Car Tires

Car Tires

Choosing the right car tires for your vehicle is an important decision, since tires play a big role in safety and overall performance. There are many factors to consider, and thinking about them all can seem overwhelming. To simplify the process, we’ve written a tire buying guide for you to follow when it’s time for new car tires. The more you know, the easier it will be to make your final decision.

Tire Deals

When shopping for tires, many people will look for tire sales or “deals” in the hopes to save money.  However, there are a few things the buyer should be aware of.  Many times, tire “sales” are simply sales gimmicks!  Be wary of these common sales gimmicks:

  • “Buy 3 tires, Get 1 free”
  • Discounted prices for “a limited time only”
  • “Free installation” with tire purchase

These “deals” may sound appealing but may not actually be a good deal at all. Most of the time, the “buy 3 tires, get 1 free” deal means that the first 3 tires are sold at greatly inflated prices to make up for the cost of the “free” tire.  Other tire sales generally have certain restrictions, limitations, or some type of “catch.”  For example, the “discounted” tire may only apply to brands you’ve never heard of, or may require the purchase of road hazard or an alignment. The “free installation” deal typically means that the cost of installation is simply added into the cost of the tire, and isn’t actually free.

The best way to shop for tires is to call around to compare prices. Always ask if you’re being quoted the tire price with tax and installation.

Quick Tire Tips

  • Always compare car tire prices. Ask if the quote includes tax and installation. Be wary of offers that sound too good to be true.
  • Choose a car tire dealer that offers free tire rotations, free balancing, and free flat repair for the life of the tires you purchase.
  • If you’re looking to buy only two tires, have them installed on the rear of your vehicle.  Also, consider purchasing 4 new tires instead. This will give your vehicle increased stability and handling.
  • If you really want to save money or can’t afford new tires, consider purchasing used tires. They don’t last as long, but you can still find good quality, gently used tires for a reasonable price.
  • Once you’ve purchased new tires, be sure to have them regularly cared for. Always keep your tires properly inflated and have them rotated every 6,000 miles.

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