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Tyres.....worn out too soon, best place to buy.

Had my X3 serviced a couple of weeks ago in Lichtenstein....all good but was warned the tyres were at 3.5mm. Just had them checked again yesterday at a local BMW dealer here near Zurich to be informed they are now illegal....only driven about 500 km in the intervening time.
They gave a me a quote of 1000 francs for two fitted tyres....most annoying though is that in total I have only used these summer tyres for a total of 9 months since I bought the car.....

So I'm thinking off popping over the border at Singen for replacements.....anyone have experience of buying in DE?

The same tyres incidentally would cost me £380 fitted....just bad timing I'm not there next week as originally planned.
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Old 28.06.2019, 11:11
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Order from Reifendirekt and get them delivered to their service partner of your choice. There’s no way it will cost you CHF 500 per corner. Likely in line with U.K. prices (I believe they are the same company as Black circles). Doubt you will save much in Germany over this option.
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Old 28.06.2019, 12:28
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Order from Reifendirekt and get them delivered to their service partner of your choice. There’s no way it will cost you CHF 500 per corner. Likely in line with U.K. prices (I believe they are the same company as Black circles). Doubt you will save much in Germany over this option.
Thanks for the information, tyres ordered for fitting locally next week...all in they cost less than 600 franks....this is what I really like about this Forum.


Also, checked against the UK sites, not much difference in it.

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Thanks for the information, tyres ordered for fitting locally next week...all in they cost less than 600 franks....this is what I really like about this Forum.
I believe going across the border to have work done (including fitting tyres) makes you liable to pay customs fees and VAT on the materials, and VAT on the work, without the option to claim back the foreign VAT because they've already been installed. Probably won't cost much, but declaring the work will cause a delay, whereas the risk of a fine may make the whole thing not worth doing.

Plus, the short distance from Singen may be too short to drive/wear off the "new" marks. And even if they're off, their squeaky clean look may raise the customs folks suspicions.

As for the depth, while 3mm are recommended for summer tyres, the legal minimum is 1.6mm. Unless they were worn unevenly you've probably been lied to.
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I believe going across the border to have work done (including fitting tyres) makes you liable to pay customs fees and VAT on the materials, and VAT on the work, without the option to claim back the foreign VAT because they've already been installed. Probably won't cost much, but declaring the work will cause a delay, whereas the risk of a fine may make the whole thing not worth doing.
For DE, I can confirm that I was able to claim-back VAT on the towbar I had installled across the border. I assume the same applie to tires...
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Old 28.06.2019, 17:13
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For DE, I can confirm that I was able to claim-back VAT on the towbar I had installled across the border. I assume the same applie to tires...
Delaware has odd rules, that would never fly for work done in Italy.

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For DE, I can confirm that I was able to claim-back VAT on the towbar I had installled across the border. I assume the same applie to tires...
Parts yes, Labour time nope.
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Old 28.06.2019, 19:43
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I believe going across the border to have work done (including fitting tyres) makes you liable to pay customs fees and VAT on the materials, and VAT on the work, without the option to claim back the foreign VAT because they've already been installed. Probably won't cost much, but declaring the work will cause a delay, whereas the risk of a fine may make the whole thing not worth doing.
Thats the situation from France but from Germany I always got VAT refunded on tyres & car repairs in full.
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Order from Reifendirekt and get them delivered to their service partner of your choice.
I have them delivered to work, then take them to the local mechanic, with whom a have a long and good relationship (his English is non-existent, despite being fluent in the main Swiss languages, so I help him out there when he needs to order stuff from internet, etc.).

He charges me CHF 20/wheel, and has even done small jobs for free (usually welding or pressing).

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I have them delivered to work, then take them to the local mechanic, with whom a have a long and good relationship (his English is non-existent, despite being fluent in the main Swiss languages, so I help him out there when he needs to order stuff from internet, etc.).

He charges me CHF 20/wheel, and has even done small jobs for free (usually welding or pressing).

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I go to Garage in Volketswil that charges 15 chf / wheel to tyre replacement + balancing.
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I go to Garage in Volketswil that charges 15 chf / wheel to tyre replacement + balancing.
Mine are going to Hinwil, ZH...13chf per wheel plus 2 francs to recycle...good deals all round if we look.
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I go to Garage in Volketswil that charges 15 chf / wheel to tyre replacement + balancing.
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Mine are going to Hinwil, ZH...13chf per wheel plus 2 francs to recycle...good deals all round if we look.
Brilliant. I love to see Tom being out Tommed.
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Old 28.06.2019, 14:38
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Order from Reifendirekt and get them delivered to their service partner of your choice. There’s no way it will cost you CHF 500 per corner. Likely in line with U.K. prices (I believe they are the same company as Black circles). Doubt you will save much in Germany over this option.
+1 for Reifendirekt. We've ordered from them more than once and never had any problems.
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Re: Tyres.....worn out too soon, best place to buy.

https://www.reifen-online.ch/

It's a comparison portal of all the online tyre dealers. Quite some savings to be had by comparing, reifendirekt is not always (in fact not usually) the cheapest one.
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Had my X3 serviced a couple of weeks ago in Lichtenstein....all good but was warned the tyres were at 3.5mm. Just had them checked again yesterday at a local BMW dealer here near Zurich to be informed they are now illegal....only driven about 500 km in the intervening time.
I suspect the BMW dealer was lying, tyres don't wear that fast unless you are on a race track.
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Old 28.06.2019, 17:30
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I suspect the BMW dealer was lying, tyres don't wear that fast unless you are on a race track.
I was thinking the same. Even running a pair down over 9 months for something like an X3 seems like there is something not right unless the mileage is stellar. Or was the car just new to the OP and not new?
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I was thinking the same. Even running a pair down over 9 months for something like an X3 seems like there is something not right unless the mileage is stellar. Or was the car just new to the OP and not new?
The car was new...winter tyres were fitted for the collection...only driven on them for one summer and a half :-(
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The car was new...winter tyres were fitted for the collection...only driven on them for one summer and a half :-(
How many KM, and sportive style or not?

I had summer tyres wear of in just half a year, but with over 2000 km a week for work alone it goes quickly.
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How many KM, and sportive style or not?

I had summer tyres wear of in just half a year, but with over 2000 km a week for work alone it goes quickly.
Yeah 48,000km would do that! I’d expect you to be on your third set by the end of the summer!
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How many KM, and sportive style or not?

I had summer tyres wear of in just half a year, but with over 2000 km a week for work alone it goes quickly.
Normal comfort mode, never used the sports mode.....too risky in CH.
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