Don't let frustration take the air out of your tire search.


    My name is Neal and hopefully my feedback will help make your tire buying experience easier. I've been with Tire Rack since 2002 and have participated in numerous tire testing events, toured suspension/tire plants, owned and used numerous items we carry on a variety of my own vehicles, and participated in track events on products we carry. I've also attended races at 24 Le Mans in France, Petit Le Mans Road America, and the Long Beach Grand Prix where brands such as Michelin, Yokohama, and Bridgestone ran.    

Over the years I've owned such cars as Infiniti G35, Lexus IS350, Audi A4 Quattro, and Mazda CX-9. I've also been around the vintage car scene for quite some time and own a 1973 Charger which I restored myself.

    If you are online you can also view my vehicle specific recommendations on G35 Driver, EvolutionM, MYG37, and MY350Z automotive forums.

   Tire buying can be overwhelming for sure. Hopefully my experience and guidence will take some of the speed bumps out of your search.

Where are my DWS tires?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 by Gavin Carpenter
A common question we are getting lately is, "where are my Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires?"  Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Due to the unexpectedly high demand of this tire, and the demands on production, Continental is running just a little behind. How behind? A few months for some sizes.

Several sizes are listed as back ordered: "Items shown with an inventory status of "Back Order" are on order from the manufacturer and an approximate in-stock date has not yet been determined. If you select an item with "Back Order" status, we will contact you when more information is available (no more than once per month). Our on-line order tracking feature will include updates to the estimated in-stock date."

Continental is working diligently to improve supply. Because increasing production means creating new molds and re-configuring manufacturing facilities the time to make the changes are lengthy. 24 sizes are in limited supply. We are receiving partial shipments on most sizes but customers have placed orders for more than for which we have definite availability dates. We will receive tires for all orders placed but for some customers we do not have specific dates. Continental expects to have adequate supply with in the next couple of months.

If you have placed an order you can find the status on our or by contacting us over the phone or by email. We will also contact you when there is a change regarding the availability of tires for you order.

The great news is that because of Continental's efforts we have 62 sizes of the ExtremeContact DWS tires in stock now!

If we are out of your size and you are able to wait, then they are definitely worth the wait, they are a great tire. But, if you need something in the near future, a back ordered tire may not be the one for you.

Rather than wait, why not consider other options? Other tires to consider that I've tested and do well, if not a little better than the Continental ExtremeContact DWS in my opinion are the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position or the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus. Both offer better dry handling but suffer a little bit in the cold weather handling department.

Now I do realize that the tires above demand a little more of a premium price tag, but are well worth it in my opinion.  Others to consider that fair very well and keep the price down are the Dunlop SP Sport Signature, the Goodyear Eagle GT or the Yokohama AVID ENVigor.

It's better to be safe and have tires with adequate tread depth than to wait months and drive on unsafe tires. There are other tires out there.

Buying Tires, Selection, Service, Price and the Experts

Thursday, May 6, 2010 by Rudy Riedel
Why buy tires at Tire Rack? Tire Rack started in 1979 and has continued to grow. Many customers look to Tire Rack to get the knowledge to make an informed decision on their purchase. We also stock many of the leading brands like BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dick Cepek, Dunlop, Firestone, Fuzion, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Hoosier Kumho, Michelin, Pirelli, Sumitomo, Uniroyal and Yokohama. We stock the hard-to-find speciality performance tires, too.

We know how the tires perform and we test them at our test facilty. We put the tire test results online for you to review. We offer fast shipping to a local installer near you. Installation is also made easy. Find a Recommend Installer near you here.

Symmetrical, Asymmetrical or Directional??

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 by Bart Blackburn
Regardless if you're shopping for Continental Brand Car tires or for your Lincoln Continental, more tires show tread patterns of unique shapes. One of the most frequently asked questions is "I mounted my asymmetric tread car tires purchased online and it looks like two of the tires are running backwards. Did I get two of the wrong tires?" 

