Douglas Tires

What can we know, for sure, about Douglas Tires?
First off, we know that this is a brand which is sold by Walmart and a company representative has claimed that the store owns the brand name.




Tire Information World was told by Melissa O'Brien, Senior Manager PR & Brand Reputation, Walmart, in an email that: "Douglas tires are a proprietary brand to Walmart produced by a leading manufacture of tires."


However, trademarkia.com states: "On Friday, August 14, 1992, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for DOUGLAS by GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY".

What we don't know for sure, but can deduce, is that Walmart may have exclusive rights to sell the Douglas brand of tires, possibly through an agreement with Goodyear.

We know for certain that at least some of the tires with the Douglas brand on them were manufactured at a plant of Kelly Springfield, which is a Goodyear-owned facility.  This can be determined by looking at the first two letters of the DOT code PJUU AMKR 4700 which one of our readers copied from a Douglas tire which they had.

The Goodyear Relationship

The fact that one tire was made at a Goodyear-owned plant doesn't really tell you very much, in itself.  

Yes, we know that the people who made it are experienced in making tires, and knowtg how to make very good ones, but because it carries a private lable could mean that Goodyear could not be expected directly respond to an end user if the tire does not meet certain quality or functional requirements.

The particular tire noted above was made in the year 2000, which is also evident from the DOT code, but what we don't know is:

  • if any tires have been made since then by Goodyear.
  • if other tires carrying the Douglas brand were made in that same plant,

  • if Goodyear makes tires for Walmart in other plants,
     
  • if other plants might make different models of Douglas tires or

  • if the contract to make these tires for the store might not change to another company, from time to time depending on conditions which are negotiated between Walmart and the supplier.

Even though it is required by law to be stamped in the DOT code, the store's Brand Manager refused to even confirm that this particular tire was made by Goodyear.

In any event, if you have any issues, concerns or problems with the Douglas brand, you have to take them up with the store where you purchased them, subject to the policies and procedures -- whatever they may be -- established by the store.

Users Experience

We requested more information about Douglas tires, their guarantees and policies from the company and they have provided nothing, so all we are left with is assorted comments which can be collected by searching the internet and other non-official sources.   These range from bad to good reflecting the sentiments which various buyers have had. We have a wide range of Douglas Tire Reviews, which include:

  • One user is buying a second set because the first set lasted over 40,000 miles and seemed to be a good value.  
  • Another was disgusted because the store didn't inform him that he should align his wheels and wouldn't respond when he had problems just three months later.
  • Some users complain that a complete range of sizes isn't always available at the stores they frequent. 
  • Others feel the garage staff are not as attentive or well trained as at other specialized tire shops.

Conclusion

Like all tires, Walmart's own brand requires that the vehicle is maintained in a good state of repair which includes wheel alignment, and that the tires are balanced and rotated along with having the tire pressure checked and regulated regularly.  If any of these factors are neglected by the user, even the most expensive and exclusive brands will fail to give satisfactory results.

My own assessment of Douglas tires is that they likely will provide a reasonable degree of value for a certain segment of tire users but not all.  

If you're looking for top notch service, provided by experts you may be better off looking for a specialized tire dealer.  

If you look at tires as just another consumer commodity like pet food or laundry detergent Walmart's Douglas line of tires may provide what you want.

For a few additional thoughts see our article on Walmart Tires or reader's Douglas Tires Reviews, or if you'd prefer to shop on line we suggest you consider the manufacturer's promotions available from The Tire Rack's

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Tire reviews

Click below to read reviews which other users, like yourself, have posted about their experiences.

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Update to the manufacturer - I was in the Walmart, Creighton Road, Pensacola, FL and snapped a picture of the display tire ed. pictures not submitted, …

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I bought all 4 tires for my car & 2 for my fiancee . less than 2 yrs ago. The salesman told me how great great wearing they are, now my 2 front tire threads …

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I only have 5000 miles on my Douglas tires. Yesterday I had to replace the tire, as I had a pinhole on the side wall!! My review from 0 to 10, is a …

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Great for the price! But when worn down over halfway between new and bald the rubber is too soft. I have had 4 Flat tires in a little over a month! …

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The first time I dealt with Douglas tires was in 2007. I had a pair of Douglas A.W. tires put on my car. They were considerably better than the tires they …

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Kelly Safari TSR are, hands down, the best truck tire I've ever had. They perform great in snow and wet conditions and great on the street as well. Most …

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The best tires I have ever owned. I had a set of BF Goodrich touring tires before the Allegras. The BFs were okay dry traction tires, but were absolutely …

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