Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport 01

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop SP Sport 01 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75
 
 

2011 Jaguar XK
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
July 08, 2014

Exactly the kind of tire you're looking for to pair with your performance vehicle. Impeccably composed taking back roads at high speed or driving upwards of 130. Never a complaint from me with the performance of these tires. (just don't be too spirited on wet roads, especially after 15k miles)

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2008 Ford Focus SE Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Mount Vernon, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 26, 2014

I have recently installed these tires on my Focus and they are great! They are better than the Goodyear Eagle RS-A's that I previously had. I have only had them for about a month but so far, they have been stellar in heavy rain as well as dry roads. These tires inspire confidence and I will buy these tires again. Hopefully I get more mileage out of these than I did with the Goodyear's. The Goodyear's were good for the first 20k miles but then the performance exponentially declined shortly after. Thus far, the Altimax's have proven themselves better than the Goodyear's that they replace. Updates to follow after I put more mileage on them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 29, 2014

The Pirelli Cinturato is by far the best tire I have installed on my Mazda3. I had Michelin's prior to this purchase and they were good, but the Pirelli rides smoother and grips the road better in my opinion. I'm finding that all the positive reviews for this tire are true. I was a little nervous... never bought a Pirelli before, but so far it has lived up to all the hype given and the nice rebate made this purchase much easier to make. If this tire performs great in the snow like reviews have mentioned, this purchase will be a home run. The Michelin's were slippery on snow from the beginning and a big challenge to keep on the road in these conditions. I'm hoping the Pirelli's can do a better job in the winter. If you go with these tires, I think you will be happy you did.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5 GT Limited
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Ithaca, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
May 19, 2014

Performance is good but the thread design confuses/concerns me. They go and make a directional design but it's not directional... The solid bar on the tire is not on the outside to enhance cornering grip, the grooves are turning the wrong way etc.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax RT

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax RT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

1998 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Glen Ellyn, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2014

Excellent in all applicable categories, haven't had them long enough to rate them for winter performance. I will append my review next spring, but I expect performance will be extremely good. They are super quite, and have surprisingly good lateral stability for not being a low profile tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination A/T

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination A/T Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.93
 
 

2007 Toyota Tundra CrewMax
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Odenton, MD
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
July 02, 2014

I had a set of Michelin LTX A/T2 tires on my truck for 50000 miles before they needed replacement. These Firestone Destination AT's have only 35000 miles on them, and I will be replacing them before the snow flies this year. The Firestone tires were highly rated and were $20/tire cheaper, so I went with a set. They never performed as good as the Michelins. I have had to use 4 wheel drive to climb up a hill on a highway that was covered in about 2" of snow because the truck kept breaking loose. I was even passed by a Kia going up that hill, talk about embarrassing. Now it has started to hydroplane in medium rain storms, even though I have approximately 1/2 of the tread left.
I will be going back to the Michelins later this year.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.9

1998 Jaguar XJR
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
May 16, 2007

This car had OEM Michelin MXVs which let me down during a high performance track day. I went to KDW2s after reading reviews here and found these are a whole new animal. Phenomenal grip for a tire with such good wet traction. I dont even worry about my lead foot wife during rainy runs on high crowned NY highways. The tire is responsive, stable at speed and not especially noisy. But the traction still surprises me wet or dry.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A Spec

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Radial T/A Spec Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.82
 
 

2006 Honda Odyssey
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Miles driven on tires: 45,000
Location: Carver, MN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 45,000 Miles on Tires
July 18, 2014

I bought these three years ago along with a new set of rims. Shipping from Tirerack was great, and I loved that they came inflated, on the rims. I just slapped them on the car. They handled well, I always felt like they performed great. They are now producing a wumpwumpwump sound at medium speeds, so I'm thinking about replacing them. They still have 3/32" tread, which might not be enough for a Minnesota winter (depending on which kind we get this coming year). I wish I had gotten 60000 miles like some people did. Our driving is probably 1/3 city and 2/3 highway, as 2 of the 3 years we lived out away from heavy traffic. I was initially concerned a little that these were specific tires for Camaros, but when I bought them they had such an awesome price that I couldn't pass them up. Now the price is double what I paid for the first set. Of course I wish I could get the same price again, but I doubt that's going to happen anytime soon. They also look really nice with the rims I got with them. But any other tire is going to have to be a lot cheaper, or have just awesome ratings in order for me to switch to another model. I will say that because these are wider than stock, I was a bit nervous when I was pulling a pop-up camper and the tires were so close to the fender. That duty is now delegated to our pickup truck so that's no longer a concern. Buying both rims and tires from TireRack is so convenient, I wish I could afford to do that every time.

