We decided to find out how much one could expect to pay for a basic 4 Wheel Alignment on a Toyota Corolla from a couple of places in Auckland.
Firestone do not have a price listed on their website so we had to get inventive and pick up a telephone. The guy on the phone asked what sort of car it was, and we mentioned it was a Toyota Corolla. He then advised that although normally they charge $85 he could do a full four wheel alignment for us and it would only cost $69
On the Beaurepaires website at the time of writing this article they have listed “the average price” of wheel alignments, for cars that is $89, for RV’s its $99.We rang the guys at the local Beaurepaires and they said for a Corolla they could do it for $70.
With that in mind we would definitely recommend ringing around, and who knows if you catch them on a quiet day you may find yourself a bargain.
What exactly do you get for your money?
Here at Tyresforsale.co.nz we think that for the price of a wheel alignment you should get your car adjusted to its manufacturers specificiations, and also your Tyre pressures checked and adjusted.
Wheel alignment machines need calibrating on a regular basis so make sure the Tyre Store you get your pride and joy aligned at is the type of place that calibrates their wheel alignment machine.
Should I get my wheels balanced as well?
If you are experiencing any vibration symptoms ( especially at higher speeds ), a wheel alignment is not going to fix that, you may need a balance as well. If your tyres have just been fitted however they should already be balanced and getting your alignment checked will help ensure you get the maximum value out of your tyres.
How do I know my car has been aligned correctly? Our belief is that the following should be expectations after getting your vehicle aligned.
A straight steering wheel - No wheel alignment technician with any kind of pride will let a car go out after a wheel alignment with a crooked steering wheel.
Even Tyre Wear - Although there are exceptions as long as your tyres are aligned to your manufacturers specifications, the tyres are rotated regularly and the car is driven in a decent manner your should get reasonably even tyre wear.
Straight Driving - On New Zealand Roads your car should drive fairly straight or have a slight tendency to veer to the left ( our roads are sloped to the left ), it is very dangerous to have a car that has any tendency to pull to the right as that means if you lose concentration you can veer into oncoming traffic! Often a tyre can cause a slight pull to one side or the other, and the simple fact of changing them from side to side can negate the issue. Don’t expect tyres that are worn on one side, to drive in a straight line however!
If you have any questions, or comments/stories to share about getting a wheel alignment done on your vehicle, or recommendations as to where our visitors could go then please share with us.