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5 Ways to Save Money on Tires

What’s the difference between Goodyear and Goodrich? Isn’t the answer obvious? No? You’re not alone – the difference isn’t clear to everyone. Unfortunately, knowing more about your tires is more important than you may expect! Besides safety concerns, knowing about tires can also help in saving you money. Well, here are 5 ways to save money on tires:

Only Buy Tires When You Need Them

You would be surprised how often people buy tires when they don’t really need them. Local mechanics are partly to blame for this, as they are always advising their customers to change their tires. Check for things like serious punctures, tears/cracks, tread depth and things like that. Only purchase new tires if you are convinced that your tires are worn out. In addition, you should confirm that all the tires need replacing before replacing them. There are cases where only one or two tires need to be replaced. As a side note, it is good practice to rotate your tires every 10,000 kilometers (around 6,300 miles) or so to encourage even wear.

Don’t Restrict Yourself to Local Shops

One of the mistakes people make is to restrict their tire purchases to their local shops. When you need a tire, you should shop around as much as possible. There are

• Local shops
• Car dealerships
• National chains
• Internet tire vendors and many other places from which you can purchase a tire

All these sellers will have different prices for their products, and the trick is to identify the one with the best price. By all indications, online prices tend to be lower than other stores, but don’t just buy automatically from the Internet. You have to factor in things like fitting and shipping costs, which can push up tire prices considerably. Point-S website, for example is reliable source for buying tires online.

You Don’t Have To Buy High-Performance Tires

Why are people so obsessed with performance, even if they don’t need it? You will find many shoppers opting for high speed tires when they rarely hit the highway speed limit. Does it matter? Yes, it matters because high performance tires attract premium prices. It doesn’t mean that you have to go for the cheapest tire available; it just means that you should buy the right tires for your car and driving habits. Do you need:

• High-performance tires
• All-terrain tires
• All-season tires or
• Run-flats?

Well if you do, buy them. If you don’t need them, then just buy the normal tires and save yourself some money.

Know When to Shop

As a smart shopper, you should know when to buy your tires. For example, different car tire manufacturers and dealers often have sales and discounts at different times of the year. Once you know when these sales occur, you can easily buy your tires at discounted rates. You should also be on the lookout for different offers like ‘buy three and get the fourth one free’ to save you money. In addition, you can also look for coupons/vouchers, which are always available if you know where to look.


Most places have an option for negotiation, even if they don’t say it upfront. It doesn’t hurt to ask, even if it is refused. Some sellers will listen to you if you show evidence of a lower price from a competitor at the same level. For example, a local shop may lower prices on evidence of a cheaper price from another local shop.

About Ronnie E.

Ronnie is the frugal Latina of the group. Hailing from the beautiful Andes Mountains in Bolivia, she lives and breathes frugality. She loves to figure out how to spend less money and takes on the challenge of finding great deals and cheaper options every day.

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  • Great tips! I am passing this on to my husband he does all of the auto shopping in our house.

  • Terry My Journey With Candida

    We probably buy tires more often than we actually need, but when you travel as much as we do… you want to avoid problems that could crop up from tires with not as much tread as we would like.

  • Melinda Kuffler Dunne

    These are fantastic tips! I think knowing when to shop saves a lot of money and time. I had to buy tires unexpectedly and it cost a lot more than it would have if I could have waited.

  • Tingting Rimart

    This info is very helpful to me. I am planning to change all my 4 tires, but I do not know if I need to. My husband just spent 1k dollars on his tires, and I do not think I would want to spend this much on mine.

  • Maria Sinclair

    It always happens at the worse times. Great tips!!

  • dianna1

    I had no idea of the negotiation of tires–we just had to buy 4 new truck tired the 1st of the month–2 were flat in the driveway-grrrr– this will be a new skill for me–thanks

  • Sheila Worthington

    Very helpful tips. I don’t drive but i know how important to have quality and durable tires that don’t wear out so easily and of course for safety.

  • Lexie Lane

    Tires are so expensive! These are definitely great tips. Lucky for us though we go to a fantastic one owned by this awesome OC lady who gives us unbelievable deals!

  • Natalie Elisabeth

    great tips! my husband had mad luck with tires! lol

  • James Smith

    Thanks to all for this appreciation 🙂 would love to write further

  • Holly M Uhler

    I guess I am lucky to grow up poor. I already practice these things lol

  • Pam H.

    I do have to say to be careful not to pick the cheapest tires all in the name of saving money. I picked a cheap brand, and I hate my new tires. They perform terribly in the rain, squeal on even dry pavement, and I’m not looking forward to the winter weather.

    • James Smith

      I totally agree with you. we should choose tyres from a reliable source so that we don’t have to waste our money after every two or three months.

  • mindy

    Thank you for the tips I use coupons now to help save that way but the more tips I can get the better it will be to try and save money

  • Ashley Hanna

    Awesome tips!!! I just got new tires a month ago. Wish I knew about
    this then. Thanks for the awesome information

    • James Smith

      Thanks Ashley! Hope you will remember all this while you go to shop tyres next time 🙂

  • tammy saylor

    I alway shop around even find really good used ones.

  • Nice tips. these tips are very very useful for me. Thanks for sharing this great article here.
    Rana Irfan

    • James Smith

      Thanks Irfan 🙂