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Old 05-15-2012, 07:46 AM   #1
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FMCA tire discount program experience?

Any recent experience with the tire discount program through FMCA? I have a 2006 Monaco Diplomat with the original tires. The coach was garage kept by the previous owner and only has 23,000 miles. The tires look great, but due to the manufacture date (2005), I'm going to replace them.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:06 AM   #2
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I've heard some pretty good things about the FMCA Michelin program on other forums. The gripe I have is two fold. 1. You really don't know what they are going to charge you as you give them your credit card and "hope for the best" when you are billed later. 2. Finding a local dealer that is a FMCA Michelin Dealer. There are none in Colorado Springs, CO!

I ended up buying my new Michelin XRV's at Costco, and will have them installed at Goodyear Wingfoot on Thursday. All for an out the door price less than the FMCA price. (I think )
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Any recent experience with the tire discount program through FMCA? I have a 2006 Monaco Diplomat with the original tires. The coach was garage kept by the previous owner and only has 23,000 miles. The tires look great, but due to the manufacture date (2005), I'm going to replace them.

I have the same coach as you and just replaced the rear duals. I suffered a blowout on the inside passenger dual in Tehachapi Cal. I replaced that set of duals with Michelin 275/80R22.5 XZA3+ without the FMCA dicount and I paid $1368 out the door. I replaced the drivers side duals when I got to Denver, CO. I used TCI in Henderson and used the FMCA program. I paid $1151 for the same size tires. This included a $70 credit for the old casings. I did save a little money.
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Before the FMCA deal was approved we got a deal from Turbo Truck Center in Gainsville, GA for 6 275/70R 22.5 XZA2 for $532.95 each installed including Valve stems, caps balancing, Taxes-state-excise etc.
We used the National Fleet Acct. program that Michelin has. No tire had date more than 2 months old.
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I just used it last month. Michelin charged me the price listed on the flyer posted on FMCA website, plus tax. The dealer charged me for the labor, etc. But you do have to shop around. Some dealers are much better priced for mounting/balancing than others that can eat up the tire savings. I don't think I did bad, but I didn't save much either. YMMV.
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I used them today. I'm not sure if everything was done "correctly," as my out of pocked was zilch, but the CC showed 637 and some change per tire. I'm guessing that will be for mounting, balancing, and all. I had the two fronts XRV's roated to the right rear to mach the other XRV's on that axle, and the two XZE's mounted on the front. XRV's were not available. Except for the money, the process when smooth.

One thing, when you register at Michelin, and then go to the dealer, make sure that everything you tell him is the same as when you registered. Middle initials, Jr., Sr., etc. Once we had that all established it was as the programs states. Except, I think I should have paid upfront for service. If the 637 was just for tires, that's not a good situation at all, but if for everything, it falls within the realm of pricing.

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I used them today. I'm not sure if everything was done "correctly," as my out of pocked was zilch, but the CC showed 637 and some change per tire. I'm guessing that will be for mounting, balancing, and all. I had the two fronts XRV's roated to the right rear to mach the other XRV's on that axle, and the two XZE's mounted on the front. XRV's were not available. Except for the money, the process when smooth.

One thing, when you register at Michelin, and then go to the dealer, make sure that everything you tell him is the same as when you registered. Middle initials, Jr., Sr., etc. Once we had that all established it was as the programs states. Except, I think I should have paid upfront for service. If the 637 was just for tires, that's not a good situation at all, but if for everything, it falls within the realm of pricing.

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As stated, you don't know the price until it is over and the program kicks in.

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In todays business world, I have a hard time understanding why you are not told the price "until it's over". Just does not seem like a win win for anyone.
Can someone explain the resaon for this?
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In todays business world, I have a hard time understanding why you are not told the price "until it's over". Just does not seem like a win win for anyone.
Can someone explain the resaon for this?
Enough people on this site have spoken positively about the FMCA program that I do not criticise it I just share my personal experience.

Volitile market with daily price fluctuation was the reason I was given; but that was last year. Some claim recently that this has been changed, if so it is a huge improvement.

On 235/80-22.5 XRV's I am confident I did just as well at Costco during their annual Michelin sale (an extra $70 off of four). Their price was consistent and available for the asking over a six month time frame. When someone finally divuldged their FMCA price on this site for the same tire my purchase price plus install (other than Costco) was within five bucks as I recall.
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Costco charged $518 for the XZE2 275 80 22.5 without mounting, which was cheaper than the FMCA price I also would have had to drive 120 miles round trip to a dealer in Newark NJ none would honor the FMCA plan near my home.
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Just had our 6 Michelin's put on at Spartan. Price was $40 less per tire than thru FMCA. Was headed this way so had them checkout the chassis(70,000 miles).
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I recently bought 6 of the 235/80R 22.5 XRV Michelins through the FMCA deal and am extremely pleased. The dealer, Purcell Tire in Fenton, MO handled it efficiently though they hadn't dealt with the FMCA program. Per the FMCA instructions, they gave me a written, out the door estimate. They mounted, balanced, replaced the tires and pointed out some issues that should be taken care of on the chassis.

When the bill/receipt came in from FMCA it was actually about $50 less than the estimate. The FMCA was very helpful when a question arose and really supported the program.
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I also just had 6 235/80R 22.5 XRV installed using the FMCA discount. The dealer 3 miles from my storage building gave me a quote at just over 3k. When I got the invoice from Michelin it was for 300 less. I was expecting to pay around 3 anyway and don't know if I could have shopped all over and saved some, but I really don't think so. This was the first time this dealer had participated in this program and I was very pleased. Good service close to home. From my experience I WOULD recommend this program and feel this is a good perk from FMCA.

Now if we can just get out and wear some rubber off these new tires!!

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