Tire shopping is something we all dread, or at least most of us. The fact is that tires are a necessity like soap or shampoo. It is something we just have to do but really hate to spend the money. The good news is that many times we can save money and ease the burden a bit by shopping for Discount Tires. So let’s look into the fact shall we.
The first thing to cover is the tires that came on your new vehicle may be a major brand, however many times that name brand tire is not the same tire that you will purchase when going to the tire store. What I mean by this is that automotive car manufacturers will bid out the tires to the cheapest bidder. So for example Michelin may come back with the cheapest bid and put a Name brand tire on the vehicle really cheap, That same tire may be built differently than the same tire you would purchase at a tire store. However it does get the Michelin name out there so 50% of the people will replace the current tires with the same name tire at a much higher cost. This in now way is accusing Michelin or any other tire manufacturer of doing this as I am only using the name Michelin as an example.
So truthfully you can actually go with a not so well known brand tire and many times get as good if not better tire at half the cost. So that we are not picking on major name brands I will give an example without using the major brand name for the higher price. The tire size we are looking at is 245-70-17 which comes stock on a 2009 F-150 XLT 4×4 truck. The name brand standard all season tires costs $171.00 each. Now when looking at a tire in the same class with basically the same mileage and traction ratings in a brand that is not so well known we find the cost to be $115.00 each. This is a savings of $56.00 per tire or $224.00 on a set of 4. I don’t know about you but I can do a lot with $224.00. Just for peace of mind the cheaper tire is actually a tire that performs very well and in my opinion will outlast the higher price tire.
So buying Discount Tires may or may not be for you, just keep in mind that many times you pay for name when buying a major brand name and the quality is not always better. In fact many times it is not.