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Buying tires

If a person has never done it before, buying tires can be a perplexing and sometimes frustrating challenge....


Are you new at buying tires?

This article is especially for the first time tire buyer. (If you are more experienced you might prefer to read Tire Buying).

buying-tiresI'm not a big fan of those big-box stores for buying things like tires where you need specialized knowlege and experience to get the best job.  Since tires are, next to a good driver, the most vital part on your car for safety and comfort, it just does not make sense to trust your life to  someone whqo may be only a part-time employee whose sole dedicatation to the job is the meager pay check that they receive.

So, even if your budget is extremely limited, and you feel you cannot afford to pay what you think might be the extra price you could be charged by going to a specialized dealer, please start your shopping trip there. 

  1. Pick a specialized tire shop which represents one of the major tire brands.  These people have the most to lose from mistreating their customers or selling shoddy merchandise with poor service.  A close alternative to this is to ask other, more experienced, tire buyers, who they recommend for good value and service.

  2. Visit the dealer and tell them that you are a new tire buyer and thatassist you hope that they will guide you through the process.

    1. Tell them all you can about the kind of driving you do, the roads you expect to travel, the traffic conditions, your driving habits, and what you hope to get from your tire purchase.

    2. Be prepared to ask a lot of "dumb" questions.  Since you've already admitted to being a novice in this area, your questions won't be so surprising, but, in any case it's your money and your life on the line, so there are no dumb questions.

  3. For the first buy, you would be very wise to take your car to at least three different dealers and get each one of them to give you their full advice before you make a choice.  The next time around, you'll have a lot more experience and might want to go directly to the dealer you know you can trust.

    Another advantage of going to at least three different dealers is to learn which ones are really helping you and who are just trying to sell you something which puts bucks in their pockets.

    Where you find conflict between what different people tell you you can suspect that somone may be mistaken, ill informed, or trying to put something over on you. In any case, where there is conflicting information you need to investigate more.

  4. As a supplement to your first buying trip you can prepare by reading some of the short articles which are listed below.  One of the most important questions to ask when you are visiting your dealers is what they recommend to do so that you get the most value and life out of your tires.

    1. Almost certainly, they will recommend something like our safety check.  What they likely will not offer, is to remind you at least every month to make this check.  Sign up for our Free, TireChek, newsletter and we'll email you as a reminder to do it.

    2. Ask the dealer how to read the tire sidewall.  Our article on sidewall markings is pretty explicit, but there's nothing like a live hands-on demonstration.

  5. After you've made your first purchase, consider helping other buyers with your own experiences and report your experiences in  Tire Raves if you found a great deal or Tire Rants if you were badly treated! 

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