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      02-02-2012, 12:07 AM   #23
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I've decided to give Tires23 a shot. Their prices seem to be within $150 of Tire Rack's prices after taxes. This is for a set of Hankook RS3. If i were to go with a set of Michelins i'd definitely do option #1 since its almost $500 per set cheaper than buying locally (at least for the sizes i'm looking at).

I've used MegaWheelz in the past here in Mississauga. I highly recommend them but they tend to be a bit on the expensive side.
The guys on Queensway?
I have used them for a really long time and they normally will match Tirerack pricing for me. Great price and good service.
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      02-02-2012, 12:31 AM   #24
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I have used Tire Rack and paid the shipping and duty charges in the past but now buy local as they are now fairly competitive and the service is excellent. For those of you in the Edmonton area, I have been very happy with Wheels Plus.
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      02-02-2012, 04:16 AM   #25
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Tirerack is a really good deal if you intend on buying wheels at the same time from them as they will include road force balancing and mounting for free which is about a $150-200 value. I always get roadforce balancing because I find that it is identical to the balancing quality of factory mounted tires and wheels. Standard balancing often has slight vibrations at highway speeds. Importing tires from across the border yourself also has the advantage of possibly not paying any tax which in BC is a 12% savings right there. If you make a weekend trip of it, it could even be a guaranteed tax free purchase depending on the price and the number people travelling with you.

I guess pricing in Ontario is more competitive than BC. My winter tires for example are Dunlop Wintersport 3D and they are priced at 1010tires for $290 for each front tire and $330 for each rear tire. I got it for USD$212 and USD$242 respectively from Tirerack. Shipping was $69.

Total from 1010tires = $1240 before shipping
Total from Tirerack = USD$976 (CAD$1005) including shipping to WA

I ended up picking it up in two separate shipments and I only paid taxes on the fronts which amounted to $50 so my grand total post taxes was CAD$1055.

If I had bought locally, after HST it would have been $1389 assuming there is no shipping cost.

This has been my experience buying tires anyways especially with winter tires. I suppose a local dealer might be able to match prices but I've never tried. The differential seems quite high. I remember Costco asking for $245 a tire for Michelin X-ice tires for my Mazda 5 which I got from Tirerack for only $118 each.
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      02-02-2012, 08:16 AM   #26
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Has anyone bought tires from Sorat's? http://www.soratwheels.ca/
Prices seem really good and free shipping. Read some poor reviews about their service, but wondering if anyone ordered tires from them before and just want to make sure no issues with tires received and shipping.........
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The guys on Queensway?
I have used them for a really long time and they normally will match Tirerack pricing for me. Great price and good service.
Yup. Those are the guys. I like them because they hand torque everything, and if you buy tires from them, they're happy to swap out your wheels any time for free.
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      02-03-2012, 08:20 PM   #28
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I use a local shop, UrbanX (urbanexp.ca). Only bought winter setups from them so far.....for me its the convenience factor that made it an easy decision and that it was just a winter setup. I'll probably be picking up a set of 19's in the near future so when that time comes I'll definitely be goin back. I'd definitely recommend UrbanX to anyone in Calgary. Great service and they were very helpful in suggesting rims.
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      02-04-2012, 05:00 AM   #29
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http://soratwheels.ca/tires.htm
Price is almost as good as tirerack.
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Has anyone bought tires from Sorat's? http://www.soratwheels.ca/
Prices seem really good and free shipping. Read some poor reviews about their service, but wondering if anyone ordered tires from them before and just want to make sure no issues with tires received and shipping.........
i have dealt with them before, no problem for me. but i am local so have no idea about the shipping.
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      02-04-2012, 02:46 PM   #31
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I use Newmarket Tire - great prices and they'll order any tire for you. newmarkettire.com
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      02-04-2012, 03:13 PM   #32
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No one in Montreal??

I recently called up a couple shops that deal with tires, and they ARE still a little more than Tirerack pricing shipped to the border + taxes.

I might just go with local shop this time - save the drive
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