- Jul 11, 2001
Thanks...I don't drive a lot. I try to dodge potholes!I’ve been going to America’s Tire for about 14 years, and like others here, recommend them often. You may consider the road hazard certificates. I’m never for extended warranties, but California streets and roads are poorly maintained.
If budget was a primary concern, Walmart has some cheap tires:
My understanding is that it is not cheap Chinese rubber.
Well, I was a little vague earlier re: road maintenance. I wasn't referring to potholes, but sharp debris that can puncture tires. I had screws damage my tires last December and January, both times on the sidewall where you couldn't patch. The first time was very annoying, 2 brand new tires (replacing just one is unbalanced). The second time just one month later I was a little lucky. Bridgestone (like some other manufacturers) includes 1 year road hazard coverage, so the tire was comped. I quickly signed up for the tire certs, so AT will comp the labor as well. Their web site says certificates are good for 3 years (seems short), but in past experience it seems like they'll go beyond that. Not sure if those were grandfathered in (i.e. certs I had bought back in 2014), or if the shop/franchise was being lenient since someone else is paying.Thanks...I don't drive a lot. I try to dodge potholes!
Those Solar tires cost the same as the Generals I'm getting. Figure with installation, etc. it would come out almost the same. Driving distance is similar. I figure I'm OK with the order I did this morning.
Gotta say, the guy on the phone sounded great compared to the other guys I talked to. Figure to go with them. Not sure it's the best deal, but doesn't sound terrible! $319 out the door, 10 years worth of service included. Never heard of Nankang tires before but 5 Amazon reviews for these same tires are totally positive.
I got the new tires put on at America's Tire 2 weeks ago, Fri. Nov. 8. I got sick over that weekend and haven't used the car since parking it in my driveway that afternoon. Today, I wash the car am about to go to local Costco and notice the front left tire is completely flat. I call America's Tire and the guy say to bring the car in and they'll evaluate the problem. I ask if sitting like that for 2 weeks wouldn't damage the tire and he says not if the car didn't move. I have an AC pump and will pump it to the recommended 32lb, then wait 1/2 hour and check the pressure again. If OK, I figure it's safe to drive the 20 freeway miles. Otherwise I'll have to pull out my donut spare, pump it up, swap tires and drive no more than 50mph to the place. He said those tires aren't designed to be driven over 50. Guess getting it done locally might have been a better idea. Bummer.
It's actually 15 miles. Windows phone's GPS app said it would be 38 minutes.20 miles is local.
My morning commute is 35 miles each way.
Mostly, I've been loving the GPS with my Windows phones. But today, I swear, damn thing had me LITERALLY running in circles... 3 times, until it stopped telling me to go left at a certain intersection, etc. The last time it let me go straight and I was on my way, cursing my head off at the bitch in the phone. To do so I had to illegally go straight from a left turn only lane. That made me grumble more, I haven't had a moving violation in many decades. Made it home in one piece, however. All's well that ends well? Goofy idea kinda.Yep, that's what most apps do now days.
Back in the old days my TomTom told me to take Market St in SF during rush hour. Yeah, that didn't work out too well.
Be VEEEEEEERY careful, about following GPS directions, in the wintertime, when roads might have snow. (Ok, this applies more to Oregon, than Cali, but... I've heard stories, and sometimes... people get stranded.... taking a "shortcut".)It actually had me get off the freeway for 1/4 mile in multiple spots and go ahead of the traffic to my left! Blew my mind! Also, a mountain road I wouldn't have guessed and that I'd never seen.
Yeah, we have winter conditions in CA, just not exactly where I'm living, which is barely above sea level close to the coast on San Francisco Bay.Be VEEEEEEERY careful, about following GPS directions, in the wintertime, when roads might have snow. (Ok, this applies more to Oregon, than Cali, but... I've heard stories, and sometimes... people get stranded.... taking a "shortcut".)
Yeah, in winter, if you're going through anywhere with appreciable amounts of snow, stick to the main thoroughfares (aka, the snow emergency routes). But I'd also recommend doing some simple stuff too, like keeping a snow shovel in your car in the winter, in case you do get stuck.Be VEEEEEEERY careful, about following GPS directions, in the wintertime, when roads might have snow. (Ok, this applies more to Oregon, than Cali, but... I've heard stories, and sometimes... people get stranded.... taking a "shortcut".)