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Garage for changing summer / winter wheels

I have used 'search' but can't find a reasonably recent answer for my question.


I need to locate a garage to change my summer wheels off and my winter wheels on. I have a second set of wheels with the winter tires mounted, so its just a case of 'wheel off / wheel on' times 4.


Any recommendations for a (preferably English-speaking) garage in Zurich or on the Horgen side of the lake, which won't cost me the earth?


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Re: Garage for changing summer / winter wheels

Don't know if they are the cheapest or best (I imagine it's all much of a muchness) but we use Adam Touring (Google them, they're all over the region). They even clean and store the wheels we're not using.

I've heard the guys speaking a bit of English but, to be honest, there's not much communication needed. You'll have to make an appointment because now they'll start getting really booked up. Turn up, faff about back and forth trying to get your car on the ramp-thing (or maybe that's just me ), watch the wheels being replaced, pay the bloke, drive away after more amateurish de-mounting from the ramp, job done.
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Re: Garage for changing summer / winter wheels

Half an hour work (if even) when doing it yourself.
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Re: Garage for changing summer / winter wheels

That's assuming you can and you want to EdwinNL. We usually do ours ourselves, but takes us about an hour and that's assuming we don't hit problems. Have had our garage do it once and also had it done at some other places occasionally. Certainly if my husband wasn't around I'd be getting a garage to do it - I'm not able to do the bending over to loosen and tighten all those wheelnuts easily these days.
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Re: Garage for changing summer / winter wheels

My girlfriend uses Adam Touring near Sihl City. She only speaks basic German and doesn’t seem to have any problems. You can also book online.
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That's assuming you can and you want to EdwinNL. We usually do ours ourselves, but takes us about an hour and that's assuming we don't hit problems. Have had our garage do it once and also had it done at some other places occasionally. Certainly if my husband wasn't around I'd be getting a garage to do it - I'm not able to do the bending over to loosen and tighten all those wheelnuts easily these days.
Just ment as a thought, it normally is easier than some people think it is.

And yes having it done is nice and easy, back home I had a garage across work do it, 20,- they picked up the car and brought it back to my work, and they stored the tyres, I still easily could have done it myself, but heck 20,- to save myself the hassle of going to my storage, yeah sure.
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Re: Garage for changing summer / winter wheels

Took me half an hour Sunday morning, but I have a floor jack and a battery powered rattle gun.

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Re: Garage for changing summer / winter wheels

Every Adam Touring site I've been into has had very helpful, well trained staff who have managed just fine around my rubbish German. This year I think we will spend the extra dosh to have them clean and store the wheels for us - saves me lugging them about.
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Took me half an hour Sunday morning, but I have a floor jack and a battery powered rattle gun.

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Wimp.

I like doing it.
This spring I did it three times. I put on the summer tyres/wheels and then found out we were going back to the mountains with snow forecast so I changed them back and then a few weeks after that put the summer ones back on.
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Half an hour work (if even) when doing it yourself.
My Swiss neighbor once saw me changing my own wheels and was really concerned that I may have hit hard times or something or had some kind of problem preventing me from reaching the garage.

He just simply could not understand why i would do it myself, even that it only takes 30 mins..




*I've since switched and now agree with him.. For 100chuffs the garage keeps the spare wheels and changes them over.. No brainer
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Every Adam Touring site I've been into has had very helpful, well trained staff who have managed just fine around my rubbish German. This year I think we will spend the extra dosh to have them clean and store the wheels for us - saves me lugging them about.
How much do they charge? It doesn't say on their site, which is really annoying for a standard service like this.
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Re: Garage for changing summer / winter wheels

From memory, about CHF 80 for 4 tyres to be changed over. I'm not sure on the cleaning & storage costs, but recall them to be stupidly cheap. Like an earlier poster, we changed our own tires for the first 2 years here, and neighbours raced over to express concern as to why we'd be doing such work ourselves...
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Re: Garage for changing summer / winter wheels

Big Migros/Migrol garages provide this service: cheap, no appointment required, and they will store your alternate wheels for a moderate fee.
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Re: Garage for changing summer / winter wheels

I would almost start a service where people can come by, give me 50% of what the garage charges, and I also provide a free cookie and coffee. Sounds like a nice thing for a stay-at-home dad.
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I would almost start a service where people can come by, give me 50% of what the garage charges, and I also provide a free cookie and coffee. Sounds like a nice thing for a stay-at-home dad.
Go for it, I would definitely make use of your service
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Re: Garage for changing summer / winter wheels

I just have it done at my "house-garage". My car doesn't like strangers fiddling on it
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Go for it, I would definitely make use of your service
Perhaps if the kid is slightly older and I'm still a stay at home dad. Atm I would have to disappoint the customer and let him/her wait if the little one needs attention regardless of how many wheels are on the car.
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Wimp.
Actually, I loosened them by hand (being Sunday and all), and just used the rattle gun to spin them off in non-rattle mode. I re-installed them by hand, and hand tightened them.

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