Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Is “I’m Stupid” Written Across my Forehead?

Yesterday I called the tire store to see if they could sell me some new tires after work. They said yes. I told them what I needed (P215/60R15) and when I’d be there. Neither the website nor the guy on the phone said anything about extra fees, I know I asked if the price was inclusive.

I show up and find out
1 Even though I had an appointment it would still be over an hours wait.
The price quoted was not all inclusive there were about 20$ worth of other fees.
2 According to the tire store there is very little nitrogen in the air. So it’s totally work 2$/Tire for them to fill my new ones with Nitrogen and not air.
3 Once the extra’s were included the dealership had a better deal. (the tire guy explained that this was because his tires were better. No, they don’t have any comparable tires. Just the high end ones. The Malibu has 100K Miles on it. Why do I need 90K mile tires? Also a tire that hard will ride and handle like crap.

I told them I’d go elsewhere.

23 Comments:

Blogger NDammitt said...

yeah, that sounds about right. Dad went to get new front tires for his Colorado, The dealership set the alignment back to the nominal specs when he had some work done, and he has slightly over sized tires. So they wear faster. When he was at discount tire the sales guy did everything but hold him at gun point to make him buy four new tires instead of just two like he needed. On a side note, when I has the Hyundai repaired after hitting the lawnmower, the dealer called Discount Tire to get the tires that I needed, so your sales guy is full of shit.

Also... I know that formula 1 racing uses N2 to inflate their tires, because it doesn't expand as much when heated {so I read somewhere} and they can marginally extend tire life. If you have ever seen the breaks screaming cherry red when Schumacher was screaming into a hair pin turn at 170mph than heat expansion can become a viable thing. When millions of dollars are at stake and thousandths of a second determine who is going to get said money, I'd use everything at my disposal (and they do) to win.

17/1/07 05:04  
Blogger Jack T Briggs said...

When I got new tires I went to Kan Rock in Fenton. Those guys had me out the door in a hour with four new tires at a good price. No extras, no bullshit. And the price was what they told me on the phone. I didn't even call ahead! Tell your dad to try there next time.

17/1/07 07:03  
Blogger Garble said...

I went to kan rock once. My experience was not as good as jacks.

Using nitrogen in racing is not a bad idea. But there's no reason for me to pay more to use it in my car.

17/1/07 07:06  
Blogger Simon Hawk said...

Same here Jack, Kan Rock is the best place in the area. I've always bought my tires from them. It doesn't get any easier. Plus it's next door to Guns Galore, what can be better than spending time in a gun-shop? Definatly better than a waiting room

17/1/07 07:07  
Blogger Simon Hawk said...

Garble, you could fuck-up taking a dump.

17/1/07 07:07  
Blogger Jack T Briggs said...

Yeah. I always thought the new nitrogen fad was just an excuse for tire places to charge you more.

On a side note, who changed the header? I don't think Caligula said that! LOL

17/1/07 07:21  
Blogger Simon Hawk said...

Caligula was fucked up! I just searched his name on wikipedia, Oh my word. What a story.

17/1/07 07:30  
Blogger Jack T Briggs said...

Yeah. He had issues. I think you and Cohort might be his long lost heirs.

17/1/07 07:32  
Blogger Simon Hawk said...

hurr hurr hurr.

17/1/07 07:33  
Blogger Jack T Briggs said...

Well, Cohort anyway. After that story he wrote I'm positive he needs therapy.

17/1/07 07:33  
Blogger Simon Hawk said...

Don't worry, if he goes nuts I've already got a bullet with his name on it. And that goes for the rest of you.

17/1/07 07:35  
Blogger Jack T Briggs said...

You've still got mine, eh? That's comforting.

17/1/07 07:36  
Blogger Simon Hawk said...

What makes you think I'd ever get rid of it!?

17/1/07 07:37  
Blogger Jack T Briggs said...

I have kids now. You wouldn't want to orphan them...would you?

17/1/07 07:39  
Blogger Simon Hawk said...

I guess not, just don't do anything "weird". haha.

17/1/07 07:40  
Blogger Jim Brannick said...

my dad and I used Kan Rock a number of times. They were always really good and fast. Plus, if you buy tires there you get lifetime free rotation and balancing.

I think salespeople see Garble coming and think "There's a sucker born every day."
I'm not saying Garble doesn't know when he's being taken for a ride, rather that he just looks like someone you could swindle.

17/1/07 07:47  
Blogger Jack T Briggs said...

ME? Never...


BTW, Keenan posted the pic of me wearing the "Asshole" box. It's hilarious.

17/1/07 07:47  
Blogger Cohort Mandibles said...

Simon, didn't you hate Kan Rock because they kept fucking up your order for the trailer tires? Didn't you say you'd never go to those assholes again?

17/1/07 07:48  
Blogger Jack T Briggs said...

Probably. Simon has ADD when it comes to liking/hating things.

17/1/07 07:50  
Blogger Simon Hawk said...

No that was TSC I think!

I guess that answers the Title question of this post Jim! hahahah

17/1/07 07:50  
Blogger Cohort Mandibles said...

No that was Kan Rock dickhole. Remember the old man had to send me there to pick up the tires one day after work because you had something to do instead? (like jerk off)

17/1/07 07:52  
Blogger Jim Brannick said...

I bet it has a lot to do with who you get at the counter on a particular day. For example, if you had come into the rental a few years ago and Jack was behind the counter, he'd hook you up with the equipment you needed and probably give you a deal on it if you weren't a deushebag. On the other hand, if E.D. was working (and i mean working in the loosest sense of the word), he'd probably claim they were out of whatever it was you wanted, or he'd charge you top dollar unless you were a contractor that could hook up in the future.

17/1/07 07:57  
Blogger Garble said...

I've found that the person behind the counter is KEY. If they're a tool the place sucks. If they're good at their job the place is great. My problem with KanRock wasn't the service it was that the tires they sold me didn't last nearly as long as they should have.

18/1/07 04:51  

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