Discount Tires: Brands to Buy and Brands to Avoid

January 27, 2012

When it's time to replace the tires on your car or truck, you may consider discount tires as an affordable option to expensive name brand tires. However, as with any other type of product, there are certain brands and companies that produce better products than others.

Better Discount Tire Brands
There are many quality tire manufacturers that sell discount tires to American consumers. However, some companies offer tires that are consistently rated and reviewed much better than others. For example, American tire manufacturers like BF Goodrich, Goodyear, Firestone and Michelin offer highly-rated discount tires that can generally be purchased for as little as $50 or $60 each.

In addition, there are many excellent imported tires as well; for example, Korean manufacturers such as Hankook and KumHo offer excellent replacement tire alternatives at very affordable prices. Likewise Japanese manufacturer Yokohama also manufactures high-quality tires that are very affordable. When choosing a replacement tire, most tires from these manufacturers will serve you well and all have models that will fit most budgets.

Tire Brands to Avoid
More and more Chinese and Taiwanese made tires are entering the US market. Furthermore, some of these tires are very cheap with prices as low as $89 or $99 for a set of four, depending on the size required. However, many people complain about the quality of the Chinese and Taiwanese made tires.

Some tire shops are refusing to sell the Chinese brands because of their lack of basic performance and safety features such as belt stiffeners, gum strips and nylon cap plies. You can generally recognize these Chinese and Taiwanese brands by the multitude of unfamiliar names on the side of the tire.

It is generally a good idea to buy tires from a well-known company that you recognize and trust, and avoid unfamiliar tire brands.

Related Questions and Answers

How Often Should I Replace My Car Tires?

You should replace car tires when the tread wear indicates they need to be replaced. There is no time frame on tire replacement. Tires wear at different rates depending on how often the car is driven and how many miles are put on it each year. Check the wear bars on the tire; when they become flush with the tire tread, it is time to replace the tires. Another way to test is to stick a penny upside down in the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, it's time to replace the tires. If a car sits for months without being driven, tires can develop dry rot, so have them checked by a professional before putting the vehicle back on the road.

Where Can I Buy Antique Car Tires?

Antique car tires are speciality items that cannot be purchased at the majority of normal tire stores. The easiest place to find and purchase tires for antique cars is online. Sites such as Coker offer a wide range of antique tires. The site can be searched by year, make and model. The tires are shipped directly to your home where you can install them yourself or take them to a local tire shop to be installed. Another popular site is Lucas Classic Tires. It carries a wide selection of classic car tires. While the website is not as sophisticated as Coker's, it is easy to find the proper tire. You can then call and order over the phone.

Where Can I Find Automobile Tire Ratings?

Some of the best automobile tire ratings can be found at Consumer Reports. This site is an independent rating agency that tests all kinds of products, including tires. Consumer Reports can help you find the perfect tire for your vehicle. Tires are extremely important to the safety of your vehicle and its passengers. The general rule is to buy the best tires you can afford. In addition to Consumer Reports, doing a quick web search for tire ratings will bring up a wide range of results. Another option is to check the manufacturer sites for customer reviews. Finding comments from people who actually own the tires can be a big help.

What are the Benefits of Using Nitrogen in My Car Tires?

There are certain advantages to putting nitrogen in car tires. Race car drivers typically run nitrogen in their tires, because nitrogen is less likely to seep out of the tire. This means that the tires will maintain their proper pressure for a longer amount of time. Nitrogen does not react to temperature changes the way regular air does, so tire pressure does not change as the tires heat up on the road. These slight advantages can add up to additional fuel savings and longer wear on your tire. While there are benefits to filling your tires with nitrogen, it can be costly. Some shops charge up to $30 per tire.

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