Add Style to Your Toyota Matrix with Enkei Performance Series Falcon Wheels

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Do you love your Toyota Matrix for being dependable and reliable? Would you like to give it an upgrade and make it stand out a little more? A new set of wheels will do the trick!

Enter our Upgrade Garage to view all options available for your application. Since the vehicle is offered with two different bolt patterns, it's important you correctly enter your vehicle's make, model and year. Selecting the right wheel all comes down to your personal preference, but I really like the Enkei Performance Series Falcon.

16x7 38ET Hyper Silver With Machined Lip $95*
Enkei Performance Series Falcon
16x7 38ET Gunmetal With Machined Lip $95*
Enkei Performance Series Falcon


The angular lines of the spoke design of the wheel echo the overall lines of the car, while two distinctive finishes let you pick the ideal match for your Matrix. With respect to function, the 7" wide 38 mm offset has virtually the same specifications as the 16x6.5" 39 ET Original Equipment Matrix wheel. A set of these wheels are also 100% compatible with your TPMS sensors so your installer can easily move your original sensors over to your new wheels.

Now that you've found a set of wheels to improve your Matrix's look, how are your tires holding up? Why not take advantage of our free mount and balancing to create your own Tire & Wheel Package. The General AltiMAX RT43 offers an outstanding combination of wet grip, road manners and overall handling at a great price. 

Search by vehicle and upgrade the look of your vehicle with a new Tire & Wheel Package.

Can You Put Non-Run-Flat Tires on Run-Flat Wheels?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Ben Rooney

Many drivers are uncertain whether they can put non-run-flat tires on wheels that originally came with run-flat tires. The short answer: yes.

Run-flat tires and regular tires that are the same numeric size will have the same physical dimensions, and can fit properly on the same wheels. The only difference with run-flat wheels is they usually have an extra hump behind the bead seat. This hump would help keep the run-flat tire in its proper place on the wheel while driving without air pressure. It does not affect the performance or compatibility of the non-run-flat tire.

A few words of caution: If you are changing to non-run-flat tires from run-flat tires, make sure you have a plan for what you will do in the event that you do have a flat tire. An air compressor and sealant can easily seal a minor puncture. A plug kit can also be useful for a temporary repair. You should have some sort of roadside assistance that you can call if you have a larger puncture. Some cars may have space to store a spare tire, though some cars with run-flats do not have any convenient location for the tire.

If a spare tire is an option, remember that you should maneuver more cautiously when your vehicle is equipped with a Temporary/Compact Spare tire and three standard tires. Any differences in tire traction can reduce vehicle handling and increase braking distances, especially in emergency situations.

Whether you're looking for a set of non-run-flat or run-flat tires, shop by vehicle and view all options available for your application.

Which Tires Last the Longest?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a consumer shopping for tires, there are many important attributes and characteristics that you should take into consideration. For example, some tires have better wet traction for rainy days, while some are designed to handle winter's toughest conditions. There are tires that focus mostly on maximum dry grip on the race track, and others that are meant to provide a smooth and quiet ride.

Some of these characteristics may be more important to your particular situation than others, but one question that is almost always asked is, "How long will my tires last?" This may even be the most important feature in your tires if you drive many miles on a yearly basis. If you're a driver who has a long daily commute and takes long road trips, consider the following options from a few of our popular performance categories. 

Passenger All-Season

 Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
Goodyear Assurance TripleTred All-Season
 Goodyear Assurance ComforTred
Goodyear Assurance ComforTred


Standard Touring All-Season

 General AltiMAX RT43
General AltiMAX RT43
 Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender


Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season 

 Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza Plus
 Continental  CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


In order to get the most wear out of your tires, be sure check your tires' air pressures often and keep them inflated to your vehicle's recommended pressures. You'll want to check and adjust the pressure first thing in the morning before rising ambient temperatures, the sun's radiant heat or even driving short distances temporarily warms the tires. For more maintenance tips to increase your tires' performance, life and durability, read "Air Pressure: When and How to Set."

