Noted, but my Coopers are dated 2016 and are in great condition with loads of tread and have no intention of cruising any where near 112mph, so will stick with them for the foreseeable future!North Hants Tyres do BF's and other tyres - the one to consider are the Galaxy range - they are the only speed rated tyres available for C3's now (130 mph rated I think) BF's and Coopers are only rated at 112 mph.
Tyre Companies that sell and fit invest in the requirements of their business, such as trained staff, lifts, tyre fitting and balancing equipment etc., these cost have to be paid for and their margins are being eroded by internet companies that do not have to invest in some of the same expenses, so it is quite a common occurrence that the tyre companies that fit do not want to fit a tyre purchased from a competitor.
Businesses have to adapt as online purchases are not going away any time soon. If as stated yesterday fitting tyres purchased on line was a liability issue surely a disclaimer could be used to absolve them of any blame should there be a tyre installation failure.
You are usually better off going to a fitter / supplier and asking them to match a price from the web, so at least they are making some margin and you get your tyres fitted as a matter of course.
I've tried that and they will always try to upsell one of their preferred products or quote some insane price. I mulled over my latest tyre purchase long and hard and decided on a specific tyre which we in very limited availability and I was able to negotiate a discount from the on line supplier.
The internet is killing business - Hence the demise of the High streets and the department and chain stores that were once retail institutions in our market place.
Then surely they should adapt. I had them mounted this morning at a cost of £60.00 by a young man in 30 minutes or less. This is visit 2 of 3 in two weeks while waiting for another set to come in. £180.00 with very little outlay as I'm delivering the rims and tyres off the cars at my choice. The 'big' boys could surely see the potential in marketing to on line buyers that they will mount these tyres and get the appropriate disclaimers in place ?
The big internet players such as Amazon and Wayfair operate at a loss to gain Market Share and knock out the internet competition, so in the end they will control the price of your purchase and the competition as we knew it will no longer exist.
I try to shop locally as much as possible often paying more to do so. The butcher, fishmonger, deli & hardware store are used before the big supermarkets and DIY stores.
Hopefully there'll be a shift away from the very big players on the internet as they seem to be getting ever more bolder. I needed a new trackball mouse last week and admittedly went to order on line for speed & convenience. Found the one I needed and I couldn't order just one I had to order two. Cancelled that and picked one up in person later that day..
Blame the Government and the CMA - Look up Wayfair losses
Sorry for the Rant