Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.80
 
 

1993 Volvo 2 Series Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Belleville, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2014

Even with only 500 miles rolled off the tread, I can immediately tell that these tires are my new favorite. The online test result information and other reviews rate this tire far above it's price range and I concur. That is value.
We have snow, ice and rain on the ground right now and the tires did better than any Michelin I normally buy. My Volvo 240 wagon is getting old and I didn't want to spend so much for my regular tire, so I bought these after a lot of research. This is my first Tire Rack purchase as well. I am so pleased with both the merchant and the merchandise!
Now, I have been driving a Volvo 240 wagon every day for 25 years. So, I know exactly what differences the tire makes in ride, handling, acceleration, and braking. This General Altimax RT43 is as good as it gets for all-around, all-season value in a tire. Even the tread depth is a better 12/32nds.
I normally put a smaller than original tire size on my wagon due to availability issues. This time I put the largest tire that would comfortably fit. My speedometer is only off by one mph, but the benefit is a much smoother roll, higher ground clearance, and slightly better fuel economy (but at a cost of slightly reduced acceleration).
I expected this taller tire to have more front end roll from the taller sidewall and new tread, but it didn't. Another reason to love this tire.
Another review is in order after a few thousand miles, but, for first impressions, these tires did not disappoint.
Oh yeah, they look great, too.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.3
 
 

2010 Jeep Compass
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Slinger, WI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 27, 2013

SO I live in Wisconsin and I self admit I am a terrible winter driver in my own opinion. The problem is that I have a 55 mile drive one way to work each day so 110 mile trek. In the past Ive gone no snow tires and its been scary many nights on the drive hom.

Now I have a Jeep Compass with 4WD and with the stock tires last year they didn't do too bad, but there was still some scary days. So this season I decided to grab a pair of these Altimax Arctics after much research on here and online in general.

COULD NOT GO WRONG with a purchase of these tires. First, things I were afraid of is the talk of control on dry pavement, road noise because they are snow tires, cornering etc. Now I wouldn't say im a tire enthusiast, and I am not super picky, but these tires are great here. Noise was quieter than the stock all season by FAR, and control and cornering were better as well which suprises me for a snow tire.

Now to control. Its snowed where i am about 18 days of the 27 so far in December. These things are beasts! We've had some light super slippery powder snow and these did not miss. Sure there a few times was a little slip from a stand still, but its remarkable how they dig through. I put them through the paces, pushing hard, sharp turning in 3-4 inches and light powder etc, very good extreme traction. We had some ice days, shockingly though I drove conservative, no issues. So the other night, we had more slipper powder, I found the sharpest grade hill in our city...pretty steep, decided to try it, about a quarter mile stretch...NO ISSUES! Couldn't believe it.

All the above all our other vehicles struggle big time with and tires spin. But not these. At my kids school, parents were getting stuck in parking, not these.

If you have a 4WD vehicle, matched with these, its a snow bobcat now. WIth my conservative driving and these, I feel a lot less stressed.

Purchase from tire rack was smooth and great and got free install based on deal!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Firestone Winterforce Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.7
 
 

2002 Ford Windstar LX
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Rocky River, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 31, 2013

For 2 months I research online for a good winter tire and all brands seems to do the job. I have 2 kids under 5 years of age so I was very concern for them and wanted to find a tire that would do the job during the snow season. I came across these winterforce. After seeing them in person at sears I decided to go with the purchase. A week later we got hammered with a snow storm and I was able to put them to the test. THEY WORK! PERIOD!!! I like their grip during light or heavy snow, and ice. I no longer have to go to work fearing that my wife will end up doing another 360 degree on the road like she did prior with our other tires(goodyear integrety). I WILL BUY these winterforce tires AGAIN!!!!!!!!

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI

Friday, December 6, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2004 Hyundai Santa Fe 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,860
Location: Canonsburg, PA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 5,860 Miles on Tires
November 14, 2013

Just recently purchased these tires, and had them mounted/balanced and went on a coast to coast trip to visit my parents. There tires were purchased for winter use here in Western Pennsylvania, but I used them for my long trip from PA to California. Outstanding traction in the snow and ice, and surprisingly excellent grip in rain, and dry conditions. Didn't notice any discernible wear for the almost 6000 mile round trip!

