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Old 03-04-2008, 07:06 PM
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Default Tires: Certificates for Free Replacement?

I'm putting some 285's on the 80 and decided to go with the Nitto Terra Grappler AT's. Discounttiredirect.com seems to have the best prices and the shipping is free. I'm debating whether or not it's worth it to get the certificates for free replacement? At $22 a piece, it's not a huge chunk of change and "seems" worth it if one gets destroyed somehow, but I'm wondering if everybody else has gotten them and if there are any reasons not to? Is it worth it?

Oh yeah, the truck will see the trails, but will also serve DD duty.

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Old 03-04-2008, 07:43 PM
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It's like insurance, Discount bets you won't use them, you bet you will.


They usually run about 13% of the retail cost per tire so on a set of 5 you will pay about 65% of one replacement tire up front. That is a hefty price for insurance. If you need a replacement, the tire is free but you pay for a new cert.

That being said, I always get them and they have more than paid for themselves. I have used them at least once (twice on my Lexus) on every set I've bought. They even did a free valve stem replacement when I ripped one out on Holy Cross.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:52 PM
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I recently bought two sets of tires at Discount and learned this: When discussing the "certs" tell them that you think you will pass on them. On two different occasions with different vehicles and two different sales guys, I said that and they both responded that if I bought the certs they would not charge me the standard mount and balance fee. Cut the cost of the certs in half.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:42 AM
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cheap insurance...I always get them. make sure they have the Nitto's in stock in the size you need, I ended up with 305's, nothing else was in stock, but I love them.
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:45 AM
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I figured I should probably get them for $22 a piece.
Timbuck2 - regarding making sure they have them in stock, I'm actually ordering them online from discounttiredirect.com. The shipping is free and I don't have to pay sales tax on them either. I believe with everything... 5 tires with valve stems and the certs for free replacement, shipped, came to $840. I'll then have to pay 20 bucks a tire to have them mounted and balanced, so figure another 100 bucks. Even then, it's still $100 cheaper than going straight to the discount tire down the street here...
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:06 AM
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You might ping Tramontana about mounting those yourself.

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Old 03-05-2008, 10:41 AM
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I figured I should probably get them for $22 a piece.
Timbuck2 - regarding making sure they have them in stock, I'm actually ordering them online from discounttiredirect.com. The shipping is free and I don't have to pay sales tax on them either. I believe with everything... 5 tires with valve stems and the certs for free replacement, shipped, came to $840. I'll then have to pay 20 bucks a tire to have them mounted and balanced, so figure another 100 bucks. Even then, it's still $100 cheaper than going straight to the discount tire down the street here...
I took the discounttiredirect quote into my local discount tire and they matched it. About what you are getting charged...
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I took the discounttiredirect quote into my local discount tire and they matched it. About what you are getting charged...
Wow, that makes this even easier. The only part that was going to suck about doing this whole deal online was loading up the tires myself and driving to discount tire! I'm gonna get on the horn and see if I can get one of the discount tire shops with the 285's in stock to honor the discount tire direct price. Thanks again!
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:25 AM
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You'll have to pay tax though.
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Old 03-05-2008, 04:22 PM
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I had the same tires for 45K. Got a punctured sidewall at 35k. New tire, only had to pay the $22 to insure it. Figure 5 tires 22 each = $110 plus $22 for the replacement. $132 for a new tire and peace of mind if I got another flat. Worth it to me.
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