Shop fee on carry in trailer tires

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shop fee seems to be auto generated by the invoice program these days. Seems to be a percentage of the bill. you get charged regaurdless if they used anything or not. its like a resort fee. once someone started charging it and no one complained, everyone decided to do is also.
 

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Utah
Why'd you pay for balancing? Are your hub holes even guaranteed to be on-center?

There are good odds on trailer wheels the hubs are not centered. Having said that, I have towed trailers with both balanced and non-balanced tires. Even without a hub centric balance the trailers tow smooth with a regular type balance.
 
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Location
Portland, OR
On the tire side of where I work (I'm on the towing side) I know we do carry in tires all the time and differing what you want to do, we might charge either a mount fee or labor by the hour differing on what is cheaper.
 
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4,630
Location
Decatur AL USA
I know of a M/C dealer who used to install and balance tires bought from them, for free, if the wheels were off the bike. Now they charge $40.00 per tire for the same service. I don't know their full reasoning. Maybe they're just trying to survive an economy that's been decimated over the last year. Or maybe they're trying to make more money off each customer. I don't know.

Bottom line: Get an OTD quote for any potential service.

Most likely mail order tire prices killed their margin. To make enough margin to survive they have to make it on mounting.
 
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