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Arundel Mills Costco Tire Center Service Rocks

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Two days ago, as my fiancee and I were leaving a meeting with a wedding caterer, one of us noticed that my front passenger tire was a little low. I had been noticing a little sluggish handling as of late but nothing surprising but I only a few hundred miles away from when I needed the tires rotated and balanced so I brought it into Costco for some service.

For those that don’t know how tires work at Costco, you might pay a little bit more for the tires but what you get is a “lifetime warranty” against any sort of problems and you get lifetime rotating and balancing. The lifetime warranty means they’ll repair any damage absolutely free and if something bad really happens, then they will prorate you the cost of the tire based on remaining tread.

Also, Costco uses dry nitrogen to fill the tires, which they claim is better. The reasons aren’t good enough to convince me to use nitrogen if it cost any more than regular air, at Costco it doesn’t cost more. In fact, I erroneously though that you couldn’t top off a tire filled with nitrogen and that’s part of the reason why I brought it in. Luckily I did because they found a nail in the tire!

All told, balancing and rotating, including the repair of one tire, took approximately thirty minutes and cost me absolutely nothing. When I priced out tires before, the difference in cost between Costco and another place was less than ten dollars a tire so I saw the increased price as sort of a warranty, a really good warranty.

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5 Responses to “Arundel Mills Costco Tire Center Service Rocks”

  1. saladdin says:

    This is Saladdin’s opinion only. You do what you think is best for your situation.

    A $40 “warranty”?
    What ever happened to the idea that a warranty is a bad financial deal? Extended car, appliances, computers etc..

    I buy $5 tire plug kits at Wal-Mart and keep them in each vehicle. I pay less for my tires* and less for my own “warranty.”

    I have been in parking lots and on the side of the road at 2 AM and after 10 minutes I am back on the road.

    *Cost of tires is relative to your vehicle. I drive a 96 S10 not a Mercedes so mine would be less anyway.

  2. Dr. D. says:

    Nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen molecules, so they are less able to escape through the rubber of the tires, thus maintaining the accurate tire pressure and fuel efficiency. Isn’t science neat?

  3. I tried to get Costco tires, but they didn’t carry any suitable for my 2001 car. I ended up going to Firestone and paying more.

  4. Arrgh says:

    I shopped around and Costco actually had the best quality tires for my minivan. I expected them to have crap and was pleasantly suprised. I am very happy with their tire service. First I had to order the tires on their internet site and they called me when they arrived at my local Costco a few days later, where they installed them. You can’t just walk into their tire store and expect them to have your size in stock.

  5. InspectorFox says:

    I have heard good reviews for Tirerack.com as well.


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