TROY, MICHIGAN -- Belle Tire does NOT return tires when you purchase winter tires unless you specifically ask. My daughter took her all seasons to Belle Tire to replace the winter tires which were one-year-old. They replaced them but did not return the near new winter tires and she did not know enough to ask for them. This year I bought 4 new winter tires and they did not return the all seasons until I demanded them. They claim the throw them out.
I suspect that employees have access to them and sell them on a secondary market. The manager denies this and says it is not their policy to ask if a customer wants the tires returned. Why wouldn't I want then returned when I'm just switching summer and winter tires!!! Belle Tire: change your policy!!!
MICHIGAN -- Here are a few of my bad experiences with Belle Tire in Sterling Heights, MI. I brought my '95 Ram 3500 dually in for a vibration at higher speeds. They tried telling me ALL 6 of my wheels (steel) were bent. After replacing a boat load of parts myself, the majority of the vibration went away when I changed the rear axle in the truck, so, I am led to believe they were just trying to sell me a new set of wheels. I had brought in my '96 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 (extended cab/shortbed) for an alignment a long time ago (7-8 years) to the same location. They aligned the truck & I went on my way. This past winter I brought my other truck in for an alignment.
It was the same truck (extended cab, shortbox, 1500, 4x4) as the '96 only instead it was a '95. After sitting & waiting for an hour & a half, they finally tell me that my truck won't fit on their alignment rack... what? It fit before! My mother's '98 Ram quad cab 2wd has also been aligned there numerous times & it's nearly the same wheelbase. I think somebody just didn't want to do their job that day. The 'manager' apologized & referred me to another Belle Tire 4 miles away & offered a discount. So, I decided to waste more time & go to that location.
They told me I would have at least an hour wait, so I said the hell with it & drove it to an independent shop & got the alignment done. Final story... I brought a Dodge Diplomat in for a wobble... I didn't notice until after I got home but one of the rear tires had a BIG blister in it. I guess Belle Tire didn't even check the rear tires as they just wrote up an estimate for a new steering gearbox & assorted other front end parts to the tune of $800+. I told them no way & went home - where I discovered the bulged tire.
I do know my way around my own vehicles to an extent & I do all my own work whenever I can. But, this place WILL try to take advantage of anybody. I have also heard of complaints from other independent shops about Belle Tire & that they will try telling customers such & such is wrong or broken on their car when nothing is wrong. I will never go back to Belle Tire again.
SOUTHGATE, MICHIGAN -- We are loyal Belle Tire people for 20 years. At the Southgate location we were not even given the time of day. We had a very flat tire that would not hold air and ask if they change it for us. The time was around 5:55pm and they said they were closed and would not help us. I know it was getting late but it would only have taken 5 minutes. We are truly disappointed with Belle Tire.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN -- I took my car in to get the tires looked at because my car kept telling me that it had low tire pressure. After 2 hours of sitting there they told me there was nothing wrong with my tire. I left the store and the next day, the tire pressure light came on again so I took it to Ford only to find out there was a huge nail in my tire. Really? NOT pleased.
ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN -- I have nothing but good things to say about the Belle Tire in Royal Oak, MI on Woodward. They have ALWAYS impressed me. Whenever I get a price from the dealer for repairs, I find that Belle Tire is almost half the amount. The dealers tack on labor for everything. There have been times when Belle Tire didn't even charge me because the problem was so small or they checked out he car and there wasn't a problem. The dealer would have charged me a labor charge - at least. The guys at this shop have been there forever.
I asked one of the repairmen if he ever thought about opening his own shop and he said he'd never leave Belle Tire because it was too good of a company. They are not going to risk a bad reputation. This is not true for all Belle Tires. There is one in Beverly Hills/Southfield that I had very bad service. Now I only go to the Royal Oak shop.
LAKE ORION, MICHIGAN -- I think of Belle Tire every time my rear brakes squeal and lock up! And it only cost me $400.00 for them to stick me with this problem. The Lake Orion location insisted I needed new rear drums when I brought my pickup in to check out a minor noise in rear end. And, what a pain in the rear end they have been! Less than a week after the "repair", I was forced to stop at the Plymouth Belle Tire location to see what was causing a loud thumping noise. Oh, nothing much, they said. Just the wrong sized rear brake drums installed for my vehicle.
