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the Cost of Wheel Alignment and Tire Installation

Price 
Location 
Year 
Submitted by  
Description
$ 104
Aug 2009
Ventura, Ca.
Mazda 3 5 door
2006
Tire installation, balance, computerized wheel alignment.  more... close row
$ 400
Jan 2008
Brighton, CO
Jaguar x-type
2003
Tires replaced on Jaguar x-type  more... close row
$ 25
Aug 2009
Woodlawn, MD
Mitsubishi Lancer
2003
Cheap used tire plus balancing  more... close row
$ 65
Feb 2009
New Brunswick, NJ
Saturn S-series
1999
Installation only of tires plus alignment  more... close row
$ 80
Nov 2008
Decatur,AL
Dodge magnum
2005
Four new tires plus alignment  more... close row
$ 90
Mar 2009
San Francisco, CA
Ford Taurus
1999
Two tires replaced plus wheel alignment  more... close row
$ 770
Jul 2009
Germantown, TN
Chevrolet Suburban K1500 4WD
2003
Four new tires plus disposal of old  more... close row

Description of service

We purchased 4 new tires for our truck. The service consisted of removing and disposing of the old tires, installing and balancing the new tires.

The new tires were 161 each for a total of 640 plus 8 for new valve stems. Installation was free, but balancing was 36. The fee to dispose of the old tires was 8, and the state tire fee was 5.40, bringing the total to 700. Our state tax is approx 10%, so the final total was 770.


Review of Service

The quality of the service and the tires was very good. We dropped the car off in the morning, and it was ready by lunch. When we left the store, I could immediately tell a difference in the way my truck handled, and subsequently noticed a slight increase in fuel economy.

I think it can be confusing to purchase tires. It can be hard to distinguish between the different tire models, and which features are really necessary.

Overall, I think we got a good value for our purchase. For safety reasons, it is important to have good tires on your vehicle, and while tires for trucks, especially 4 wheel drive trucks, are usually more expensive than car tires, they are often subjected to more challenging driving conditions than just city and highway driving.


Tips

I would suggest that anyone contemplating a tire purchase make sure they do a little research beforehand. We consulted a consumer reporting website, and based on their recommendations, created a short list of tire models that would be good choices for our truck.

I would also recommend comparison shopping, online and in person. I got estimates from our local warehouse store as well as a national tire/repair chain. Their estimates were pretty close, but we chose the tire store in order to take advantage of a 6 months same as cash offer on their credit card.

I do wish I had a better knowledge of tires before this purchase. I think that much like the mattress makers, many tire manufacturers sell the same tire with different names to different retailers, which makes it difficult to know if you are comparing apples to apples.


$ 150
Mar 2009
Venice, Florida
Honda, Civic
2004
Nail in tire led to two new tires  more... close row
$ 105
Aug 2008
Aiken, SC
Pontiac Transport
1998
One new tire installed, new valve stem and alignment  more... close row
$ 415
Aug 2009
Westfield, IN
Buick Skylark
1997
Bigger is not always better  more... close row
$ 120
Mar 2008
Woodstock, GA
Chevrolet Camaro
1995
Installation of four new tires and frond end alignment  more... close row
$ 273
Apr 2008
Sandpoint, Idaho
Ford Ranger
2000
Front end wheel alignment on Ford Ranger  more... close row
$ 516
Nov 2008
Richmond, Virginia
Toyota Matrix
2006
Buy three get one free with warranty deal  more... close row
$ 500
Feb 2008
Wichita, KS
Chevy Monte Carlo
2000
Four new tires and alignment  more... close row
$ 249
Aug 2009
Dalton, ga
Ford Focus
2000
Two new tires and much-needed alignment  more... close row
$ 140
May 2009
Bedford, TX
Subaru Outback
2005
Installation and alignment of two tires  more... close row
$ 189
Jun 2009
Fort Worth, Texas
Subaru Outback
2005
Two flat tires replaced  more... close row
$ 420
Mar 2008
Wesley Chapel, Fl
Nissan Altima
2002
Four tires plus mounting/installation  more... close row
$ 100
Jul 2009
Redlands, California
Toyota Corrola
2005
Fourth tire free for promotion  more... close row
$ 125
Jun 2009
Hicksville, NY
Toyota Camry
2005
Tire punctured by a screw and replaced  more... close row
$ 650
Sep 2009
Brighton, CO
Ford F-150
2008
Terrible service on wheel balancing  more... close row
$ 68
Aug 2008
New
Honda Civic EX
2001
Car was pulling to the left  more... close row
$ 150
Aug 2009
CAPE CORAL, FL
DOGDE DURANGO
2000
Full tire inspection, two new tires, alignment  more... close row