Dana Flavelle’s article “Why tires cost more in Canada” in today’s Toronto Star causes me to recall my own experience.
In 2009 the 2001 Audi rubber was getting a little thin so I started shopping around for some new tires. Being a “sports” car I did not want to go with budget tires so I concentrated on Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone etc. The tires were 225/45 17. If you have done any tire shopped you’ll know that as soon as you go past a 16″ the price goes up dramatically.
I checked out some of the major chains including Green and Ross, Goodyear, Dunlop and Firestone. The average price for a decent set of tires was around $1,300.00 installed.
As my son and I were planning a trip to Detroit to the Woodward Cruise I took a look at Discount Tire in Livonia MI. The store manager was very accommodating, with a $50.00 deposit on my Visa he ordered the tires and booked my appointment. I ended up purchasing a set of Dunlop’s for just over $550.00 installed.
As both my son and I had been out of country for more than 48 hours I claimed the full amount and there was no duty, taxes or fees when crossing the border. Basically the savings in the cost of the tires paid for our two nights hotel and the gas – a “free” road trip!
You can read Flavelle’s story at http://www.moneyville.ca/article/998627–why-do-tires-cost-so-much-more-in-canada