How Does Ordering Tires Online Work? Find. Deliver. Install.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Here at Tire Rack, we're always thinking about tires! We make it easy to find what's right for your vehicle, get it delivered fast and we'll also help you choose an installer.


  • Our test track is truth serum for tires and allows us to provide reliable data, test results and reviews.
  • In addition to tire tests, we have maintained an independent consumer survey to allow drivers help each other by sharing their long term tire experiences.
  • With our large selection of tires, wheels, suspension products, brakes and more, we have something for almost every driver.
  • Side-by-side comparison of tread patterns, consumer survey results, reviews and independent test results are available so you can research and find the tires that are right for how and where you drive.
  • Shop by vehicle and view the exact fitments available for your application.


  • Most deliveries are made within one business day.
  • Shipping quotes are available online and via phone.
  • Free shipping for all brakes, suspension and other parts and accessories orders over $50.


  • We can ship directly to your home, office or one of our 8,000+ Recommended Installers.
  • Per our Price Pledge program, all independent Recommended Installers agree to display exact quotes for installation services based on tire aspect ratio. Additional or optional related installation fees are also displayed. 

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.

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 Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Thursday, February 28, 2013 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 Precision TouringReviewer's Overall Rating: 8

2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Altoona, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2013

First of all, I ordered these on the 15th, and received them at my front door on the 16th!
Keep in mind, this was through UPS standard shipping. Completely blew my mind.
Granted, I haven't put many miles on this set, but I can say that they are a definite improvement from the stock Michelins that came on the car when we bought it new from the dealer.
Excellent traction, and extremely quiet tires.
This is my first time buying tires online, and will not be my last!
I'd strongly recommend them to anyone interested in a good quality tire at a great price point.
I shopped around town for quite some time and these exact tires ranged anywhere from 700.00-500.00, and that's without installation.
I took them to a local installation center, and for less than $50.00, they recycled my old tires, and mounted, balanced, and installed them for me.

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!


Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZP

Tuesday, August 14, 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.

Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus ZPReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5

2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Land O Lakes, Fl
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2012

What a difference! I had a missed matched pair of Dunlops on the front and Nittos on the back when I bought the car used a year ago. Road noise is down at least 50% although the Z51 package does not help matters which is fine with me. Straight line traction and braking is fantastic. Cornering is predictable and grip is light-years better than the junk that was on the car. This is my fifth Corvette,I had a '62,'64,'70, and 84 previously. I am now realizing what a C6 can really do with the proper tires. Doing business with Tire Rack was fantastic, the tires were shipped the same day I ordered them online, and the shop had them the next day. Follow up tracking was great. I shopped these tires for months and Tire Racks comparisons and reviews were the best in making my decision.

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 Kumho Ecsta 4X

Thursday, May 31, 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.

Kumho Ecsta 4XReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.22

2005 Ford Focus ZX5
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Edmonton, AB
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2012

Bought these to replace my OE Pirelli P6 All Seasons. The new set of Kumho Ecsta 4X (+1 size) is terrific - a clear step up from the Pirelli's in nearly every regard. They're a bit of a harder ride (might be due to the +1), but the dry traction is spectacular and the steering response is exceptional. Excellent on-centre feel and great communication through the wheel.

The Ecsta 4X is quiet on smooth pavement but on poor roads, not so much.

We had a bit of a late snowstorm last April, a couple weeks after I had the tires mounted (I use dedicated winter tires here in Alberta). The Ecsta 4X's highly asymmetric tread seems to contribute to poor cornering on snow/ice, although straight line traction (including braking) is acceptable for an all-season tire. I definitely would not recommend this tire for use year-round in Canada or the regions with serious winter conditions.

Probably the best thing about the Ecsta 4X is the price. Far cheaper than my car's OE tire, despite being clearly better. Ordered online from Canada, the shipping and other non-product fees constituted about 1/3 of the total price but still far cheaper than buying locally. Great deal, Tire Rack!

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 Bridgestone Blizzak WS60

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.

Bridgestone Blizzak WS60Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64

2008 Kia Spectra Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5000
Location: APO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5000 Miles on Tires
January 24, 2012

TIreRack has been absolutely AMAZING! I was wary to buy my tires online, but I have not been disappointed! I will only order from them from now on! And when I lost my lug adapter, a new one was sent out no questions asked! AMAZING service and I LOVE my tires!