The answer is "no," you did not get the wrong tires! The critical part of the tires in question is the outboard side being mounted out. Typically the outboard is going to have bigger tread blocks to stand up to the stresses of cornering better than the smaller tread blocks on the inside of the tread. Between the shoulder tread blocks some tread patterns seem to be running backwards, the significance of this appearance is overshadowed by the necessity to mount the outboard shoulder on the outside of the wheel.

So if you have the appearance of two of the tires running backward when looking at the tread but have the outside sidewall mounted out the tire is mounted correctly.

Below are examples of asymmetrical tread patterns:
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 
Continental ExtremeContact DWS

When it's time to shop for tires, do a tire comparison.

Thursday, April 29, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Sounds obvious, but when it comes down to it, conducting a tire comparison isn't always the easiest thing to do. It involves a lot of research, as you want to compile detailed information about each of the tires you are interested in. But that's where Tire Rack comes into play—we do all of that research for you.

Whether you need to compare Bridgestone tires or compare performance tires within other brands, spending a little time with our Tire Survey Results will produce all of the information you need to successfully shop for tires. We study our consumer feedback to chart all of the tires in our inventory, which lets you look at things like hydroplaning resistance and noise comfort. And we even label the best sellers according to their performance in our sales logs. Beyond that, we publish every test we conduct which gives you our unique perspective on how certain tires hold up against others.

All of this information, along with a library full of Tire Reviews, puts all of the information you need to conduct a tire comparison right in front of you. 

And in the end, that's how we make it really easy for you to buy auto tires online.

Do I Need Summer Tires or All-Season Tires?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by Chad Hocker
A common question I receive as we are changing seasons -- just because you live in a location that does not get snow does not exclude you from an all-season tire.

A general rule of thumb for someone that is looking to run a summer tire year round is will the vehicle be used when temperatures are below 40 degrees consistently. For example, on those early mornings or late nights when the temp gets into the 30s the summer tire would not perform well. Typically summer tires are more performance-oriented and have a shorter tread life. The all-season tire can handle the hottest summer climates and coldest winter climates. All-season tires can handle light snow as well however if you are in a climate that receives a modest amount of snow a winter tire will be your best option for winter traction and then the all-season or summer tire during the warmer months.

Take a look and compare some of the tread pattern differences on a popular all-season tire, summer tire and winter tire below.

All-Season Tread Pattern  Summer Tread Pattern  Winter Tread Pattern
All-Season Tire                              Summer Tire                                  Winter Tire

The tread patterns are from the Michelin Harmony, Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 and Continental ExtremeWinterContact from left to right.  Check  Tire Rack to view online tire prices for the tire of your choice.

A good set of Infiniti tires is a click away.

Friday, November 13, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Whether you're looking to upgrade your Original Equipment tires, or just need to replace a set that's worn out—any good Infiniti deserves an even better set of Infiniti tires.

At Tire Rack, we make it our priority to assist you throughout the process. Whether you've given us a call or utilized one of our online shopping tools, we'll create a list of appropriate Infiniti tires using your vehicle make, model and year. And we'll also take a look at the road conditions you typically face.

For example, if you drive a 2009 Infiniti M35x with a 245/45-18 tire size and need a good all-season tire option, we'd most likely recommend the following best sellers:

Michelin Primacy MXV4
Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-2
Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position

Compare online tire prices: Start with Tire Rack.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Online tire prices certainly do fluctuate from one website to the next. That's retail, whether you're looking for tires or ties.

At Tire Rack, we've worked very hard to form long-lasting, trusting relationships with major tire brands like Bridgestone, Goodyear and more. This allows us to offer plenty of exceptionally priced, in-stock tires at online tire prices that can't be beat.

So when you search by vehicle or tire size, you'll produce a list of recommended tires which you can then filter by price. Find an online tire price range you like, then read survey results, reviews and tire test results (when available). All of which will help you make an informed decision.

Just don't forget to check out the Special Offers that make our great prices an even better deal!

We put our test results for Bridgestone tires online.

