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Cost for Wheel Alignment

I bought my tires at Costco. How can I tell if I need a wheel aligment? What is the best place to get a wheel alignment?
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Abnormal wear on your present tires will speak volumes to you. If you don't know the wear signs you can Google wheel alignment and it will turn up any number of sites that will show pictures and have descriptions. Don't take your car to generic shops like Sears or Pep Boys. Instead ask around for a private mechanic in your area who does good work, or also a tire shop that comes highly recommended by friends and family. Ballpark cost would be $85 per axle for a sedan.

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I guess I'm lucky, the local tire shop where I bought my tires for the Cressida cost me $29 for an alignment, front and rear.

Les Schwab of course wanted $85 for just a tire rotation and balance LOL, and over $200 for an alignment. F that.

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Over $200 for the alignment??? My dealer only wants $80 + tax.
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little tip. firestone has lifetime alignment for like 149$ might be cheaper depending on area, for as long as you own your car. you could go in everyday and have it aligned if you wanted :P

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Another point to emphasize is that both axles may need to be aligned. Way too many people just get the front done, but have rear wheels that are out of camber or toed incorrectly from driving up curbs. Won't do you any good to have your front end aligned only to grind the rubber off one or both rear tires. Something to consider when gauging your tires' wear.

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