They "corrected" their error, and later I left for my trip to Texas. Now the rear brakes lock up regularly, especially in the warmer weather. Guess I'll have to get the Belle Tire repair repaired, probably for another $400.00. My assessment: You go to hell when you use Belle!
I have had slow leaks in my 2 rear tires for a couple of months so I decided to take my car to the Belle Tire nearest to my house which is the one located on Rochester and Long Lake. They took my car in the shop and supposedly fixed the slow leaks by grinding down the rust and other junk on the rims and sealing them (what they are supposed to do). I waited 2 hours on not a real busy day just for 2 tires which I find ridiculous. Anyway, about a week goes by and I see that my tires are low again. So I call my friend who is a mechanic and ask him what to do. He asked me what location I took my car to, and even before I could finish my sentence he told me never to take my car there.
That this was the worst Belle Tire in MI. So he sent me to another Belle Tire location that we have a friend from school that manages there. My buddy took the car in and checked out the rear tires and the rims were still full of corrosion. SO I guess they made me wait for 2 hours at the Belle Tire at long lake and Rochester while they made it look like they were working on my car! What a crap thing to do to a long time customer. I have purchased many tires from them over the years. NEVER AGAIN! I guess you have to know somebody not to get ripped in the car business. My buddy did all 4 tires for me in under an hour.
GARDEN CITY, MICHIGAN -- I have dealt with Belle Tire before to fix my tires and had no issues with them. I had needed to get my wheels cleaned so I took it there and they did a good job. I had also needed my oil changed so I let them do that too. I guess they had inspected my car which they did on their own and told me I needed to have my back air shock replaced soon. so I got that done the next day. a few days later my car started acting funny by misfiring and stalling a few times. I've never had any problems with my car until they changed my oil. when I parked my car I opened the hood and found they had not put my dipstick all the back in half of it was still sticking out and then when I checked my oil they had put way to much oil back in! Now I'm having more issues with my car shifting and just not driving right all together. tomorrow I'm going up there to let them know what they did or more so didn't do and find out what other problems they had caused other than my oil just flying all over my engine.
TOLEDO, OHIO -- I dropped off my car at 10:30AM this morning for a front-end alignment and walked home. Waited until 4:35PM when I was called and told that the car was done, however Ford never released the toe and camber specs on the Focus (the car that I was having this done on) so those couldn't be re-aligned. A little confused by all this (how do they know that the toe and camber's out of alignment if there's no specs on it?!?!?). I paid the $47 and some odd cents for the alignment and left for home. Car still drifts, not as bad but still drifts. Alignment is still out and now I'm out $47 that I just basically threw down the drain because of them.
If Ford didn't make those specs available to Belle, why didn't they just turn me down when I walked in and asked for an alignment?? Someone there is either lazy or incompetent, either way after this rip-off I'm NEVER going back again!!!
KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN -- We bought 4 new tires in July 2006 from Belle Tire. We started having vibration problems shortly after. In July 2007 they replaced 2 of the tires for being defective because I had bought the lifetime warranty and while we were there told me that I needed new shocks and struts on the van and it was dangerous to drive. We borrowed a car for our trip the next day then we took the van to 2 different dealers to get another opinion and both said that nothing was wrong with either the shocks or struts and gave me the computer printout of where it was on the diagnostics machine. The tech had quoted me $600 for the struts to be put on.
Needless to say we did nothing. The tires were still vibrating and we took it back several more times, finally they replaced the other 2 tires and charged us $150 because the warranty is prorated based on mileage it is not a tru lifetime warranty even though the technician said they were faulty. This still did not fix the problem and went back a few more times. The manager finally talked with another manager at a different store and they decided that the Honda Odyssey was not designed to have the Kelly Springfield tires that their sales person origianly sold me because of a load and speed rating on the tires. They then said they would put on 4 new tires, but would charge me $96. A total of $622 in 1 1/2 years.
The problem is fixed now, but I filed a complaint with the BBB and one of the corporate managers called me and was very rude to me and told me that the 2nd set of tires should not last 40,000 miles and that it was a wear problem and not a defective problem. After telling him what his managers said he informed me that he had never heard of such a thing. I told him that they obviously have a training and communication issue in their company then he got more rude and mean. I told him I did not want the original money I paid for the tires back, but wanted the extra $250 and was not arguing anymore.
According to him it will be up to the BBB if they find them at fault. So we will see what happens, but we will NEVER buy from Belle Tire again.