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Oh God no!  $40-60 for the set maybe, but per wheel?  Do they serve champagne in the wait room as well? :)

Welcome to the world of Discount Tire then :)

I've asked from their customer care department WTF is going on as I was charged $40 per wheel for mounting and balancing. When I paid this I asked from the manager isn't this a bit high...he said that normally he charges $250 for set of 4.

Btw. this is the same place which marred two of my wheels upon dismounting of the tires. These were repaired but the car was crippled for 5 days as one of the wheels was not repaired up to satisfactory standards in the first time.

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Unless they have changed their policy again, Costco will not mount tires not bought from them (at least in the CA Bay area).

You have to shop around. Most tire places are pretty expensive if you do not buy your tires from them, $30-$50 per wheel. You need to find a small independent shop with the right equipment (Hunter). I have a guy that does it for $15/wheel.

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I wouldn't trust Costco with my porsche,  I pay about $20 bucks per wheel for either the dealer or a local shop that advertises in the local PCA club magazine.

If $tealer takes $20 per wheel, that should be a pretty good benchmark IMHO?

If the price would have been $250 which that Discount Tire shop said was their normal price, that'd be more than 200% more...which is a helluva margin I'd say :)

Oh well, live and learn the one to blame might be looking back from the mirror in this case ;)

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