If you’re searching for a gift for that special someone for Valentine’s Day, you may be considering getting a new set of tires. Now I’m not saying that tires make the most romantic present in the world, but if your loved one’s tread is wearing a bit thin, new tires may be the ideal gift!
Not really, but you may need a new set of tires anyway. Your tires may be losing traction or you may want snow tires for an upcoming blizzard. Shopping for tires can be daunting. You can do research on a brand of tires and read articles reviewing tires, but chances are that author may not have driven on those tires for many miles and the author’s vehicle might be very different from yours.
Tire Rack is a website that sells tires at competitive prices. You can research tires there and see the ratings. But what really makes Tire Rack a valuable site is the user reviews. The wealth of knowledge about tires at Tire Rack is extremely useful because people write reviews after they have driven tens of thousands of miles. Sometimes hundreds of thousands of miles. In all different types of vehicles.
I recently needed to replace the tires on my beloved Ford Flex, a/k/a Fiona. I knew I needed new tires, but had no idea which tires would be best for my car. A friend suggested I check out Tire Rack so I headed to the site and was impressed with both the selection and the available information.
How It Works
To get started, head to Tire Rack and enter the make, model and year of your car. It’s helpful to know the size of your tires as some cars have different sized tires. You can see what size your tires are by looking at the side of the tires where that information should be written.
You’re given the option of seeing the all tires to fit your car, original equipment tires, best sellers or the Tire Decision Guide. The Tire Decision guide allows you to search for your tires based on whether your car will be driven in snow, whether you want dedicated snow tires, and your priorities, such as handling, tire noise and tread life. Then you can choose which brands of tires you want to consider.
I didn’t have much luck with the Tire Decision Guide the first time I used it. When I first tried this search function, the site showed only three types of tires for my Ford Flex, all of which were low-rated. I took advantage of an online chat with Customer Support, chatting with Nick the agent who suggested that I clear the search, which I did. I was then shown 29 different types of tires. (Later, I tried the Tire Decision Guide again and it worked well.)
Once you get your results, you can sort them by:
- User review rating
- Performance catagory
- Speed rating
- Warranty rating
- UTQG, Uniform Tire Quality Grading
You can compare tires to see which tire is best for your vehicle. Reading the reviews can be exceptionally helpful, especially if you find reviews from people who own your model of vehicle.
After you select your tires, you tell Tire Rack where you want your tires sent. You can have them sent to your home, if you want to put them on the car yourself. If you want a mechanic to put them on your car, Tire Rack has you covered. Enter your zip code or address and Tire Rack will show you their available garages nearby to mount and balance your tires.
You can see the available garages in a list and on a map. The garages include service stations, car dealers, and other garages. You can also see reviews of the garages as well as their charges. Pick where you want the tires to be sent and Tire Rack will send your tires directly there. Your garage will contact you directly to set up an appointment for you to have your tires put on your vehicle.
The site says that most locations are within one to two business days of their distribution locations. My garage received my tires the day after I ordered them.
Tire Rack ships to garages in the US and Canada.
Few of us are experts about tires. We usually only pay attention to brands of tires when we need new ones. If you have a car, truck or motorcycle, chances are that at some point you will need to buy new tires. Check out Tire Rack to find out more information and compare prices for your next set of tires, whether or not you give them as a Valentine’s Day gift.
Have you ever felt befuddled when buying tires? Have you ever tried Tire Rack? How do you research which tires to buy? Let us know in the Comments section below!