I recently (today) went to Sam’s Club to purchase a right front tire to replace one that developed a sidewall bulge from a suddenly huge summer pothole. The sales person said he had to look at the tires, and upon return indicated that I would need to buy a pair, since the difference in tread-wear would be too great. He then went on to tell me that they would have to install them in the rear and rotate the rear tires to the front. I asked why and he proceeded to tell me that during a turn, the rear wheels could slip causing the car to go into a spin.
I protested saying that the drive wheels were more important, with respect to traction and that I would prefer them on the front wheels. I asked what they would do if it was a rear-drive vehicle. He indicated that they would still install them on the rear wheels. I asked that they install them on the rear wheels anyway. He said I would have to sign a waiver absolving them of any problems this might cause.
The car in question is a 2001 PT Cruiser.
Front or rear? Who is right?