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Tires for dummies. Help please. Primewell tires?

Hi all, I have a great honda accord 4 door sedan, 2009. Bought it used from a traveling salesman, so high miles. Has 120k now.

I went to have my oil changed and the guy is like, "Lady, your tires are down to nothing." Which always scares me bc I never know if I can trust them or not.

BUt he wants to sell me primewell tires 225/50/17. Tires are $580 with balancing, alignment.

I don't need anything fancy. I can take noisy. I live near little snow, a little rain. I will drive this car for another 80k miles so if you think it's worth it to invest a lot now, I will take your advice. Please let me know what you think! Thanks so much.

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$500-600 bucks for a set of four tires = cheap tires. Cheap tires are usually awful on wet pavement and don't last very long. Don't -- repeat DO NOT -- agree to the first offer!!! Go to a reputable tire dealer. If you have Discount Tires in your area, go to them and others.
Auto repair/oil change/tire places still try to hoodwink women! Take everything with a grain of salt and do your homework on tires. Boring I know. But the right tires -- especially around wet streets -- are a huge safety issue so don't skimp.


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ok, thanks Slimm,

there is no discount tire in my area. Do you recommend sam's club??
I've been reading through the threads on tires and it seems like people want "super performance" or "low sound". Honestly, I need low price. I will take tires w/ cans on them!

Thanks for your answer.
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ok, thanks Slimm,

there is no discount tire in my area. Do you recommend sam's club??
I've been reading through the threads on tires and it seems like people want "super performance" or "low sound". Honestly, I need low price. I will take tires w/ cans on them!

Thanks for your answer.
Check your local Firestone. I was quoted at $650 for the Firestone Affinity Touring tires with a 60k mile tread life. My tire size is close to yours if not the same I think.

Primewell's are cheap and the mileage warranty is no good. Be careful what you pay for! Let me know what you get.

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$500-600 bucks for a set of four tires = cheap tires.
Maybe for a 255/30-22 sized tire, but definitely not for a 225/50-17 tire.

$580 - $80 (alignment) = $500 ÷ 4 = $125 per tire. Even if you subtract mount/balance and tax from that, that's still $100-$110 per tire.

Cheap is $75 per or less.

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there is no discount tire in my area. Do you recommend sam's club??
I've been reading through the threads on tires and it seems like people want "super performance" or "low sound". Honestly, I need low price. I will take tires w/ cans on them!
$100-$110 per is very expensive for Primewell's.

For that price or less, you can pick up something nice(r) like:
  • Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 or Sumitomo Enhance
  • General Altimax HP
  • BFGoodrich Advantage T/A or BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S
  • Dunlop Signature II
  • Falken Ziex or Falken Azenis PT-722
  • Nitto Motivo
  • Bridgestone Potenza RE760
  • Hankook Ventus V12

Sam's Club will be fine, though I find their prices to be a little higher than Discount Tire/America's Tire and sometimes even Tire Rack. See if they'll price match. If they don't, you can call Discount Tire to see what deals they have and then have them drop ship the tires at a nearby tire place that can install them for you.

Discount Tire (Direct) is currently running a promo for $25 off a set of 4 Cooper, Hankook, or Yokohama tires (Offer expires Monday, June 16th, 2014).

The . They're $105 per and have a $70 rebate (expires Tuesday, July 15th, 2014) when you buy 4. So [($105 x 4) - $25 promo - $75 rebate] = $320 or $80 per with free shipping. Add $10-$15 for mount and balance and you'll have a really nice set of tires for around $400.

Another option is to check your local craigslist for a set of new Michelin take-off tires from a similar generation Accord. People upgrade and sell their stock wheels and tires all the time. New take-off tires should run you less than $500

Never cheap out on tires.



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ok, thanks Slimm,

there is no discount tire in my area. Do you recommend sam's club??
I've been reading through the threads on tires and it seems like people want "super performance" or "low sound". Honestly, I need low price. I will take tires w/ cans on them!

Thanks for your answer.
They're prices are good, but they aren't knowledgeable.

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Not sure about the other posters here but I have actually owned and installed a brand new set of 4 Primewell tires on my Miata before I sold it they replaced a set of BF Goodrich Comp 2's and was quite impressed with them for what they were . They are made in china but overall much better that I thought especially in the rain . Very smooth but not the best dry grip but ok for cheapies.


