Thursday, December 10, 2009

Why Are Tires Suddenly So Expen$ive???

About two years ago when the transmission began to whine and then my 2002 Hyundai Elantra wouldn't move any more, I took it to the dealer. I had purchased the vehicle used, but the warranty had not been transferred. "How much to fix it?" I asked. "$3500" was the reply! WTF! "I once had to have a trnasmission in an old Ford replaced and it only cost me $400! What's this tranny made of? Gold?" The mechanic shot back "It has three electronic brains." Oh. Three brains vs. my one.

A few months ago a neighbor on a nearby street woke up to find the tires slashed on his GM SUV. He told me it cost $1500 to replace two tires. I thought to myself "big liar!" - but now I choklingly take back those thoughts! From the Albany Times-Union:
A 25-year-old University at Albany student, Brown ended up spending just over $1,000 to change the tires of his crossover SUV car.
Here's the full story... I am looking for a good used car for winter and suspect I'll be searching for an "ancient" SUV that was built before the time of electronic brains and expensive tires.

TIP FOR NEW CAR BUYERS:::Ask the dealership during price negotiations to ditch the cheap crappy Korean or Chinese tires. Look at them. They have barely any tread when new, and they are WORSE than bald tires in the snow! Until the Hyundai I NEVER owned a vehicle that demanded studded snow tires in order to keep it on the road. Even my trusty old Ford with rear-wheel drive blasted thru the snow with all-weather tires!
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