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Old 16th August 2019, 20:48   #1
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Default Tyre Shop - Travancore Wheel Club (Trivandrum, Kerala)

Products sold:
  • Authorized dealer for multiple tyre brands.
  • TPMS, wheel nuts and other wheel related accessories.
  • Vehicle Battery
Services offered:
  • Wheel balancing.
  • Wheel alignment.
  • Pollution testing.
  • Battery change.
What I like:
  • Customer service. Friendly owner, who patiently explains all options and gives valid opinions.
  • Multiple brands available. Had option of Apollo, Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear. Saw selection of Yokohama, CEAT etc.
  • Pollution testing available.
  • Right by the main road near Edapazanji junction. Easy to spot.
What I don't like:
  • Saw online prices are lesser, but this can be the case for any brick and mortar shop, I believe.
Pricing:
  • Reasonable, similar pricing compared with other local options.
Speciality / USP:
  • They are actally intrested to sell a product and give a good customer experience. Considering the response from several other tyre shops called, this unfortunately has to be considered a speciality. The other shops were too busy to even respond properly to enquiries via phone.
What I have bought from him:
  • Michelin XM2s for my Ford Figo.
  • Goodyear Assurance Triplemax 2 for dads Maruti Ritz.
Contact Information:
  • Name and Phone: Kishore
    +91 94460 46633
  • Postal Address: Travancore Wheel Club
    TC 16/390 (3), Edapazhinji,
    Thiruvananthapuram - 695010

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Old 17th August 2019, 15:39   #2
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My experience:

The search for a new tyre.
After reading multiple experience of fellow BHPians, we thought to check out the Yokohama Earth-1s as a replacement for the stock JKs on the Ritz. The JKs were in terrible condition by then; we once had to replace one of tyres very urgently, while on a short trip, as it had broken apart in one place.

We started calling up different tyre shops around the city who dealt with Yokohamas. We called New Bharath Tyres and they quoted a price of 4.6k. Then we talked with The Tire Club, who quoted around the same. However, both these parties were very eager to cut the call; they were too busy to enquire about our requirement. They got off the call as soon as they mentioned the price for the Yokohamas, their task done as far as they are concerned. Not a pleasant experience.

Now, hearing the price of the Earth-1s, dad started having second thoughts about those particular tyres. Mainly because, he does not use the car for lengthy drives. It is used regularly, but for short duration and nearby destinations most of the times. So, he wanted to try something that doesn't cost as much as these.

Enter Apollo, MRF, JK etc into the fray. We shifted our focus to MRF ZV2Ks. I read an account of BHPian techn0l0gist's experience with the ZV2Ks (link here (MRF ZVTS Review !)). This line below, especially, interested me.
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The tyres are virtually indestructible !
We called Ambady Tyres - MRF to check the price of the ZV2Ks, and they quoted 3.5k for these. This sounded perfect and we thought to drive there and check out the tyres. Then, we remembered the shop where I got Michelins fitted for my Figo. Dad did not want to put expensive tyres on, so we didn't consider them before. But then there were Apollo tyres with them as well, so we thought to give them a call.

Called up Mr. Kishore to enquire about the cost of Apollo tyres. He quoted 4k for them and then we concluded the call without asking anything more. Dad and I was discussing what to do next, when Mr. Kishore actually called back and asked exactly what we were looking for. Imagine that; finally met a guy who wanted to do business. He took the effort to call us back to check what we wanted. Anyhow, he mentioned the different brands available with him and we decided to go there and check it out in person.

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Travancore Wheel Club
I have been to Travancore Wheel Club twice; the first time was to fit new tyres for my Figo. I was not a member of the forum at that time. Next, when my dad had to replace the ageing JKs on his Ritz.

The tyre shop is situated some 250m from Edapazanji Jn on the main road side, right besides the entrance to Elanjimoodu Lane. It is easily spotted from the main road.

Office

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Work area

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Inside the office

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Tyre selections

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Once we reached the office, we were greeted by Mr.Kishore, who talked to us earlier on the phone. He was very cordial and pleasant, and asked us the tyre spec we were searching for. He listed out the brands available with him: Apollo, Michelin, Bridgestone and Goodyear, for Ritz (185 70 R14). We shortlisted Michelin, Bridgestone and Goodyear. He was most patient with us during the selection process and listed out the benefits and qualities of each tyres.

The shortlisted tyres

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The cost for each tyre:
Michelin Energy XM2 - 4.9k.
Bridgestone Turanza - 4.4k.
Goodyear Assurance Triplemax 2 - 3.9k.
Dad decided to go for the Goodyears as he does not travel for long distances, and felt the cost for Michelins as too much. I felt the tread pattern on the Goodyears as the most attractive. Once we selected the tyres, it was time to put it on.

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Ritz on the ramp, eager for the new kicks

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The Goodyear experience
Since the change, the difference in ride quality, compared with the JKs, is a definite improvement, it has become really smooth now. However, there is a feeling that the road noise is a bit increased perhaps. These are the initial impressions. Will have to see how it will hold up in the long run.

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Previous experience with Travancore Wheel Club
My pre-owned Figo came shod with Apollo Alnacs that was pretty worn down. The Ford Assured dealers, from whom I bought the car, advised that it would run for a minimum 10k kilometres more. It didn't last for that long. I was forced to change it after 7k kilometres instead of 10k. It happened on a weekend journey from Kochi to Trivandrum; I was originally thinking of getting it changed after I got back from Trivandrum.

However, when I checked the tyres, it was dangerously worn down. So, I searched for the nearest tyre shop and decided to get it changed with Michelin XM2s (175 65 R14), which had great reviews from multiple sources. It was a hassle free and pleasant experience with Travancore Wheel Club at that time. The tyres cost 4.9k. Including a few pics of that exchange.

Side view of the dirty worn down Alancs.

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The new set of XM2s.

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On the ramp.

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Side view of the fresh new XM2s

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Made a telephonic enquiry with Mr.Kishor regarding availability of Yoko Earth 1’s for my Ecosport. While I eventually ended up not buying from him, the interaction was pleasing. He is not pushy, is patient, listens to customer needs, transparent with his pricing, doesn’t put down any brand and gives honest opinions. Would definitely recommend Travancore Wheel Club for tyre needs in Trivandrum.
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They're really nice & like you said, the owner is enthusiastic & is always there at the shop - last minutes discounts are always in store!
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