Friday, November 6, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

Tire Rack's Performance Test Track Drives and Real World Road Rides result in expert and unbiased tire comparisons. So, if you're looking for information on Bridgestone tires online, you've come to the right place. At least 55 of the tests in our library include a Bridgestone tire. Here are a few examples:

"When Round and Black Becomes Lean and Green"
"Testing on Ice: Winter / Snow vs. All-Season vs. Summer Tires"
"Function Meets Fashion in High-Performance All-Season Tires"

You can certainly read more Bridgestone test results, or search our entire collection based on another brand or performance category.

And when you're done, you'll want to check out our collection of Bridgestone tires.

Chad's 2009-2010 Snow Tire and Wheel Package

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 by Chad Hocker
Its getting colder and colder every day.  Now is the time to buy your winter tire and wheel Package on-line!  I just purchased my tire and wheel package today for my Chevy Impala.Sport Edition Snow Wheels  Last year I used the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 with the Sport Edition F7 with great success!  I was very confident in the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60 and do believe they are the best snow tire for the worst conditions for my needs.  Last winter I remember having a few Blizzard warnings and of course I was outBridgestone Winter Tirse driving in them because after all its just snow!  So this year I am passing the Brigestone Blizzak WS60 and Sport Edition F7 wheels onto Katie who has  a Pontiac Grand Prix.

I am going to use the Michelin X-Ice XI-2 and Elbrus I02 as my winter package this season. Elbrus Winter Wheels I often get asked about the Michelin X-Ice XI-2 and it's comparison to the the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60.  We have lots of winter tire test results and also winter tire survey results comparing the two.  I thought why not try them out for myself this winter.  One nice thing about South Bend, IndianaMichelin Winter Tires is we see lots of winter conditions form rain, to ice, to blizzard conditions, to snow packed and slush covered roads from November to March each winter.

Both of these snow tires are top performers in their category.  If you have never tried snow tires.  These snow tires are so good I do feel I should offer a warning.  As you are able to drive confidently with the increased traction be aware that others around you can not and can not stop quickly as you can.  Look at this video of a winter test the Tire Rack did comparing All Season tires vs Winter tires.

Make your online tire purchase today!

Monday, November 2, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we do everything we can to simplify the process of making an online tire purchase.

Starting with our inventory.

A commitment to excellence charges us with stocking only the best tire brands on the market. Further, we only stock the best of those brands' products. A tire must have proven, technologically advanced manufacturing and testing capabilities to make it onto the shelves in our distribution centers.

In other words, we wouldn't sell you something we didn't trust.

Featured brands include:

Product satisfaction rates are high, which you can read about in our Tire Survey Results. That's feedback—another factor that makes an online tire purchase easier. You'll see a combination of consumer reviews, test results (when available), specifications and warranty information for each tire we offer. All of which helps make your online tire purchase a well-rounded, educated purchase.

And most importantly, whether you want to buy truck tires or something for your passenger car, we make selecting the right tire very easy:
Search by Vehicle
Search by Tire Size
Tire Decision Guide

(Don't forget to check out our Special Offers!)

Can you really order tires online?

Monday, September 28, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

Why, yes. You can! Tire Rack makes it really easy for you to shop for tires online. We have a lot of in-stock industry leading, high performance tires:

So when it comes to using our site, the opportunities are endless. Shop for tires by vehicle or size. Browse by brand. Whatever your path to a decision, you'll find consumer reviews and Tire Rack test results along the way. And don't hesitate to contact us, we're always willing to assist you with your online tire order. We're all about the customer service. And tires, of course.




Bridgestone Tires for Your Light Truck or SUV

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 by Ed Singleton
Bridgestone offers two highly rated truck/SUV tires, the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza and the Bridgestone AT Revo 2.  First you have the Dueler Alenza with its excellent wet traction and smooth ride quality. This tire is offered in 57 different sizes to fit a broad range of light trucks and SUVs. Check out its survey results on the online tire survey.

Now for the Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo 2. This is a tire designed to fit the needs of a driver looking for a tire that will give them confidence both off-road and on-road, it offers year round traction in dry, wet and wintry conditions. This tire features circumferential and sweeping lateral grooves that help resist hydroplaning and enhance wet traction. It is available in 31 different P-Metric and LT sizes for your light truck or SUV. Check out its survey results on the online tire survey.