Ask This When Shopping Online for Discount Tires

Changing the tires on your vehicle can get expensive in a hurry, but knowing how to find discount tires online can help. In addition to comparing special offers through tire retailers, you'll find plenty of manufacturers offers like Michelin who is offering a limited time $70 rebate promotion when you buy four tires or Goodyear who is offering $200 back when you buy four select tires. NTB is offering a buy 3 tires get the 4th free. Of course, there are a number of online tire retailers that buy and sell tires at wholesale pricing. You can also search classified ads and other listings to find slightly used tires available at deeply discounted prices. Be aware, though, that taking advantage of discount pricing means replacing your tires before you're stranded on the side of the road. If you're in an emergency, then you'll likely be at the mercy of the nearest tire store. Ask the following questions to help find the best online discounts on automotive tires.

Which tires are on sale by leading tire manufacturers?

Start your online search for tire discounts by checking the Websites of companies like Goodyear, Firestone and Michelin. These companies regularly offer various models of tires on sale, and some may be in your price range. These companies also have stores all over the United States, which would make installation and maintenance much simpler than going through an online retailer.

What brands are these discount tires?

Be wary of tire brands that you haven't heard about. If you're set on buying cheap tires from a lesser-known brand, do some online research to find out more about that company. There's no point in spending less money if your tires are going to wear out significantly faster.

Why are these used tires on sale?

When contacting a retailer or private seller about used tires, always ask for reasons why the tires are being sold. Were they damaged and certified to be resold? Were they used by car dealerships on test drive models? Were they purchased at auction? Also ask for paperwork on the tires to help validate their conditions.

How would these discount tires be installed?

When buying discount tires from online retailers, what usually happens is your tires are shipped to an independent auto shop, and you drive there to have your tires installed. However, you should always clarify this process along with any fees you'd be expected to pay on the installation date.

Is this a reputable online tire dealer?

Before buying tires from an online retailer, make sure that retailer is an actual online tire store and not just an affiliate storefront moving other companies' products. You can check with the BBB, or you can check with the department of labor for whichever state the online retailer is based in. You should also read the privacy policies and terms and conditions pages for all online retailers you visit. These statements usually disclose whether an online retailer is actually more of an aggregate sales site for other companies.

What do I do if my discount tires are damaged?

Get information from various retailers (both online and traditional) about how they handle tire damage. Online retailers often contract with local mechanics to provide standard tire maintenance and repair services. If you buy from a traditional tire shop, then you can just bring in your damaged tire to see if it's eligible for repairs.

How long are these tires rated to last?

Generally, more expensive tires are rated to last for thousands of miles longer than cheap tires. However, that doesn't mean you should settle for discount tires with small lifespans. Many discount tires are high-quality tires bought at discount pricing, which means you should be able to find plenty of long-lasting rubbers to outfit your rims.

What kind of warranty coverage can I get on these discount tires?

Whenever you buy tires, always ask about warranty coverage and what the requirements are for maintaining that coverage. When buying discount tires online, you may not get as much warranty protection if the tires are either used or from an off brand. However, most online retailers provide comprehensive warranty plans.

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