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Tyre fitting costs

Discussion in 'Motors' started by norm, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. norm

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    I've been to a couple places today to get a pair of tyres I bought online fitted, one local fitter wanted £40 and ATS Euromaster wanted £44.

    I can remember only a few years ago paying £10 a corner?

    What's everybody else's experiences?
     
  2. Robzere31

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    Location: Redditch

    Does that include balancing & disposal of the old tyres?
    If so then £20 per corner sounds about right.
     
  3. Finglonga

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    Location: Stafford

    £20 a tyre locally here. That includes balancing and disposal of old rubber.
     
  4. sovietspybob

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    I find a lot of places just don't want to fit tyres they didn't supply themselves, around these parts at least so yeah if you can find somewhere to do it for £20 a corner seems alright.
     
  5. Luke

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    Location: S. Yorkshire

    I pay £8 a corner at the fitter I've been using for years. Don't know if that's cheaper than he charges other people though, but it's never gone up since I started using him.
     
  6. Nasher

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    Its about £8 just for balance alone at ATS etc.
     
  7. Jez

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    £20/corner is about what the rate is around here. I did find one place who do it for £15 cash to the fitter himself, i used him a few times.

    No help but luckily my local village garage (2 man band, single unit thing) who gets all of my car work and has done for years, they bought a tyre fitting and balancing machine. Absolutely ideal and just add a tenner here and there onto whatever it next goes in for. Really is pot luck sometimes with stuff like this.
     
  8. Funky-Melon

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    Location: Southampton

    I usually call up and ask how much they charge per corner, then ask if they'll do it for £10, they usually just do it.

    £40 for them is better than me going elsewhere :)
     
  9. tamzzy

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    £10 a corner inc balancing and disposal in Birmingham
     
  10. mikehhhhhhh

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    You've surely wasted more than £20 of your time going to and leaving two places and you still don't have your tyres fitted?

    I'd focus on finding somewhere good and that will take care of your car and/or wheels. You won't care about £20 once a cheap place has damaged a rim, or broken a locking wheel nut with an impact gun.
     
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  11. Rroff

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    Still just over £10 a corner around here - think I paid £48 total for fitting 4 wheels last time - but their balancing was shocking - I ended up going back to my main dealer and getting them to redo it even though it cost me another £40 rather than let the fitter have another go :s
     
  12. telewebby

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    Tyre disposal costs have gone through the roof in the last 4 months so that is one thing to take into account.

    The fitting place will also have a duty of care witht the tyres fitted and if there is a problem could be held liable. if they tyre are purchased from the garage they have the comeback on their supplier.

    are they also fitting them to the vehicle as well? if so there is extra time and machine maintaince cost involved in that.

    Alex
     
  13. ezekial

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    Seems to be £20 for me too
     
  14. rodenal

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    £40 cash for 4 changed over near me, but only if I either happen to turn up when he has nothing on or leave it for a few hours
     
  15. geekman

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    Seems to be pot luck in my experience - I had a supercar specialist severely damage my wheels and shrug his shoulders about it, whereas the cheap backstreet place I used for years never put a single mark on them.
     
  16. MadMan-JaMeS

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    How much did you pay for the Tyre's ?
     
  17. akaFonzie

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    That sounds about right for costs to be honest!
     
  18. Greebo

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    Location: Co Durham

    Our tyre shop used to be £10 per corner but upped that to £15 last year.
     
  19. jpaul

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    Is the lesson here, that these £10+/corner costs are not, just, the corollary to buying tyres online ?

    if, instead, you are buying the tyres price-matched at Kwik-fit(or Halfords), say, with install included, then KF get the revenue, and profit on the tyre, that they can offset against the installation cost.
     
  20. Havana_UK

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    Location: location, location

    Typically fitters close to me use a rule of £1 per wheel inch + £2, so 17" wheels are £19, 19" = £21, etc.