When buying tyres sometimes, it turns out, it's who you know not what you know.
Tracey called around the local tyre merchants and got some prices. She found the cheapest tyres for our beast of a vehicle were $185 a piece. I just about need smelling salts whenever we price tyres.
Usually we spend around $250 a tyre. Which is what happened this time. A call to our local mechanic, who then called the same tyre merchants we did, came up with a couple of secondhand tyres for $235 which usually go for just over $400 new.
Why would we do this? Well it turns out these secondhand tyres came off a new car which was driven from the car yard to the tyre shop so the rims could be changed.
The tyre still had the 'chalk' lines and the little furry bits sticking out.
So we got a better quality tyre for a little cheaper than we usually like to pay.
Like I say, with tyres it's not who you know - it's who the people you know, know.