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.

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.

Looking to Purchase Tires, Wheels Online?

Monday, August 15, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Wheels by BrandWhile our name suggests we're an online tire retailer, Tire Rack is also an online wheel store. With over 40 different brands to choose from, choosing rims and tires online at one retailer is simple.

And when you choose to shop by vehicle you can be sure you are getting a wheel that is an exact fitment for your car. Through research and testing, our fitment engineers match wheels to particular applications. Items we measure or verify include:
  • Bolt pattern
  • Centerbore diameter
  • Hub diameter
  • Load capacity
  • Lug hardware
  • Suspension components clearance
Read "How We Know What Fits" for detailed information on what we measure. And when you're finished, shop by vehicle to see all the wheels that will fit your car, light truck or SUV.

Have you seen the Tire Rack commercials yet?

Thursday, April 29, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
As an online tire retailer, the bulk of our jobs are focused on the computer and revolutionizing the way you shop for tires online. But we also take time to hit the track, and of course, we have to keep our warehouses stocked with the inventory you want to purchase. There's a lot that goes into the way we do business, and it would take us forever to explain it all, but one thing's for certain—every good business certainly needs some promotion — catch a glimpse of our current commercials running on television networks across the nation.

Our hope is that you've already seen them. However if you haven't, check out our video center to watch them all.

Tire Rack: The easiest way to price tires online.

Monday, April 19, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Shopping for new tires can be exhausting. The pressure is on to make the right decision because your safety depends on it. And when it comes to making that decision, all of the information you need is right here at Tire Rack. We know tires, and we share that with you in a way that makes it super easy to make a tire buy online.

After all, pricing is a pretty important factor in any purchase. But it's not the only factor. When it comes to tires, you'll need specific performance and sizing information. And that's why we give you the opportunity to search our entire inventory according to your vehicle's specifications.

Once you enter this information, you'll have access to a list of auto tires online that we've found to be appropriate for your vehicle. In other words, in just a few minutes you'll have more information that you could possibly imagine—without having to go from retail outlet to retail outlet.

And if you get lucky, your list might include a tire that qualifies for a special offer.

Come play in the Upgrade Garage.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
As an online wheel shop, Tire Rack understands the importance of "try before you buy." We do everything we can to make sure that what you see on your computer screen is, in fact, exactly what you'll get. And we've created a virtual playground so you can literally try on wheels before you buy them.

The Upgrade Garage takes your vehicle's make, model and year and creates a representation of it. In addition, we'll show you a list of wheels that fit. Pick the wheels you like and we'll virtually install them to create an accurate representation of the real thing. It's easy...

And it's informative, because the Upgrade Garage doesn't stop at wheels. You're well aware of the fact that we're an online tire retailer, so of course we'll show you tires that fit your vehicle. In fact, the Upgrade Garage introduces you to a wide variety of aftermarket products like brakes, suspension, bulbs and batteries for your vehicle, too. You just can't virtually install them on your vehicle like you can wheels.

It's one-stop shopping. And it's fun, too. Come play.

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!


Online tire retailer? That...and so much more.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

As America's leading high performance products distributor, Tire Rack is known for being one of the best retailers on the web. Our online inventory includes some of today's top brands. Shop by vehicle, tire size, or use our Tire Decision Guide. Not sure which tire to pick? Our extensive collection of consumer reviews might help. We've also done a considerable amount of tire testing. And if you need help with your online purchase, you can always call a sales specialist at 800-461-5527. (Ask about our special offers!)

And don't forget to check out our wheels, brakes, suspension products, wipers, lighting...we're all about the accessories.