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By: Cj H.
Cunico Tire Company
I broke down on Raton Pass and the tow truck brought my truck to Cunico Tires on a Friday night. I went over to speak to Brian in on Saturday morning (with my 2 year old in hand) and he was very accommodating. They looked at my car to see what the problem was and determined that my water pump needed to be replaced. Being Saturday most of the town was closing up shop, but he let me hang out in his lobby so that I could figure out what we were going to do and he made some calls to see if we could get a rental car somewhere! They fixed my car on Monday. I was expecting it to be really expensive because it took them the day to do it and the cost ended up being very reasonable. The service and hospitality was genuine and I don't think that I could have made it through that ordeal without them! I highly recommend them if you need some work done on your car!
Tips & Advices
Yes. New tires purchased online can often be priced lower than ones at a tire dealership. Buyers can often avoid state sales taxes and locate hard-to-find tire styles and sizes, but will still have to locate a local tire installer and pay sometimes high shipping costs.
The average cost of a set of new tires is $637, with a range of between $525-$725. In addition, installation includes mounting and balancing, alignment, and disposal of old tires.
The vehicle is raised and the old wheels are removed, then the old tires are removed from the wheels. The lug nuts, wheels, and valve stems are inspected and replaced as needed. The new tires are mounted and sealed, then inflated and balanced. The wheels are then replaced on the car. The average installation takes approximately 45 minutes.
Agencies such as the Tire Industry Association promotes tire safety through advocacy and education to the industry including: manufacture, sales, repair, service and recycling. Seek a full-service tire dealer who carries a wide variety of tire types and brands and asks about the type of driving you normally do.
  • Move your car to a safe location.
  • Turn on your car’s safety lights, apply the parking brakes and remove the hubcap if there is one.
  • Loosen the lug nuts with a lug wrench (but do not remove them), raise the vehicle with a jack and then fully remove the lugnuts.
  • Remove the flat tire and replace it with the spare tire.
  • Tighten the lug nuts by hand, lower the car and then tighten them fully with the lug wrench.

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