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Cheap tyre thread

Post18 Jan 2011 12:02

Hi all,

My two front tyres on my R are due for a change soon (only 3 months after I bought the thing!) with 3500 on the clock.

I did a search through the topics and I noticed there is not an official cheap tyre thread where everyone can list their experiences with tyres etc.

In the past I have used Costco as the tyres they have (Michelin) were usually cheaper. But I am sure you great drivers have found better!
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post18 Jan 2011 12:34

Hi mate,

My wife and I have used the following companies and both were very competative with their pricing and does mobile fitting at your home or office. They have bigger discounts if you buy 4 tyres instead of 2.
If you only manage 3500 miles on a set :wtf:, you might as well buy 4. You just have to check if they cater your area.

Event Tyres: http://www.event-tyres.co.uk/
Etyres: http://www.etyres.co.uk/

I have not used them yet but Blackcircles, http://www.blackcircles.com/ , are worth a try too.

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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post18 Jan 2011 12:39

Great idea! - Stickied. :thumbup:
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post18 Jan 2011 12:43

Thanks, hopefully a few more Roc owners will post similar experiences.

Blackcircles seems to be a popular choice on other forums.

Tesco tyres uses the blackcircles engine and returned the same results:

http://www.tesco-tyres.com/order/tyres/search

Hankook Ventus V12 Evo K110 got a 5 star rating (including one Cupra owner)

Anyone with any Hankook experience?
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post18 Jan 2011 13:00

Here are some discounts on offer at Blackcircles: http://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/discoun ... ircles.com

You can also try My Tyres http://www.mytyres.co.uk/, but you'll need to arrange the tyre fitting at a fitting station as they only supply.
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post18 Jan 2011 14:03

Black circles. :thumbup:

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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post18 Jan 2011 15:37

The prices on continental Sport 3 Seems to be around £173 (cheapest) judging by those comparison sites, is there no way to haggle with them to try get an extra 10% off or something?

Thanks loads to everyone too, hopefully this thread will be used quite a lot.

I'm yet to ring up costco and ask for their prices though.
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post18 Jan 2011 17:22

Just rang up Costcos and they stock Michelin Pilot Sport 3's for £183.58 which includes all VAT and fees etc.

Blackcircles have them for £190 so at the moment it's at least £14 off.

You have to buy in pairs though (which i need.)

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Michelin Pilot Sport 3 Size: 235/40 R18 Y (95)Tyre Use: Car Tyre Variant:Reinforced: ReinforcedWinter Tyre:Customer Rating: Premium
•Better road-holding in bends.
•Shorter braking distances in the wet.

More info on this tyre
£190.01 each
Quantity 123456789

Number of ratings: 4
Car feels better to drive:Would buy again:Value for money:Overall rating: Features:
Better road-holding in bends and three metres shorter braking distance on wet roads.
More driving pleasure: very precise steering acclaimed by car manufacturers
Outstanding energy efficiency and total long lasting, thanks to more than 10 consecutive victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Customer comments:
"These ratings were for tyres that have only recently been fitted. The car does seem to be more surefooted, both in the wet and dry." - 16/01/2011"Great grip in the dry and wet. Fronts wear bit higher than normal on a Volvo S60 D5 (torquey and heavy fwd). " - 06/01/2011"Much better tyre than the Pirelli PZero Rosso's I had on the car before." - 15/12/2010"Very pleased with these tyres - running them on an Audi A6 Quattro. Car feels planted, wet or dry. Not the cheapest by far, but worth it if you like to make progress on the roads (and they fared pretty well for a few laps of the Nurburgring, too). Good all-rounded, definitely recommended for the larger saloon." - 25/07/2010"Great tyres, and great service at Mitcham" - 27/05/2010

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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post19 Jan 2011 09:14

Do not like Costco for tyres. They insist that you put the new tyres on the back, always. It's a safety thing. Aparently new tyres on the front is a death trap, whether its front or rear wheel drive. Presumably, every new car will soon feature a disclaimer that reads "due to the tyres on the front wheels being brand new, there is a heightened risk of having a crash in the first 300 miles, which we take no responsibility for - drive safe!".

