Originally Posted by D33-PAC
Price is certainly no issue for them, so why are there so many brands available for a tire, what difference does using a Michelin or a Bridgestone on a Ferrari California make - does it even matter what tire you use at that point (won't they all give uniform performance ) ?
I'd guess it's more a factor of convenience. Where do you get the best service? What brand does your regular service center stock / recommend? How long will the tyre last for?
If you get more performance oriented, then there's probably lots of review and comparative tests on the ultra-performance tyres. Not something you'd be able to find easily for the entry-segment tyres.
Originally Posted by rlakhanpal
Does Michelin ask its Indian dealers to ensure this while repairing Michelin tyres, or at least recommend this to the customers who come for puncture repairs?
I'm sure Michelin recommends it, but at the end of the day, it's up to the dealer to do what they want. (And even if the dealer suggests a hot-patch, the customer will probably still insist on the faster and cheaper plugging method!).
In some other countries, plugging tyres has been banned by law!