Turbocharger Posted October 7, 2006 Share Posted October 7, 2006 My road tyres are wearing out, my offroad tyres have a puncture. I want to combine the two sets but in the interim (ie just after my holiday) I want to move some tyres about to get best life out of the TracEdges I have. I want four tyre/wheel combos broken down and rebuilt, so I head out with £20 in my pocket, £5 a wheel. First guy says he's too busy - that's fine. Second guy says he's not really interested in that kind of work - fine too, thanks for the honesty. Third guy says there's a European Directive preventing fitment of second hand tyres - that's b*llocks, but I trot on. Fourth guy says they're too big for his machine - I don't mention the LR-size tyres that he advertises for sale and move on. I don't appreciate being lied to. Fifth guy is open till 5pm, but apparently 'just closing' when I rock up at lunchtime. Sixth guy just flatly says no, since I haven't bought the tyres from him. There's nothing going on in his shop and three guys stood idle (including manager) but he doesn't want my business. Becoming hacked off now. Seventh guy reckons he's liable if a tyre is cut or damaged and explodes on the road, at any point in its subsequent lifetime, so turns me away. Kwik-fit: "Good afternoon sir, no problem, that's £35 a wheel please." I'm gobsmacked. £35? I'd rather struggle with tyre-levers for £140. I'm wondering if it'll be easier to just splash out and buy a set now instead, and leave the two 'spares' at the side of the motorway somewhere. Finally, I went to a real back street in a one horse town, asked to see around the back and then went to the bottom of the garden, and round the back again. I made sure it was a particularly back-street day, spoke to man 'out the back' and pointed out that there was no pressing need for a receipt. There my second hand tyres were wedded with my wheels (and balanced) for £10 a corner. (Of course, the cash machine in nowhereville stings me for £2 to withdraw another £20, but that's my fault for being naive) I used to get tyres knocked apart and back together for a fiver wherever I was passing - what's happened?!? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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