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Any particular reason for being a national chain? You're more likely to get a good price from a local store than you are from a national; use Tirerack for reference.

In any case, don't skimp out with off-brand cheap import tires. Consumer Reports summarized the top manufacturers here.

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Consider tirerack.com. Have it shipped to a local tire place to have it mounted.

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@narfcake: I just said national chains for d.w, as someone telling me Joe's garage in Cleveland has a great deal wouldn't do me any good here in west Texas. I prefer to go local when possible, but I haven't seen any sales locally, didn't know I was going to need one so I haven't been watching for them. I'd like to get off the donut before the weekend is out, so not a lot of time to shop around. Thanks for the link to the review, I don't know much about tires so that will be a help.

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@dw1771: Thanks, I hadn't thought about Costco and I am a member. I buy Hondas so I don't need to know about car repair places. :-)

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@first2summit: Thanks,I will have a look. But I'd really like to get a new set this weekend, I don't like driving with no spare. But my new office is less than 2 miles from my house, easily walked to and from at worst case, so I could hold off a week if I could get a good savings online. I hadn't considered buying online as I'd assumed shipping would be astronomical.

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@moondrake: Shop everywhere else(Sam's, Costco, NTB) and then go to Discount Tire. They'll match or beat what you found elsewhere. If you know ANYONE in the auto repair business who refers customers to Discount, they can usually cut you an even better deal.

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@moondrake: Tires.com = Discount Tires in your area. Hankook HRII H405 in 205/55/16 for $59 (+ etc.). Good warm weather tire, not so good in cold weather. I've had them before (came with the used car, but then I sold them when I changed the rims).

What is the condition of the front tires? If they're nearing the end of their life already (less than 4/32" tread), you might just want to consider getting all 4.

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@narfcake: It's a front wheel drive, so the new ones by default should always go on the front and rotate the existing fronts to rear.

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@havocsback: I'm well aware that it's a FWD car; I also didn't suggest which axle the new pair should go on (there are differing thoughts on this, though the suggestion these days is to install new on the rear), but was merely asking what the condition of the other two tires were, considering he had one blow out and the car is 5 years old now.

I've had my small share of tire incidents over my years of driving; tires are not one of those things to skimp on because they're literally the only thing keeping you and your car on the road. It doesn't mean one has to spend top dollar when it comes time to replace, but driving more miles from ones that aren't up to task anymore isn't worth it either.

FWIW, my last set of tires on my wagon was replaced with 3/32" tread left; the set previous, 8/32". Mileage left be damned - tires that lack traction = replacement time.

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Stay away from places that are NOT tire shops. From my experience, you get a better deal, a negotiable deal, and better quality. Try some local guys in a little shop, if you've got access.

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@narfcake: That's correct, on the ASE test the right answer is new ones on the rear. Don't have anything else to add that hasn't already been suggested.

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The best deal I got for tires was an auto salvage yard.

Cheapest set I got for my 1st car was from a salvage yard.
Something was wrong with my first car it got 7 mpg and used tires...10 in 2 years, it had to be the car : /

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I have a lead on a set of hub caps for a 1972 Pinto Hatchback...

Interested?

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@kbsig106: Believe it or not, that was my first car, a '72 (or maybe it was 73) red Ford Pinto hatchback. I was in high school and my dad bought one for me on the cheap because they were blowing up and turning into fireballs all over the country. That says all you need to know about my relationship with my dad.

Thanks to everyone who gave me advice. I have held off on getting the new tire and am spending this week researching the lnks you all provided and shopping around. Costco's quote was $276 for two tires, I am sure I can beat that.

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@narfcake: I had written you a response but for some reason it didn't show up. The front tires are in good condition and only about 2 years old. I had an irreparable screw hole in one tire (courtesy of my contractors leaving screws and nails all over my property) and replaced them. I only have 30,000 miles on the car and it is almost 5 years old, so there's only about 12,000 miles on those tires so far. Thanks for the info on the Hankooks, I live in the desert and the whole town shuts down on the rare occasions when it snows, so a warm weather tire is okay by me.