I am looking for a new wheel balancer. Where can I get the best deal?
"Ahh. It's time to go shopping. Do you know what your needs are? Do your needs mirror the specs on the machine that you have now? Or, do you want to upgrade into different tire sizes, concepts (i.e., large truck tires)? In today's market, you have several options to start your search. Internet, local retailer and tool trucks are a good place to begin your comparison shopping for your next balancer. And, don't forget to read the fine print and warranty information before committing to a machine."
What's the difference between the tools you get at the local tool store and the tool truck that comes to work? Someone in the shop said that there wasn't much of a difference and that it's cheaper to go to the local tool store.
"It all depends upon what you are looking to purchase. You need to keep in mind that before you buy, you are comparing apples to apples in regards to tool quality, service. Don't be bamboozled into getting a tool – from either venue – and later find out that it's the inferior relative to the device you really wanted."
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ASE-certified technician Pam Oakes is the owner of Pam's Motor City Auto & Tire Center, an award-winning automotive service business in Fort Myers, Fla. She also is the author of the book series Car Care for the Clueless and hosts a weekly radio talk show by the same name on CBS Radio's The Sky and CoachMeRadio. And yes, she still "turns wrenches."