Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Highs and lows of tyre purchasing ...

It's a sad fact that I am shrinking as I age. I've lost several centimetres - and now Elmer is set to gain some extra height (on top of his 2 inch lift).   Soon I'll need a step ladder to get in!

We had a lot of trouble with tyres last time we were up at Yowah, so wanted to ensure we are well set-up before our next visit (in early 2014).  Nick has been researching tyres and prices for a number of weeks, comparing brands and deals for new and used tyres - trying to get the best possible value for our dollars.  We wanted six tyres in total, so as to have a matching set and two spares for Elmer.  (The two purchased at Cunnamulla will be put on the trailer, and best one remaining will be the trailer spare). 

Depending on size and brand, a new set of six would cost between $1,240.00 and $2,300.00.  Given our aim of maximising holiday funds for our trip next year, buying second-hand was a better option, though the desired size was difficult to source - particularly when trying to find six that matched. 

Nick did fantastic work though.  We won an eBay auction yesterday and collected our purchase last night. The tyres were only used three to four months and all have 90-95% tread remaining.  The seller had paid $359.00 for each one.  We paid $999.00 for six!  We can have them fitted to Elmer (and the trailer wheels) for $20.00 a tyre and will pay $45.00 for a wheel alignment also.  Even so, we have saved around $1,000 on the new price.  Gotta be happy with that!