General Grabber HTS

Thursday, January 20, 2011 by Derrick Ling

Grabber HTS

General has hit the mark when it comes to building an all-season tire that provides comfort, durability and performance but does not cost an arm and a leg. The Grabber HTS Highway All-Season tire is putting its mark on the map when it comes to good all-season tires at an affordable price. With many sizes and load ranges available to fit different applications on the road, you can count on getting a lot of bang for your buck.

Don't just take my word for it, view what other customers like you have to say.

Shipping Cost to Australia

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 by Derrick Ling

Wondering what it costs to ship tires to Australia? You are not alone. Prices can vary since shipment cost is based on weight and the ship-to address.

In order for us to provide a shipping quote, contact a Tire Rack sales specialist by phone or email and provide the following information:

  1. Vehicle year/make/model
  2. Full billing address 
  3. Full shipping address
  4. Billing telephone number
  5. Your contact information
  6. Complete list of products you'd like to purchase
Based on this information we will select the best shipping method with the lowest cost. As an example, the average cost to ship four 285/75R16 tires is $568.07. Exact shipping cost varies based on the items mentioned above.

Payment via wire transfer is preferred.

Sumitomo Summer Performance

Thursday, July 29, 2010 by Derrick Ling
Sumitomo HTR Z llSumitomo HTR Z ll is an Ultra High Performance Summer tire that is developed for the drivers of sports cars and performance sedans who like a tire that will grip the road in wet and dry conditions but not break the bank. The Sumitomo HTR Z ll is able to channel water and resists hydroplaning due to the unique V-shaped directional tread design. The arched tread blocks on the tire are designed to enhance the dry road performance of the tire. With sizes available to fit just about every application, this is definitely a tire worth considering.

Read more about the Sumitomo HTR Z ll and see what our customers have to say in our consumer reviews.

General Altimax HP

Friday, July 16, 2010 by Derrick Ling
General'sThe General Altimax HP is General’s Grand Touring All-Season tire. It was developed to be a year-round tire that combines reliability, comfort and tread life, as well as provides year-round traction, including light snow capability.

The Altimax HP is an excellent tire that will not break the bank and will keep you safe on the road. For more information, please visit Tire Rack’s website and see what other customers have to say about the General Altimax HP.

Need a Gift Idea?

Thursday, July 8, 2010 by Derrick Ling
Ever wonder what to get the car nut who has everything? Look no further! A Tire Rack Gift Certificate is the perfect gift for any car nut. They are available from $25 to $5,000 and are delivered in three to five days. You can even include a personal message.

If you are a last minute shopper, don't worry. We can send the Gift Certificate via email to get it delivered in 24-48 hours and it can still include your personal message.

For the car enthusiast who has it all, a  Tire Rack Gift Certificate is a great gift idea.

Firestone Destination A/T (all terrain)

Thursday, June 24, 2010 by Derrick Ling
Looking for a good all-terrain tire that won't break the bank? Firestone has the solution. The Firestone Destination A/T provides very good all-around performance at a reasonable cost. Whether you are driving to your favorite hunting spot or making the daily drive to work, the Firestone Destination A/T will get you there safely. The UNI-T technology that is built into the tire offers great wet weather traction and surprisingly good snow traction for an all-terrain tire. In my opinion, this is the best tire on the market.

They have not forgotten about road noise on this one. The Firestone Destination A/T has a very quiet, smooth ride on the highway, too.

To learn more on the Firestone Destination A/T, visit our site and see what other customers have to say.

Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 by Derrick Ling
The Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 is the latest version of the all-terrain Dueler tires. It is replacing the orginal Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo that has been so popular over the years. Bridgestone felt is was time to make some changes, but didn't want to redesign a tire that has been so good for all these years, so they decided to listen to what consumers had to say and make some minor adjustments to the great perfomance of the A/T Revo.

You may notice the new Dueler A/T Revo 2 looks basically the same, but if you take a closer look, you will see there has been a slight change to the tread pattern of the tire. This was done to give the tire a little quieter ride and more comfort. The other change that was made to the tire was to the rubber compound. Bridgestone made a slight change so that they could get better wear. Not a lot of changes were made to the tires, but what they did do was a nice improvement.

If you're looking for an all-terrian tire that has a sporty off-road look but great highway performance the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 2 is the tire for you. You can see all the reviews on the Revo 2 on our site and see what other consumers like you have to say.

On a budget but need tires?

Friday, May 14, 2010 by Derrick Ling
If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it's that price does not always determine how a tire performs. With the hard economic times, the most common question I get is "What is the cheapest tire you have?" That is fine; but the question that should be asked is "What is the most cost-effective tire for the money?" which I like to call the "best bang for the buck."

Sometimes the lowest cost tire is the best option, but more times than I can count, I find that if you spend just a few dollars more you will get a much better tire for your money. Some of the top budget brand name tires that are carried by Tire Rack are Fuzion, General, Kumho, Sumitomo and YokohamaDunlop and Hankook are also good low cost options.

