The consumer.Originally Posted by pks485Originally Posted by adlHey man,
I purchased some Yoko Avid Tourings through Tirerack, so it was somewhat similar to what you're thinking about doing. I had them delivered to my local Big O tires. I think Big O wanted about $80/tire (before installation), whereas tirerack wanted around $43/tire (before shipping, which was around $30). They were quite courteous about it. However, be sure you're comparing apples to apples. The deal I got did not include lifetime rotations/balance. Just make sure you add that in to your cost. The tread was pretty much gone a little before 50k miles. I asked Yokohoma and Tirerack about getting warranty on them. Tirerack was more than happy to comply (they'd give something like $10-15/tire back), IF I'd send the tires back to them. So think about that, as well.
I replaced the Yokos about a month ago or so with Michelin X Radials (#2 in the recent consumer reports test). Went to Sam's and was very happy with the experience. $71/tire (that's installed and with road hazard, lifetime rotate/balance, tax, etc.).
Who pays shipping for warranty returns with tires.com and tirerack.com? Is it the consumer or the company?