Tyre Price Haggleing

Submitted: Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 15:33
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Looking for some info on how much one can negotiate off a set of tyres. Looking to purchase 4 Cooper AT's (265/70/R15) and have been quoted $245 by all 5 stores I rang (in Brisbane). Dropped in to the local one and they would not budge from that price. This was the RRP for the tyre. Is this typical? Anyone had any success in getting a few $$ off a set of tyres? I even asked if they would throw in a wheel alignment ($40) but they said no - that would have equated to a HUGE 4% discount.

Tim
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Reply By: Leroy - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 16:05

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 16:05
Hi Tim,
When I bought my Cooper tires the first few dealers were very firm on price but then I found one that really wanted the sale and I got about 15% discount on the price of the tires and wheel alignment. Cooper seems to have a policy of not wheeling and dealing on their prices. BTW I was also very happy with the tyres.
Leroy
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Reply By: floyd - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 17:25

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 17:25
In Melbourne I shop around with the 5 cheapest stores that I know (stay away from tyre company dealerships cause they don't discount), get the best price and then take off $100.00 per set and then go to the absolute cheapest shop that I know of for a new quote. They always take off about 10% off my made up cheapset price (if not they will match it). I always get a wheel alignment in the deal. Have been doing this for 18 years and always end up at the one place. Competition tyres in North rd Murrumbeena/Carnegie. They can get any brand that I have wanted and do a great job. They usually fit them while I watch in about an hour. Great service at the best price. They even make you a coffee.

They got cross with me once cause I got 100,000 kms out of a set of BFG All Terrains and I didnt go in for 3 years.

PS I don't work for them, have shares with them in fact I dont even live in Melbourne. Just love their old fasioned service, their frienlyness and the fact that they will undercut anyone to get your business. If in Melb go to them.
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Follow Up By: Peter L - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:42

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 12:42
Hear Hear Floyd,
Noels a great guy, and like you I'm not in there frequently, but I can't get over the fact that he remembers me by name.

I've shopped around at various times and always go back there.
(PS my brother-in-law tyredealer is gunna kill me - but he aint cheap enuf)

Peter L
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 17:53

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 17:53
Calling Diamond.....
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Follow Up By: diamond(bendigo) - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 21:14

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 21:14
helloback by popular demand
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 22:02

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 22:02
Well answer the man Mr Tires....

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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 18:07

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 18:07
Tim,

When we fitted Cooper AT's 265/75 we got all 4 fitted and balanced for $930, $130 cheaper than the next best offer. We've found that the little guys are prepared to deal, whereas the big tyre dealers aren't. Our bloke is a rural dealer in a small town about 20 min drive from home and was just happy to have the business. As he explained to us, he is cheaper because he doesn't have the high overheads as his metro competitors. Might be worth thinking about if you can find a country dealer not too far away from you.

:o) MelissaPetrol 4.5L GU Patrol &
Camprite TL8 offroad camper
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Reply By: chopper - Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 19:29

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2003 at 19:29
My local dealer stopped dealing in Coopers because of the trouble he had getting them to help him look after his 'good customers' (fleets etc,).

Seems that Coopers sets the price, and that the dealer is not given much of a margin to play with.

My dealer is a mate of mine and my neighbour, believe me there is a HUGE markup on (other) tyres and plenty of room to haggle.

Tim
If they are not prepared to do an alignment after they take off the wheels, walk away.
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 00:11

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2003 at 00:11
member mellisa stated

"We've found that the little guys are prepared to deal"

that true diamond sounds like a call to you.

on a cold day of course
1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
DIESEL 3.2 & SPRINGY CARLTON TOY
2 awestruck kids (dads driving!)
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Reply By: tim_s - Thursday, Oct 30, 2003 at 13:42

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003 at 13:42
As usual, a wealth of info from this forum. Thanks all - I'll be trying the out of town places

Tim
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Reply By: Glenno - Thursday, Oct 30, 2003 at 19:02

Thursday, Oct 30, 2003 at 19:02
I found the same thing, all the cooper outlets in Brisbane gave me the same RRP price. Drove down to fourby's at Moorooka (one of the places i rang) and asked can i put Cooper ST's on my 'lux. He said no probs and did i want a set? I said if the price is right i have the cash in my pocket. He took 10% off the quoted phone price and i had them fitted there and then.

Dont want to make it sound like a plug for them but they really seem to know how to do a wheel alignment. I staked one of the ST's and had bridgestone do a alignment with the spare while i was out west. Got home and got fourby's to fit a replacement 'ST and they said the alignment was up the creek and the shim's were not set at the correct values. So they seem to do more than the average tyre shop when it comes to that. Makes for a very good comfortable drive when the wheels all head in the same direction!
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