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Best place to get tires in Canberra

By maxg - 14 November 2013 23

Personally I find tires always seem to cost too much so I would like to post now that I have found somewhere that is both cheap and has great service. Northwest tyres.

I got all four tires changed on my porsche boxster for $550! This is after bob j and costco both quoted me around $1000. Federal too. They even helped me out with a busted lock nut for free.

Very happy to promote them!

They are in fyshwick, 110 wollongong st 02 62281428.

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Best place to get tires in Canberra
liability 6:19 am 15 Nov 13

Northwest Tyres can be reasonably cheap if you know a bit about tyres and don’t take the first thing they throw at you.

I notice that they will never give a receipt unless you specifically ask for one, and then they do so begrudgingly.

If you know what tyres you want spend 15 minutes on the phone ringing around, you can nearly always get what you want on special somewhere, assuming they are a common size.

I can normally get a name brand, such as Dunlop, Goodyear, etc for around $110 each fitted for standard 15 inch Commodore/Falcon without to much trouble.

c_c™ 12:50 am 15 Nov 13

EvanJames said :

North West TYRES is a useful source, but be aware. The owner imports second hand tyres from asia and the middle east. Most are from known brands HOWEVER the build standards for tyres sold in those jurisdictions are lower.

The standards aren’t automatically lower, for example, the new Michelin Primacy 3 ST are a regional specific variant, built for a unified Australia/Malayisa/Thai market. But definitely need to research it. Even if built to the highest standard by a well known brand, tyres in different jurisdictions can have differences in tread pattern and compounds to suit local conditions, particularly true of European tyres.

Personally I’d never touch a second hand tyre, and particularly in Canberra where it’s the outer edge that is likely to go below the legal depth long before the main width tread does (thanks to our roundabouts).

Antagonist 11:18 pm 14 Nov 13

I took my BA XR8 ute (not white!) to Tyrepower in Tuggeranong in April – NEVER AGAIN! I had been going there for nearly 10 years and asked to speak to the owner ‘Johnno’, only to be told that ‘he was out at the moment’. Turns out Johnno had gone into business for himself in Hume and had not been working there for quite some time.

I had just bought the ute and the previous owner had fitted dodgy Chinese imports that were downright dangerous (Nankang?). They had plenty of tread, but SFA grip even in dry weather. I got a reasonable deal on Mickey Thompsons in 245/40/18 at $220 per corner and I am very happy with them.

BUT … the next day I noticed that two of my FPV GT rims had severe gutter rash. Much worse than the little scrapes they had when I bought the car. And I also had a new wobble coming from the right rear wheel, which has since been diagnosed as a bent axle. So they got $880 out of me for new tyres, and caused over $1000 of damage to my car in the process. And naturally, they deny knowing anything about it.

Don’t go near them if you value your car! They lied to me to get my cash and damaged my car while they had it. Those dodgy bastards will never get another cent out of me, and I will tell the whole world about my experiences with them at any given opportunity.

Johnno (whom I absolutely trust with any of my cars) works for himself out at Hume. Best prices on the good tyres, brilliant service, and absolutely trustworthy. 6260 2945.

EvanJames 11:17 pm 14 Nov 13

North West TYRES is a useful source, but be aware. The owner imports second hand tyres from asia and the middle east. Most are from known brands HOWEVER the build standards for tyres sold in those jurisdictions are lower. And many aren’t compliant with the standards that are law in australia, namely, the standards set by the european union and/or the US department of transport. Most people don’t know this but if your car is wearing non-compliant tyres when it has a crash, depend on it your insurance company will know about it.

That said, I get my tyres there but have had some interesting go-rounds with them, like the time he sold me four nice-looking chinese tyres which turned out to have on their sides “trailer purpose only”. Researching what that meant led to my learning a LOT about tyres (after some bluster, I got two second hand and compliant tyres, and two new ones for the front).

I still have an illegal spare from them. Bridgestone, but not legal here. the magic codes and numbers aren’t on the sidewalls. but I’ll be visiting them for some newish tyres soon, it’s still quite a good lurk. Maybe I can get some more like the new ones, which are superb and were a good price.

threepaws 11:02 pm 14 Nov 13

Why on earth would you skimp on tyres? They’re kind of important, you know – being the only thing between your car and the road…

Holden Caulfield 9:36 pm 14 Nov 13

Tooks said :

Holden Caulfield said :

You drive a Boxster and you’re cheaping out on tyres. Awesome!

