I've gotta get tires for both the Hyundai and the Lexus pretty damn soon. Anybody have any thoughts on good shops - maybe someone who'll give me a deal on buying 2 sets at once? Charlotte area, of course.
Price shopping...I see. How do you feel about Cooper Tires? I have had good luck with them on several of my vehicles. Currently I run them (Discovery's) on my Dodge Ram 1500 and on my wife's GMC Envoy. I also have a set of Cooper-made trailer tires on my Airstream. While they are not Michelins, they are a great tire for the $ IMO. They are also made in the USA. There is a Cooper Tire shop on 601S on the left just as you enter Pageland, SC that has the absolute best prices on Cooper Tires that i have found anywhere PERIOD. They only sell Coopers. Believe me, it will be worth the drive down there if you decide to go that route. The SST's have become really popular as a solid 4x4 tire FWIW. If I sound like a Cooper salesman, forgive me. I am not. I also have vehicles with Toyos, Yokohamas and BFG's. They are all good tires depending on what you are putting them on. Cooper Tire in Pageland is the place to go.
I don't care what goes on the Hyundai. 13" rims is the limiting factor there. The wife's Lexus ES350 has Michelins right now and I'd lean in that direction again but I'll look into the Coopers based on your recommendation, Dave.
I typically go to Tirerack.com first. Find the best tire based on their survey recommendations and then shop locally for that tire. I am not brand loyal and tried Kumho, Sumitomo, Michelin, Nittos, Yokohamas, and Goodyears and purchased most of them through Discount Tire. Discount didn't carry the Sumitomos so I had to get those elsewhere.
BTW, every tire manufacturer makes a bad tire but not every manufacturer makes a great tire. Most Michelins are good to awesome but some of their cheaper and older designs should be avoided. I have tried two Yokohamas, one called the "black doughnut" was awful in all conditions and the Geolander HT that was great and rated extremely high on tirerack.