Saturday, 29 December, 2001

New Tires

We had to get new tires for the car today.  Not that I'm complaining--we got 60,000 miles out of the original set.  My truck has 72,000 miles on the original tires.  It's about time to replace those, too.  People often don't realize that technology is more than just computers and cell phones.  It wasn't so long ago that you couldn't even get 30,000 miles on a set of tires.  Today, for about $500 (includes mount, balance, road hazard, etc.), I bought four tires that have a 45,000 mile manufacturer's warranty.  That wasn't available at any price 10 years ago.

Part of the price was a $2.00-per-tire disposal fee.  I forgot to ask who gets the 2 bucks, and how exactly the tires are disposed.  I certainly hope they're recycling the tires, rather than sending them off to be incinerated or dropped in a landfill.