Fortunately, tire deals can be hand even in these days of higher cost materials. Read on and we will explore several ways you can obtain new tire discounts.
Buy Four at a Time
If you buy one tire, you will pay full price. Plus, it is always better to buy at least two new tires and put these on the same axle. Wear considerations mean your lone new tire may not mesh well when paired with an older tire.
If you buy four tires at a time, you may be able to get a “buy three tires, get one tire free” deal. Many retailers offer them, so instead of paying $600 for four new tires, you may be able to pay just $450.
Shop and Compare
Prices for new tires are not fixed. There is some room for negotiation, but you must do your research first. Visit the websites of three or four tire retailers and compare prices, contact each one and ask the manager for his best price.
Use your best price as leverage to get a better deal elsewhere. If a retailer wants your business, he will match the price and attempt to beat it by 5 to 10 percent. If he cannot beat the price, ask for a fee waiver such as the cost for recycling each tire.
Choose Your Tread
Tires are priced by tread life. A 50,000-mile tire costs less than an 80,000-mile tire. With the latter, you are paying for better and longer-lasting components.
What if you plan to sell your car in a few years? Then go with the lower mileage tire. No need to pay the higher cost on tires that you won’t need in a few years.
Buy What You Need
You may prefer summer tires, also known as performance tires, relishing the special grip these tires give when you drive your sport sedan. The only problem here is that they are three-season tires and they won’t do you any good come winter. You will still need to spring for winter tires, even if you do not get snow.
Performance tires work best in warmer weather. Once temperatures begin to fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the tire’s properties begin to harden and should not be driven. You will not only pay more to buy summer tires, but you will be forced to buy winter or all-season tires for the rest of the year. You will pay much more just to have the added performance.
Tire retailers always run sales. They also carry a variety or brands including no-name or off-brands that charge less than Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone and other elite brands. The tire quality may be just as good, but the lower price can come in handy. Never rush your new tire purchase and avoid being talked into buying more tire than you really need.
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