Did you recently get a new car with old tires and want to replace them all? Or did you just get a flat this week and need a new tire asap? If so, then you obviously want to save some money in the process. But dont’ assume that the cheapest tire shops will give you the best deal automatically. Don't waste your money on used tires, and don't just buy new tires at the first shop you pass by. Instead, take a little time to search for the best prices in town. These six shopping tips can help you stretch your money as far as possible.
1. Buy 3 Get One Free
If you just bought a used car with badly worn tires, then you’ll probably want to keep your eyes open for a tire shop offering the “Buy 3 Get One Free” deal. This is a common special used by major tire retailers to push full sets of tires out the door. Few purchases you make for your vehicle over the years will make you feel as secure and happy as putting a full set of tires on your car. You don’t have to worry about slow leaks or blowouts, as these are rare with new tires. You’ll also have a warranty should you manage to get a nail stuck in there while driving down the highway.
This is also a great choice when upgrading or downgrading your rims. Most of the time, when you buy a new set of rims for your car, the size will be different than your previous wheels, so you’ll need to purchase four new tires. So again, you can save a lot of money here.
2. Get XX Percent Off
If you are only buying one or two tires but don’t need a full set, then the percentage sale might be the best deal for you. These sales are commonly advertised in marketing mailers that you get in your mailbox or in the Sunday newspaper advertisements section. Even if you don’t need a new tire right now, it’s always a good idea to pull out that ad from the newspaper and keep it on the side in case you get a flat and need a new tire in a hurry. That little habit might one day save you a hundred bucks or more, depending on the retail cost of your tires.
3. Use Mail-In Rebates
Mail-in rebates are also fairly common, although it seems like they are not as common today as they were in years past. Mail-in rebates often offer large potential savings of $50-$100 or more per tire, which is a great deal. The disadvantage of these, of course, is that you still need to pay full price when buying your tires, and then you need to wait for the mail-in rebate to be processed by the manufacturer and for the check to arrive by mail. Still, it’s a good deal if you have the money upfront to take advantage of it.
4. Purchase Tires with Membership Discounts
If you have a membership with one of those big retail warehouses like Costco or Sam's Club, then you might be alboe to get a fantastic deal through them too. Some of these stores have a tire shop right there at their store location. You can even get your tires done while you shop for groceries and have lunch at the snack bar. Look for signs up near the tire shop entrance with the special prices they are offering. Not only do they offer sales like the ones already mentioned above, but they also usually start their prices off at a lower price point for members anyway.
You can also check the pamphlet racks near the entrance to these warehouse stores, as they might have coupons and special deals on tires there too.
5. Buy New Tires Online
This one might sound a little surprising, but you can actually save tons of money on new tires by purchasing them online. Do a quick Google search for new tires and click on the Shopping tab to compare online prices. But before you make a purchase online, do another quick search for coupon codes to increase your savings. So you might do a search for “Goodyear coupon codes” or “Michelin coupon codes” and see what comes up. Then you just enter that coupon code into the appropriate field when making your online purchase.
This might not be a good fit for you if you are unable or unwilling to install the new tires on yoru vehicle yourself. But for car enthusiasts who enjoy working on their own cars and are handy with a jack and a tire iron, it's a great option.
6. Pay Cash!
Lastly, one of the best ways to save money on new tires -- or just about anything else in life -- is to pay cash upfront rather than using a credit card or store financing. When you pay with a credit card, you’re also paying interest on that purchase -- usually for months and years down the road. If your credit card has an interest rate of 20 percent or more, than that is a lot of money going down the drain. And the best part about this is that you can stack the savings by combing cash payments with the percentage savings or the mail-in rebate offers that the store is giving you. Overall, that can save you up to 50 percent of more per tire. Think about that!
Buying new tires for your car or truck can be a substantial purchase, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Follow these six money-saving tips to help you save a hundred dollars or more when you buy new tires at the shop or