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need advice: replacing tires 2007 Forester (low use)

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Hi everyone, this is my first post.

I have 2007 Forester L.L. Bean edition, my 2nd Forester and it won't be my last. 130K miles.

I need a new set of tires and I'm in a very budget conscious place and could use some advice.

I don't drive much at all anymore since I work mostly from home and live close to most places I do drive, and I live in Los Angeles so don't need to consider weather (much). So the tires will be for minimal driving and safety, since the ones I have are getting thin.

I've been quoted $408 for 4 Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires, including installation. That seems decent, but I'm wondering if there is a good brand that is good for Foresters that I could consider at a lower price point. I'd LOVE to get out the door $300-$350 if I could.

And is tire purchasing something where waiting til Black Friday would help? (Sorry, I'm a serious novice here -- the only times I bought tires before, I had a friend who hooked me up at a tire place that is no longer there, so I've never had to do this).

Thoughts? Thanks in advance.

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G'day & Welcome aboard Katie!

I'm sure someone from your part of the world will give some advice soon ;-)

Just keep in mind that you should not mix a worn spare tire with new tires.
Thank you! I'll definitely replace all 4. No answers yet....

A local shop I trust is saying I should go with the Nanking and can do all 4 for $320, with protection/replacement for nails, etc. Thinking that may be the way to go.
supposedly nankang is a reputable tire company from taiwan as opposed to your run of the mill chinese tire company. i did once ask the guy at my tire joint for them he said he's heard of them but just doesn't carry them. 320 out the door sounds pretty fair to me. that's about what i pay for my "run of the mill chinese tires" lol
I had a LL Bean model in the past too. Great car. You've got a great car, so treat it right with quality tires. Major brands like Michelin, Good Year, Bridgestone, etc. may cost a little more, but well worth it in the long run. My .02 cents worth.
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