Curmudgeon time here.
Coming off a 2003 Subaru wagon, on which I always just ran decent all weather tires. I called that good and generally it was.
Now I have a 2011 2WD car instead (long story) and need to get a set of snows. What I'd REALLY like to do is what I always did back in the day, before I had the Subie, which get a set of downsized steel wheels with slightly narrower, slightly higher profile snow tires. There are several advantages to doing this, which have been described here before.
Problem is, my new car has TPMS, and I'm learning for the first time that apparently neither my regular tire shop nor anyone else will put a set of tires on my car without the TPMS ... and a second set of sensors is over $400. WTF? I am generally a super left-wing tree-hugger, politically, but on this one I'm feeling like I want to go on the Libertarian channel and rant. Isn't it up to me whether I really want to have tire pressure monitoring or not? After all, I've managed to navigate my life this far without having an electronic system to monitor my tire pressure.
Does anyone have any advice about how to deal effectively with this situation? NOTE: I am NOT a car mechanic. I suppose I could manage to change out the wheels, but I'm concerned that when I needed a re-balance or an alignment or inspection or any other kind of service, I might encounter some difficulty. Also, I do not understand how the sensors on the wheel are wired up to the rest of the car ... feels like an invitation to getting in over my head, mechanically.