Where's a good place to buy tires and get an alignment?
I have a 1999 Ford Explorer. The tires on it are P235/75R16. Both front tires need to be replaced as soon as possible. Anyone have advise on the best price/service? On STT, almost forgot! :$)
Best place to buy tires in USVI is ONLINE if you can buy before you absolutely must have them. I've priced 18" tires for our vehicles and they're tyically 180-200% of online prices.
In a rush, I've bought tires from www.tirerack.com with USPS Priority shipping to my door and still saved a few hundred over local prices (you can ship Priority which seems to arrive in 5 - 7 days at about $45/tire or the slower service which I haven't tried for a lot less but only promises delivery in 2-12 weeks!)
From what I've been told some people buy from DiscountTire online and ship through VI Cargo and save a little bit more than the USPS Priority shipping with TireRack.
I called PriceSmart first and was told they didn't have the size I needed. When I called Rodriguez, they had the tire size and told me to come in as close to 8 o'clock in the morning and it would take no time at all. He was right! I did check prices online and don't feel like I paid too much. Plus, I was able to get in and out within 30 minutes! Thanks, now the alignment or the new tires are going to have to be replaced again! I will check out Elder's. Thanks, everyone.
I second the thought on buying ONLINE, especially if you're buying four SUV tires. I unfortunately checked 'after the fact' and could have saved about $250.
re: alignment... unless your car is seriously out of alignment, I wouldn't bother. The roads/potholes are going to send your frontend out of alignment, and tires wear down faster here so that a little uneven wear or slight pull is acceptable and largely unavoidable.
Most people travel the same roads every day, you get to know where the big holes are, maybe there will be a time when an oncoming car doesn't allow you to avoid the hole. However top speed around these roads are 35mph. Front end alignment is important for the complete control of the car and the safety of you and the other people using the roads.