How Much Do New Tires Cost?
One of the regular maintenance necessities when you own a car is replacing the tires. If you have one tire that is flat or damaged, you may just need one tire. However, it is suggested by most tire shops that you replace two tires, either the front two or back two, to help the car stay aligned properly. In an all-wheel drive vehicle, replacing all four tires may be your best option.
How much do tires cost?
- The cost of tires depend on the size and the quality. All season tires made for sedans and smaller SUVs will cost between $50-125 per tire. Examples would be the Barum Bravaris 2 sold for $62 or the Michelin Destiny sold for $116. Both of these tires can be found at Discount Tire.
- All-season tires made for SUVs and vans are larger and therefore more expensive. These tires will usually run $100-$200 per tire. On the lower end of that range you will find tires made by Geostar for $112 per tire, and on the higher end you will find GoodYear brand for $199 per tire. These tires and prices are available through Belle Tire.
- Higher quality and performance tires will be more expensive, usually between $100 and $350 per tire depending on the size and brand. For example, a tire that is made for the base model of a Jaguar by Bridgestone will cost about $200 per tire. This price can be seen in the services provided by Costo Tire Center.
What is going to be included?
- The first thing the tire shop will do is take the old tire(s) off your car and dispose of them properly.
- Once the new tires are on, most shops will do an alignment to allow even wear on all four tires.
- Some shops will also include a tire rotation if you are not replacing all four tires.
What are the extra costs?
- If you are purchasing a new tire as a result of getting a flat, it is possible that there may also be damage done to the wheel. A new wheel will cost anywhere from $10 to $150 depending on how many you purchase, what size, and what model. Some tire shops even have free wheel sets with the purchase of new tires.
- Additional services may be required such as an alignment may be required.
Tips to know:
- Don’t be cheap with your tires. Before you purchase your tires, be sure to read the safety rating. Also, make sure to research into how well they handle, braking and resistance.
- Find out the warranty information in terms of the brand. Know what kind of damage is covered as well as how many miles they will cover. A good tire will come with a 50,000 mile warranty.
- Be sure to choose the right tire for your vehicle. You’ll want to know the type of tire your car requires. Don’t buy more tire than what you’re going to need.
- Many tire shops work on a commission basis. Once your car is up on the rack, they may offer alignment and balancing packages. Try to stay away from these packages if you don’t need them. Most of the times, they are doing this to pad their pockets. The same can be said with them offering you an oil change, too. You should know if you need one of these or not.
How can I save money?
- Most tire shops offer discounted rates when purchasing more than one tire.
- Used tires are available for discounted rates at services such as Best Used Tires. While purchasing used can be a good idea, it’s wise to consider a new set of tires first. The thing with used tires is that most won’t know the history of the tires.
- Always shop around. Even though one shop may say they have the best price, it’s wise to talk with at least three shops. You can always get a quote via the phone or even the website of the specific tire shop. Check independents, online retailers as well as the big name brands. Even check wholesale clubs such as Costco.
- All the tires may not need replacing. Consider replacing only one or two tires.