Run flat tyres vs Normal

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PaulZ4
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Run flat tyres vs Normal

Post by PaulZ4 » Wed 06 Jul, 2011 21:59

Yes, I know, this subject has been covered lots but I thought that some people may be interested in my short story.

I live in a very rural part of Devon with absolutely dreadful roads. My Z4 with standard R/Fs tramline very badly, it is a constant fight to keep out of the ditches and of course the ride is very harsh.

I read through this and other forums and asked various dealers.

My BMW dealership said that I should speak to the independent tyre shop they use. The manager there told me in no uncertain terms that the insurance would be invalid.

I insure through BMW insurance and they said 'no problem' just inform us of the change.

Other tyre places told me variously that they wouldn't change as it would badly effect the handling or that the tyres simply wouldn't fit.

I think that I managed to to get someone to agree to make the change on the fifth call to a tyre specialist.

I am delighted that I persevered as the result is a much better ride that follows where I point it rather than trying to dump me off the road and is much smoother. I admit that if all you ever drive on is a very smooth road then the improvement will be less obvious but I for one am well chuffed.

Thanks for all you comments guys.

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Post by gookah » Wed 06 Jul, 2011 22:53

at least you cut through the crap of these 'know it all's' to get the result you wanted, and proved that too many people know Jack sh*t and are not afraid to preach it....


For the price of new run flats you can get new wheels and tyres and keep old wheels and tyres for resale of the car.
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Post by maurice the martian » Thu 07 Jul, 2011 09:37

Couldnt agree more,just changed my run flats for falken452` event tyres £438-,loads better ,less road noise ,no tramlining,excellent grip,and half the price Bargain :thumb:
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Post by tonym » Mon 01 Aug, 2011 21:45

Hi my zed 4 3osi is on runflats but as and when they give up i shall replace with PROPER tyres as i did with an earlyer model 2.5i that i had .great improvement to drive etc.

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Post by MarkR » Tue 02 Aug, 2011 08:09

I headr on another forum that if your car is speced with run flats from April next year you must have run flats or your insurance will be void.

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Post by Guest » Tue 02 Aug, 2011 16:17

Its all about profit, if you had your own business and had either cheap low margin product, or expensive high margin, you are going to flog the the higher priced high margin product first, and it is very easy when the customer does not know any better

Its up to us as the consumer to understand our vehicles first before we go shopping , and then just ask for what we want and get that spec at the best cost.

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Post by Mouldy » Wed 03 Aug, 2011 02:15

Probably nothing to do with me, but I am certain that any change from the spec of the car when first purchased would have to be notified to your insurance company.

Saving a few quid may sound great, but the cost could be very much higher if any future claim was refused due to non-disclosure of any changes.

Not satisfied with the fancy premiums they charge, they will always be on the look out for an excuse not to pay out.
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Post by Mouldy » Wed 03 Aug, 2011 02:16

Oooooops!!!

Double post. :oops:
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Post by RodsZ3 » Wed 03 Aug, 2011 13:26

maurice the martian wrote:Couldnt agree more,just changed my run flats for falken452` event tyres £438-,loads better ,less road noise ,no tramlining,excellent grip,and half the price Bargain :thumb:
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Just to add my pennyworth....after 'thumbing' through these knowledgable pages and chatting to my own local tyre supplier I went for Falken 912's (as I didn't want directional tyres) and had got fed up with putting up with a mixture of tyres the car was shod with since I had it....now it's like driving a different car and a good deal safer...I know quite well what the back roads of Devon are like :shock: best £398 I've spent for a long time :D

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Post by Guest » Wed 03 Aug, 2011 15:13

Mouldy wrote:Probably nothing to do with me, but I am certain that any change from the spec of the car when first purchased would have to be notified to your insurance company.

Saving a few quid may sound great, but the cost could be very much higher if any future claim was refused due to non-disclosure of any changes.

Not satisfied with the fancy premiums they charge, they will always be on the look out for an excuse not to pay out.
According to the ABI "providing tyres are fitted by a reputable garage, and in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, motorists should not be charged a higher premium."

The issue is with call centre staff (Insurance companies) not undersatnding what a modification is. i.e. as long as a tyre is fitted of comparable quality and performance in line with OEM guidelines.

The hand book for the zed specifies size and speed rating only and not make or model, so it is a consumers preference.

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