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I need a recommendation for a trustworthy and reasonably-priced place to buy tires
for my car, preferably in the Berkeley area. I checked the BPN archives and couldn't
anything about this. Thanks!
Don's Tire Service @ Gilman & 6th
Sears Auto Center @ Hilltop Mall
I go to Rouse Tire Service in Oakland, 2340 Harrison St, (510)
834-9938. They've given good service and reasonable prices. I
previously went to Big O on San Pablo near Dwight. The service
was friendly but I found their tires did not stand up over
I really like Orozco's Tires on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. They are a
blocks past Dwight Way going south, on the south east corner. I like them
they are friendly and always fit me in when I drive up with either a nail
in my tire or
bald tires, and he has good prices, better than Big O. Also, it's not a
chain and I like
to support family businesses.
We've had several good experiences with tire repairs at Don's
Tire Service on Gilman Street, just west of 6th.
For tires I usually use Costco and then go to Big O Tires for
alignments, because Costco does not do alignments. Otherwise I
go to Sears at HillTop for all in one service. If this is a
new car go back to your dealer for left over tires that are for
your car. Sometimes when people buy a car they upgrade the
tires and rims, leaving brand new tires at a great low price
for you, you just have to ask the service or parts department.
Let them know that you are driving their cars. For me it was a
Cadillac CTS. I had trouble getting tires for my car as there
is a tire shortage, so I bought brand new tires that was
removed for upgrades.
You can't beat Don's Tires on Gilman St. at 6th St. Website is:
http://www.donstireservice.com/. The service is there is great
and friendly, and they have a wide range to choose from. I also
go there to get flats repaired. I've gone to other places
before and would feel like I was being talked down to since I'm
a woman or that they were trying to make a big sale. You don't
get that at Don's.
Auto Options on 1445 San Pablo in Berkeley - Hands down!! They
are friendly, responsive, won't sell you more tire than you
need and they have received top ranking as ''installers'' from 2
online tire purchase websites. OH! And you'll get the best
price from them if you call around!
Now that I've found them I'll never go elsewhere!
Can anyone recommend somewhere I could go to get a flat tire
repaired? It's a tire I've had for several years on my Toyota
Camry. I suspect I just drove over something sharp. Where do
you go to patch tires?
If it can't be fixed (hole in the sidewall or something like
that, god forbid!), where could I buy a new one? I have a
full-sized spare on the car now, but I know I'm flirting with
danger by not getting the other tire fixed as soon as possible.
I'm in Oakland, but would go pretty much anywhere in the East Bay.
--one broken bottle away from disaster
Don's Tires on Gilman street nr 6th in Berkeley is a great place.
They'll fix your tire, put it on the car or hub if you want,
tell you if it's no good, sell you new good tires, etc.
They're very nice there. Any time I''ve gotten a flat I go there.
My husband is in the auto repair business and he sends all his
tire needs there. Good luck.
I have had my tire repaired a number of times over the past couple years at the gas
station located at the corner of Telegraph and Ashby (across from Whole Foods). I feel
the guys are honest and the costs reasonable. If I recall correctly, they repaired a
that had a nail through it for about $25. They also told me my tire had a few months to
go (which I agreed with) whereas my Volvo dealer was telling me I had to change my
do you have a problem with big o? i know they're a big
sloppy chain, but i've gone to them for years with all my tires
needs, including diagnosing whether to repair or replace damaged
ones, such as you describe and i've never come away anything
less than satisfied. and if they say you need to replace it,
they sell tires and, again, i feel ok with them.
i have patronized both the berkeley store on san pablo at
about carleton (2650 san pablo??) also one in walnut creek on
broadway (i think) a block or two north of ygnacio valley road.
Big O Tires. They are everywhere, and do a great job.
Orozco's Tires in Berkeley is GREAT! I've had tires patched there
several times & sent friends and I've always had a great
experience. They're a small locally owned shop, great people,
easy & willing to help. If you call ahead they're great with
their time & price estimates. Best of luck to you! Here's their info:
2601 San Pablo Ave.
Try Rouse in Oakland. That's where McKevitt Volvo sent us -
could't fix our tire due to location of puncture, but maybe you
will have better luck.
