This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club . All opinions are 100% mine.
As much as I love buying electronics and will pay a pretty penny for them, with everything else I’m like Frugal Fanny. I hate overpaying for furniture, clothing, and definitely car maintenance and tires!
I’ve known for a couple months that we should be budgeting for new tires on our 2012 Honda Odyssey, but it’s one of those big ticket expenses that you can’t just buy. If you’ve got time and you’re not riding around on bald tires, LOL, you have to do your research first!
We’ve had our share of snow storms here in the Washington DC metro area, and any times I have to venture out in the snow, I’m afraid that we’ll slip and slide on our wearing tires!
To my novice eyes, they seem fine (just dirty!), but to a professional, these are tires that have shown their wear and tear and are ready to be replaced!
Fast forward a couple months from when I first learned about needing new tires, and just recently I found out about the Sam’s Club #DareToCompare Tire Event.
My ears perked up!
Just want I like: a good challenge!
I Dared Myself to Compare!
This was the perfect opportunity to see how the competition stacked up.
How the Dare to Compare event works is that you have to bring in a valid “all-in” quote from a tire sales and installation retailer to your Sam’s Club Tire and Battery Center service counter. The quote must be printed on dealer/retailer letterhead and dated within the past 7 business days. The tire must be the same brand, same line, same load index and speed rating (service description) as the tire intended for purchase at Sam’s Club.
Perfect. I could do that.
So I stopped by a tire and auto center near my house and received a written quote for Michelin tires for my Honda Odyssey.
While they were having a “buy 2, get 2 free” event, the extra stuff they added on sure made up for part of that “discount.”
Not to mention that they tossed in a 5-year wheel alignment program instead of discussing with me the options available.
Sam’s Club carries some club-specific tire lines, and in those cases, Sam’s Club will compare the club-specific tire line to the equivalent general-market tire line. Sam’s Club considers the following tire lines to be equivalent and will price match accordingly, so I tried to get a quote for as similar of a tire as possible:
Club-Specific Tire Model – General-Market Tire Model
BFGoodrich Touring T/A – BFGoodrich Advantage T/A
Michelin Defender XT – Michelin Defender
Michelin X Radial LT2 – Michelin LTX M/S2
That’s what I wanted to find out!
Will Sam’s Club Offer a Better Price?
I headed over there with my quote in hand and found two people at the Tire Center to help.
I got a copy of their quote….
…and then discussed with them their $15 (per tire) Tire Installation Program.
What I liked is that Sam’s Club actually offers not only choice among three great tire brands, but their tire installation package includes everything (and more!) that other places charge extra for (as long as you’re a Sam’s Club member), including a warranty. These things include:
- Tire Mounting
- Tire Lifetime Balancing
- Tire Lifetime Rotation
- No charge Tire Lifetime Flat Repair
- 24-hour Emergency Roadside Service
Plus, when there’s a comparable tire (see the list above), they’ll actually match the price! Complete terms and conditions of all Sam’s Club warranties and services can be obtained at any Sam’s Club Tire and Battery Center location.
What’s the Final Verdict?
I found that while the Michelin prices were comparable between Sam’s Club and the other tire center (and the tire center did offer a buy-2, get-2), Sam’s Club had a variety of tires to offer at Good, Better, and Best price points (I wasn’t offered that at the tire center). Plus, their $60 Tire Installation Program covered things that I’d want for my tires: lifelong service for them. Lastly, their everyday low prices mean I can shop for tires when I need to, without having to rush to meet a sale end date.
We’ll need to move forward with our tire purchase soon, so I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, I’m challenging you to go to Sam’s Club’s Tire Center and #DaretoCompare your own tires to be prepared for winter!