Fast fit outlets may be the first option that springs to mind when a distress purchase like tyres or a battery forces your hand, but price comparisons show that you may get a much better deal from the dealer who supplied your car in the first place.

That is the advice from Vauxhall, which has launched an improved tyre programme for private motorists through its nationwide UK dealer network. The buying power of a company the size of GM means that in many instances Vauxhall dealers can undercut fast fit operations by up to 40 per cent.

The Vauxhall Tyre Programme now sources its supplies through Michelin and Stapletons, the tyre wholesalers, for all other brands, and a twice-daily delivery service to Vauxhall dealers has been introduced. This means that wherever you need help, the right make and size of tyre can be fitted the same day.

A popular size such as a 175/70R13T Michelin to fit a Vauxhall Astra costs £47.73 – saving over 40 per cent on the Kwik Fit price, while a 195/65R 15V Michelin for a Vectra comes to £85.90, compared to £97.79 from Kwik Fit.

Even budget priced tyres comparable with Star and Premier brands show worthwhile savings and all Vauxhall dealer prices include the tyre valve, balancing, VAT and old tyre disposal.

For complete peace of mind, it could make sense to take out MasterCover Tyre Insurance when you have new tyres fitted at a Vauxhall dealer to guard against future unexpected bills. For just £25 per year it covers all four tyres plus spare against vandalism or accidental damage and puncture repairs.

Published : 16/02/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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