Shop for tires by vehicle or size—which is best?

Thursday, July 22, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
When it comes to picking out new tires, you can't voucher a guess. The purchase must be educated, and it must make sense. Your safety on the road, after all, depends on it. So at Tire Rack, we offer a few different ways to reach a purchase decision. The easiest of which is to shop according to vehicle.

When you enter your vehicle's specifications into our search tool, our system is able to generate a list of tires that perfectly match your vehicle. It's a list that will offer Original Equipment and performance upgrade options, and it can be slimmed down by simply selecting your ideal performance characteristics. Every tire on your final list is accompanied by links to complete product descriptions, test results, tire reviews, specifications and warranty information.

We think it's the most complete way to search for a tire, especially if you don't know what you're looking for. But if you do know exactly what you want, you just need to find it in a size that fits your vehicle, you can search our inventory by tire size. The resulting list will match the tire size you determined, though it won't be specific to any particular vehicle. In this case, always check with a sales specialist if there's any doubt. We want your new tires to fit perfectly!

And finally, if you're in the market for more than just tires, we recommend you use our Upgrade Garage. Not only will we recommend vehicle specific tires, we'll take it a few steps further. You'll get a list of everything in our inventory that would fit on your vehicle. Think wheels, brakes, wiper blades and more. And the best part—the Upgrade Garage also creates a virtual representation of your vehicle, which allows you to actually see what certain tires and wheels would look like.

So really, the search method is up to you. Determine your needs, then search accordingly.

And as always, our sales specialists are on-hand and ready to help should you need it.

Comments on Shop for tires by vehicle or size—which is best?

Friday, January 20, 2012 by sammy:
I actually want to shop for WHEELS by size, instead of by vehicle application. It's very difficult to know what you guys carry if I'm limited to only what the computer says "fits" my car.

I have a different lug pattern swap, and I'm going for a certain fit that the car with didn't come stock. Any help?

I'm trying to find out what wheels you all carry in 5x114.3 with a center bore bigger than 66.1mm that are anywhere between 8.5-9" wide in 17" and an offset somewhere between +35 and +42.
Friday, January 20, 2012 by ben@tirerack:
We do not have a search by wheel spec, but if your car has a different bolt pattern you can get an idea of what is available by using a vehicle with your desired specs to search. Keep in mind that factors such as brake caliper clearance may rule out wheels that would otherwise meet your specs.

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