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."

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