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:


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.


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.


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.


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.

Wheels & Tires for the 2011-2012 VW Jetta

Friday, November 4, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Despite what some automotive experts say, I really like the new Volkswagen Jetta. And, if the original Jetta tires and wheels are not to your liking, some aftermarket car rims and tires could really increase the vehicle's style.

As you try to envision how a given wheel will fit on your car, keep in mind that the offset spec effects the overall look. How would the 17x7.5 5-112 bolt pattern 45mm offset Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin look on the car, even though your Original Equipment wheels are 16" in diameter and 6.5" with a 50mm offset? To help you gain a better picture of how these Enkei rims would sit on your vehicle, look at where your valve stems sit and picture them moving 17mm (roughly 3/4") out towards the fender.

Manufacturers will determine what sizes of wheels they'll make, as not all wheels come in all sizes. However, when you purchase wheels from Tire Rack, you can be assured the wheel you order is a perfect match for your vehicle. To see how we get the proper fitments for each vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

Since I am a big fan of the Jetta TDI let's use this application as an example. For 17" wheels you can choose Volkswagen tires in either 225/45-17 or 235/45-17. If I were picking tires to use here in Indiana, I'd get the 225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 for its combination of great steering response, wet grip and efficiency.

Since the new Jetta uses the indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System with ABS sensors, you don't need to get separate sensors. And when you're looking at our online tire prices for the Michelin Primacy, create a Tire & Wheel Package with the Enkei wheels for $1388* plus shipping.

17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4

Create the perfect Tire & Wheel Package for your Jetta today!

Do My Winter / Snow Tires Have Another Year in Them?

Monday, October 31, 2011 by Gary Stanley
What Honest Abe Doesn't Tell You About Minimum Tread DepthsThe weather is getting cooler and many are thinking about removing their performance tires for winter / snow tires. However, what condition are your old snow tires in? Can you eke out one more season? Should you? 

Keep in mind that the more tread depth the tires have, the more effective they will be in loose snow and slush. Checking your tread depth may seem pretty obvious (here's how), but there is more to this than taking a quick look at the tread. In order for winter tires to perform well in snow, they need adequate tread depth so they are "biting" into the snow instead of "nibbling" at it. Most winter / snow tires start at 10/32nds of an inch to 12/32nds of an inch. 6/32nds of an inch is the minimum tread depth that Tire Rack recommends for winter driving.

Check out "What Honest Abe Doesn't Tell You About Minimum Tread Depths" for more information about tread depths for winter and all other seasons, too. 

If you find that your old snow tires have less than 6/32nds of an inch of tread depth, they are ready to be replaced. There are many great winter / snow tires available, but a good starting point would be to check out Bridgestone's Blizzak line. If you're looking for Bridgestone tire reviews on some of the top Blizzak tires, read "Blizzak Winter / Snow Tires."

You can find the right auto tires online, when you shop by vehicle.

Need Replacement Tires? Order Tires Online

Monday, August 15, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Tire RackSince 1996, when Tire Rack introduced the industry's most up-to-date website to the world, consumers have been able to research their performance product purchases and confidently buy online. Even as the industry continues to grow, our goals remain the same: offering quality performance products, expert advice, exceptional pricing and fast shipping. In fact, most customers are within one to two business days of our six distribution centers to ensure a timely delivery.

Our shopping tools make sure your experience on our site is as efficient and enjoyable as possible. View all shopping tools here.

Too late to buy winter / snow tires?

Friday, January 7, 2011 by Gary Stanley
The snow has been flying for months and it's a new year already. Time flies, right? Except when you're driving on inadequate tires with white knuckles in the snow.  Are you tired of slipping and sliding your way to work and home? Why "soldier through" the next two or more months of winter snow when you can be safe and equip your vehicle with a proper set of tires? Think it's too late to buy winter tires? Think again! 

Although it is true that many sizes and models of tires are sold out, there is still a very good chance that Tire Rack has a good winter / snow tire solution for you and your vehicle in stock! Call or order online today and you could be driving with ease on your new winter tires in just a few days. Ship directly to a Recommended Installer to make the process even more simple. 

In case you're not convinced that winter tires will make much difference, check out our winter vs. all season test.