Besides price comparisons are meaningless unless you tell us size and brand quoted at all three outlets.

Moreover, $1000 to buy something suitable for a Boxster is hardly expensive.

You can pick up a late 90s Boxter for around 22k. If he’s skimping on tyres, he probably doesn’t have a new model.

Awesome, I can’t wait for the next installment about servicing costs, haha.

damien haas 9:35 pm 14 Nov 13

Bob Jane let me drive away with poorly fitted wheels and nuts not fitted correctly. A pox on their house.

JAX have always been good for regular around town car sort of tyres.

Goodyear in Gungahlin did a very good deal on five 15 x 7 tyres for the Panelvan of Justice.

Antique Tyres in Melbourne are the place to go to for hard to find tyre sizes (like 15 x 10 with a 65 profile etc).

If you are cheaping out on tyres for a Porsche, I dont think i would ride in your car. The performance of cheap chinese tyres in wet conditions is known to be poor, and their durability is also not up to par with better tyres. In general, with tyres you get what you pay for.

c_c™ 9:02 pm 14 Nov 13

Less the typical charge for wheel alignment, that means you spent around $115 a corner for tyres. Even on some cheap city car that’s pushing it.

Now that’s not to say you should go out and get some Michelins for $370 or so a corner, though if you can afford a Porsche I’m not sure why you wouldn’t, but least invest a bit. I put in about $200 a corner for a modest performance tyre and the difference between them the the mid-range Dunlops is night and day, particular in the wet, and Dunlops aren’t slouches.

JC 9:01 pm 14 Nov 13

What kind of nasty tyres did you get for $550?

It really surprises me the shit people put in their cars, or in the case of some bogan at Kippax the other day didn’t put on their car. This bogan had tyres that looked like racing slicks, saw her on Monday when it was pissing with rain.

For the average Camry, Commodore etc I wouldn’t touch a tyre that costs under around $200 per wheel. I like Michelin tyres myself had two cars where they were standard fitment and they were brilliant. My current car a Camry I have got around 70,000km out of them and they still handle the road as good as the day I brought them, will need to be replaced soon though, replacements are $250 per tyre which is reasonable.

I won’t touch Bridgestone after a bad experience 10 years ago, but Dunlop and Pirelli not so bad.

As for companies I have only dealt with Jax (transtate) tyres in Belconnen in the last 10 years, never had an issue with them, prices about the same as elsewhere.

Growling Ferret 8:48 pm 14 Nov 13

Do you run it on E10 too?

poetix 8:45 pm 14 Nov 13

If you’re that tired, have a nap.

The Australian spelling is tyres. This spread of Americanisms may seem trivial, but the first time someone says ‘howdy’ to you, seriously, all will be lost.

jase! 8:30 pm 14 Nov 13

hint for young players, bob jane at Campbeltown will price match tempe tyres. would be interesting to find out of bob jane locally will too

Tooks 7:40 pm 14 Nov 13

Holden Caulfield said :

You drive a Boxster and you’re cheaping out on tyres. Awesome!

Besides price comparisons are meaningless unless you tell us size and brand quoted at all three outlets.

Moreover, $1000 to buy something suitable for a Boxster is hardly expensive.

You can pick up a late 90s Boxter for around 22k. If he’s skimping on tyres, he probably doesn’t have a new model.

Havok 7:33 pm 14 Nov 13

Lol, enjoy having all 4 blow out within the next 3 months. Their tires blow, literally.

Though from the particular ball-gargling going on in this post I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the owner attempting to drum up some business for free.

And if you are legit, why the hell are you complaining about spending premium money on tires for a premium care? If it bother you so I recommend you get a Corolla

Holden Caulfield 7:28 pm 14 Nov 13

You drive a Boxster and you’re cheaping out on tyres. Awesome!

Besides price comparisons are meaningless unless you tell us size and brand quoted at all three outlets.

Moreover, $1000 to buy something suitable for a Boxster is hardly expensive.

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