He looked it up and said I can't sell you that size tire for that vehicle you can only go 2 sizes bigger...
...at a walmart in rotterdam NY..... and could only install the size specified onthe tag in the door jam.
For anyone that hasn't bought tires in while, you'll find that this is now standard operating procedure industry wide. Walmart is especially know for it.
Due to liability concerns, most tire shops will only install the stock size and speed rating tire.
The other new thing tire shops are finding out about are the legal ramifications involved in dealing with TPMS (tire pressure monitoring systems.) It's illegal to disable the system in any way. This includes installing snow tires on separate wheels without the sensors. The vehicle owner can do it themselves but a shop can't. It's not just a liability issue, it's actually a criminal offense in violation of federal law with fines of $6000. If a vehicle comes in with a non-working sensor, the shop can send it back out like that, but if a tech breaks a sensor while mounting your new tire and a new sensor isn't available, legally they have to hold your vehicle until it can be replaced.
Even if your set of snow tires has wheel sensors installed, many vehicle brands require special factory tools to program the car for the new sensors. If your tire shop doesn't have the tool for your brand, they won't be able to swap the tires as a working system coming into the shop has to be working when it leaves the shop.
Keep in mind, any vehicle produced from 2007 and newer was required to have a TPMS system.
Edited by Canawler, November 14, 2013 - 09:57 AM.