If you need to replace the tires on your car, you might be in for a shock: Buying a full new set of tires can cost several hundred dollars. Avoid the temptation to settle for used tires, as these will actually be less cost-effective in the long run. Always buy new tires and you’ll save yourself effort and money as the years go by.
If online retailers aren’t quite cheap enough, you might want to hold out for a tires sale. Call local stores to check when they’re running a tires sale, and look in local newspapers for promotions.
The important thing to remember with a tires sale is not to be too fussy. If you only want to buy one specific brand — Goodyear, Firestone, or Toyo, for example — you can expect to pay a high price for your brand loyalty. A tires sale will often be intended to clear a surplus of one type of tire; those keen to save will jump on the opportunity to get hold of a brand-name tire at a bargain price, even if it’s not the brand of their choice.
But that’s not to say that you should settle for tires that are inappropriate for your vehicle or where you’ll be driving it. Specialty tires such as winter tires or mud tires rarely come cheap, but they’ll save your life in the right situation, so this is one area where you shouldn’t cut corners.