$6.50 to patch a tire. That's a pretty cheap. It usually costs $10 for the plug. I'll have to remember that. I've driven 20k plus on a tire that was plugged but I prefer that patch solution. Sorry you has such a bad experience.
Thanks Steve,STEVE FROST said:RRPRTS
I work in a service business and I do not understand your complaint. I am sure that the patch job took at least half an hour. Thats a labor rate of $75 per hour pretty reasonable. They assume a good deal of liability in repairing your tire and made no profit on any product. They could probably have been installing tires they sold at a profit rather than fixing your tire.
Walmart doing for 6.50 would not even be covering their direct labor cost let alone workers comp. medical and liability coverage and overhead.
You just spent 30K on a new car you are probably living a lot better than the guy that patched you tire.
If I paid a $75 to get my tire fixed and got down the road quickly I would not be dancing in the street but, I would be OK with it. It was not the tire shops fault the tire went flat.
Mike, that certainly puts a different light on the subject. Here in PA, that kind of business activity would lead to an investigation by the State Attorney General’s office and investigation by PennDot which would lead to a loss of their PA State Inspection License - if they have one. It gets ugly pretty fast and is does not make staying in business very likely. If you were sure that you were getting premium service the $50 seems somewhat reasonable. In this case, definetely not. This is another case where I hope that the owner uses the money that he charged you very wisely since there won't be any more where that came from. Even if he made 100% profit on the transaction, after you tell your story to your friends and family, and they tell their friends, how much do you think that little deal actually cost him?There is also the fact which I failed to mention my buddy going to the same place for two tires and a front end alignment, and the facility calling his wife to say the vehicle needed brakes all the way around. He went to the shop to see, and the brakes were fine. Plenty of pad and shoe left, charged for a oil change and didn't do it.
Exactly what I do too. I had 3 plugs in my old cross terrain suvs tires and they worked fine for 50,000 miles. I always plan to leave the plugs in and call it good unless they start leaking and then I'd get it repaired, haven't had to yet.Dnucci said:I keep a tire repair kit and a compressor in each of my vehicles.
As long as the "injury" is not in the sidewall, I can usually repair the tire without having to take it off the vehicle.
In some cases it is almost as quick as changing to the spare.
Based on the extent of the injury, I'll either get the tire properly repaired at my leisure, or just continue with the plug.
The best part has to be if a non-fix-it type friend happens to be with you. they just stare in amazement as you perform the fix and are back underway before they could figure out who to call for help!!vertrkr said:Exactly what I do too. I had 3 plugs in my old cross terrain suvs tires and they worked fine for 50,000 miles. I always plan to leave the plugs in and call it good unless they start leaking and then I'd get it repaired, haven't had to yet.