Always great selection/prices, and fast shipping from Tire Rack. Don't waste your time
with the other online vendors.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45

2006 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Portage, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 12, 2013

I purchased a rear wheel drive Mercedes Benz E320 CDI this fall and was concerned with handling this winter. Living in Michigan we see all types of winter driving conditions.
I went online to the Tire Rack website and researched tires for winter driving and with their customer service support selected the Bridgstone Blizzak 225/55R16 WS60 tires. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and would recommend them to anyone. The ride is excellent and quiet. The traction on snow and ice surpasses my expectations.

Do Studdable Winter / Snow Tires Come Studded?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

"When I purchase a set of Studdable Winter / Snow tires, will they arrive studded or unstudded?" All studdable winter tires we sell can be sent with or without studs installed. It's important to note that only new tires that have never been driven on can be studded. Tires already driven on cannot be studded nor re-studded.

Studdable Winter / Snow tires without studs are still effective winter tires and many drivers choose not to stud them. If you desire a higher level of traction due to challenging conditions, studs can be added to any tires in this performance category for a $15 charge. 

When placing your order online, simply check the box to add studs when prompted in the checkout.  Because studdable tires are manufactured with different tread depths, studs are manufactured in different lengths that must be matched to the depth of the holes molded in the tire. We will select the correct gauge of stud for your specific tire and ship them out with the studs pressed in.

A Studdable Winter / Snow tire's tread is often lubricated to facilitate stud installation, therefore a special tool is inserted into the molded hole, spreading the tread rubber, and inserting the stud towards the bottom of the hole and retracting. With the stud inserted, the tread rubber compresses around the stud's flat head and cylindrical housing to hold it in place. Because it takes some time for the lubricant to evaporate and the tread rubber to securely compress around the stud, new studded tires require a break-in period.

Some states prohibit studded winter tires completely or restrict them to seasonal use. Check with local law enforcement officials to confirm restrictions in your area.

To learn more about using studded tires in the colder months, read "Studded Tires for Winter Driving."

Tire Testing is Underway

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Tire testing is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job. It's also a big part of what sets Tire Rack apart from other online retailers. While we can't drive every tire on the market, we make an effort to drive as many of the leading tires as possible in each market category.

When you call Tire Rack to purchase your tires, you'll speak with an expert who has a wealth of experience driving on a wide variety of tires.

Every couple of weeks, while the weather is nice, we take four identical cars, mount each one with a different tire, and run back-to-back testing on both the road and track. Road testing allows us to sample ride quality and noise characteristics while experiencing handling characteristics relevant to everyday driving. Since the testing is on public roads, we drive at moderate speeds and do not test the limits of the tires' capability.

After road testing, we move on to the more exciting segment of the test: the track evaluation. Hot lapping in wet or dry conditions on our test track pushes the tires to their limits and is especially valuable for enthusiast-oriented tires.

All of our sales specialists take part in the driving portions of testing, while a few members of our tire information team handle the instrumented testing to measure braking distances on wet and dry surfaces. Look for our latest test results as soon as they are ready. We have results pending for the Grand Touring All-Season and Extreme Performance Summer category that should be going live in the next few weeks.

What About TPMS Sensors for My Winter Wheels?

Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Hunter Leffel

An often overlooked aspect during the Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package research process is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Starting with the 2008 model year, Federal regulations require TPMS on all passenger vehicles. Most use a direct system which attaches a pressure sensor to the vehicle's wheels. An in-vehicle receiver warns the driver if the pressure in any tire falls below a predetermined level. Direct systems are typically more accurate and reliable and most are able to indicate which tire is underinflated. To learn more about the differences in TPMS sensors, read "Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems."

While these sensors vary in price, they are worth the cost as they provide a safety feature to your driving experience. While not required in most states, it is recommended that you maintain the system with your winter tires and wheels. In some locations, vehicle inspection regulations require operating tire pressure monitoring sensors on every vehicle that came with TPMS as Original Equipment. The following states require the TPMS to be functional in order to pass inspection:

  • Hawaii
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also recently modified how installers must deal with these systems when it comes to swapping wheels and tires. To help verify the latest information for your application and how these rules may affect your vehicle, contact one of our sales specialists for assistance. 

