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As I'm due new tyres anyway and "might" if the stars align etc etc end up driving out for any skiing I get to do this year I'm shopping around for some decent all seasons - Goodyear Vector or Michelin Crossclimate type. Anyone got any deals or coupon codes at any of the online tyre places that I shoudl consider before pulling the trigger - I know there is a Michelin rebate thing this month but its not huge on my R16 size.
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Have you looked at the foreign sites trading in UK. I used Tyre Leader who are German a couple of times. Far more choice and their prices were much lower although exchange rates may wipe this out.
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@Dave of the Marmottes, Try here https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=91733&highlight=tyremen
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Though the lead in price on Tyreleader is lower by the time you've added in fitting (which isn't a flat rate for their network) it's pretty much a wash with the consolidators who offer a fitted price.
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@Dave of the Marmottes, ok must be currency differences, much cheaper when I used them.
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I have been looking at some tyre replacements as well. Kwik Fit are offering 10% off two or more Continental TS860 which for my polo works out about £65 per corner including mobile fitting and that is comparable to Blackcircles prices. I was about to hit the commit button but then got depressed again about the likelihood of driving in the Alps this winter. Current set of tyres have 5mm depth so that will do me for the sunny south of the UK and I will revisit if the lockdowns are released
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@Claude B, possibly true of some mid tier brands like Kleber and Nexen but when the gap to a well tested preium is only £10 or less per corner....
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@Dave of the Marmottes, Blackcircles are offering £40 off when purchasing 4 Crossclimate+. Code CC40.
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@Dave of the Marmottes, you could have a look at camskill tyres (cumbria) they normally have some pretty good deals on I've just got a new set of vredestein quatrac pro's and they were 40 quid a corner cheaper than anywhere else

that was including delivery as well, for fitting i just use the local mobile guy round the corner from me 40/50 quid fitted and balanced.
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andseven wrote:
@Dave of the Marmottes, you could have a look at camskill tyres (cumbria) they normally have some pretty good deals on I've just got a new set of vredestein quatrac pro's and they were 40 quid a corner cheaper than anywhere else

that was including delivery as well, for fitting i just use the local mobile guy round the corner from me 40/50 quid fitted and balanced.


+1 for Camskill, cheapest for me last two purchases
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Dave of the Marmottes wrote:
@Claude B, possibly true of some mid tier brands like Kleber and Nexen but when the gap to a well tested preium is only £10 or less per corner....


Kleber are owned by Michelin and have a very good reputation too.

Don't know your size but

https://www.mytyres.co.uk/cgi-bin/rshop.pl?dsco=110&typ=R-317516&partner=1&partner=1&Country=UK&ID=sea_rd_uk_Froogle_Shopping&ef_id=EAIaIQobChMI2oaD1Kal7AIVmKZ3Ch1L4AFdEAQYAiABEgLSyvD_BwE:G:s&s_kwcid=AL!432!3!400317375299!!!u!302068484629!&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2oaD1Kal7AIVmKZ3Ch1L4AFdEAQYAiABEgLSyvD_BwE

The cost seems fairly competitive without jumping through discount hoops.
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Mytyres 5% discount until the 18th

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Mytyres on quidco app is showing 5% discount plus 3% cash back. Never used them always used black circles.
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I use Mytyres, they ship from Germany I think, I ordered some on a Friday and they arrived on the Wednesday.
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@Dave of the Marmottes, size you after?
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205/55/R16. Golf standard I believe
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robboj wrote:
+1 for Camskill, cheapest for me last two purchases


Just going through the motions and I'm finding Mytyres to be best priced in most cases and as usual by far the biggest range. However, I have 255 front and 285 rear and it looks like I'll end up getting the rears from Camskill and the fronts from Mytyres unless one of them wants to price match. Doing it that way is saving me nearly £200 on Pirelli W240 SottoZeros so worth shopping around if you have different sizes front/rear. Pirelli will be a departure for me for winters - always Nokian or Vredestein previously and never disappointed.

Looked at Black Circles but hardly any choice and frankly a bit pricey.

Always used Mytyres in the past, always spot on perfect. Damn those Germans and their fabulous efficiency.
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/205-55-16-Maxxis-AP2-ALL-SEASON-TOP-QUALITY-CROSS-CLIMATE-Tyres-205-55R16-94V-XL-/253838804864

Good cost but need fitting in addition locally. Very well respected brand across different vehicles but without premium positioning in cars as regards how well known they are.
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@Pruman The 'W240' seems to refer to various different types of Pirelli Winter tyres. I've used the Winter Sottozero™ Serie-II and the Winter Sottozero™ S3, on a BMW 330d xDrive Touring (AWD) and my current M235i Convertible respectively. The Serie-II is a slightly warmer-biased version and the S3 is definitely snow-biased but also strong on resistance to aquaplaning. Both of them have been very good in the Swiss snow and in more temperate, wet UK winters. I'd say it doesn't matter a lot which one you have, but I like the S3 for my convertible because it's RWD and 330BHP, and even with modern traction electronics can be a lot to handle in the wet, so the anti-aquaplaning is welcome. Conversely, the Serie-II is probably a bit more comfortable in those transitional autumn/spring phases, albeit the difference is not huge. This is the S3: https://i.imgur.com/4lQVeMu.jpg?2 Just out of interest, which W240 are you getting?
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This is who I have used several times, you can get a list from them of local tyre fitters who will take delivery on your behalf and fit them at an additional cost, which you can choose from the list.
https://www.oponeo.co.uk/
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@Dave of the Marmottes, i'm after a set of decent alloys with winters for mrsmm29's golf, you seen any good deals anywhere? I'm about to start looking soon.
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@Markymark29, winterwheels.co.uk is referenced elsewhere.