I took my Dad to get new front tyres there. He does about 35,000 miles a year, so those rears weren't going to be on his car forever anyway. They insisted that the new tyres go on the back. When they swapped his wheels around, they forgot to balance the wheels again and his car had a really bouncy/jerky ride . He put up with it for 30 miles and came back.

As for all those "nitrogen filling" fairytales, what a waste of time. Unless your tyres are being driven F1 style, or you have the temperature extremes an aircraft tyre goes through, not worth the bother. Unless they change the tyre in a pure nitrogen environment, you're going to get normal air in at atmospheric pressure before they pump it up with Nitrogen.

For a no haggle price, they will be the cheapest if you want Michelins, they don't stock any other makes in the larger or specialist tyre sizes that the Scirocco uses.
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post20 Jan 2011 17:59

Monkeyhanger,

Costco has a point when insisting on fitting the new tyres on the rear wheels, especially front wheel drive cars.
It is mainly for the safety of drivers in poor winter conditions. It is easier to control a car that is understeering than a car losing grip on the rear wheels or oversteering.
With poor winter road conditions in the UK, many companies recommend that the new or the best tyres are fitted to the rears, having the most traction at the back to help drivers, especially inexperienced motorists, not to lose the rear and spin their cars and cause possible fatal accidents.

Below are a few links of companies that recommend the "new to rear" fitting:
Tyre Safe Report:
http://www.tyresafe.org/news-and-events ... o-front--/
Michelin Report:
http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/tpl/mic/ar ... _neufs.htm
Rotation UK:
http://www.rotationuk.com/gbu0-display/ ... ition.html
The AA:
http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/sa ... tyres.html

If my links above have not persuded you, maybe Vicki Butler could:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5YsQ_a_ijA
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post23 Jan 2011 17:46

I've just had to change the front on mine (210 tsi) after 8.5k miles. Trying out the Toyo Proxes T1R at £140 each. Could have got them £5 cheaper per tyre through blackcircles but the garage across the road got close & saved me a 20 round trip to next garage. Downside is the garage has scratched both wheels :x

Cheapest place I found was tyretraders but their nearest fitter was 20+ miles away and I couldn't get away to get them fitted there.
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post23 Jan 2011 21:04

If you ever look on blackcircles or camskill find out who the fitter is then go directly to them and see if they can beat the internet price.
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post23 Jan 2011 21:37

Cooper wrote:If you ever look on blackcircles or camskill find out who the fitter is then go directly to them and see if they can beat the internet price.



That's what I did...the supplier matched their price but previously on looking for tyres for a Range Rover they couldn't get close. The fitter only gets paid a fitting fee from blackcircle whereas if you go direct the fitter can make a fee on the tyre aswell, all depends on the price.
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post25 Jan 2011 19:31

+1 for Camskill - They delivered within 24Hrs of me ordering and updated me online with parcel tracking

http://www.camskill.co.uk/

Also use these guys for tyre reviews..

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Tyre/

Hankook Tyres are very good (S1 Evo's and V12 Evo's) get very good reviews :thumbup:
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post26 Jan 2011 16:52

For anyone based near the Reading area. Total Tyres quoted me £156 fitted and balanced for Continental Sport Contact 3's.

Cheapest I have found so far!

(National tyres said they will price match, also I am hoping for a 5% discount because they have a deal with my company too!)
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post27 Jan 2011 10:18

For curiosity what tyres do people have and recommend?

I was hoping for a survey of some type:

Continental Sport Contact 2's
Continental Sport Contact 3'S
Michelin P Zero Rosso
Toyo
Hankook V12
Goodyear Eagle F1

I currently have Sport Contact 2's on my R but they seem to be a bit slippy in the wet.
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post27 Jan 2011 11:50

its Pirelli P zero Rosso's not Michelin :lol:

And I love the Them probably one of the best out there mate :thumbup:
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post27 Jan 2011 14:52

Oh yeah Pirellis :D, I had them on my diesel Roc I think.
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Re: Cheap tyre thread

Post31 Jan 2011 10:35

Quick Update:

Cheapest Quote I have had on Continental Sport Contact 3's are £156 each tyre at Total Tyres in reading. Central tyres agreed to £155 per tyre. I don't think I will get any cheaper to be fair!
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