Tire Rack works with wheel manufacturers to develop aftermarket wheels that accommodate direct tire pressure monitoring sensors. This results in our ability to provide a wider selection of aftermarket alloy wheel styles that accept Original Equipment direct system components. Our fitment specialists also carefully determine which wheels will be compatible with the vehicle and system installed for customers purchasing Tire & Wheel Packages or wheel upgrades. Search results on our site include notes regarding TPMS sensors and sensors can confidently be purchased online with wheels.

Tire Rack Has a Hall of Famer!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Team

Pete Veldman, Tire RackAt the 2012 SEMA Show/Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan on October 29, 2012, Tire Rack's Pete Veldman will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

While initially skeptical about starting a mail-order tire company, Veldman quickly saw a need for customers to acquire specialty tires easily and efficiently. Thus Tire Rack was founded in 1979 and has established itself as the leader in the direct-to-consumer tire business. Veldman's forward thinking ensured Tire Rack was one of the first tire companies to have an online presence in 1996 that today provides over 50 million annual website visitors the test results, tire selection, reviews and fast shipping options they need to make an informed tire purchase.

His hard work and dedication to giving customers optimum customer service and convenience has led to the announcement that he will be inducted into the Tire Industry Association Hall of Fame. "The TIA Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of innovators and leaders who have shaped the tire industry over the past century," TIA stated. "By honoring the individual accomplishments of manufacturers, dealers, retreaders and suppliers, TIA celebrates the diversity and rich history of the tire industry."

Tire Rack and all of its employees would like to congratulate Pete on this well deserved honor!

 

Information About Rebates and Promotions

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by Ben Rooney

Tire manufacturers often use rebates to help attract buyers to their brand. Tire Rack participates in these special offers when possible. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive regarding rebates and promotions:

Q: Does the tire I want have a rebate available? Products that have a rebate or special offer will generally be noted right on the screen when you're viewing the product's price. If you want to see an overview of current promotions, see our special offers page.

Q: Is the dollar amount of the rebate for a set? Or for each tire? The rebates generally apply to a set of four tires. In most cases, if you qualify for a $50 rebate, this would mean you'd receive a Reward Card valued at $50 by mail-in rebate.

Q: I have different sizes on the front and rear of my car, does that still count as a set of four? Yes, it does. As long as the four tires are the same model and for the same vehicle, they count as a set of four.

Q: I reside outside the United States, do rebates still apply to me? Most rebates apply to U.S. residents only, as determined by your billing (not shipping) address. APO addresses are generally considered part of the U.S. Check the official terms and conditions page of the offer for specific details.

Q: I bought two tires last year and want to buy two more now. Does that count as a set of four? The four tires must be purchased during the current rebate period to qualify.

Q: There is a rebate on my tires, but the price in the cart is the regular price. What is going on? Most of the tire makers have mail-in rebates. After you order, watch your mailbox. You should receive the rebate form in about 1-2 weeks. Fill it out and submit it to receive the advertised offer.

Q: If I buy more than one set, do I get more than one rebate? It depends on the terms and conditions set by the manufacturer. Make sure to read them carefully if considering multiple sets to determine your eligibility. We make all of the terms and conditions available online.

For more information on special offers and promotions, visit our FAQ section.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

2005 Honda Element LX
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Miami, FL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
May 09, 2012

I own a 2005 Honda Element which is a terrific vehicle, the best I have ever owned, but one of the negatives of this vehicle is that the box construction amplifies tire and road noise. When I first got this truck, I added carpets which helped lower the road noise. I then changed the tires for Goodyear TripleTred tires as the noise ratings on TireRack were low for those tires, and other issues such as wet traction, handling etc. were well rated. When new, the TripleTred Goodyears were pretty quiet good in the rain, and gave me about 38,000 miles of wear. I recently needed to replace my tires again and after doing extensive online research, I chose Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus tires. I am EXTREMELY satisfied with these tires. My Element feels almost like a regular luxury sedan on all but the most rough roads. Amazingly quiet, excellent wet handling, and just smooth as can be. My truck is considerably quieter than it ever was before. I purchased these from TireRack.com at a very reasonable cost. At this time, Continental includes a free Barnes and Noble Nook reader as a rebate. That was not a main reason for my purchasing these tires, but it is a nice bonus. The claimed increased gas mileage has not panned out for me, or at least only a very small gas mileage increase. My alignment shop (I highly recommend Ken Heiden's "The Alignment Factory" in Miami) suggested a cold tire pressure of 38 psi and even at that pressure, the ride is extremely comfortable. I believe that you will be very pleased with these tires on a Honda Element as well and other vehicles as well.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, April 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

