Ok, so obviously the oil change didn’t cost $850, it did in fact only cost $35, the problems that the oil change discovered cost us over 800 additional dollars.
Our tires are shot. Our 10 month old Bridgestone tires that I wrote about here. Wicked eh? Needless to say we didn’t have a ”new tire fund” going on since we had just dropped $700 on tires 10 months ago and we thought with rotating with winters we should be able to get three to four years out of them. Since it was advised, and confirmed by other sources, that they should be replaced ASAP for safety reasons they will be placed this week being paid for with our emergency fund. We have a three pay month coming up so we should be able to top our ER fund pretty quickly.
Long story short it’s technically our fault. The tires were placed 10 months ago at a store that only sells tires. They sell, install and balance tires. We weren’t even thinking after they were placed that we would need to go somewhere and have a separate wheel alignment and suspension check. We just paid for the tires and drove on our merry way. We’re not really ”car people” but we’re not idiots either and my husband does know some stuff but this was the first time we’d had tires placed anywhere other than a fully licensed garage where it’s assumed (and executed) that the alignment and suspension would be checked at a time like placing brand new tires.
Want to know what happens when you place new tires on a vehicle whose wheels haven’t been aligned for what is now two years? They wear unevenly, though there was zero driving indication of any problems, half of our tires (outer half) were totally bald down to the smooth rubber. Less than 25,000 km, tires are shot.
The tire that we bought 10 months ago, we have come to learn, is also not an ideal tire for our vehicle, compounding the issue. Wicked. $700 could have been better spent. The people we met this weekend, who performed the oil change and notified us of the problem, went into quite the detail about how the tire we had purchased wasn’t a ”bad tire” but certainly not ideal for the type of vehicle we have and would never suggest anyone buy said tire for our vehicle. It was a new technology ”green tire” which claims to save on fuel economy but only lasts about 50% that of a traditional ”non-green” tire. Also, it’s technology is too new to prove any claims substantially. So though we thought we had done our homework we essentially wasted away $700.
Needless to say we’re pissed. Pissed at ourselves that we didn’t have an alignment done. Pissed that the wrong tire was sold to us initially and pissed that we need to take so much from our little emergency fund. I’m thankful that we’re now in a position with the emergency fund that allows us to buy the tires without stressing the eff out but still stings to knowingly spend $1,500 on tires within one year.
Has one of your mistakes ever cost you money?