Two of the tires on my pickup truck were rather wore and in need of replacing so I headed down to the local Firestone Auto Care center. Firestone was running a sale on Primewell tires for $44.75 each or $89.50 for a set of two. The tires included a 40, 000 mile limited warranty. Two new tires with a mileage warranty for under $100.00 sounded like a good idea so I decided to purchase the tires. I had the new tires placed on the front of the vehicle for better steering traction and the older tires placed on the rear. I also opted for a front end alignment for $69.99 to improve the handling and decrease the wear on the tires.
While it may look like I was getting two tires for less than $100.00 there were additional costs. There was a 90 cent fee for each tire to be paid to the state. This was in addition to state sales taxes. It cost $2.99 per tire for balancing parts and $6.00 to balance each tire. There was a $2.75 charge per tire for the rubber valve stem and $7.50 per tire for road hazard protection. I had to pay $2.00 each to dispose of the old tires. The labor to mount the tires was $87.79. I could have saved a lot of money if I had a couple of extra rims and took the tires home and mounted them myself. There was also a charge of $4.92 for shop supplies. What shop supplies did I pay for, grease rags?
The tires are wearing well and the handling is good. Overall I am satisfied with the performance of the tires. While the price of the tire itself may be a good deal, it is all the other costs that add up. The total cost of two new tires and a front end alignment, including state sales tax: $217.12.