1996 Volvo 850 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: AUSTRALIA, XX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 19, 2012

I purchased these mostly to take advantage of the strong Aussie dollar and also because my tyre size is a bit uncommon here and subsequently choice is less and cost is more.
In the end bought a superior tyre online for less than an average one from a shop. Shipping was pretty expensive I thought but that's the norm it seems buying online from the states. On the plus side,the tyres were dispatched and landed down under in just a couple of days which I thought was pretty impressive.
I wouldn't call myself an aggressive driver but still, don't mind throwing it about a few corners (we've all got our faves don't we)on the odd occasion.
The tyres have worn pretty well which I would attribute to getting a dynamic wheel alignment following fitting as advised by my mechanic. Grip, cornering and wet performance are excellent and they coped with 1 in 100 year rain event we had at Christmas time wonderfully which is just what I needed as had all the family in the car at the time.
Unfortunately I hit a pretty nasty pothole at speed while on a country trip and when I inspected it at my destination, saw that the tyre had a rather large egg in the sidewall. Subsequently, a couple of weeks later my daughter hit another pothole with the same wheel and she blew. (The tyre that is. My daughter wouldn't do that. She's a nice girl.)
Unfortunately the shipping cost for two tyres is nearly the same as four and while I was keen to get some more Conti's, it just wasn't economically feasible :( I have replaced two of the Conti's with a Falken Z92 so we'll see how that goes.
If i have to buy a full set again I'll be looking at Tire rack. If I just need one or two, it's probably more economic to buy local but you takes your chances as far as choice.
Drive Safe
Longy

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Yokohama Parada Spec-X Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.86
 
 

2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: O'Fallon, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 26, 2012

When I upgraded my 2012 Chevrolet Equinox for the 17" Goodyear tires and factory rims I want to go big so I went to a 22" set. I researched online every tire that is manufactured in the size P255/35/22. My first set of tires were Toyo Proxes TR-4. These tires were noisy and rough riding. I hated these tires so much I swapped them out only after 100 miles for a set of Yokohama Parada Spec-X. Yes it cost me several hundred dollars but it was worth every penny. These Yokohama tires are wonderful. I finally have a quiet ride and smooth like I'm driving in a luxury vehicle. I was worried that since I had very little rubber between the rim and road I would have a rough ride but not with the Yokohama tires. You would think there was much more tire. Even the wet handling is outstanding I was traveling a little to fast in the rain the other day and had to make a quick right hand turn but didn't slide at all. I would highly recommend this tire to anyone in the market for a large diameter tire for the small SUV or Truck. I only hope that when it comes time to replace these tires in a few years they still manufacture this tire so I can purchase another set. Only time will tell how many miles I will get from this set of tires. I will update to let everyone know how I like them after one year of driving.

 

Best Original Equipment Replacement Rotor? Stop and Take a Look to See if Centric is Right for You!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Centric Plain 120 Series RotorsMany vehicles are offered with optional sport packages which usually include upgrades to the engine, wheels, tires and braking system. When replacing your current rotors be sure you're getting the same level of performance from your new rotors. Centric takes the guess work out of purchasing Original Equipment replacement rotors.  
 

If you own a performance vehicle like the Audi RS4, Porsche 911, Corvette or BMW M3 that came with factory cross-drilled and vented rotors, the Centric Plain 120 Series Rotors will be made to the exact specifications.
 

Plain 120 Series Rotors feature a layer of Electrocoating that provides long lasting corrosion protection. The black Electrocoating is applied to the entire rotor with the exception of the braking surface which gives a more attractive rust-free appearance when compared to your Original Equipment rotors.
 

