Best Tires for MAZDA3

Friday, November 15, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

The MAZDA3 is a very popular vehicle that you can spot on today's streets and highways. It achieves good gas mileage, has a low cost of ownership and makes for a good daily driver. While the car is known to have many strong points, it has also been known to have a lack of sound deadening and isn't the quietest vehicle to drive, especially at highway speeds.


Bridgestone Potenza
RE760 Sport

Michelin Pilot Sport
A/S 3

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology


In fact, road noise is the single most common complaint I receive from MAZDA3 owners as they begin their quest for replacement tires. As such, the following list consists of tires I recommend to MAZDA3 owners based off the expectations of comfort, low tread noise and acceptable levels of treadlife.

If you're also in the market for a set of wheels for your MAZDA3, then create a Tire & Wheel Package.

What Type of Wheel Should You Buy for Winter?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

When purchasing a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, choosing a wheel can be a challenge for some. We offer aluminum alloy wheels for almost every vehicle and steel wheels for select vehicles. Are you having trouble deciding on what wheel to pick? Take a look at the tips below to help you decide which type of wheel suits your winter driving needs.

Aluminum Alloy Wheels

  • Stronger than a steel wheel and weighs less
  • More styles available to help enhance the look of your vehicle
  • Allows for more brake clearance
  • Manufactured to precise standards to meet exact fitment and performance needs
  • Require more maintenance to protect finish against elements such as salt and sand

Steel Wheels

  • Black or silver finish depending on the application
  • Wheel covers available to help enhance the style
  • Less expensive option compared to alloy
  • Meets basic needs of someone looking for a winter package without maintenance of alloy wheels

Our steel and aluminum wheel options will accept factory tire pressure monitors which will come pre-installed. All necessary hardware is included at no cost, as well as complimentary Hunter Road Force mounting and balancing. Tackle winter's elements this year by creating your own Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package!

Is Narrower Always Better When it Comes to Winter / Snow Tires?

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Recently, I received a call from a longtime Tire Rack customer who was looking for a new set of winter / snow tires for his hybrid SUV. He was surprised to see our Preferred Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package didn't feature a narrower tire size. Many drivers benefit from a narrow tires ability to cut through deeper snow, but every driver needs to weigh both the advantages and disadvantages of a narrower size. Below you will find what you need to consider when you assess whether or not to go narrow.

Across the snowbelt, there's a wide variance in the intensity and frequency of deep snow blizzards. If you're not residing in the darkest blue areas in the map above, you have to weigh how much grip you’ll lose with a narrower tire on dry roads. All snow tires, especially those in the Studless Ice & Snow category, will sacrifice dry grip and the narrower footprint will exacerbate this loss.

The weight of your car also will play a role in your selection. Does it have all-wheel drive to power through snow? Narrower snow tires are particularly helpful on lightweight cars like the MINI Cooper because you end up with more weight per square inch of contact patch; and more weight equals more grip. Your narrower snow tires will let you cut through deep snow. With a heavier car like the Toyota FJ Cruiser, you can run a moderate size and still be fine. 

For additional help in choosing the right winter tire, read "Size Selection of Winter / Snow Tires."

Best Winter / Snow Tires for a BMW 335i

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Colin .

Just like any vehicle, a BMW 335i will really benefit from running winter tires during the colder months. Even if you own the all-wheel drive model, a winter tire will help you steer and stop with confidence in snow and on ice. The most popular winter tires we offer to BMW customers come from Bridgestone, Michelin and Dunlop. Offerings in this category for the 335i are divided into two performance categories.


Performance Winter / Snow

Tires in this category will keep a lot of the handling you enjoy from your 335i but still provide very good winter traction. The main disadvantage to performance winter tires is that they won't have the same level of ice and snow traction as Studless Ice & Winter tires. If you live in an area that doesn't see large amounts of snow and ice or where the roads are normally plowed, this may be the best category for you.  

Studless Ice & Snow

Studless Ice & Snow tires are designed for drivers who want to maximize snow and ice traction without using winter tire studs (if you're interested in studded tires, check out tires in the Studdable Winter / Snow category). These tires will maximize your snow and ice traction by trading in some handling in dry and wet conditions. Some models exhibit this more than others, but none of them offer the precise steering response and cornering stability as a Performance Winter / Snow tire.

