Return to driveway.
Leave family note, “Flat tire. Took grey car.”
Return home. “Don’t worry, we put on spare,” my husband says. “And I found the guarantee. The hole is not in the sidewall, so the tire’s covered!”
It’s Monday morning, I drive to tire store.
Tire salesman pokes, prods, and then tries to ram his finger and pen into the sidewall.
He motions to me, and it’s not to show me my guarantee.
I brace myself and follow him to my car.
“Looks like you need to replace all four.”
“But this one was replaced just two years ago,” I point, defending my nearly new tire. And isn’t the flat one covered by the guarantee?”
“It’s too worn to repair,” he says. “And this one,” he shows the uneven wear of a second tire,” needs to be replaced too.
“Course you could change out just the,” he continues, planting doubt. “But I wouldn’t. By the time the rainy season comes, you’ll need to change those two too.”
“But it’s not going to rain,” I protest, smiling at my joke.
“It’s up to you,” he says.
I hate when they say, “It’s up to you,” like I’m in the hospital and he can make me sign an (Against Tire Advice) “but I’d replace all four.” he repeats.
Anxious, I take the bait. “What’s the cost?”
He tells me.
“Any other options?” I protest.
“Well you could replace three.” He tells me that cost, which is nearly the same. My nerves are fraying.
I ponder. I fume. I thought we had a guarantee.
“Ok,” I say resolved to calmly start over. “What are my options?”
Not missing a beat, he leads me to the tread chart. “Anytime you have 1/16” (1.6mm), you need to replace your tire.
We return to the tires. He re-explains the tread.
I look myself.
I scrutinize the tire opposite the flat one and agree. That tread is worn.
I re-examine the other two. One is good, the other – not too bad. I don’t see the same wear the salesman describes.
While alone, I re-evaluate and return to the counter.
“I’ll take two new at the front.”
“Ok,” he says writing the order.
Relief. He doesn’t try to talk me out of my decision.
A new customer enters the shop. He too has a flat. “Replace all four,” the salesman advises. With in minutes the man is buying $600.00 tires.
The minute I see my two new, I know I made the right decison.
It’s a DIY Tire Decision.
And as for tread, so far so good.
Just curious, did you ever walk into a tire store and hear, “Your tire is covered by the guarantee. Please sit down, it will just take a minute to fix it.
When I need to buy tires, it’s time for a DIY decision.
Whether it’s about tires or another purchase, have you got a DIY decision to share?