Customer-supplied tire installation is when you buy tires online, or from a friend, then bring them to the tire shop for installation.
Customer-supplied tire installation is becoming more popular.
Internet tire stores make it easy and cheap to buy tires, so if you’re a little curious and comfortable buying a coffee maker on Amazon, then buying tires online should be no problem.
But most tire shops don’t like installing the tires you supply. That’s because in the tire business today, the profits are razor-thin, that they need to sell you the tires to collect the volume bonuses and make a profit.
Of course, I would love to sell you tires, but I also understand that you might want to buy your own.
If you’re buying tires online, here are a few tips:
- Physically check the size, twice! Don’t just rely on the catalogs because there are probably 2 or 3 potential sizes available for your vehicle.
- If you’re reading reviews, make sure they live where you do. What does a reviewer from Texas know about snow traction?
- Forget the “recommended installers”, they’re mostly the chain stores using a $9.95 tire installation like a $9.95 oil change, needing the upsell to break even and beyond.
- Check out TireBuyer, they’re an online tire store with the best prices and availability. When you buy online, the tires are shipped to us directly.
At Kenwood Tire we’ve been perfecting the customer-supplied tire install since dial-up and online tire stores began, professionally installing your tires no matter where you buy them.
We use top-of-the-line Corghi tire machines for touch-free tire installations and Hunter Elite wheel balancing equipment with road-force optimization for a smooth ride.
Most customer-supplied tire installations cost $30-40 each, including hand-torquing the wheel nuts and resetting the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
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