Tone Parsons

Tires a go-go

My son’s grilfriend has a car.

She’s a pretty good driver, and she hauls my son all over the place (he doesn’t have his license yet, nor does he have a car of his own).

We had discussed giving her gas money for hauling my son’s lazy ass back and forth to school and such, and then I noticed her tires.

They were bald.

I’m not saying they only had a little tread left… they had no tread. Balder than a very bald thing. The kind of wear that means running over a pine needle could give you a flat tire kind of bald.

So… we decided to buy her tires in lieu of giving her gas money. She, of course, was totally cool with that idea (she has a job, but it’s entry level and she doesn’t have a lot of extra cash).

I called around and looked on the internet, and the best deal I could find was at Wal*Mart (I hate that damn place!). But since they were good name brand tires for less than I could get off brand ones for anyplace else, that was where we decided to go.

Goodyear Viva 2

We decided on the Goodyear Viva 2 all season radials. For her tire size (205/65 R15), they were the best deal, and they came with a 60,000 mile warranty. Not bad for $277 installed (for 4 of them).

We met at the Wal*Mart today to get them installed.

You know your tires are bald when the Wal*Mart guy yells “Holy crap!! Look at how bald these tires are!!!” Anything that shocks the Wal*Mart guy has got to be bad.

It took just over an hour to get the car in, the old tires off, and the new ones on. I did warn her that the car would handle totally different with tread on it, and she seems to be very happy.


3 Comments so far

  1. Jeanne September 15th, 2006 7:11 pm

    What a good thing to do, I am so glad you are keeping my grandson and his girlfriend safe. Seems like history just keeps repeating itself.OL


  2. Psychoducky September 15th, 2006 10:10 pm

    Thank you very much. I do feel a lot safer in the car under all weather conditions and with all the jerks on the road. I can’t thank you enough.

  3. jennifer September 17th, 2006 7:52 pm

    Not only are you a good Dad but you survived WalMart. Subsequent visits will be easier and before you know it you’re hooked and you no longer have to go home and take a shower after shopping there. Be careful it happens so quickly