The above statement, which strongly suggests not to use a Porsche Dealer's Service Department for replacement tires because of premium prices, is not supported in my experience. I am not a Porsche Service Department fan boy, but Porsche Cars North America (PCNA), for its dealers, reportedly has a contract with Tire Rack as its tire supplier for dealers in the lower 49 states. That PCNA contract gives Porsche dealers priority as to obtaining certain manufacturer brands and tire sizes..... I would NOT go to the dealer for replacement tires. Now that you know they will not cover this under your W&T warranty why pay the Porsche premium rather than go to Discount Tire or some other reputable tire shop? ....
In my experience Porsche dealers are going to usually be significantly more expensive for tires, installation, and alignments.I am not a Porsche Service Department fan boy, but Porsche Cars North America (PCNA), for its dealers, reportedly has a contract with Tire Rack as its tire supplier for dealers in the lower 49 states. That PCNA contract gives Porsche dealers priority as to obtaining certain manufacturer brands and tire sizes.
For our Porsches, we generally use independent shops for routine service, but for tire and wheel services we almost always use a Porsche Service Department. In one fairly recent experience that I had with a Florida Porsche Service Department, the dealer's price for a rear PZero was $40 cheaper than the Tire Rack on-line price for the same tire, in the manufacturer’s brand and size that particular Porsche needed.
Also, the Porsche Dealer's Service Department (with the three dealers I have experience with) has the latest Hunter equipment for dismounting the old tires, and for proper mounting of new tires on a Porsche cast or forged wheel, without damaging those wheels. This latter point is important to most Porsche owners.
Prior to your appointment, and knowing on-line prices, you should check with a Service Advisor for a total breakdown of costs for tires, mounting and balancing. Ask what equipment and its service age the Porsche Service Department is using for that work. Your Porsche Service Department will, in all likelihood, meet or beat Tire Rack's and Discount Tire’s prices for the tires needed, and you have the certainty that the correct equipment with a trained technician will be utilized. The dismount/mount/dynamic balancing should be in the neighborhood of $180 to $200 for four, with your PCA discount.
Besides my discussing this "dealer BS" with two Porsche Service Departments, grim, the Macanform's Super Moderator, has commented on a possible PCNA contract. In a thread titled, "Had a flat tire on the Highway...", in #7 of #26 , grim first quoted two posters in that thread, and then added the following:In my experience Porsche dealers are going to usually be significantly more expensive for tires, installation, and alignments.
But not always, so there’s no harm in checking. Just takes a phone call. Not long ago Ray Catena in New Jersey was quoting Macan tires a bit cheaper than TireRack, although there installation costs were somewhat high.
I would say if you can find a Porsche dealer who will charge under $200 for the installation, you are doing pretty well, although unfortunately using a dealer for tire installation is not insurance that’s your wheels won’t get scratched (ask me how I know).
And the story about PCNA having a contract with Tire Rack sounds like complete dealer BS. Reportedly? Reported by who? While I have seen a few car dealers who are now authorized installers for Tire Rack, Porsche buys more than enough tires from each of the manufacturers to not need to introduce a middleman into the transaction.