Update: This deal is still ongoing. I have added a new 15% off coupon (AJGN738) to replace the one that expired. I also added a comment indicating that I received my four General Altimax Arctic tires on October 14th just as expected without any additional fees to pay. Some sizes may be sold out or on back order, but you should definitely still try to get in on this deal!
If you’ve read my other post on Cross Border Shopping you would know that I tend to buy my tires from the United States at TireRack.com and have them shipped to the border where I pick them up later. The reason I do that is they are often up to 50% cheaper in the US. However, paying the shipping, duty, and brokerage fees to have them shipped directly to Canada is so expensive that all the savings are usually lost.
Well, today I discovered an amazing deal on winter tires in the RedFlagDeals hot deals forum at JCWhitney.com. It includes shipping directly to my house for practically no cost and you pay no taxes or brokerage fees whatsoever – not even GST, PST, or HST!!! The tires are still heavily discounted off the prices you will find here in Canada, so you end up with a smoking hot deal on tires that you may never see again!
Although you can buy any tires that you want with this deal, the tires I am talking about specifically are the General Altimax Arctics (see them @ TireRack). Previous to today, I have actually done a ton of research into winter tires and you should know that these are the number 1 ranked tire giving you the best snow and ice performance at the lowest possible price. If you look at the Tirerack customer survey results for all of the winter tires that they carry, they rank 1st in the Light Snow Traction, Deep Snow Traction, and Would Buy Again? categories. They rank 2nd in the Ice Traction and Hydroplaning Resistance categories.
As far as I’m concerned, those are the most important categories when choosing winter tires and these tires dominated in all of them. The number of competitors wasn’t small either with a total field of 23 different tires being rated. Not only that, but I have also read about these tires on several car forums and looked at tire benchmarking tests done by ConsumerReports.org as well and they are always recommended very highly!
How Much Can You Save?
The exact amount you will save is going to vary on a case by case basis, because the car you drive and the size of the tire you need are big factors. However, I can share with you how much I saved!
I went and priced these tires at Canadian Tire for my 2003 Subaru Legacy SE at the 205/55/R16 size and the listed price was $159.99 (see it). If you do the math and add on 13% for HST it works out to a final cost of $723.15. Now I know that Canadian Tire sometimes has a buy 1 tire get 1 50% off sale and that these tires do qualify for that sale, which works out to a 25% overall discount. That would yield a final sale price cost of $542.37 after tax.
What was my final cost at JCWhitney.com? Well, the price per tire was $92.99 USD; not quite as good as TireRack’s $86.00, but close. Now at this point I had the choice of using a free shipping coupon ($29.99 for these tires) or using a 15% off coupon ($55.80), so I obviously chose the latter. After all discounts, fees, taxes, and border charges, my final cost ended up being 374.10 USD. Now I will need to pay the exchange rate to Canadian dollars which comes with a 2.5% fee from my credit card, but this purchase is also eligible for 4.8% (roughly $15.94) cash back through BigCrumbs.com. That pretty much covers the currency costs!
So if you calculate the savings using the regular price at Canadian Tire it is:
$723.15 – $374.10 = $349.05
And again using the Canadian Tire sale price to be more realistic:
$542.37 - $374.10 = $168.27
Either way you calculate it, the savings are pretty amazing, especially since tires are hard to find brand new at a discounted price in Canada!
How To Get This Deal!
Determine Your Tire Size – You need to know your tire size for this deal. JCWhitney does have a Shop By Vehicle function, but it doesn’t appear to work for selecting the proper tire size. You can use the Shop By Vehicle function on TireRack.com or consult your car’s owner’s manual to get the correct size.
Find The Tires – Using the search box at the top left of JC Whitney type in “General Altimax Arctic” and the tires should come up in the search results. Otherwise you can use the Select A Category menu on the left hand side of their site to choose the Wheels, Tire, & Accessories category and, once there, choose Tires. From there, you can choose whatever tires you want.
Pick Your Size – Now that you have the tires you want, make sure you pick the right size from the Select Options drop down box.
Add To Cart – Now change the Quantity to 4, or however many you need, and click the Add to Cart button.
Add Your Coupon – Now that the tires are in your cart, click on the My Cart dropdown on the top right of the page and type the coupon code into the Promo Code box. The best coupon out there appears to be the AJGN738
AAWBJ10 coupon that gives you a 15% discount on your order. You can also use the FALLFUN TAILGTE coupon to get free shipping, but the first coupon should give you a better discount and you can only use one. These coupons may expire soon, so don’t waste any time ordering to get the best deal.
Checkout – Click the checkout button in the same area where you added your coupon and complete the checkout process. You can either create your own account or continue as a guest. You will need a good credit card so you can collect lots of credit card rewards and save even more.
You’re Done! – Now all you need to do is wait for your tires! Shipping may take as long as 4 to 6 weeks, but it might also be much faster. I read a few reports of people getting their tires in as little time as 1 week. As long as there is no extremely long backorder on the tires, you should definitely receive them before the first snow. If, after waiting a few weeks, you haven’t heard anything, you should follow up with them by phone, email, or through the instant chat application they have on their site to make sure your order will arrive in a timely fashion.
Concerns You May Have
Shipping, Fees & Taxes – If you have ordered anything from the USA before shipped directly to Canada, you know that you normally have to pay Canadian taxes and that you often get charged an expensive brokerage fee as well, depending on how it was shipped. JCWhitney has specifically dealt with this problem by using a 3rd party company to bring your package across the border for you and then continue shipping it through a Canadian postal service. They also specifically state that the taxes and brokerage fees are included in the shipping terms and conditions on their site. For further assurances, many people over at RedFlagDeals contacted them directly and asked very specific questions to make sure they won’t be charged extra and they confirmed this multiple times. It was even discovered that if any extra charges are levied (very rare), then you can contact JCWhitney and they will give you a refund for whatever amount you had to pay. Here are the terms from their site:
We only offer Standard Shipping to Canada at this time. Please see the Standard column of the above Shipping and Handling chart for details.
A Canadian Order Surcharge of $11.99 is assessed for all orders shipped to the Canadian provinces of AB, BC, MB, NS, ON, PE, QC, NB and SK
in addition to the Standard Shipping rate. This covers all duties, taxes, and customs clearance fees and keeps ordering with us easy.
Note: additional charges may also be applied for large or heavy items.
Company Reputation – JCWhitney is a very large American company that sells a vast array of products and they have a good reputation. They get over 2 million visitors to their site every month so they are very well known and sell a lot of products. If you’re interested, you can also check them out over at Bizrate.com.
So now that you have all the information you need, click here to buy your tires at JCWhitney.com!
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Originally Posted: September 14, 2010