I recently had a good repair experience with Mark Morris Tires,
2850 Broadway (Auto Row area).
Ran Over a Screw, Now Good as New
I am looking for a place to have a spare tire repaired. I live
in North Berkeley. Convenience is a plus as is trustworthiness
as I don't know much about tires myself and would be relying on
the advice the sales/repair person gives me. Thanks.
I'm a big fan of Don's Tire Service at Gilman & 6th. They're
quick and honest, and if it can't be repaired, they'll tell you
so -- and they have reasonably priced replacements. A bit
farther to go, but my wife had a good experience at the Sear's
store at Hilltop Mall a year ago. Another option for you.
I use Orozco's on San Pablo just North of Big O Tire's. It is
run by some brothers (I think the one in the wheel chair is the
boss). They are fast, cheap and they don't try to sell you
anything you don't need. I was recommended to them by a local
merchant who tries to support local businesses - I never feel
like I am not getting anything that I wouldn't get a a chain.
A mom supporting locally
Don's Tires on Gilman does great work and have used them for
I am looking for a place in the Berkeley-Albany-El Cerrito
vicinity to buy new tires for my Accord and have my wheels
There's so many places out there. I'd recommend Don's Tire
Service on Gilman (@ Sixth, I think). He can replace your tires
with the original equipment or sell you cheaper ones. I've used
them twice and been very happy both times. You might also
consider the Sears store at Hilltop Mall. A bit further to go,
but very competent and probably cheaper.
Try tirerack.com. I found the service efficient and the prices
competitive. You order the tires online, Tire Rack recommends a
tire service in your area and ships the tires either to you or
directly to the garage/dealer. You can see beforehand online
what the installation and disposal fees are. Then you call
locally to make an appointment for installation.
Any recommendations on a good place (Berkeley vicinity) to buy
Don's Tire Service @ Gilman & 6th. Quick, reasonable, honest.
While Costco has good prices, the wait time often is ridiculous
(and forces you to spend excess amount of money in the store
trying to kill time). We've had good luck at Big-O as well (on
San Pablo at Carlton I think). But the best deal, including
shipping, we have ever found was online at TireRack.com.
Granted, we (my mother, actually, the internet illiterate) was
searching for higher end tires that Costco and Big-O need to
special order. Finally the guy at Goodyear told her about it,
and they were around $40 cheaper per tire AFTER shipping. Then
we paid the local service station $20 to install them. Do a
little investigation - most places will give you prices over the
Good prices, good selection, and all fitted while you wander
around spending the customary $200 on toilet paper and bulk food
They stock a good range of tires for everything from go-fast
sporty cars to trucks/SUV's.
Costco (Richmond Annex or San Leandro) has good prices on tires
and so-so service, but you have to be a member ($45/year). See
David in Berkeley
Costco. Go right at opening, or be prepared to wait.
I was wondering if anyone knows of a tire shop that does wheel
alignments that is very ethical and honest. I need four tires
and a wheel alignment and haven't been all that pleased with the
tire/alignment shops I have dealt with thus far.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
We've used Bill at Auto Options on San Pablo in Berkeley for many
years and been very happy with his service.
We've been very happy with the sales and service at Berkeley
Tire Co. on University, just below MLK. I have found them to be
honest, friendly, and helpful. The added bonus is that you are
supporting our local businesses!
I have had good experience at the Big O tire on San Pablo near
Ashby - Big O Tires 2625 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702 (510)
843-963. Look for Noel. They have always taken good care of me
and are honest.
I think the folks at Mark Morris tires on Broadway at 29th in
Oakland are honest and very knowledgeable. Ask for John (the guy
with the Boston accent). 510-451-0355
- likes his tires
If you are a Costco member, they have the best prices far and
away. You can drop off your car when you go in and they'll do
it while you shop.
I have also gone to Winston Tires because the wheels that I
wanted weren't offered at Costco andtheir prices were reasonable
but not as good as Costco.
Happy Costco Customer
I think Don's Tires on Gilman in Berkeley is a good, honest
place. Plus, you can eat breakfast at Jimmy Bean's, across the
street, while you wait.
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