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Old 02-18-2009, 05:01 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I got a question for all those tire and border crossing experts. I'm in the market for some new summer tires because the ones on my summer rims right now are practically bald and one has a hole in it. What I was wondering was the best way to get new, cheap summers. From everything I have seen so far, tirerack.com has some of the best prices. What I was wondering was if anyone knows of any other website or even store in the general GTA area that has new summer tires for a good price. I'm looking for some 235/40/17's and since they are a pretty rare size most places don't carry them.

I was also thinking that I could maybe order them from tirerack or some other US based website or even store and just drive down to Buffalo and get them put on and then come back over. For example, put on the summer rims with the crappy tires, buy new ones from tirerack, get them shipped somewhere in Buffalo (problem #1: I don't have anywhere to have them shipped) and then just drive down to Buffalo one day and pick them up. I could go to a local shop and get them to pull off the crappy summers and put on the new ones and then just drive back over the border without having to claim anything or pay any kind of duty because they would never really now if they were like that when I entered.

Has anyone ever done this or anything like it? I'm pretty much open to most scenarios as long as it results with me not paying a hell of alot of money for some new summer tires and I'm not breaking (many) laws. lol

Any help or suggestions would be great.
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:12 PM   #2
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just a quick point, currently tirerack does not have a good price considering the exchange rate right now.
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:28 PM   #3
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if you choose to go this route you can get it shipped to "USAddress"
just over the border. cheap rates.

http://www.usaddressinc.com
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:31 PM   #4
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just a quick point, currently tirerack does not have a good price considering the exchange rate right now.
Very good point, I completely forgot that their prices are shown in USD on the website. But either way, 4 brand new summer tires for 413.69 CAD (excluding taxes and shipping) is pretty darn good isn't it? Either way, I'm just looking for pretty much any suggestions to ways I can get cheap summers in that size. Thanks for pointing that out though, it does change things a little

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if you choose to go this route you can get it shipped to "USAddress"
just over the border. cheap rates.

http://www.usaddressinc.com
I do remember hearing about services like this. I didn't know they actually had a website though. Have you ever used this place? Are they pretty trustworthy?
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:12 PM   #5
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I do remember hearing about services like this. I didn't know they actually had a website though. Have you ever used this place? Are they pretty trustworthy?
personally, not yet.

but everytime i hear about someone doing this (not just tires) USAddress is always mentioned.

never heard anything negative about their services.
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:25 PM   #6
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Try tires 23 in Mississauga. I'm getting a set of Falken's in the same size for $560 all in (taxes and installation incl.)
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:24 PM   #7
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had a complete sound system shipped to usadress inc. last year.... amazing place..

2 MASSIVE boxes. subs, sub box, amp, wiring all that jazz....

cost me like 15 bucks for their service... in and out in 10 minutes flat.

i highly recommend them. the tough part is finding a place to dump the packaging. (no0 dumping laws)

plus its down the street from smoking joe's and the biggest highschool youll ever see.
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had a complete sound system shipped to usadress inc. last year.... amazing place..

2 MASSIVE boxes. subs, sub box, amp, wiring all that jazz....

cost me like 15 bucks for their service... in and out in 10 minutes flat.

i highly recommend them. the tough part is finding a place to dump the packaging. (no0 dumping laws)

plus its down the street from smoking joe's and the biggest highschool youll ever see.
So do you declare your goods when you go over the border??
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:37 AM   #9
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this is where I get mine all the time:
http://www.vulcantire.com/azenis_rt615_t.htm

you can also try wheels direct in Markham.
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So do you declare your goods when you go over the border??
nooo wayy...

just remove them from packaging...
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:07 AM   #12
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I use US Address Inc. as well to ship my car parts and tires I buy. If you don't have an account each box you send is $5. Stop being a pussy and buy the tires from tirerack, I don't even know why its a thought. Get them put on locally at a tire shop for $15 bucks a tire and drive home. At the border just say you had lunch at the mall and you went look at TV's at best buy to compare prices and they didn't have anything. That's what I always say. Canadian border control 90% of the time just ask where you live and wave you through, they dont give a rats ass.
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Remember to check the dates stamped on the tire. Make sure you are actually getting new tires.
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I use US Address Inc. as well to ship my car parts and tires I buy. If you don't have an account each box you send is $5. Stop being a pussy and buy the tires from tirerack, I don't even know why its a thought. Get them put on locally at a tire shop for $15 bucks a tire and drive home. At the border just say you had lunch at the mall and you went look at TV's at best buy to compare prices and they didn't have anything. That's what I always say. Canadian border control 90% of the time just ask where you live and wave you through, they dont give a rats ass.
my sister is looking for tires haha great advice for her! Is it just $5 to hold for tires? Do they let you know when the tires have arrived?
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I use US Address Inc. as well to ship my car parts and tires I buy. If you don't have an account each box you send is $5. Stop being a pussy and buy the tires from tirerack, I don't even know why its a thought. Get them put on locally at a tire shop for $15 bucks a tire and drive home. At the border just say you had lunch at the mall and you went look at TV's at best buy to compare prices and they didn't have anything. That's what I always say. Canadian border control 90% of the time just ask where you live and wave you through, they dont give a rats ass.
Yeah, I'm planning to actually do this near the end of April or so, so I probably won't be ordering the tires right this second. How long do they hold the tires and how much is it for them to hold them at us address? Or is it just a flat 5 bucks and they will hold them for a month or something?

I'm also going to check out Tires 23 and Wheels Direct. Maybe I can get it done locally for a similar price to driving across the border. Better to check all the options since I have a few months until I actually plan to do it.

Thanks guys, keep any suggestions coming!
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