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Old 04.04.2019, 08:25
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What with the temperatures for the next 10 days looking at 14 degrees +, i was just wondering if anyone had changed back to summer tires yet? I guess tire wear is quite high at the moment due to the temps being higher than the norm for this time of year.

Today's weather is the reason why it's too early to change if you can't switch to other means of transport and can't postpone your "going there". Wait at least until the 2nd half of April, perhaps later if you're in the higher regions of St.Gallen.
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That sounds like they don't want to do this work.....
Cue the oft-heard whining over decreasing support for local businesses...

Ah well, I tried to do my bit.

So it's over the cantonal border to spend my twice-yearly Chuffs, with a garage owner who appreciates the business.
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Old 04.04.2019, 09:11
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That sounds like they don't want to do this work.....

Strange actually as it is a very easy way to make money at almost no cost.
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Old 04.04.2019, 09:53
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Strange actually as it is a very easy way to make money at almost no cost.



Yes, but it is also an effective way of pissing people off by charging for an hours' work something that we all know takes the apprentice 30 minutes to do.


So in order to avoid this and avoid refusing the work, just kick the can far enough down the road that it will be fairly certain the client goes elsewhere
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Old 04.04.2019, 10:13
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Yes, but it is also an effective way of pissing people off by charging for an hours' work something that we all know takes the apprentice 30 minutes to do.


So in order to avoid this and avoid refusing the work, just kick the can far enough down the road that it will be fairly certain the client goes elsewhere
To my mind, refusing the little jobs is short sighted. It's the little jobs that build a relationship with the customer.

The guy who changes my tires also gets my yearly servicing. And I buy my new tires from him every few years. And then when the big jobs crop up I'll go to the guy I know and trust... and he'll get a chance to convince me to buy another car from him.

By scoffing at the small job the garage loses thousands in potential business. As above, seems a short sighted business plan.

Besides, TIS. Rumor has it people around here hire an electrician to change a lightbulb; a hundred chuffs to change tires isn't going to piss anyone off.

But what do I know...

At least I still have the winter tires on as I get ready to head out into this delightful April snow.
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Re: Are you all changing tires yet?!

Was thinking I should have done this already, but today we have snow
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Old 04.04.2019, 10:25
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Re: Are you all changing tires yet?!

I have already swapped my wheels over and, as usual, this activity has heralded the last snowfall of the year.
I do it myself not necessarily to save money, the main reason is the combined travel and waiting time even having made an appointment.
Also, you are exposed to a bit of up-selling which I find irritating. They'll happily point out how old the tyres are, how it would makes sense to replace partly worn tyres this season instead of waiting until the next change, claiming that the balancing could be out etc. etc.
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Was thinking I should have done this already, but today we have snow
General rule is "O to O" as in "Von Oktober bis Ostern"
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Old 04.04.2019, 10:49
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I have already swapped my wheels over and, as usual, this activity has heralded the last snowfall of the year.
Can I ask you to do it mid-March next time around?
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General rule is "O to O" as in "Von Oktober bis Ostern"
The problem with that is that Easter is a moveable holiday. If it happens to fall in March,which is often the case, then people would be have changed their tyres too early this year.

We changed ours at the beginning of the week because we made the appointment a couple of weeks ago. We rarely get much snow here and have a good 4WD car with new summer tyres so we’re not worried about the smidgeon of snow we’ve got today.
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General rule is "O to O" as in "Von Oktober bis Ostern"

Which is fairly stupid as Ostern changes and can be in late March as it can be in late April.


Early Nov to late April is a better measure, all depending where you live, i live at 800m altitude and this works for me,
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The problem with that is that Easter is a moveable holiday. If it happens to fall in March,which is often the case, then people would be have changed their tyres too early this year.

We changed ours at the beginning of the week because we made the appointment a couple of weeks ago. We rarely get much snow here and have a good 4WD car with new summer tyres so we’re not worried about the smidgeon of snow we’ve got today.
Not a smidgeon here, have at least 3cm on my balcony, but they have been out and salted the roads, so probably safe, but would not think of taking the motorbike out just in case...
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Not a smidgeon here, have at least 3cm on my balcony, but they have been out and salted the roads, so probably safe, but would not think of taking the motorbike out just in case...
I wouldn’t risk it on a motorbike either.
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Re: Are you all changing tires yet?!

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We changed ours at the beginning of the week because we made the appointment a couple of weeks ago. We rarely get much snow here and have a good 4WD car with new summer tyres so we’re not worried about the smidgeon of snow we’ve got today.
It also depends on how flexible you can be. Someone using their car to commute 30km one way is different from a pensioner who uses the car mostly for groceries.
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Old 04.04.2019, 11:43
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It also depends on how flexible you can be. Someone using their car to commute 30km one way is different from a pensioner who uses the car mostly for groceries.
Neither of those apply but I am pretty flexible.
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