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Tire switched at shop

  • 10-10-2021 2:51pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,764 ✭✭✭ Xcellor

    Dropped car into tire shop to have 2 new tires ( that I provided) and the front two balanced and new valves fitted.

    Today I noticed one of the front tires has been changed from the original Dunlop to a tire 1/3 of the price and used.

    The shop didn't tell me anything about this change. I can only assume it was damaged when they were removing.

    I will phone them tomorrow but little bit miffed to say the least. Anyone experienced similar behaviour?



  • Registered Users Posts: 72,646 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm

    It definitely wasn’t on the back of the car before it went in, or on the spare wheel?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,764 ✭✭✭ Xcellor

    All four tires were the same brand and spec. The rear tires are a different width so could not be moved they had to be on back. The car doesn't have a spare tire.

    What I got was switched to is

    What I started with was Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2 Tyres »"

    The size etc matches the other original Dunlop. It's just not a Dunlop...

  • Registered Users Posts: 72,646 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm

    That’s so strange. If the tyre was legitimately swapped because it was unsafe, they’d have charged you for it

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,764 ✭✭✭ Xcellor

    Yeah there was no mention of any tire change.. nothing on the itemized receipt.

    You can't just change a customer's tire to a different one and not tell them...

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 17,022 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Henry Ford III

    What did the tyre place say?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,764 ✭✭✭ Xcellor

    Didn't get chance to phone them yet. Will give them a buzz in the afternoon

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,185 ✭✭✭✭ bucketybuck

    The longer you leave it the less chance you will get it rectified.

    Am I right to assume that its now 3 or 4 days since it was at the shop? A lot could happen in 3 or 4 days, don't be surprised if they say that the tyres were fine when it left them and that you maybe kerbed the tyre since and are just chancing your arm to try and get a new one.

    That probably not the case but who is to say otherwise after this length of time? Especially since, lets be honest here, who leaves a car in for tyres and then doesn't have a look at the tyres when collecting the car...

    Don't put it off is all I'm saying.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,764 ✭✭✭ Xcellor

    Ok got off phone. Not much clearer to be honest. But I was told the tire was in such bad shape it had to be cut off and replaced with a used one.

    No answer as to why this happened without any one saying or showing me. I was sitting in the waiting room...

    Phoned the manager and he's none the wiser either so will phone back.

    I dunno but it all sounds very fishy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,563 ✭✭✭ SouthWesterly

  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 33,173 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Seth Brundle

    I agree. It will be much easier for them to fob you off if you phone them. Plus, if you call in, you could leave your car in front of their entrance until the issue has been resolved.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,225 ✭✭✭ 893bet

    So they are saying they gave you a free second hand tyre and didn’t mention it?

    bizarre is not the word.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,764 ✭✭✭ Xcellor

    Yeah... That wouldn't happen unless there was some mistake made. Perhaps they thought front tires were being changed too so we're not very careful removing it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,764 ✭✭✭ Xcellor

    I'm working so phoned to get ball rolling.

    If not getting joy will take a trip out their direction.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,074 ✭✭✭✭ elperello

    Usually a tyre place would tell the customer the tyre is unsafe and recommend fitting a new one.

    Especially when you were sitting in the waiting room.

    It's definitely not normal practice to fit a second hand tyre to a customers car without getting permission.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,764 ✭✭✭ Xcellor

    Yea and I got a pass the buck attitude. The receptionist saying "well I wasn't here at the time.." and asking me who did the work. How was I supposed to know that... No call back from manager. Yet.

  • Registered Users Posts: 72,646 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm

    Get them to check the CCTV.

    some fuckery going on there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,687 ✭✭✭ enricoh

    The fella changing the tyre must have ripped the bead and threw on a new tyre probably unbeknownst to the boss.

    Ah, the joys of tyre fitting, I miss the all the hassle involved!

  • Registered Users Posts: 469 ✭✭ nophd08

    Phoning was a mistake but too late now. I'd demand a replacement tyre to match the other one. If its a reputable tyre shop it will all be on cctv but you'll never get to see it. Interesting to hear what else they come up with.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,194 ✭✭✭ SuperS54

    Has this been resolved?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,764 ✭✭✭ Xcellor

    Spoke to the owner who held hands up and said what happened shouldn't of happened. When replacing the valve the tyre got damaged to the point it was unsafe to fix so it was swapped. I should have been informed I wasn't. He was apologetic.

    I told him next time I was getting the front tires changed he needed to do me a deal and he agreed. At the end of the day the tyre I got has more tread on it and when the other Dunlop reaches replacement depth I'll change both a that point anyway.

    I suppose the lesson for me and maybe others is don't assume the tyres you went in with are the ones you will leave with and inspect before you drive off.

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  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 33,173 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Seth Brundle

    So given that you might get a discount on a purchase at a shop that hid an important fact from you, you're happy now to go around on a tyre that by the sounds of it is nowhere near as good as the one you had on beforehand? What's the worst that could happen by having a cheapo tyre on the front?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,764 ✭✭✭ Xcellor

    It's not ideal. I wouldn't have put the tyre on as a replacement but it's rated to European standards and matches the characteristics of the other.

    I'm not going to go to war and demand replacement like for like as that isn't reasonable either. Getting a discount on the next fitting is a good alternative.

  • Moderators, Politics Moderators Posts: 33,173 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Seth Brundle

    Out of curiosity, what was the Dunlop that was dumped and what have they put on instead that you said would have cost a third of the price of the Dunlop (had the replacement been new rather than used)?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,222 ✭✭✭ Flinty997

    Two issues

    1) Will there be anyone no one who remembers you when you go back. Whoever's there won't honor your agreement.

    2) You'll be driving on a lesser tire from now till then. Why?

    Personally I think there a big difference between a good and mediocre tire.

  • Registered Users Posts: 261 ✭✭ Fishdoodle

    Now, on your front axel you’ve 2 different tyres

    Dunlop is a premium tyre

    Austone is not premium…midrange….economy but a budget tyre!

    Id personally go with two of the same tyres on the same axel-especially the front. The tyres you have now will have different handling characteristics / rubber compound. They’re summertyres (fine) but leading into the winter months & with different characteristics …. I wouldn’t be too happy!

    If they damaged your tyre- it’s their fault. I’d look at having the front tyres the same as the rear. Maybe you could source the same and have them fitted for free.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,659 ✭✭✭ 9935452

    I'd agree with both points.

    Manager could be different when you go to get new tyres in a year or 2 or whenever and they claim they no nothing about the deal.

    Personally i wouldnt be happy going around on a cheapie tyre til then .

    If its a third of the price its the same as a 180 euro tyre v a 60 euro tyre.

    Probably a ditchfinder.

    If they came clean at the time i might give the benefit of the doubt .but since tgey tried to hide it id be insisting on 2 new tyres replaced on the front

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,059 ✭✭✭ Stallingrad

    This is nuts OP, you have two very different quality tyres on one axle as a result of their buffoonery. That is a genuine safety concern as they will have totally different braking characteristics in the wet.

    They need to remove that ditch finder and fit the correct tyre, and forget about a 'deal' in a couple or years.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,853 ✭✭✭✭ Alun

    I agree, they sound like a right bunch of cowboys. It'd be handy to know what the place is called and where it is so we can all avoid them like the plague.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 153 ✭✭ PatM65

    If I'm reading this correctly they were putting two new tyres on the rear and balancing the two that were already on the front.

    Why then were they replacing the valve on the front tyres and how on earth do you damage a tyre beyond repair when changing a valve?

    I don't think I'd even trust them to put the correct pressure in the tyres never mind changing them.