Today I thought I would share a little story about government regulations and the impact they have on the little guy (me). Last week noticed that one of the tires on my wife’s car had a slow leak. I examined the tire and couldn’t find any nails or screws that could have possibly punctured it. I pumped the tire back up to the recommended PSI and waited. Three days later the tire was low again. I used some bubble solution around the stem and still could not find anything. So I made an appointment at the local tire store like I had done in the past with two other tires I had fixed. I went into the store expecting to pay for the cost of fixing the leak (around $40). I left the store with a new rear tire and $162 lighter in my wallet.
I was in the waiting room for about 30 minutes when the service rep at the counter called out my name. I went up to the desk and he informed me that they found a screw in the shoulder portion of the tire, however they were not permitted to repair it. My jaw dropped. “What do you mean you can’t repair it,” I asked. He said, “I didn’t say we can’t repair it, I said we’re not permitted to repair it.” He further went on to tell me that three years ago new federal tire repair standards were levied on the industry and that any punctures in the shoulder area of the tire are no longer repairable. I couldn’t believe what i was hearing. I have had tires repaired in the past that had punctures both in the sidewall and shoulder areas of the tire and never once had a problem with the repair failing. So I asked the rep what my options were and he told me that I would need a new tire. I told him the tire with the puncture only had 15,000 miles on it. It was new. He said there was nothing he could except find me a replacement tire. He was shackled to the federal standards. So what I thought would be a $40 repair ended up costing me $162 for a replacement tire. I was pissed.
I did some research when I got home and sure enough back in Oct of 2009 the Department of Transportation issued new guidelines for tire repair. I actually found a thread dated October 4, 2009 on this topic below.
Heads up for those of you who OffRoad and or Have tires repaired.
DOT has set a new tire repair guidelines that, by LAW, tire shops have to follow. This means any Puncture that is in the side wall or shoulder, or shoulder to side wall area of the tire is a NONE REPAIRABLE PUNCTURE. So before you throw a fit at a tire shop when they try to pitch you this and sell you a new tire or a used one, PLEASE understand that all they are doing is protecting YOU, and THEM from any Liability.
If the hole Exceeds A diameter of about a 1/4 inch, Kiss that tire good bye, even if it is in the Center Tread.
Sorry to break the news, but the DOT is cracking down EXTREAMLY hard on tire shops, and Tire shops that do not follow this Guideline run a risk of being shut down.
You can read the entire thread here. So you can see in this case how the government’s meddling in the free market impacts your wallet. But they can only get away with this if they get buy in from the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). The RMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S. Can you smell it? Smells like crony capitalism once again. And once again we’re the ones getting screwed. Repairs that were acceptable four years ago are no longer acceptable because the federal government says so and the RMA agrees. As you can see the person who wrote the above thread clearly supports this regulation; probably owns a tire store. We know who the losers are in this deal…us. The winners are the tire stores because they can now hide behind federal regulations to justify why they’re not permitted to fix a tire. The difference in the amount of money they make selling you a new tire as compared to fixing an old one must be substantial. They can also increase their stock of used tires to sell to retreading outfits and make even more money off your misfortune. But this is how things role in America. The government picks winners and losers and over and over again and we the people end up holding the short end of the stick. For my part the short end cost me $162. So the next time you have a puncture or leak in your tire, plan on purchasing a new tire if the puncture falls outside of the government’s repair/reject criteria. It sucks. Now on to the links.
Below are links to outstanding articles by conservative/libertarian bloggers. Please take some time today to hit the links and check them out. While you are there hit their tip jars if they have them. These good people work hard each day to bring you something no one else will…the truth. So tee it up and enjoy another SENTRY JOURNAL round at the LINKs.
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Right Truth: They finally ‘get it’ when it comes to Islam
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NO REPAIR FOR YOU!
Thanks for all the great articles. As always you guys are the heat! Have a great week.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!