When is the Best Time to Buy Tires? - API Service Center
There are just as many ways to buy tires, as there are reasons to invest in a new set. Buying new tires does not have to be a financial burden; there are many tricks to finding great deals on tires, as well as knowing when to shop for the best prices, especially if it is possible to plan ahead. Many consumers wait too long to buy tires, which can actually be counter-productive. Often, you may only need one or two new tires, but always make sure to buy the same tires as are already on the vehicle, so that they will be compatible with the remaining tires. However, it is worth noting that there may be rebates, manufacturer discounts, and other benefits to buying four new tires at once, and many mechanics will recommend replacing all four tires at once for the best price and performance.
For the best possible deals and sales, try to purchase tires in Spring and Fall. Tires tend to go on sale before the extremes in weather- so a little planning ahead can go a long way. Most people tend to wait until the weather heats up or the first snow of the season to change their tires, or purchase ones, so shopping earlier in the season is a great way to find the lowest prices on all-season, or winter tires. Keep in mind: there are many different types of tires to help with many weather and road conditions. Depending on your area and your traditional local weather, it may be wise to invest in tires for the summer that not only can withstand heat, but also rain, or extreme road conditions like dirt or mountain roads, or road construction.
It’s also a wise decision to never wait until it is too late to buy new tires. With proper maintenance, rotations, and wheel balancing, most tires should last 5-6 years. Depending on the quality of the tire, most tires are rated at an average of 40,000-50,000 miles. However, lower quality tires may only last approximately 20,000 miles versus high quality that can last up to 80,000 miles. It may be less expensive to purchase the lower quality tires, but these will typically be replaced much more often than the higher end counterparts; the investment in higher quality tires will payoff in the long run.
Keep a vigilant eye on your tires and watch for signs of abnormal or uneven wear, as these will severely shorten the lifespan of the tires. Do not wait until the tread is worn down and the tires are ‘bald’ before replacement. Driving on tires with too little tread can be very dangerous, as traction, grip, and handling are severely affected by the loss of tread, as well as making the tires more prone to flats or blowouts.
Another great tip is to simply check with your preferred auto care provider or mechanic. Periodically, manufacturers will provide special deals or rebates on some of their best tires, making them affordable and accessible, and a smart investment. Shop around to find the best deals. Now in the internet age many tire dealers have vast online inventories, so finding the right tire can be just a few clicks away, making anytime the best time to buy tires- if you know where to look. A little research will help determine the best tires for your needs, so depending if you are purchasing two, or four new tires, just swapping out your seasonal tires, or need a replacement, good quality tires can be a smart, cost-effective investment.