Living in a small town is really funny . . or not so much sometimes. First, Sunday night there were two murders probably less than 3 miles from my house and because (1) our town newspaper isn’t printed on Sunday or Monday, even when Monday isn’t a holiday and (2) our “local” tv station in Joplin which is 65 or 70 miles away, was taken out in a tornado a month or so ago, we didn’t know anything about it til Vince got to work on Tuesday. Chad was camping and by the time he got back in town, he knew all about it. According to Chad, the 17 year old who allegedly stabbed 14 and 18 year old girls, had been at the same lake where Chad and his friends were camping, though he wasn’t camping with them. Anyway, where else can you live and know nothing about two murders so close to your house? Not that I needed to know . . but it’s weird not having access to local news.
Back to the tires . . Chad and I took his car in last week for the tire guy to look at his tires. Yep, they’re bad. They need to be changed real soon. They have to be ordered because Chad’s car takes weird tires. The guy was telling me that tires these days don’t really come with mileage warranty. OK . . not so sure about that but I’m not going to argue . . especially since Chad didn’t have his receipt.
I came home and looked on the blog (where every issue of my life seems to be documented!) and the tires were ordered in September so I went to the tire manufacturer’s website and they say those tires have an 85,000 mile warranty . . not that you get free tires if they don’t last 85,000 miles but there is some warranty. Chad and I started figuring when he’d had his oil changed and we knew how many times he’d had his oil changed and he never goes over 4,000 miles between oil changes so we knew he didn’t even have 10,000 miles on the tires. I called the tire guy back.
Me: I checked on the Kumho website and those tires are supposed to have an 85,000 mile warranty.
Me: I think there should be some kind of warranty on them since you aligned the car in January, Chad has had the tires rotated once and the way we figure it, Chad doesn’t even have 10,000 miles on those tires.
Me: Don’t you think there should be some kind of warranty?
Him: Sure seems like it!
Me: You’re the dealer! What do we do?
Him: I don’t know!
OK .. time for Vince to get involved. This is not what I’m used to encountering when I deal with tires. Forever, I’d dealt with Pumpelly Tire in Lake Charles and had better than excellent service. In KY, we dealt with Shelby’s Tire and they were fantastic too.
Vince called the tire dealer and they told him basically that he was going to have to talk to Kumho and see what they said. The tire dealer here did go back and find the receipt (no computers here!) where the tires were put on in November so Chad probably didn’t have more than 6,000 miles on them.
Vince called Kumho and it went back and forth for several days and finally, today Chad got tires. Last I heard, he was going to have to pay about $13 per tire (instead of $95 per tire) but by the time Vince and Chad got there to pay, the guy they needed to talk to was gone so they’ll take care of paying tomorrow.
A friend who lives near here in KS had given me the name of a tire shop in KS they deal with . . in case Chad needed tire work while he was at school, so I think we’ll be dealing with them from now on.