Low Dust Brake Pad Options

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Does your vehicle have squeaking brakes or pads that produce too much dust? You may want to consider a move to a ceramic pad. Ceramic pads leave a lighter trail of dust than traditional pads with a higher metallic content and are typically very quiet. While ceramic pads do not have the necessary heat range to be used effectively in a track environment, they are still appropriate for some spirited drivers.

Ceramic pads meet or exceed all Original Equipment standards for durability, stopping distance and noise. According to durability tests, ceramic compounds extend brake life compared to most other semi-metallic and organic materials and outlast other premium pad materials by a significant margin - with no sacrifice in noise control, pad life or braking performance.

As mentioned earlier, another characteristic that makes ceramic pads attractive is the absence of noticeable dust. All brake pads produce dust as they wear. The ingredients in ceramic compounds produce a light-colored dust that is much less noticeable and less likely to stick to your vehicle's wheels. Consequently, wheels and tires maintain a cleaner appearance longer.

If you're considering a ceramic brake pad for your vehicle, take a look at the following options:

For more information on using a ceramic brake pad on your application, read "Why Ceramic Brake Pads?"

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

1985 BMW M6
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Hagerstown, MD
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
July 14, 2014

This is proving to be a great tire. Drove in a blinding rainstorm at 70 mph with no hydroplaning. Road noise is almost non-existent and ride is excellent. For the price you can't beat this tire. It is as good, if not better, than any tire I have owned and this includes Michelin, Yokohama, Pirelli and Continental. I don't plan to drive this car in snow but did want a tire that would perform well in cold temperatures.

Looking for a Quiet Summer Performance Tire?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Summer tires like the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position are the tires of choice for many enthusiasts and drivers of high performance sports cars. These two tires are great options, and you can see the differences between them by reading, "Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position vs Michelin Pilot Super Sport."

While Max Performance Summer tires offer some of the highest levels of grip and handling on the market, there are quite a few drivers who would be willing to give up a little grip for a smoother and quieter ride. If this sounds like what you're looking for, check out the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport and Continental ExtremeContact DW.

Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport
Continental Extreme Contact DW
Continental ExtremeContact DW


Both options provide great wet and dry grip, while still offering good ride qualities. The Bridgestone and Continental have good road feel and steering response that you would expect from a summer performance tire. Their asymmetric tread patterns keep the noise level low and allow you to rotate the tires for even treadwear. The Potenza RE760 Sport is currently ranked second in the Ultra High Performance Summer category, while the ExtremeContact DW sits in fourth in the Max Performance Summer category.

For additional assistance choosing the right tire, take a look at our Tire Decision Guide.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.29
 
 

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2014

When first installed were a bit squirrely at Interstate speeds, disappeared in a few hundred miles. In very cold weather and after sitting for days, need a short distance to warm up and smooth out. Very solid ride and stick really well. Difficult to cite any harshness directly attributable to the tires and not characteristic of the car. These are great tires for the price, far better than Michelin for value with no loss of performance. Treadwear rating is higher than Michelin, speed rating is same. Notes: Size given is rears only, this car takes a different size on front. Also, tires are Ventus V12 evo (not evo2). J.Wilkie, Charlotte,NC

Marketer Becomes Tire Tester

Monday, July 14, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

After three-and-a-half years on the job, I finally got the call I was waiting for: a chance to be a Tire Rack tire tester! Along with other members of the Tire Rack marketing team, this was OUR opportunity to get behind the wheel of our test BMWs and develop our own opinions on tire performance and truly understand what it takes to get our findings out to our customers.

Having already experienced the Real World Road Ride portion of our tests, I was prepared to look for a tires’ ride, noise and light handling qualities across a variety of conditions. The second part of testing, the Performance Test Track Drives, occurs on our track, and was what I had been waiting all these years to do.

We can see the track from our offices in marketing, we thought we knew what to expect, we were both nervous and excited. As one of our designers said, “I see our testers driving faster than I would want to go. The unfamiliarity of driving another’s car with someone else riding alongside me makes me uncomfortable.”

