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Hi, does anyone have experience of buying tyres online?

I have a couple of advisories on my MOT relating to the tyres, a friend will fit, balance etc at his garage if I supply them.

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I did look at buying on line as I too have someone that could fit etc. Having looked at all options, I settled with the local National Tyres branch who were actually cheaper that any on line, after they had taken off the AA membership discount. It was just easier all round, I went across the road to Tesco's, bought a magazine and a coffee, returned around an hour later, job done. Of course I got all the usual guff about tracking being out etc. just told them I would get it looked at elsewhere.  I have just been once again, looking on line on behalf of a friend,  and again National tyres are only £5 dearer than the cheapest on line price. Shop around BEFORE you make the decision.

Edited by Westley

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I used Oponeo when ordering tyres for my truck, even after paying for fitting by my regular mechanic I saved over £200 on a set of four BFG All Terrains. They arrived from Germany by courier in about three days.

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2 minutes ago, Sussexboy said:

I used Oponeo when ordering tyres for my truck, even after paying for fitting by my regular mechanic I saved over £200 on a set of four BFG All Terrains. They arrived from Germany by courier in about three days.

Did the same this year BFG Ko2's

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Yes, been there done that.

buy them and have them delivered, you should be able to save quite a few quid.

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30 minutes ago, TIGHTCHOKE said:

Yes, been there done that.

buy them and have them delivered, you should be able to save quite a few quid.

And then you have all the hassle of getting them fitted, and balanced, and new valves supplied. All that comes in the price at a tyre place, and no hassle. I’ve done it both ways and I know which I prefer.

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I've used blackcircles and e tyres in the past and can't fault either.

They beat the usual tyre places on prices and variety. Pirelli P7's cost me less than £80 fitted a corner last time. 

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Ordered a pair off Openeo, I'm fitting a new gate at my mate's workshop in exchange for tracking, fitting, balancing etc. Fair exchange.

Thanks for all the input.

Cheers

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I just go to my local place, show them what I can get them for online and they usually match it. 

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I use the same garage that services my vehicles, small village one man operation and when he does a job it is like he is working on his own car.  If we don't use such people we lose them.

My heavy duty 4x4 Land Rover tyres I have supplied and fitted by, again, a one man local company, who specialises in agri/off road tyres and again, is meticulous about the fitting and balancing.  Again, use such people or lose them.

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1 hour ago, Walker570 said:

I use the same garage that services my vehicles, small village one man operation and when he does a job it is like he is working on his own car.  If we don't use such people we lose them.

My heavy duty 4x4 Land Rover tyres I have supplied and fitted by, again, a one man local company, who specialises in agri/off road tyres and again, is meticulous about the fitting and balancing.  Again, use such people or lose them.

I totally agree, and they're usually mechanics not part fitters or trained monkeys. They save the parts removed for inspection, don't fix it if it ain't broke and save you (me) a fortune.

I've just had 4 proper heavy duty off road tyres on the Range Rover (see below) fairly priced and he suggested selling the ones he replaced myself but he could just as well have saved them and sold them on himself. Three apprentice trained motor engineers where I go. Last of a breed I'm afraid.

 

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Another vote for opined, I’ve used them a fair few times and as stated above always a good saving against most local places and always good service 

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I purchased a set from black circles and saved about £150 all around even after getting them fitted elsewhere. I did have an issue with them though as because the car has wider rear tyres they sent the wrong model of tyre/wrong size for the rears then they sent 2 to replace which were the right model but still the wrong size. It was all sorted eventually but had a load of tyres laying around until they were collected.

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I get all my tyres from blackcircles and they are way cheaper and the choice is incredible.

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8 hours ago, Vince Green said:

I get all my tyres from blackcircles and they are way cheaper and the choice is incredible.

Forgot to add the choice available in my other post, the online provider's seem to be the only place I can find P6000's anywhere.

I was looking at tyres for the MX-5 the other day, tried treadfirst in the local town and they came out around £70 a corner for Uniroyal's, and that was pretty much all they could supply without going to a budget then found the same tyre online for £35, along with offerings from all the other big manufacturers at sensible prices.

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Beware!

I once purchased some premium brand Avon tyres from a cheap source and had a local tyre fitter mate fit them. I had to take them back next day as the balance was wrong. Balanced again, three or four times over the next month before my fitter noticed a small R in a circle about 5/16 inch diameter stamped into the sidewalls. He said it stood for ‘regrade quality’. In other words, seconds. He considered them quite safe but advised that I kept below 50 mph or they would keep on shaking the vehicle to bits. I sold them cheaply and bought proper tyres.

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Yep, R for reject.  Buy quality as your life DOES depend on those four VERY small bits of contact with terra firma.

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On 25/07/2020 at 09:26, Medic1281 said:

I just go to my local place, show them what I can get them for online and they usually match it. 

+1  they have no choice as the internet has ###### it all up for them like it has for most small businesses.

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I just needed 4 new tyres and my local dealer ( F1 Tyres) selling the Michelin Cross tyres the same price as Blackcircle. Then they did a deal to knock £56 off for having 4 tyres so much cheaper and I am supporting local firm. Getting them fitted Monday morning

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I went to my local tyre place on new years eve just as they were about to close with a puncture, no trouble mate I will soon have that done for you said the mechanic which he did so later on I decided to have new tyres all round Including the spare so without hesitation I went back to the garage and ordered five new bfg fitted they turned out to be cheaper than any one on line including vat and fitting, me and my wife have never been anywhere else since 

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