Purchasing a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package will give you the convenience of switching your tires on your own and ability to downsize your wheels and tires. Downsizing often reduces your overall cost and opens up more options in winter tires. Also, narrower tires will give you better winter traction than a wider option, so if you have a staggered wider rear set-up, switching to a square narrower set-up will help.  

For more help selecting the proper winter tire, read "Size Selection of Winter / Snow Tires."

Steel Wheels for Volkswagen Vehicles

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Starting this year, we now offer a new 16" steel wheel for Volkswagen applications. It's similar to the wheel it replaced, but is designed to accept the ball or radius seat lug bolts that come with your VW. These wheels are economically priced at $58 each* and are intended for use with Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages. The wheel isn't designed to fit Original Equipment hubcaps. For those who would like to purchase hubcaps, view our aftermarket wheel covers.

The 16x6.5" wheel will fit most smaller Volkswagens, however it does not fit larger models like the Passat, Tiguan and Touareg. Audi and VW often share fitments, but the newest Audi models tend to have brakes that are too large for these wheels, while many older Audi models can use them. To check availability for your specific year, make and model, shop by vehicle.

Following the link above will allow you to enter your vehicle's information and browse options available for building a winter package. If you need only the wheels, click the "Skip to Wheels" option at the top of the list of available tires. To learn how we know what wheels are an option for your vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

*Prices subject to change

Top Dedicated Winter Performers to Consider

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

Do you live in an area that sees low to moderate snowfall? Are the roads you experience in the winter typically plowed, but you still need traction in the snow? If this sounds like what winter driving is like in your region, then consider a winter tire in the Performance Winter / Snow category.

A few popular tires to consider within the category include the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-60, Blizzak LM-32 and Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D. All three options provide similar performance when it comes to snow traction and dry road handling and cornering. When comparing very closely, the Bridgestone tires move the balance closer to the snow traction side, while the Dunlop does slightly better in dry conditions. Both brands are an ideal choice for someone who wants to retain some clear road handing and response, but also needs to get home at night before roads have been plowed.

Drivers who live in more of a rural area, or experience heavy snowfalls, should lean towards a Studless Ice & Snow tire. Two great options in the category are the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. I've noticed in my experience with both, that the added tread depth of the Blizzak helps with deep snow traction. Michelin's X-Ice Xi3 performs a little better on icy surfaces and tends to handle a bit tighter on clear roads due to the 2/32" difference in depth compared to the Blizzak.

Whether you're looking to buy Performance Winter / Snow or Studless Ice & Snow tires, it's best to order early as stock goes down throughout the fall and winter months. Ordering early when most products are still available will allow you to choose what you want to buy. Begin shopping and create your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today!

Why Won't My Tires Work in the Snow?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

A majority of drivers on the road utilize a single set of tires for year-round use. As the winter season is approaching, some will discover a severe lack of traction. Why is this?

Let's start with the most surprising of possibilities, you could have a set of summer tires installed on your vehicle. This is a very popular set-up when purchasing a European vehicle. We are even seeing some performance vehicles manufactured in the United States coming to market this way, for example, the Ford Focus ST and Chevrolet Camaro SS. It can be a real shocker the first time you head out on a damp, cool morning to find yourself going sideways through a roundabout. A summer tire can lose upwards of 40% of its grip in temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another possibility can come from simple wear and tear. In order to achieve what many will feel is acceptable snow traction, you need a tire with tread depth over 5/32". To put this in perspective, most all-season tires start at 10/32". Wet traction diminishes around the 4/32" mark and tires are considered legally worn out at 2/32". If your tires were working last year, there's a chance they could not do as well this year. To learn more about the proper tread depths to handle weather conditions, read "When Should I Replace My Tires?"

Lastly, new vehicles are coming with wider tires. Wider isn't your friend when it comes to snow traction. The wide tires are dispersing the weight over a broader area (less pounds of weight per square inch) and the tires are in effect floating on the snow. How do you fix this? Minus Sizing helps you during the winter months because it combines taller profile tires with smaller diameter wheels to help with snow traction. When purchasing your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, choose a narrower tire. For additional help selecting the proper winter / snow tire, take a look at "What are the Different Types of Winter / Snow Tires."

Will My Wheels and Tires Come Mounted and Balanced?

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

"When I order a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, will it come mounted and balanced?" Yes! As an incentive for purchasing wheels and tires at the same time as a package, we will take care of the mount and balance free of charge. In this way, the package will arrive pre-assembled and ready to bolt on to your vehicle. As is standard with most vehicles, lug hardware will also be included free of charge. The rare exception to this rule would be if your selected wheel re-uses Original Equipment lug hardware.

