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Almost $500 to mount/balance tires and align?

I recently paid $78 to have four tires (which I'd bought at Tire Rack and had delivered to my house) mounted and balanced, and I had them do a quick check on the alignment, which they said was good. My tires (Michelins) generally last 40-50 thousand miles. We have good roads in Napa Valley, so little chance tires would need alignment just driving on smooth roads. I use a local tire shop for the work, and they don't care where I get my tires.
I don't understand why Tesla owners continue to go to Tesla ServiceCenters for tire purchase/mounting/balancing.

DiscountTire is quicker, cheaper, assuming you go to one with good staff. Their nationwide network is solid, based on my experiences in Denver, Fort Worth, and rural Virginia.
I am in Fort Worth too and agree that Discount Tire is a good purchase/mounting/balance choice. I think the original poster was more concerned with the alignment issue, and at least in my local area Discount Tire does not provide that service.


2021 MYLR VIN 88,XXX, Rd/Wh, 12/20 delivery
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Oct 28, 2020
Fort Worth
That is the problem. I have yet to find a good local tire shop I can trust to do a good job.
Sorry about that. I'm lucky to have a "speed shop", Texas Track Works, that races on the weekends (ICE vehicles), but are extremely attentive to their customers' vehicles. They mounted my MPP coilovers for $695, and the alignment was $149. (Although my MYLP tracks perfectly straight, I'll be visiting them soon, since I just replaced my OEM tires at 30k miles)

Have you joined a local Tesla club? Surely there's someone other than Tesla (which hasn't overall been very consistent, nationwide, to service) that can help you out. I think Tesla has Tesla-specific issues that they need to concentrate on, while not getting bogged down with tire/wheel issues. (Maybe this is why they're quoting such a high price?)

Good luck in your search.
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Just had mine done at a local shop in Riverside(no local groups recommended anything when i asked), was 200. Attached my b4 and after


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I live in Miami and here there are very few shops that will align a Model X. I called many places and they would tell me to bring the car in only to tell me that they would not do it once I was there.

I ended up having to take it to Tesla and they charged me $266 for the 4 wheel alignment. They did provide a loaner.
They used ballast in mine and also did a software calibration per the procedure in the shop manual related to AP. This mirrors what I saw in the shop manual online, so I don't think they are giving me a load of crap. Unfortunately, none of the local shops I asked could do the 2nd part, so I wound up just dealing with it and had the SC do the work.
Yea it’s almost criminal i scheduled thru the tesla app just to see what it would be and was quoted 275$ for an alignment canceled it in record time

Went to a firestone and they charged me 105$ for alignment

Took a roadtrip to arizona from el paso and everything was dandy no issues

Highly recommend to call around
I had a firestone straight up tell o no we don’t do teslas

Then a firestone closer to me say o yea bring it in we have done plenty of teslas

A pepboys tell me they didn’t have the weights so couldn’t do it

275$ For an alignment on a non air suspension(if that even matters) car is absurd

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