Tell u what as, no one has responded I will put down the ending to this expensive story...
I was continually being quoted around £165 inc vat per tyre full set coming in at around £ 700 including fitting. £ 700 quid !!!!
I eventually managed to get the tyres at £130 inc vat from BMW this was apparently at the cost price because they quoted the incorrect price originally.
I cannot believe that I am the only one that is incensed by this because even at £130.00 (I bought 2 rather than the one I needed)the overall price comes in at £550 including fitting and BMW said that they cannot do this price again.
So don't get caught out like me and check that your tyres tracking has been done correctly.
Plus what is the point to runflats ?? I just can't work it out, should have got normal tyres with a space saver put in the boot.
I guess it comes down to the salesperson knowing more about cheap perms and short skirts than the car.
I will now take 3 very deep breaths.....
CHILLI RED, CHILLI PACK, MAGNEX & PIPERCROSS BAGS OF FUN
gone now but not forgotten, an s next time ?
DSST stands for Dunlop Self Supporting Tire so yes, they are runflats. Around here they seem to be the cheapest runflat available in the right size. Tirerack has them for $136 each (H speed rating). When my Goodyear Eagles wear out I'll be getting Dunlop 3000's unless a better runflat is available.
MINI Cooper Cabrio: now the car with go cart handling really feels like an open go cart! "... the only man that can come home at 3 am in the morning without getting into trouble with his spouse is the owner of a British sports car!" -- Phil Bailey
I have been checking UK tyre prices on the web. I found that National Tyres are doing a 10% off all tyre purchase if you get the price online.
I got a quote of £124 for
17' 205/45 Bridgestone RE040
Which isn't quite as cheap as elsewhere on the net, but for the ease of just going to the local garage makes up for it.
My local tyer dealing in the village I live in Hampshire quoted me £135 (inc. fitting) for standard 17" Pirelli run-flats for my Cooper. The DTS, a very good family run firm, can be reached at www.denmeadtyres.co.uk
After much searching, the best price I found were with National and also Hi-Q tyres @ £140 inc VAT. My local dealer would match this.
I was as shocked as you were with the price, and also the lack of an easy to find UK pricing guide on here.
I notice most MC's with the Chili pack/5-spoke wheels get the Goodyear EMT NCT5 tyres and only a few get the Dunlop DSSTs. The bloke from Hi-Q mentioned the Goodyear's were much cheaper (£110 inc VAT vs. £150 for the Dunlops). So if you're really stretched you could ask them for these.
I wouldn't trust a small independent to replace the runflat unless you know who they are and they've done these repairs before. The national chains are more reliable through their experience of changing run-flats (particularly those near MINI dealers, i've noticed!).
I'm almost certain the "mytre.net" price is for the standard Dunlop not the DSST even though they describe it as such. Although we'd all be interested to hear of successful orders at this price!
Finally, AA offer a tyre insurance policy for something like £35 per year which covers all 4 tyres against puncture, damage or malicious damage. They will cover the first £100 of any claim per tyre up to £400 for all 4 corners, per year. To me, this sounds fantastic value. The only proviso is having 2mm of tread at the time of replacement. I'll try to dig out their number. I checked and they do cover runflats, and there is no limit on your size of wheel.
Why no one else has mentioned this before I don't know! Hopefully not because of refused claims! I noticed when I ordered my car that tyre insurance was listed on the screen for £200 (possibly covering all costs for 2 years), which seemed a bit high.
I would disagree with the comment about local dealers not being able to handle run-flats. I think this needs be judged on individual dealers capabilities. The local tyre dealer I quoted in my post, DTS, for instance is a Pirelli approved centre,the guys there have all had training on how to handle run-flats and they they have the approprite equipment available. I have found my local dealer better on quality of service and price for run-flats. Their price for my 17" Pirelli run-flats was £135 fitted.
Absolutely agree with your comment re: local dealers. I used to go to a local guy down the guy, charged half the price of anywhere else with twice the courtesy. Of course, it all depends on who they are and that's how personal recommendations get their business and they make their money.
But on the whole, runflats are still specialist jobs. Even some of the national chains had no idea when I was ringing round what I meant. "You mean that you've driven with a puncture, Sir?" etc.
And I'm sure a lot of people (myself included) envy the fact you have a local dealer who specialises in them just down the road.
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