It's also possible to receive your wheels and tires unmounted if you're swapping over tire pressure monitor sensors. If this is the case, simply do not elect to have the wheels and tires mounted when completing your order and proceeding through the checkout phase.

When purchasing tire pressure monitor sensors with your Tire & Wheel Package or you own a vehicle that does not require them, selecting to have the mount and balance done before shipping makes the most sense as it will help you avoid mount and balance fees locally. Create your Tire & Wheel Package today!

RIAL Lugano - A Turbine Style Wheel That Looks Great on Your Tesla Model S

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The RIAL Lugano is quickly becoming a very popular aftermarket wheel for Tesla Model S owners. Many Tesla drivers are eager to get out of the 21" wheels and into a 19" tire and wheel combination that'll provide a smoother ride and a wider tire selection. 

RIAL's Lugano is also used by Tesla owners looking to purchase dedicated winter / snow tires and wheels. The fully painted finish provides a durable and stylish choice when choosing a winter package. This wheel is offered in two finish options: bright silver paint and titanium gunmetal.


RIAL Lugano Bright Silver Paint

RIAL Lugano Titanium Gunmetal


Produced in Europe, RIAL's high quality standards are ensured by state-of-the-art furnaces, efficient casting machines, "High-Tec" CNC machining centers and final x-ray examination of each wheel. ISO 9001:2000 standards and all requirements issued by the recognized testing authorities, such as the German Technical Supervisory Association (TÜV), the German Federal Motor Vehicle Registration Agency (KBA) and all other European and international testing and certification organizations, are clearly defined and met in RIAL's facilities.

The RIAL Lugano is truly a quality built, functional and stylish looking wheel that will complement the look of your Tesla Model S no matter the season. If you're interested in downsizing out of the 21" wheels or need a stylish winter wheel, the RIAL Lugano may be the perfect wheel for you!

Five Reasons to Buy Winter / Snow Tires Early

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Although many parts of the country are still seeing high temperatures in the 70s and 80s, keep in mind, that in less than two months many of us may be driving in snow. Those who live in a snowbelt or higher altitudes can see snowfall in the fall months of October and November (see South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado). Regardless of when it comes, be prepared with a set of dedicated winter / snow tires. 

It's important to begin your search for winter / snow tires before winter arrives. Why? Here are five reasons to purchase now rather than waiting until winter is already upon us:

  1. Inventory levels of winter tires are as good as they'll be in the fall months. Choose which winter tire you want instead of settling for what is leftover later. 
  2. Some manufacturers offer rebates to early buyers. 
  3. Install your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package at your convenience instead of rushing after the first snowfall.
  4. Get the best selection of low cost winter wheels.
  5. Have peace of mind that this decision is taken care of in advance.

Are you looking for black steel wheels to go with your winter tire purchase? If so, read "Steel Wheels Available at Tire Rack" for more information. 

Buying Winter / Snow Tires and Wheels Can Save You Money

Friday, September 27, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

There is no question a dedicated winter / snow tire dramatically increases your vehicle's traction in snow and on ice. While it can be an investment to equip your vehicle with a winter set-up, it by no mean leads to a higher cost of ownership.

First, two sets of tires will reduce the frequency of replacement since the mileage is divided amongst the sets of tires. To further lower costs, a Tire & Wheel Package will eliminate the need to pay an installer to mount and balance your tires with each change. To properly install your investments, read "How to Install Your Tire & Wheel Package." It only takes minutes to install your tire and wheels, so not only do you save money by doing the work yourself, it's extremely convenient to do the work in your own garage.

With the purchase of a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, you will receive the following at no additional charge:

  • Free scratchless mounting
  • Free Hunter Road Force balancing using non-lead weights
  • All necessary hardware (lugs, center caps, centering lugs, etc.) per application
  • TPMS sensors that are purchased as part of the package are installed free of charge as well

When the weather changes, be ready with a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package.

Choosing the Right Wheel for Your Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

If you're looking at a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, below are some tips to remember when selecting new wheels. We offer aluminum options for most every vehicle listed in our database, as well as steel options for select vehicles.

Steel wheels are the most economical option for most, but is not as visually appealing as a styled aluminum wheel. Sizes range from 14" to 17" depending on the application. We do offer a selection of wheel covers that fit our steel wheels to dress up their appearance. These wheels do not require alternate hardware such as centering rings, but may need new lug hardware (which is included at no cost).

