New Car Blues: New Tire vs Tire Patch

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Sorry for the lack of updates. Can't say I have been busy, just didn't have much to write about.

My job moved from the West Village in NYC to Orangeburg, NY. My company is pretty good place to work, and I can't say I "love" my job, but i'm good at what I do and the perks keep me around. I had to get a car, parking, insurance, etc - and I was fortunate that my company paid for part of the costs.

Only issue is that after owning my car for 3 months, I noticed I had a tire at about 26 psi (tire pressure) one morning. Normal psi is around 41. This was no good, I had a slow leak. I filled it back up and in about 48 hours it was back to 26 psi. I took it to the dealership, and they pointed out the nail in my tire.

tirenail2.jpgWell, that sucked. The mechanic at the dealership said that they suggested I replace the tire, since the screw was so close to the outside edge of the tire. A new tire would cost $225. The rebalance is $15. The service cost was $138. Total cost, excluding tax, would be $378. 

I posted this on Facebook and was quickly swarmed with people telling me, in lack of a better term - that I was an idiot. Most responses were "Just get it patched - costs $15!"

After reading multiple updates about this - a friend suggested I try Benigno Tire Exchange in Garfield, NJ. I had multiple other suggestions, and I just picked this one. I called Benigno, asking if I needed to schedule a time - they said it was "first come, first served". I drove my car over there after work, and it was pretty empty. They were quick, curteous and in about 15 minutes my tire was patched. I tipped the guy $10.

tirenail3.jpgIt's been a week, and haven't had any issues. Saved $353.

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