How to Shop for Tires
Shopping for tires? Here are some tips to help you as you navigate your options.
1. Consult your owner’s manual
Tires aren’t one size fits all. Every vehicle is different and requires a different type of tire, so make sure you’re getting the right type! Consult your owner’s manual and talk to an auto specialist for further guidance.
2. Look for sales
Regardless of how diligently you save, tires can be pricey. But there are ways to save money. For example, Sam’s Club offers reasonably priced tire packages that include a warranty. There are also some brands that offer rebates and coupons. Try to shop around before you settle on a set.
3. Time your buy
While you can’t predict when you’ll need new tires, you can be strategic with how you budget for them. For example, if you happen to need new tires around tax return season, don’t dip into savings for new tires. Use your tax return to buy them! Receive a bonus right around the time you need a set of new wheels? Put some of it towards tires. While it’s not as fun to use these “extra” sources of income on something boring like tires, it will give you a lot of peace of mind knowing that you prioritized something you needed vs. something you just wanted.