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.
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.