Purchasing tires for your vehicle can be tricky in a lot of ways – the sizing can be confusing, there are different seasons of tires, and your vehicle may require special tires like runflats or low-profile tires. On top of that, they can be quite expensive!
Like any big purchase, it’s common to wonder if paying a premium really results in better quality; are you just paying for a name brand? Could saving some cash upfront really make a difference?
While the answer to this question can be a bit complex (as are most things related to tires), the short answer is: generally, you get what you pay for.
It’s typically true that premium tire brands are better designed, which can result in a number of benefits. More often than not, higher priced tires will come with a bit of extra “meat” on the tread. While a Michelin or Goodyear tire may run you $X more per tire, the cost will like even out or even outweigh itself over time since those tires may last you additional miles. Many premium tires are also designed with fuel efficiency in mind, which can result in lowering your gas bill a little each time you drive. Much of the difference you may notice comes not in dry weather, but on a rainy, wet road. Stopping distance in wet conditions is often longer with less expensive tires than with premium tires, which may handle braking in water more effectively.
If you’re someone who usually purchases high performance tires, you’ll really feel the benefit of a premium brand. Because these tires are designed to help you feel the road and your car as you drive, you’ll be able to tell the difference between a really well made, super sticky tire, and a cheaper tire. If you a buy a high-end sports car, you’re probably aware of the tire costs in your future!
Keep in mind that just because a tire may be cheaper, it doesn’t mean it’s unsafe. All tires sold in the US have to go through safety checks, inspections, and pass certain regulations and requirements before they’re allowed to be sold by retailers. If you’re buying tires for a vehicle you’re planning to get rid of in a few months, if it’s a car you hardly ever drive, or if premium tires simply aren’t in your budget right now, not to worry! There are certainly wallet-friendly tires out there that are designed to handle safely and effectively without breaking the bank. It’s also a good idea to check on any coupons or specials that may be available at the time of purchase – many major manufacturers (like Michelin, Bridgestone, and Goodyear) run rebates throughout the year and give you a chance to get money back on a full set of tires.
At Wiygul Automotive Clinic, we know how complicated and confusing buying tires can be. Come visit any of our locations and our tire experts will take some of the mystery out of it; we’ll find you the best tire for your needs and your budget, no matter what that looks like!