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corster
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Gatineau, QC

Seasonal Tire Swap - Ottawa

Does anyone know a decent place to get a tire swap done in Ottawa?

Both sets are on their own rims... bought the winter tires from Costco but don't want to deal with their whole first come first serve circus to get them swapped - especially since they don't even do them for free anymore.


Juggernaut
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Costco swaps for free here. Are you sure? Besides, it'll be FIFO no matter where you go.


corster
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They charge $6/tire out here.

And I don't know any other tire shop that makes you be there an hour before the store opens just to have a chance of having your tires changed sometime that day. I'll gladly pay a few bucks more for the ability to make an appointment.


JCohen
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Nepean, ON
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reply to corster
My mum has been using Parker Auto Care for years for her tires and they're pretty fast for the change and you can book an appointment there.

Parker Auto Care
891 Bellevue Avenue
(613) 722-0896


Juggernaut
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reply to corster
You don't have to be there early. It, like any other shop, depends on how busy they are. It's a coin toss at times.


Anav
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reply to corster
If they are already on rims, why not do it yourself??
Edit....... if you think they may not be balanced any longer that would certainly be a reason to pay a bit at a place to get them done.


corster
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said by Anav:

If they are already on rims, why not do it yourself??
Edit....... if you think they may not be balanced any longer that would certainly be a reason to pay a bit at a place to get them done.

They're balanced - just have no space to do it myself. No driveway, no garage, etc.

The joys of apartment living...

peterboro
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Peterborough, ON
I've known guys in apartments doing engine swaps in the parking lot surely you can change some tires.

Or come to Peterborough and we'll use your car to have a timed Nascar challenge of swapping tires on your car.

mekyle

join:2000-09-23
Beamsville, ON
reply to corster
Have you priced it at your dealership? The local ford dealer down here does it for $20ish, the local tire place is in the $30 range.


Mike2009

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Ottawa, ON
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reply to corster
Active Green and Ross.

PX Eliezer
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reply to corster
Just curious---where do you get your car care otherwise?

Oil changes and so forth.

Is there a gas station (service station) that you deal with for minor repairs?

-----

And what about these guys?

Mobile tire changers.

»www.tirechangers.ca/


corster
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said by PX Eliezer:

Just curious---where do you get your car care otherwise?

Oil changes and so forth.

Is there a gas station (service station) that you deal with for minor repairs?

Bought the car (2009 Fusion) from a Ford Dealer in December, been using the dealership for the few minor things that have come up since (I have a Ford ESP on the car so they've all been covered)... I haven't found a good independent mechanic yet, unfortunately.

Part of the problem is that here in Quebec, winter tires are mandatory, which makes tire changes all the more aggrivating because everyone in the province is trying to do them at the same time.


Thane_Bitter
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All the more reason to make it a DIY job.

Buy a nice pair of mechanics gloves, a 24" breaker bar and a 3/4" impact nut....and beer to celebrate your accomplishment. You can use the factory built POS jack, however for the minimal cost of a hydraulic bottle jack the job will go much faster.
Just my 5 cents.
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peterboro
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said by PX Eliezer:


And what about these guys?

Mobile tire changers.

»www.tirechangers.ca/

Interesting and niche business concept. Probably would only be profitable in larger centres or Quebec though.

telco_mtl

join:2012-01-06
said by peterboro:

said by PX Eliezer:


And what about these guys?

Mobile tire changers.

»www.tirechangers.ca/

Interesting and niche business concept. Probably would only be profitable in larger centres or Quebec though.

you would be surprised how common these guys are in the montreal area,a guy i knew in highschool with generous vacation time takes 2 weeks a year just for his tire change business on the side, one in spring, one in fall. he does it in peoples place of work, driveway, you name it. He even has a machine to mount and balance in his trailer.

peterboro
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reply to corster
Hopefully Ontario mandates winter tires and this would be a viable part-time enterprise in the GTA.