A few months ago I blogged about my 14-month old TV that died unexpectedly. Unexpected because one would think a TV would last at least five years. I, being naive and optimistic, was actually hoping for at least 10 years, because, you know, my last TV is over 15 years old and still works. I am still trying to bring myself to write a complaint letter, but I am hesitant because I know exactly what will happen. Nothing.
But this week's dilemma is brought to you by tires and, apparently, PA roads, which are consistently ranked in the bottom five. But first, let me back up. About 2.5 years ago, when my car had about 26,000 miles on it, I had to replace my tires, which I believe were warranted for 60,000 miles. At that time, the guy at Flynn's told me that original tires never last long, and when combined with PA roads, my tires did as well as I could expect. Or something like that. So I painfully bought new tires, which were quite pricey thanks to my car (stupid Saturn Vue). But the guy told me although I would not get the full life out of the new ones, they were good, I would be happy, they would last awhile (wish I could remember how long he estimated), etc., etc.
You can probably tell where this story is going.
When I got my car inspected on Monday, my mechanic (not from Flynn's) said my tires barely passed inspection and would need to be replaced soon. What?! Come again? Begging pardon?
I told him the tires were only 2.5 years old and had only about 27k miles on them. He did not have much to say, since I did not buy them there.
So I called Flynn's and explained my situation. My old tires are no longer made, so to use the warranty, I had to buy tires which were slightly better, made even more expensive thanks to the rising cost of rubber and oil or something. On the upside, after a rebate, I will end up having paid about 50 percent of the price of my last set, and these tires do look as if they could ride over three feet of snow and cut through a sheet of ice. But it was an unexpected expense.
But that is almost not even the point. How can it be acceptable that tires don't last half as long as they are warranted for? I get that the roads are bad here, but c'mon. I got only about 1,000 more miles out of my last tires than I did out of the original ones. I would like to change the name Goodyear to Badyear or Badtires.
My good buddy at Flynn's, who, by the way, told me I was pretty and had a nice complexion (which he said before he proceeded to squint at every piece of paper he looked at) said I can expect to get about 35,000 to 40,000 out of these tires, which are warranted for 80,000. That is ridiculous, don't you think?!
As I said on Facebook, when the time comes for me to replace my Vue, before I decide on my final car make/model, I will shop for tires first. Seriously.
I guess I should put writing a letter to Goodyear on my to-do list...