are made specifically for warehouse clubs (which makes it a little more difficult to compare them), but tires isn't one of them. The tires that are sold at Costco have the exact same model names and numbers, materials and warranties that are sold at other retailers. Other retailers may offer brands and models that aren't sold at Costco, and some very large tire chains, such as Discount Tire, have some models that are exclusive to that chain, but the tires that Costco carries that are also sold at other retailers are of the exact same "grade."
We bought 4 new tires in November of 2015 for our Rav4. The tires had a 75,000 mile warranty on them. The additional tire protection, (6 years and 75,000 miles) cost about $14 a tire. On Saturday we picked up a bolt through one of them, so I put on the spare and drove it to the dealer. The tire was non-repairable and needed to be replaced. The new tire, which matches the old ones was listed at $124.95. The discount was 67%, a combination of 2.5 years of use (58% discount off 6 years) and 17,428 miles (76% discount off 75,000 miles), 58 + 76 = 134 divided by 2 = 67%. That equated to a discount on the new tire of $83.72 ($41.23 net cost). The warranty on all 4 tires was $56, and we've had a couple of other repairs from nails and such in the interim, all done for free.
I'm not one who buys extended warranties, but the unpredictability of road hazards make purchasing one for tires a no-brainer in my opinion. Needless to say, I bought a new tire protection contact on the new tire for $14.
Most major tire manufacturers include prorated road hazard protection (which covers situations where tires are not repairable) in the price of the tire. So, the situation that you are describing where the tire was not repairable would've been covered by most manufacturers at no additional charge.
Certain tire retailers, such as Costco and Discount Tire, will not charge you anything extra to fix repairable damage and do not charge you anything extra up front for this coverage.
as all we had for a spare was a small donut, incapable of freeway travel.
Donut spares are very much capable of freeway travel and are routinely used for this purpose. You are just generally advised not to exceed approximately 50mph on a donut.