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Old Mar 7th 2024, 10:54 pm
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I obtained a quote from Feu Vert for 4 new tyres for my car - I was amazed how expensive they were and decided to change only the front ones and get more kms from the back ones.

You would expect the quote to be half the price for four - but no - both quotes have a 50€ charge for 'Reglaje Paralelo Turismo'

given there is another charge for balancing (plus putting them on the car, valves, and other sundry costs)

Any tyre experts out there who can explain all these add-ons?

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Reglaje Paralelo seems to point to checking/adjusting the tracking. Maybe they noted that your front tyres are wearing unevenly and the tracking needs adjusting before they fit new ones?
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Old Mar 7th 2024, 11:33 pm
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Thanks for your reply - didn't even ask to see the car!

I am not really very happy with their quote but they are local to me and the place was heaving this morning so obviously others are.
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I get my tyres online from Autodoc. You just have to find a place that will fit them. They have a good range of tyres at competitive prices..
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When changing tyres, I would always get the tracking checked
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So it's wheely expensive then.


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Default Re: Price of new car tyres

Tires are your contact with the road so skimping on them doesn't make sense. You don't have to buy a top brand however, there are plenty of "B" brands that make excellent tires.
Shop around and try to make a deal where they fit the new tires including balancing and new valves plus recycling for a fixed price.

Tracking only needs to be checked if you have a relatively older car and there are obvious signs of tyre wear that point to poor alignment or there has been some kind of damage.
It's always best to get a second opinion. Some places try it on just to hike up the invoice.

Here some general tips:
Alignment is adjusting the suspension to the original factory values. This can be done on the front axle of any car, but also at the rear of a large number of cars.

Good alignment improves the safety and road holding of a car, a car is manufactured to certain values and therefore drives best according to these values. During an alignment, the car is completely reset to factory value and thus ensures that the car drives optimally again.

When should a car be checked for its alignment??

– If your car pulls significantly to the left or right when accelerating and braking.
– If the tread of your car tires shows irregular wear on the inside or outside.
– When the car is standing with the wheels straight but the steering wheel is tilted.
– If the car also pulls to the left or right on the highway at a constant speed.

HOW OFTEN TO ALIGN?

Checking the alignment of your car at the very least every 4 - 5 years A car consists of moving parts that no longer have their original position after use or over time.
Also have the alignment of your car checked after hitting a curb or driving through a deep pothole. This prevents excessive tire wear, which saves you the purchase of one or two new tires. Moreover, a properly aligned car makes you drive safer on the road.

Why does my car need to be aligned at once and why do my tires wear out badly?

A car often exhibits this behavior after parts have been replaced such as ball joints, wishbones, track rods, springs and shock absorbers. If the car has been damaged or the car has hit a curb. These are all actions where the original values of the car are changed.

When aligning most modern tyre specialists use 3D alignment.

In the past the values were read with a spirit level, so by eye. This new system is controlled by a computer that reads out which values the car shows via infrared panels with lasers. And immediately compares these with the original values in the computer. In this way, the differences can be accurately and quickly adjusted back to the original values that a car should have with computer help.
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Default Re: Price of new car tyres

Originally Posted by calman014
Tires are your contact with the road so skimping on them doesn't make sense. You don't have to buy a top brand however, there are plenty of "B" brands that make excellent tires.
Shop around and try to make a deal where they fit the new tires including balancing and new valves plus recycling for a fixed price.

Tracking only needs to be checked if you have a relatively older car and there are obvious signs of tyre wear that point to poor alignment or there has been some kind of damage.
It's always best to get a second opinion. Some places try it on just to hike up the invoice.

Here some general tips:
Alignment is adjusting the suspension to the original factory values. This can be done on the front axle of any car, but also at the rear of a large number of cars.

Good alignment improves the safety and road holding of a car, a car is manufactured to certain values and therefore drives best according to these values. During an alignment, the car is completely reset to factory value and thus ensures that the car drives optimally again.

When should a car be checked for its alignment??

– If your car pulls significantly to the left or right when accelerating and braking.
– If the tread of your car tires shows irregular wear on the inside or outside.
– When the car is standing with the wheels straight but the steering wheel is tilted.
– If the car also pulls to the left or right on the highway at a constant speed.

HOW OFTEN TO ALIGN?

Checking the alignment of your car at the very least every 4 - 5 years A car consists of moving parts that no longer have their original position after use or over time.
Also have the alignment of your car checked after hitting a curb or driving through a deep pothole. This prevents excessive tire wear, which saves you the purchase of one or two new tires. Moreover, a properly aligned car makes you drive safer on the road.

