I needed to get the 4 tires on my ranger balanced, as I had lost a weight on two of them. My buddy who has the repair shop is on vacation for 2 weeks, I take the vehicle to him, pull it on the lift, take the tires off for him, and he runs the balancer, and I put them back on. He charges me 5 or 10 bucks depending on his mood.
So I rode over to sears, hey man how much for 4 tires balanced. 71.96 plus tax. I about died. I just walked away. Went to NTB, they wanted 9.99 a tire, half the price, but still outrageous in my mind. Went down to another mom and pop garage down the road. I need 4 tires balanced, how much? How you paying? Cash. 20 dollars.
These repair shops are getting out of hand. I understand how business works, but my ranger(14" Rims), I could of had 4 new tires put on the truck at Sears for probably 200 dollars. That would of included mounting and balancing! 71.96 just to balance? Come on!
I also understand me and my buddy have a different circumstance as I do all the "work". But his usual balancing price him doing the removing and putting on is 5 dollars a tire.