No worries. We weren't going to be competitive. (The photo at right proves we did take it pretty seriously though)

We got into the cars, we were told to drive at a level that made us comfortable. What made ALL of us comfortable was driving on the set of Michelin Pilot Super Sports. The tire allowed us to feel like we were in control of the car and have some fun behind the wheel as we slalomed a few cones, took some turns at speed and navigated the skid pad (And did I mention this was all done while our track's sprinkler system kept the course covered in water?). When it came to the Sumitomo Touring LS T tires we also tested, it was a completely different story. We were able to feel the vast difference in performance and gain a deeper respect for the testers out there all season doing what they do while listening to the car and the tires so they can accurately report on performances wins and losses.

Here's my rookie review of the two tires.

When driving on the Pilot Super Sports, I felt as if I could driver faster and take turns at speeds I typically don’t, as the tire gave me that much confidence. Now on the Sumitomo, I was braking much sooner to prepare for a turn. If I didn’t I would end up in the grass (even though I didn’t end up in the grass, I can’t say the same for some of my co-workers).

We didn't do a full test on the wet and dry course. And we're by no means expert testers like our sales specialists (who are our test drivers). But rest assured, you're in good hands when you're relying on the test results you read on the tires we offer. Our testers do this all season long and they've got my respect. And trust.

Here are our expert test results and more about our testing program.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2001 BMW 525i
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
July 07, 2014

Just purchased these Potenza RE760 Sport tires and had was excited after reading reviews on here about the performance and the ride quality. Being a tire aficionado I was chomping at the bit to get a good run in with these tires. Now that I got to drive these I must say they do not disappoint at all. First run was down the highway with road noise and ride quality significantly better than the BF Goodrich G-force's. It just so happened to be absolutely pouring later on and the road was holding water. Got a top speed of 95 mph and never felt so confident in my 2001 BMW 525i. I had to get a good run in on the most twisty road I know with the slickness from the rain and found traction so good it felt like the car was on rails. With no mileage warranty and some spirited driving it'll be interesting to see how they hold up over miles but I must say that this tire can make your car feel like a new one with a big jump in tire manufacturer, Bridestone versus Goodrich.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2012 Audi S4 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 12,500
Location: Heidelberg, ON
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 12,500 Miles on Tires
July 03, 2014

Fantastic ... I have had many different performance tires, and the SuperSport is absolutely the tops. Fantastic grip, great road feel, and modest noise levels -- even ride comfort is very good for a 35-series tire. Conti's ExtremeContact DW is good, but this is still clearly better.

Tire wear? At this point (20,000 km/12,500 miles) I would guess that I still have half the tread left, which I am quite satisfied with. Others have had worse experience, don't know whether that's because of different driving styles or road surfaces.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2005 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Aurora, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
July 03, 2014

I am now on my second set of these tires on my 2005 WRX wagon. Unfortunately I hit a big pothole with my first set and one of them was damaged so I had to replace them prematurely. They were at 7/16ths tread depth and I was on my third summer season with that first set. I just had a new set installed today. I didn't think twice about buying these tires again.

These are my summer tires in Colorado, and I commute over 50 miles per day. I absolutely love these tires. To sum them up, they are comfortable and quiet on my daily commute, but when I go for spirited drives they provide all the performance I need. Sure they're not track tires, but they are grippy and responsive, and they communicate their limit well. For me they are the perfect summer tire for a commuter who likes to have fun driving without worrying about their tires. And I've never had any issues in the rain either. I highly recommend them!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID S34D

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID S34D Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 21,000
Location: Nashville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 21,000 Miles on Tires
June 12, 2014

I love how these tires handle. Take in consideration that the rubber on these tires are thinner than most tires built to last mileage wise. Expect to spend more on tires that doesn't last longer than approximately 30K miles due to the fact that the rubber on these tires are thinner than those tires that can go for 40K+ mileage. The reason for the rubber on these tires are thinner is because performance wise it handles better on the road, it has that "hug" affect. There is more control over the vehicle than those other tires that can last 40K+ miles. Of course, these tires wear out quickly just to the fact that the rubber is made a little thinner.

So, yes these are great .. sport performance. Cost is expected for performance not for the long lasting performance. So depending what is sought out..These are the best for performance handling. The cost is steep .. but you get what you pay for. I'd purchase it again!