I went in to America's tire (same company as discount tire) to get a price quote on a set of XXR wheels and some tires.I asked the sales rep if they carried XXR's,and he replied that they did.
I'd already priced out on internet about what my cost would be, with a rough estimate for labor. The wheels I was looking at were $89 each, shipped, from the site I was looking at. The rep told me that I'd be looking at over $1200. Now, that's a fair price for some wheels and tires.
But I was looking at wheels that were $89 each on the internet, and tires that were about the same. What I was expecting was $720 parts, $60 tax, and $80-100 labor.(I know how much work it is to mount and balance tires: not much. With a 15 year old turntable, I can mount a wheel at work in under three minutes, and balance it in about ten.
I just didn't want to use beat-on weights).Either that's one *** of a markup, or they really think that they deserve the same labor rate as a full-fledged mechanic.