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Maybe for a 255/30-22 sized tire, but definitely not for a 225/50-17 tire.

$580 - $80 (alignment) = $500 ÷ 4 = $125 per tire. Even if you subtract mount/balance and tax from that, that's still $100-$110 per tire.

Cheap is $75 per or less.


$100-$110 per is very expensive for Primewell's.

For that price or less, you can pick up something nice(r) like:
  • Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 or Sumitomo Enhance
  • General Altimax HP
  • BFGoodrich Advantage T/A or BFGoodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S
  • Dunlop Signature II
  • Falken Ziex or Falken Azenis PT-722
  • Nitto Motivo
  • Bridgestone Potenza RE760
  • Hankook Ventus V12

Sam's Club will be fine, though I find their prices to be a little higher than Discount Tire/America's Tire and sometimes even Tire Rack. See if they'll price match. If they don't, you can call Discount Tire to see what deals they have and then have them drop ship the tires at a nearby tire place that can install them for you.

Discount Tire (Direct) is currently running a promo for $25 off a set of 4 Cooper, Hankook, or Yokohama tires (Offer expires Monday, June 16th, 2014).

The . They're $105 per and have a $70 rebate (expires Tuesday, July 15th, 2014) when you buy 4. So [($105 x 4) - $25 promo - $75 rebate] = $320 or $80 per with free shipping. Add $10-$15 for mount and balance and you'll have a really nice set of tires for around $400.

Another option is to check your local craigslist for a set of new Michelin take-off tires from a similar generation Accord. People upgrade and sell their stock wheels and tires all the time. New take-off tires should run you less than $500

Never cheap out on tires.





I will take the Primewell over the Falken Zeix any day of the week I had the falken and it was just terrible. The Primewell has a much better ride in the rain and in the dry

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Thank you all for your responses.

I showed my tires to a guy friend and he said they weren't that low at all, I can still stick my finger through the ridges, so he was unsure why the car guy said to get new ones.

I have to get my rear brakes done and I know that so I'll go somewhere else for that and see if they bring up my tires.

A few hundred miles ago I went to the dealership for a new key and they service guy there said I needed new brakes, but he didn't mention tires. IT"S SO HARD FOR SOMEONE UNINFORMED!
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Here is an easy way to measure tire wear, as well as when to replace tires.



The only way to be sure the brakes need replacement is to remove the tires and inspect the thickness of the brake pads or brake shoes.
But if your brakes are making sreeching noise, then that's a sure sign 2 or 4 of them need to be replaced.

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If you are a Costco member check them out. They have good quality tires at a reasonable price, tell them you want to get by for as little as possible. Also any good tire store should give you free rotations and flat repairs for the life of the new tires.

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ok, thanks Slimm,

there is no discount tire in my area. Do you recommend sam's club??
I've been reading through the threads on tires and it seems like people want "super performance" or "low sound". Honestly, I need low price. I will take tires w/ cans on them!

Thanks for your answer.
I assume you want lowest cost/mile. The lowest cost tire may only last 20k miles, the best 90k miles. If the best is only 2x the lowest cost, you will still save $. You want to also look for a milage warranty, the longer warranty one should last longer, but how long tires last depend on a lot of factors.

Is safety a high consideration? If your cheap tires don't have good traction in rain, they may cost you a lot of $ (crash repair).

Costco has good tires, but you will pay for them - they don't carry the in-expensive brands. Costco sells Michelin's, which are seen as a quality tire.

Good luck
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I'd say stay away from Firestone. They tried to get over on me on tires more than once. When it comes time to look for tires I always look at tirerack.com for the reviews on tires and look at their prices with shipping to compare that price to local shops for that specific model and size.

If you live on the west coast Discount Tires is known as Americas Tires . If they are local to me (I move a lot due to my job) I find the cheapest price for a specific model/size and Discount Tire will price match. They have great customer service, but they will try to sell an extended warranty which is a waste of money in my opinion.
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Rose what state u located in? Gotta be careful with SAMs and Costco. They have a lot of private label tires meaning there made and sold to them only but they also carry models u can buy anywhere. 225/50r17 average tire sale in that size is between 550-700 depending on brand. I manage a tire store and been doing it for 13 years. There's so many tire brand snout there now a days.
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