Why does my car need to be aligned at once and why do my tires wear out badly?

A car often exhibits this behavior after parts have been replaced such as ball joints, wishbones, track rods, springs and shock absorbers. If the car has been damaged or the car has hit a curb. These are all actions where the original values of the car are changed.

When aligning most modern tyre specialists use 3D alignment.

In the past the values were read with a spirit level, so by eye. This new system is controlled by a computer that reads out which values the car shows via infrared panels with lasers. And immediately compares these with the original values in the computer. In this way, the differences can be accurately and quickly adjusted back to the original values that a car should have with computer help.
Should you give "credit" to something there? ChatGPT?
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No, I don't need to really as I actually wrote this text a few years ago for a website I built. Also I have a bit of tyre experience having been involved with Motorsports for a few years.

Average cost for alignment is about €60 in most EU countries.

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Originally Posted by calman014
Tires are your contact with the road so skimping on them doesn't make sense. You don't have to buy a top brand however, there are plenty of "B" brands that make excellent tires
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I totally agree, and never scrimp on tyres, especially having had a bad experience with a car that I bought second hand but was handed over to me with a set of "new" retreads on it. After about eight months, one of the tyres ripped open, at the rim, not the road surface. I had all the tyres swapped for a set of Michelins and ever since I have only bought Michelins, or other premium brand tyres, as they are, to reiterate Calman's point, the only thing that is keeping my car on the road.

The only thing I would add to Calman's advice is that B grade brands might be "excellent", but despite not lacking for grip or safety, cheaper tyres may be [1] noisy (road noise) and [2] not as long-living as a premium brand tyre, but if you're only driving relatively low mileage in the local area, and/or are driving a smaller/ cheaper car and/or often drive with the windows open for ventilation i.e. there's lots of noise anyway when you're driving, neither of these problems may be an issue for you.

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An "A" brand I would describe as Michelin, Continental, GoodYear, Uniroyal or Pirelli, though there are others of course.

A "B" brand I would describe as brands such as Hankook, Bridgestone, Falken, Kumho, Maxxis. These are typically € 50 - 100 lower in price than the top brands, especially for big sizes, but are just as good in most conditions.

"Cheap" I would apply to the Chinese brands like Triangle, Goodride. etc.

Traditionally one drove on Summer tires, and in some regions swapped over to Winter tires for the colder season. In the meantime. we have All Season tires which save the hassle of changing over and are becoming the norm as they are especially good in poor driving conditions.

For Spain I would suggest visiting: https://www.neumaticos-pneus-online.es. to get an idea of what you should be paying.
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Tyres are an issue for me at the moment. When I bought my car it had summer tyres on it. I ended up spending a lot of time in EU countries where you couldn't use them in the winter so I bought a set of all weather tyres. These are now getting quite low and I need another set. But I have the choice of buying them in Spain or Germany and it is now the end of winter, so I'm considering putting the summer tyres back on and buying in the Autumn. I just need to work out which country to buy them in.
One point with all weather tyres is they will need the "Alpine" symbol (mountain pictogram with snowflake) to be legal in some countries.
My tyres are wearing evenly so I would bother with paying for the alignment. They are Fulda and I'm quite happy with them regarding noise, grip and wear.
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Thanks, everyone, especially calman014 - great stuff.

I am going to buy Continental (same as was on the car new). I am just surprised at all the add-ons and the bottom line but I understand the importance of tyres which was drilled into me by my dad (decd) who had a tyre depot many moons ago.
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Originally Posted by calman014
An "A" brand I would describe as Michelin, Continental, GoodYear, Uniroyal or Pirelli, though there are others of course. ......
Continental is one brand I avoided when shopping for tires a few years ago, based on reports of increased road noise, and lower expected lifespan (based on miles), compared to the OEM Michelins. .... We can get upto, or slightly over, 100,000 miles (160,000km) from a set of Michelins on our Honda Accords!
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.... I am going to buy Continental (same as was on the car new). ....
Matching the tyres the car originally came with is always my recommened starting point when looking for replacement tyres. That said, you may know, but some people don't (I had an eye-opening conversation with my FIL a couple of years ago), tyre manufacturers usually make multiple tyres that fit your car's wheels, so you need to look for the same tyre "model", not just the name of the manufacturer, and on-line tyre shopping makes that easy.
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I put four new 205/55/16 Goodyear Efficientgrips on my car last year, ordered from Germany and something like €100 cheaper than UK price at the time. Had them delivered to and fitted by a local garage for €10 a corner.

I provided them with 4 new valves which they fitted at the time.
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