5 Ways To Save Money On Tires

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – On Tuesday, one of the largest makers of tires will raise prices across the board.

Cooper Tires said this will be the second time this year they have had to raise prices to make up for higher costs on rubber and other raw materials.

However, if you’re looking for a new set of tires, there are five ways you can save money on your next purchase.

Whether it’s dry pavement, wet highways or dreaded ice, having the right tires makes all the difference.

“You don’t want the cheap tire, but don’t really need the best tire, but you want a tire with a good traction rating, good rating, handles water decent,” Bob Eyrolls of AAA Road Advisor said.

With manufacturers raising tire prices, blaming everything from rising rubber prices to gas prices, there are five ways you can save money when it comes time.

First, shop around. Those warehouse club memberships can pay off on more than peanut butter. Local Sam’s Club and Costco stores offer tires. While selection may be limited, Sam’s promises an instant $70 off a set of four Michelin tires. Costco knocks $70 off the sale of four Bridgestone tires.

You may pay a little more upfront, but Consumer Reports said so-called “low-rolling resistance tires” may save you money in the long-term because they cut down on the force the tire requires.

“It could potentially save you up to three miles per gallon on the highway. And that can save you about $100 per year,” Jon Linkov of Consumer Reports said.

Number three, price them online.

Sites like TireRack.com promise discounts across the board, and ship them right to a garage for installation. The possible drawback to this method is that you don’t see them until it’s possibly too late.

“The online tire stores, even with the four tires and postage, it’s competitive. I never had to return them online before, but it’s pretty competitive,” Eyrolls said.

Let’s say you have priced a full set of tires and you think the price tag is too high. If you only need one or two tires, there’s a businessman in West Mifflin who said he has the answer.

“If you have an inspection coming up, maybe you don’t know how long you want to keep your tires. Lease vehicles, the tires have to be a certain tread level or they’ll charge you for new tires,” Brad Rea of ChampTires.com said.

If you must buy used, check the date. The last four numbers of the DOT code show the month and date it was made. If it’s older than six years, AAA said don’t bother.

Finally, number five is take care your tires now and it will save you money by not having to a buy a new set sooner.

“Tire pressure by far, is the best thing to get the miles out of your tires. Keep them property inflated. You’ll get much better wear out of your tire,” Eyrolls said.


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One Comment

  1. Richard says:

    Cooper tires were pricey even before their first price increase this year. I have been running Cooper tires since the early to mid 90’s on both trucks and cars. I have been very satisfied with their performance & tread life. One good reason I can think of to shell out the extra money for Coopers is that they are the ONLY tire manufactured in the USA! I believe 100 percent in doing business with companies that stay in our country and will pay more for their goods/services.

  2. Nathan says:

    I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen anything groundbreaking in this article. In fact, I feel dumber for having read it. It is complete common sense – shop around for the best price. WOW! What journalism. Know the size tires suggested for your car (it’s on the inside driver’s door frame), call shops or go online and compare. If you prefer a particular brand, ask for it. Sales are everywhere. Spend a few quality minutes shopping around and you’ll save. It’s that simple.

    Cooper Tires are truly American made, and Goodyear and Kelly Springfield are also good American choices. BF Goodrich and Michelin both are of French nationality, Firestone is of Japanese nationality and Continental is a German production. Choose wisely and focus on saving money in the long run, not just when you buy the tires.

    1. Richard says:

      To re-iterate: ‘Cooper Tires is the ONLY tire manufactured in the USA!’

      Not Goodyear, not Kelly Springfield nor any others.

      Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company remains a leading tire maker, trailing rivals Bridgestone and Michelin. The company primarily sells tires under the Goodyear, Dunlop, Kelly, Fulda, Debica, and Sava brands for the replacement market as well as to the world’s automakers. In addition to its own brand of tires, Goodyear makes Dunlop tires for sale in North America and Europe through its alliance with Japan’s Sumitomo. The company operates about 57 plants worldwide, and has around 1,500 retail tire and auto repair centers. More than 60% of sales come from outside the US.

  3. Jeff W. says:

    Any news publication that would recommend and advocate the purchase of used tires to its reader base immediately loses legitimacy in my book. If you’ve ever witnessed any number of Michelin spots on TV between your favorite shows, you’ll already know that carefully choosing a quality tire is important “because so much is riding on your tires.” The idea that somebody would spend $20,000+ on a quality automobile and then choose to go cheap on the ONLY part of the vehicle that actually makes contact with the road surface is ludicrous. Before you decide to go cheap and buy a used tire, think about who else is riding on those tires with you.

    Certainly there is something to be said about saving a buck or two, but I would encourage everybody to do a little more research about these so-called wholesale-only rebates. I think you’ll find that many of the most recognizable and well-respected rubber manufacturers in the world offer the same rebates to the independent dealers that you already know and trust.

    By all means… buy American. But please understand that nearly ALL of the major manufacturers operate manufacturing facilities right here in the good ole’ U-S of A and are proud to employ some of the hardest working Americans this country has to offer.

    KDKA, shame on you for misleading your readers.

  4. Mike K. says:

    Do you want the same sales rep selling you peanut butter and then a set of tires? Have you stopped to asked what training does he have? How long has he worked with or sold tires? Is he going to put you in the right tire for your car,truck or suv based on saftey,application and over all performance or are they just trying to make their sales qouta?

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