New Tires....

...last week, I had new tires put on the ole buggy that I drive... that means that I only got 20K miles out of my Pirellis.... which sucks... it came from the factory with Pirelli tires...

...so, being busy at work one day, I relied upon my old Cousin, Big Daddy C, to help out a fellow traveler... I, you see, know nothing of machinery, cars, tires, and such... I have always found it easier to take the car to a professional mechanic... whereas; Big Daddy always performs his own maintenance.. it only seemed natural to let him choose my new tires... plus, he is notoriously tight.. so, I figured he'd get me a good deal... heh...

...well, like I said, I was inundated with helpdesk calls that day... and the Mail Server was down... so, I just tossed him my credit card, and directed him to Tirerack.com... told him to pick out some good ones, and go ahead and purchase them online...

...a few hours later, he arrived in my office with a big smile on his face... "I got your tires, Eric... they should be here in two days... I didn't choose those Pirellis, though... the Michelin ones seemed to be a much better tire... so, I got you for of them.. I got a pretty good deal, too... 188 bucks..."

...now, my dear ones, I was overjoyed with this news.... I knew that the Pirellis were almost 150 bucks each... so, having stared a possible 600 buck Vulcanized Rubber bill in the face, I was thrilled....

..."That's great, man! How'd you get them so cheap?"...

..."Well, I called up the dealership, and they wanted $230 for the same tire that was on Tirerack.com at $188... so, I bought you four of them.... I did some looking around, and that is the absolute BEST tire you can buy for your model of car..."

...and, that is when the penny dropped, quite literally... $188 each... yes, I said each... the sweet elation I had felt earlier.... the idea of getting a quality tire at a cheapskate rate.... was crushed by Big Daddy's words.. there was almost an audible "crunch" noise when it died... like the one you hear when placing the heel of a well-polished penny-loafer on a scrabbling Junebug.... then applying a little pressure.....

...but, upon further inquiry, he confessed that he was only looking out for my best interest.... you know what I mean.... the most comfortable ride... best - and safest - in all weathers... least road noise... etc... etc... so, I let him off the hook... but, I did learn one thing about people you perceive as tight with money... they are usually only tight with THEIR money... your money?... well, hey, that's a different story all together

by Eric on April 24, 2004 | Comments(4) | SWG Stories

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I just bit the same bullet on my car, with no illusions that I would replace four tires on my V-Tech six, full boat Accord. I got in just under $800 including warrantee. But I got 60k out of the last set.

I wouldn't be as appalled by the whole thing if I wasn't sending cash to the French. Fuck the French. But they make good tires. I've owned cars that cost less than those things...

posted by: rankin' rob on April 24, 2004 10:12 AM

I just put four on my wife's truck Thursday. No, it's not a Thursday, it's a Blazer.

I agree with rankin' rob...Fuck the French. I'll ride on the rims before I'll buy French tires.

I feel better now.

posted by: Sam on April 24, 2004 05:07 PM

..thanks, Rob... I agree.. I hate sending money to the French.. but, those tires handle 100% better than the Pirellis.... I see that the old Germanic/Italian alliance still exists in some things.. they may ship the Audi with Pirelli tires, but it ain't always the best tire for the car...

..and Sam, our consumption of French wine has ceased as of early in 2002.. strictly Italian, Spanish, and South American... with, of course, the occasional South African and Australian thrown in....

posted by: Eric on April 24, 2004 08:32 PM

It's always easier to spend Other People's Money than your own. (unless you're ME. I LIKE pissing away MY money.)

posted by: Acidman on April 25, 2004 10:30 AM