I'm get close to concluding I'll snipe a deal on Goodyear Vectors. Undecided whether that means I really need the extra cost for Gen 3 model or Gen 2 will be more than adequate.
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@Dave of the Marmottes, I am also about to buy Goodyear Vector 3, size 225/55/17 for my Merc Vito Winterized Camper. I am going to Octobertest South then buying up North at Mr Tyre Langley Mill £127.20 each. This is the cheapest fitted price nationwide I think? They operate Midlands northwards
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Dave of the Marmottes wrote:
@Markymark29, winterwheels.co.uk is referenced elsewhere.

I'm get close to concluding I'll snipe a deal on Goodyear Vectors. Undecided whether that means I really need the extra cost for Gen 3 model or Gen 2 will be more than adequate.


For winter shoes - the model number is less important than the production year. Production date is usually marked with for numbers - the first two indicate the week (01 to 53) while the last two indicate the year of production (18 would be for 2018, 20 for 2020, etc). The fresher the better. Tyre do change with age, getting harder, losing properties useful in winter driving
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If you have a Costco card & a store near you - I paid £116 per boot fully fitted for Vector 2nd gen.

Was the cheapest I could find in Midlands for me.

Feel excellent in the wet - not had a chance to use them in worst conditions just yet. Decided to use them as all year round hoops.
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ski3 wrote:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/205-55-16-Maxxis-AP2-ALL-SEASON-TOP-QUALITY-CROSS-CLIMATE-Tyres-205-55R16-94V-XL-/253838804864

Good cost but need fitting in addition locally. Very well respected brand across different vehicles but without premium positioning in cars as regards how well known they are.


We have used those Maxxis AP2's on several cars 14", 15", 16" and 17" wheels. Very impressed with them and on the 16's got up the 21 bends to ADH early this year, snow on the road all the way. All on diesel front wheel drive vehicles, in the case of the 17's a fairly powerful Estate Car that is often fully loaded or with a trailer, or both Smile No problem with summer use and handling is fine, probably wear down a bit quicker than the likes of Michelin but then we change them often and use fresh in the winter, swap back to the last seasons for the summer etc.
Interestingly Maxxis now have a full winter, Premitra WP6, that achieves A rating in the wet for the 14" size, so we are trying them on the little estate car, that is used used as a van basically.
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I can personally vouch for Michelin Cross climate. Legal as a winter in Germany and the Alpine countries. You get good prices from My Tyres. Used them in snow with good traction also good on cold wet Northern England winter roads. Did some research before I bought and they came out top in Auto Bild a respected German Motoring magazine a couple of years ago. They perform perfectly well in the Summer aswell.
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We moved to Goodyear Vector 4Season Gen2 tyres a couple of years ago - couldn't believe how much quieter internally they were than Pirelli Cinturato P7 and Continental PremiumContact summer tyres, and they have worn much better than expected. Not tried the Gen3, but the G2 are brilliant.

Wouldn't touch Kwik-fit with a barge pole though - every time I've had to use them (puncture when travelling etc) over the years they've messed things up or simply not done work they claimed to have. Best example was of a tracking adjustment that didn't feel right - when I took it to a specialist they pointed out the bolts still had their factory sealant on and couldn't possibly have been adjusted. Going for the cheapest price is good, but fitting of tyres makes a huge difference to their comfort and lifespan - you need a good garage.
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Getting the Vector G2s fitted Friday.
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Markymark29 wrote:
@Dave of the Marmottes, i'm after a set of decent alloys with winters for mrsmm29's golf, you seen any good deals anywhere? I'm about to start looking soon.


Try this shop on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/premium-wheels?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

Fabian is based in northern Germany and seems to specialise in new and second hand VW wheels and tyres.

He did me a reverse EU VAT deal if the missus is VAT registered for the hair business (unlikely I guess as it's B2C).
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I'm a bit late to this thread but I purchased some Bridgestone "winters" for my van last year. I used Oponeo. www.oponeo.co.uk

IIRC they were shipped from Poland but arrived very quickly. There might have been a promotion on B'stones at the time but they were keenly priced.
In fact the tyre dealer who fitted them reckoned that he couldn't get them at the price I paid for them. They list the G/Year vectors you mention including in run-flat spec. Might be worth a look for comparison but bear in mind that the price doesn't include fitting charges.
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Just so people can have the benefit of my research - Asda Tyres (fitted at one of the local tyre outfits within a few miles) ended up the cheapest on Goodyears, Kwik Fit on Michelins (with a free pair of bluetooth earbuds by redmption of dubious value). Obviously results may vary by tyre size.
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