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New tires now or later?

September 20th, 2006 at 01:05 pm

I need one new tire. Which really translates into two new tires. I know I really should replace all four but I just can't do that. Two will just about break the bank. The rims that my car came with are specialty. Which means the tire is not standard and costs a little bit more. Considering that I've had the car for three years and haven't had any tire trouble that couldn't be easily fixed, I consider myself lucky.

When I got a flat fixed at Les Schwab they showed me how one of the tires really needed to be replaced. I had him look it up to see how much it would cost. For two tires it'll be $140. I checked around and it seems to be an average price.

I really should get the new tires before the rainy season hits full on. It's been raining the past couple of days but then it'll be nice for another week (if the forecast is anything to be believed). So it's not a necessity yet. But by the end of October I definately need to get them.

I have $162 in my local savings account (the rest is in ING). So I have enough to cover the cost of the tires, but it will definately drain my local savings. Something I really would prefer to avoid. If I wait til end of October, I should have $222 in my local savings which would mean pulling money out for the tires wouldn't totally spend every dime I have.

I wish I got the paper so I could see if/when my size goes on sale. But for now, I think I'm going to wait.

5 Responses to “New tires now or later?”

  1. kashi Says:

    Hey, I just noticed you live in Portland, OR. How do you like it there? I've been thinking about moving there for years.

    Hope you get the tire situation figured out!

  2. JanH Says:

    Does the library still get papers? Ours used to. Wonder what day the sales would come out?

  3. LdyFaile Says:

    Kashi: I Love Portland. It has become my home even though I'm not a native. It's a good mix of the PNW (in my opinion). It's a large sprawling town, not quite a Big City like Seattle, and in two hours you can reach the coast or the mountains. It's not uncommon to go for a drive and suddenly find yourself in the middle of farmland which makes the city feel so far away. It does rain a fair amount though. But I love that too.

    JanH: I'm not sure about the library. I just remembered that one of the guys brings in his papers from home for us to use as shipping material. I should see if he leaves the ads when he does that. Otherwise, I might have to check into the Library.

  4. mschluckbier Says:

    Check out www.tirerack.com. My fiancee just replaced all 4 of his tires on his Camaro (also specialty tires) for $240. Shipping was $45, but locally the same tires would have ran over $300.

  5. ldyfaile Says:

    Thanks for the link mschluckbier. They do have some really great deals. Unfortunately, after shipping and installation it'll run me the same as if I get it locally.

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