Originally Posted by JonnyCash
I wouldn't insult a shop owner by bringing him a tire that I bought elsewhere. The local guy said that when you buy a tire mail order, it may be years old and deteriorated, but whenever I've bought them they seemed fresh as a daisy. Has anyone here had any trouble with internet tires?
That's not been my experience. OK, with motorcycle tyres I go to my local tyre depot and he either has them in stock or can get them within 24hrs. I'm currently building a kitcar and bought some scarce Michelin tyres on eBay. I took them to the tyre depot and he fitted them to my rims for a small fee. Nobody was insulted. It's their job after all and they can always say "No". The code on the sidewall tells us the month and year of manufacture so there's no guesswork.