Why Buy Dedicated Wheels and Tires for Winter?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

A very common decision that presents itself when considering a winter / snow tire purchase is whether or not you should buy wheels to go along with your tires. The following information is some of the benefits of going with a complete Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package.

By purchasing one of these packages, you gain flexibility when it comes to swapping out summer or all-season tires for winter options. Instead of having to make an appointment and then transporting tires to an installer, you can go out to the garage and the do swap yourself. It usually takes only minutes to install tires and wheels on your vehicle, so be sure to install them properly by reading "How to Install Your Tire & Wheel Package."

Additionally, in many cases you can downsize wheel diameter by an inch or two. The benefit of this relates to better performance and a lower price. Typically, when you reduce the wheel diameter, you'll end up with a narrower tire in the process. A narrower tire cuts through ice and snow better, resulting in improved winter performance. You also have more sidewall, which provides additional wheel protection from pot hole damage. Winter packages that include smaller wheel diameters tend to cost less. In some cases the savings can be substantial.

And finally, winter conditions are the harshest environment for your wheels. By purchasing a dedicated winter solution, you're preventing your expensive Original Equipment wheels from traveling through salt and gravel, thereby saving the finish.

Tire Rack puts a lot of effort into assembling vehicle specific and high quality packages for your exact application. We include all required hardware, such as lug nuts, at no additional cost. The tires will be mounted to the wheels at no extra cost, too. You just have to check air pressure and install. You're now ready for the winter season!

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