Why do they cost so darn much?
There are two sets of factors to keep in mind about tires.
1] Manage and maintain the tires you have to last as long as possible.
Manage and maintaining your tires:
- Check your tire treads
- Keep them on a rotation schedule
- If uneven wear patterns develop, have the front end checked for problems with your shocks, tie rods, axle bearings, and CV joints. They can all effect your tire wear. You can most often feel it in the way your vehicle is handling and steering
- If you have hit pot holes or curbs hard, you may need to check your alignment.
- Monitor your tire pressures. This is the leading cause of badly worn tires.
2] Know how and when to shop for new tires.
Here are a few ways to cut the cost down:
- Buy 4 tires at once...you save the most this way. Manufacturers offer good rebates when you purchase 4 tires. The rebate can add up to the price of 1 tire.
- Shop smart. Doing research can save you money. Use Tire Price Match Guarantees along with rebates to get the best price available. Manufacturers offer some of the best rebates on holidays.
- Don't buy CHEAP tires.. they are cheap for a reason
- Don't spend too much either. Fancy wheels and tires can be over the top expensive.
- Don't assume original equipment is the best. Manufacturers may put OEM tires on that will suit the vehicle from Vermont to Arizona conditions. Not necessarily the conditions you drive in. A different tire may be better suited for you.
Keep it between the lines.