Centric also offers value-added benefits such as balancing, split castings for better heat transfer and a double disc ground braking surface for a non-directional friction area.
 

When looking for brakes online, be sure to shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star SpecReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.14

2010 BMW 128i Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Rowlett, Tx
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
February 02, 2012

I wanted to change from run-flats to standard tires, and at the same time, I wanted to increase the tire size and reduce the very harsh ride I was gettinging from the factory run flats. My BMW is a 2010 128i with the sport suspension and staggered 17" factory wheels(7" wide front, 7.5" wide rear). I also wanted a spare tire. So heres what I did. I went online and purchased two, new condition used, 7.5" facory wheels to replace the front 7" factory wheels($320.00). I used one front tire and wheel as the spare. I figured out how to strap the spare and jack kit down in the trunk but that's another story. I now have 7.5" wheels on both front and back. I had the Dunlop Star Spec 225/45/17 installed on the front, and Dunlop 245/45/17's installed on the rear. I was a bit concerned when I first started driving it in that it was so sensitive to the road, but after breaking them in with about 300 miles, I couldn't be happier. The harshness has been significantly reduced but it still has the traction and handling that you would expect from a performance vehicle/tire. It also looks FAT with these tires on it. I absolutly love it. I don't know how they will wear long term, but I will post again once I get about 10k miles on um. Oh, one more thing, with four people in it, you might experience a very,, very minor tire rub up in the fender well on the rear tires if you hit an aggressive dip. It's not very noticable,,, ever so slight. I experienced it once in 400 miles of driving. Not a concern for me. Could be more of a problem without a sport suspension. So if that's a concern for you, a 235/45/17 would probably totally eliminate that. Of course the trade off would be a slightly smaller tire. Hope this helps you.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFT

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60 RFTReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.9

2007 Lexus RX400h
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Miles driven on tires: 1000
Location: Cleveland, OH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2012

I purchased these from Tire Rack about a month ago for Cleveland OH winters. My Lexus RX400h is average to below even though its Partial AWD. With these tires in place, it is a VERY noticeable difference in performance. These tires are outstanding. Seriously, look no further. Absolutely fantastic, such a difference compared to my all seasons that were on there. As a plus Tire Rack is a great company, making it super easy to do all this online.

Tires by Mail Order - How Does This Work?

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by Hunter Leffel
Tire RackWhile Tire Rack has been in business for over 30 years, the idea of ordering tires by mail order is new to many people. When looking to buy a new set of tires, there really are only four easy steps:
  1. Research - With the best trained sales specialists in the business, combined with tire test results, tire survey results and tire reviews, nobody has more information available to help with choosing the perfect tire for your vehicle.

  2. Buy - Once you've found the product(s) you're looking for, you can purchase online or over the phone. We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, as well as money order, wire transfer and Western Union.

  3. Deliver - With six strategically located distribution centers, most customers live within proximity of one to receive their order within 1-2 business days. We'll work with you to have your order shipped where it's most convenient, whether that's your home, your mechanic or one of our Recommended Installers.

  4. Install - With a nationwide network of over 8,000 Recommended Installers, finding one near your home or office is easy. With our Price Pledge program, installers display exact quotes for installation services based on tire aspect ratio. Additional or optional related installation fees are also displayed. Find a Recommended Installer to handle your Tire Rack purchase here.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3DReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91

2008 Acura RL
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Miles driven on tires: 38000
Location: Mount Vernon, IA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 38000 Miles on Tires
January 20, 2012

These are the best tires I have ever owned, have tried Pirelli, Blizzak, and others, but for the Acura RL, these have been the best. Online to purchase a new set of Dunlop Winter Sport 3D...will never change for this car...Dunlop wins for this family!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Monday, January 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Hankook Optimo H727Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71

2006 Dodge Caravan SXT
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Miles driven on tires: 1000
Location: LEDYARD, CT
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1000 Miles on Tires
January 05, 2012

