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Mail-Order Tires - Discount Tire Direct

Posted in How To: Wheels Tires on September 1, 2010 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Rick Péwé

Mail-order parts, tires, and tools have been around as long as the Sears catalogue. But nowadays many people read their copy of 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine and simply order up a set of their favorite treads by clicking into a website. But what if you want to talk to a real person about your tires and deal direct with the company? That's what we decided to do recently to see how easy it can be. While most mail-order companies can offer deals on certain packages, we wanted to custom-tune our order, as nothing we do is by any means normal.

Mail-order tires don't have to come to your house. In fact, with Discount Tire Direct, we had them sent to our local tire store and paid them to mount and balance them on our own wheels. Discount Tire Direct has many recommended installers that they can ship to, or you can bring your tires to them for installation.

If you're a city slicker, you probably have plenty of tire stores around. But what if you aren't near a store, or they don't have your preference on the shelf? The next option is to see what's available at www.discounttiredirect.com, pick your set, and have them sent to your home or other location. That's good too, but you may be living in the sticks, or you and your buddy plan to mount your donuts on those cool new beadlocks you snagged. In that case you can also have the best of all worlds.

We decided on the Hankook DynaPro for the all-terrain tread, quiet ride, and great price. We've visited the Hankook factory in Korea and have tested many of the company's tires. That's one reason we use them on our own rig-we know how they work.

We called Discount Tire Direct at 800.589.9643 (www.discounttiredirect.com) for a one-on-one conversation with a tire professional, to get a better idea of what was available for our ride and the terrain we encounter. After we chose some Hankook Dynapro ATs for our SUV, they were drop-shipped to our local tire store. Shipping is free on UPS for the lower 48 and Canada. We could have ordered a set of tires and wheels already mounted, balanced, and ready to bolt on. It just doesn't get much simpler, and considering the depth of inventory and availability of odd-ball tires, we don't mind living out in the sticks anymore.

We paid a visit to the Discount Tire Direct office to see just what these tire guys did. When you call in, you are quickly routed to a tire pro who can handle your questions and fill the order. Most orders go out the same day and usually arrive in a couple of days.
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