When you ask for the cheapest tire we have, this could be a trick question that could backfire on you if you're not careful. Sometimes the cheapest tire could be a summer only tire that will have zero snow traction. Well, this would not be a good option for someone who lives in a snowy area and is planning on using the tire year-round. A better selection would have been the lowest cost all-season tire. Another time this question could backfire on you would be when the tire you have selected due to cost is more of a performance-oriented tire that is made for fun and stick, and you really need a tire that is going to last 50,000 or 60,000 miles instead of 15,000 to 20,000 miles. The cost difference between the mileage difference can sometimes only be $5 or $10 to get a tire that will last 3 times longer and be in tune with your driving style and your needs vs. a tire that has a lot of features and benefits that you will never use.

So when shopping for tires and you're on a budget, keep in mind the cheapest tire might not be the best tire for you. Our website provides a wealth of information to help you decide but if you're not sure what tire is right for you, pick up the phone and talk to one of our sales specialists to find out what tire will give you the "best bang for your buck."

What is my shipping cost?

Thursday, May 6, 2010 by Derrick Ling
Shopping for tires on the Tire Rack website, and need to know what the shipping cost is?   This is a common question.

Well there is an easy way for you to get the shipping cost on any of our products. This is real easy to do with any of our products like tires, wheels, brakes, shocks, lighting, etc... without entering any personal information. 

All you need to do is add the items to the cart, and then select "See Shipping Charges",  enter your zip code or postal code, then click "Continue" and the website will show you all of your shipping options and the cost of each one of them. Shipping is not based on items, or cost, but on weight and zip code. Costs shown are for all the items you have in your cart.  So when you want to get a quick idea of your total cost just follow the simple steps and you will be able to get the answer to your question fast and simple.

If your not sure about the availability or the time frame as to which your items will arrive, it is always a good idea to call a sales specialist. We can answer any questions you have and complete your order.

Standard UPS shipping is normally 1-2 business days if the items are in the closest warehouse to you.

Here is a quick link that will provide you with more information about shipping items from the Tire Rack: Shipping Charges

Bilstein Shocks: What Shocks are Right for Me?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by Derrick Ling
A very common question when it comes to shocks that I get is, "What is the biggest difference between all the shocks?" or "Why are the Bilstein so much more money over the other shocks?" or even " Are they really that much better then KYB or KONI?"

Well here is the answer to that.

There is a reason the Bilstein's do cost more, and there is a performance difference between all of the shocks. Bilstein shocks carry a lifetime warranty unlike KYB or KONI. Bilstein shocks and struts will last 4 times longer then the Orginal Equipment shocks and struts. They are also designed to improve the ride, handling and control of your vehicle. Bilstien is able to do this due to the quality of the shocks material and the specially designed valving system that Bilstien has designed. Bilstein has been in busniess longer then I can remember and for years manufactures have been trying to copy what they do, and have not been able to come close. This is because of Bilstein's extensive research and the quality of material used to build there shocks and struts. By using top notch quality material when building there shocks and struts, is the main reason you end up with a product that works so well and is able to carry a lifetime warranty.  
In my opinion, the Bilstein Shocks are well worth the money and will dramatically improve the comfort and ride quality of your vehicle. If you are looking for a way to improve the ride quality and performance of your vehicle, Bilstein is the way to go. Don't settle for second best when you can have the best built shock in the business.

For more information on how to purchase Bilstein shocks and struts for your vehicle visit Tire Rack.

Fuel Efficient Tires

Thursday, July 9, 2009 by Derrick Ling

With today's tough economy and the high price of fuel consumers are always looking for a way to save money at the pump. Goodyear and Michelin have also noticed this and have decided to help make a change when it comes to saving money at the pump. They have designed tires that are geared toward providing the least amount of rolling resistance to improve you fuel economy.

Goodyear's answer to providing a low rolling resistance tire is the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max. This tire is offering 2600 miles worth of fuel savings over the life of the tire and provided a very smooth and comfortable ride quality that is not found in most tires.

Michelin's answer to providing a low rolling resistance tire is the Michelin Energy Saver A/S. The Michelin Energy Saver A/S was developed for drivers of Hybrid and Fuel-Efficient passenger case that want to exploit there vehicles fuel economy without giving up the year around performance. This tire has exceptional wet performance and even delivers good performance in light snow.

Tires are not just black and round, and engineers spend a lot of time and testing when it comes to designing tires. Months of research and testing goes in to the design of a tire so that manufactures are able to achieve the best performance and top notch quality that they  are trying to get from there design.

So, whether your a fan of Goodyear tires or Michelin tires, both company's are now offering you great choice when it comes to purchasing tires that will help save you money at the pump without sacrificing quality and performance.