I PURCHASED THESE TIRES AFTER MONTHS OF RESEARCHING ONLINE FOR THE BEST PRICE FOR OVERALL PERFORMANCE. LIVING IN NEW ENGLAND, WE GET WEATHER OF ALL KINDS, BUT SO FAR NO SNOW, SO I CANT RATE PERFORMANCE ON THAT. HOWEVER, THESE TIRES HAVE PERFORMED GREAT ON THE HEAVY RAIN WE HAD THIS FALL. THE NOISE IS MINIMAL AND THEY FEEL MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE THEN THE PREVIOUS TIRES THAT I HAD BEFORE. I HOPE WE DON'T GET MUCH SNOW THIS WINTER, BUT I AM SURE THESE TIRES WILL LIVE UP TO WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HOW WELL THEY HANDLE. I BOUGHT THEM BASED ON RATING, PRICE AND REBATE. I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR A DECENT TIRE FOR AVERAGE DRIVING ON ALL KINDS OF WEATHER.

The 411 on Buying Tires from Tire Rack

Friday, December 9, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Tire RackIn our 32 years of helping drivers get the right tires we've had many opportunities to build relationships with loyal enthusiasts. We thank you all for coming back and referring your friends and family. With all these referrals, we get quite a few calls and emails from drivers that are new to Tire Rack and want to know how our business works. 

Take a look at the four easy steps to finding the right products for your vehicle:

Research

We test approximately 40 different tire models every year which provides us detailed and objective information to use throughout our website. And, with feedback from thousands of drivers, we have over 2.7 billion miles in Consumer Reviews. With all this data and a large inventory of products, questions may arise. To get answers you can contact one of our sales specialists or use our website to research the products you would like to purchase.

Buy

With several different options for making a purchase, such as major credit cards, PayPal (domestic online orders only) or other forms of payment, Tire Rack makes it easy for you to complete your purchase. It's important to note that if you're going to pick up your order, you need to contact one of our sales specialists to place your order.

Deliver

Most of our customers are within one to two business days of our Indiana, Nevada, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana or Georgia distribution centers for quick, cost-effective delivery of purchase. Freight options and shipping charges can be seen after you've added an item to your cart and entered your ZIP Code when prompted. To see shipping costs before you add items to your cart, use the "Shipping Quote" option in search results.

Install


Tire Rack customers generally ship to one of our independent Recommended Installers, their own mechanic, or their home or a dealership. With a national network of over 8,000 Recommend Installers, you're sure to find one that can handle your installation needs near your home or office.  

For example, I've spoken to many Seattle customers who rave about Omni Brake and Alignment (Recommended Installer since 1999). Using the hypothetical situation of Sally who drives a 2009 Volvo C30 T5 with a Direct TPMS and 205/50-17 tires, Omni charges $21 to mount and balance a 50-55 series tire, $2.50 for a rubber valve stem (in this case a TPMS valve core) and $2.50 for disposal. Therefore, her installation cost is $26 per tire. Since Sally chose to have her tires installed at Omni, she also had them shipped directly to them. The Installer receives an email from Tire Rack alerting them of Sally's order, while she receives a shipping and delivery email confirmation from us. At this time, Sally contacts Omni and makes an appointment to get her tires installed and she's on the road with a new set of tires in no time!

How Does Ordering from Tire Rack Work FAQs:
  1. What about warranties? We're an authorized dealer for each of the 17 brands we sell and therefore the tire manufacturer's warranty applies to your Tire Rack purchase.
  2. How old are the tires that I'll receive from Tire Rack? With our automated pulling process, we can't pull a specific DOT Tire Identification Number but we can estimate dates based on recent shipments. We'll record DOT Tire Identification Numbers at the end of the shipping process. Let's say Sally orders the Kumho Ecsta 4X, the last four codes we received were 3011 and 3211 which means two of these tires were made during the 30th week of 2011 and the other two during the 32nd week of 2011, which means Sally's estimated DOT code is 3111.
  3. Can I pick up my order instead of having it shipped? Yes, if you're close to any of our distribution centers, other than Delaware, you may pick-up your order when placed via phone. We don't have a retail license at our Delaware warehouse, therefore retail customers are unable to pick up at this location. Tire and wheel installation is available for $15 per tire at our South Bend, Indiana distribution center but not at our regional warehouses.