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Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

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About to change to winter tyres and realise that with 2mm tread depth, I need to buy some new ones
Any suggestions as to where I can secure best price, as my usual garage is very expensive indeed?
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Old 17.10.2018, 14:22
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Re: Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

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Hi All
About to change to winter tyres and realise that with 2mm tread depth, I need to buy some new ones
Any suggestions as to where I can secure best price, as my usual garage is very expensive indeed?
Cheers
Neil
https://www.reifendirekt.ch

Choose the tyres then choose a local fitter & have the tyres delivered there.
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Old 17.10.2018, 14:24
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Re: Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

https://www.reifendirekt.ch will be your best bet, they have partner garages that will do the fitting and you can get tyres delivered to them
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https://www.reifendirekt.ch

Choose the tyres then choose a local fitter & have the tyres delivered there.
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Re: Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

Definitely get one of the garages that they list, as some other garages, at least in Vaud, will go ballistic on the idea of bypassing their prices that are close to double to what you pay online.
I've seen already two that either charged twice with tyres supplied elsewhere on some exorbitant amount of a few hundreds francs because of implied warranty on their work.

Before I thought that only the drug supply chain was so closely monitored :-)
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Re: Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

Prices in Germany are much lower. I've done the research and if you can manage to get there the savings are there.

You only get the German tax back if you have the tires put on your car. Also, not all places can store your summer tires.
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Old 20.10.2018, 09:53
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Re: Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

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https://www.reifendirekt.ch

Choose the tyres then choose a local fitter & have the tyres delivered there.
I generally use these, although last time I needed new ones, the quote from the local tyre place was about the same, which was surprising.
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Definitely get one of the garages that they list, as some other garages, at least in Vaud, will go ballistic on the idea of bypassing their prices that are close to double to what you pay online.
I've seen already two that either charged twice with tyres supplied elsewhere on some exorbitant amount of a few hundreds francs because of implied warranty on their work.

Before I thought that only the drug supply chain was so closely monitored :-)

Funny!

I had my online order shipped to my AMAG dealer.

They were cool about it.
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Prices in Germany are much lower. I've done the research and if you can manage to get there the savings are there.

You only get the German tax back if you have the tires put on your car. Also, not all places can store your summer tires.
They might be cheaper but only if you get VAT back.

Compare these 2 prices on Reifendirekt for exactly the same tyre: 136.40 CHF vs 124.60 EUR.

Germany: https://www.reifendirekt.de/cgi-bin/...n&typ=R-318763

Switzerland: https://www.reifendirekt.ch/cgi-bin/...n&typ=R-318763

I just selected a Conti that fits on my own car.
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Re: Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

I got my Contis last year at:
https://www.reifen-popgom.ch/winterreifen
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Re: Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

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Prices in Germany are much lower. I've done the research and if you can manage to get there the savings are there.

You only get the German tax back if you have the tires put on your car. Also, not all places can store your summer tires.



No they are not, they maybe a little cheaper but once you factor in the time element and the driving element they have become more expensive.


A false economy !
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Prices in Germany are much lower. I've done the research and if you can manage to get there the savings are there.

You only get the German tax back if you have the tires put on your car. Also, not all places can store your summer tires.
If you look at the rifendirect you will see the prices are lower in CH than DE, so no need to go to Germany. Rifen direct's tyres will always be factory fresh which is more than can be said for a normal garage. 10 years ago, ATU in Rhinefielden tried to convince me that 4 year old winter tyres were fine. I chose fresh ones & they then started to fit the 4 year old ones, which I then made them take off.
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Re: Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

I priced the tires I need on Reifendirekt and they are not lower than in Germany. And yes, I priced the identical tires. I also got a quote from the closest partner garage to fit them.

The fitting is less expensive in Germany as is the storage of my summer tires and I will absolutely be getting the German tax back.

I live minutes from the German border so travel time is not an issue. Of course I factored in the exchange rate as well.
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Re: Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

Just make sure they are new tyres, I ordered some for my Morgan and when they arrived at my local garage I looked at them and they were old stock and of dubious origin, after a lot of phone calls they accepted that I new how to read the various codes on the tyres and they refunded my money.
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Just make sure they are new tyres, I ordered some for my Morgan and when they arrived at my local garage I looked at them and they were old stock and of dubious origin, after a lot of phone calls they accepted that I new how to read the various codes on the tyres and they refunded my money.

Did you have to send em back?
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No they are not, they maybe a little cheaper but once you factor in the time element and the driving element they have become more expensive.


A false economy !
Depends where you live doesn’t it really? For anyone north of Zurich within easy reach of the border, there are savings to be hand on new tires (with VAT back) mounting and storage.
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Re: Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

Sure....if your time is worth so little
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Re: Buying and Fitting New Winter Tyres

Well, considering 90% of the plates in the parking lot are Swiss, I'm in good company.

Bear in mind that many people go shopping in Germany also. Killing two birds with one stone can make good sense. Naturally, if you live further away it doesn't make sense.

To each their own depending on the circumstances.
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Did you have to send em back?
They sent a courier to collect them from home.
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Just make sure they are new tyres, I ordered some for my Morgan and when they arrived at my local garage I looked at them and they were old stock and of dubious origin, after a lot of phone calls they accepted that I new how to read the various codes on the tyres and they refunded my money.
For anyone interested, here's how to see how old tyres are: https://www.kwik-fit.com/tyres/information/tyre-age
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