Aluminum offers a wider range of selection, has a more durable finish and is stronger than a steel wheel. However, aluminum can be a bit more finicky when it comes to fitment and finish. Some finishes and sizes are not appropriate for winter use. Certain polished wheels, chrome wheels and wheels with machined faces/lips aren't going to hold up well against road salt, chemicals and sand used to melt snow and ice. A fully painted wheel with multiple layers of protection is the most durable against the elements. Also, lower offset wheels that stick more outboard tend to toss debris down the side of the vehicle. Our winter tire and wheel selection will tend to be more conservative in fitment and finish to help protect your investment.

For additional help in choosing the right wheel this winter, read "Alloy vs. Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages."

Steel Wheels for Off-Roading Now Available

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Ben Rooney

After receiving numerous inquiries from customers seeking a steel wheel suitable for off-road use on trucks, we have added the Black Rock line of steel wheels. These ruggedly constructed wheels are available in a wide range of popular sizes for light trucks and utility vehicles.

Heavier than most other wheels we carry, Black Rock wheels are built for durability in harsh environments and are affordable enough that most owners will not be shy about taking them into off-road conditions. Unlike many inexpensive wheel brands, Black Rock manufactures their wheels in the United States. Taking their cue from Henry Ford, Black Rock steel wheels are available in any color you want, as long as it's black.

While there is only one color choice, there are several different styles and sizes to choose from. Diameters range from 15" to 17". Widths range from 7" to 10". Not all styles or sizes are available for every application, so make sure to shop by vehicle to see which wheels are made for your truck. While you're at it, look at maximum-traction mud tires to pair with a Black Rock wheel to create a true off-road Tire & Wheel Package.

Advantages of a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Every winter, drivers are faced with the dangerous task of navigating highways and streets that are covered with ice and snow. Municipal budgets are strained and the roads aren't always plowed and cared for like they should. Choosing to go with a dedicated Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package provides several advantages.

The traction capabilities of any winter tire is far superior to that of an all-season option. They give you total confidence and allow you to drive safely in winter's toughest conditions. Rather than just putting a set of winter tires on your stock wheels, a set of winter wheels gives you more flexibility and options. Many times you're able to downsize the wheel, which also permits you to choose a tire that is a little more narrow. Narrower tires in the winter will perform better since they have less ice and snow to plow through. Also, downsizing the wheel means that the sidewall of the tire will be a little taller, therefore protecting you against those inevitable potholes that can't always be seen in the snow. A dedicated set of winter wheels will help keep your summer wheels in good condition by keeping them out of winter elements.

When you choose a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, you're ready for winter as soon as it starts snowing. We will mount and balance your package for free. You may think that this option would be too expensive, however we offer several wheels that can make this a very affordable option. Some advantages to ordering a package, include:

  • Inexpensive winter options make packages affordable
  • Easy, bolt-on installation before the first snow
  • Detailed installation instructions included
  • Never pay for mount/re-mount again
  • All necessary hardware (lugs, center caps, centering rings, etc.) included at no charge with most wheels

Be prepared to tackle winter conditions with a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package!

Tips for Reducing Shipping Cost

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Everyone wants to minimize their costs and I often receive questions about how to reduce the cost of freight. There's no magic bullet to reduce costs in all situations, but there are some things to be aware of.

Shipping costs will depend on weight, size, number of packages and distance. Anything that reduces any of these parameters will generally lower the cost of freight.

Number of Packages

When ordering car tires, order even numbers. Car tires (and smaller truck tires) can be shipped two tires per package to reduce the cost. When ordering small accessories, order them all at once. For example, the freight for two pairs of light bulbs is usually the same as one pair.

Reduce Distance

Select items that are in stock and make sure they're in the nearest distribution center to you before finalizing the order. Shipping over the shortest distance possible will reduce the cost.

When items are in stock in your nearest distribution center, UPS Ground will often be both the fastest and cheapest. If it quotes one or two days, there is no need to use an express service to receive the items quickly.

Canadian customers near the border can also save on freight cost by shipping to an address on the United States side, or to one of our Recommended Installers if installation is needed.

Size and Weight

There's not much that can be done about the size and weight of the items. The sizes you need are pretty much the sizes you need. However, there is a way to turn the weight of the items you're shipping to your advantage.

For extremely heavy orders over 400 lbs., call (888) 428-8355 x4660 to request a delivery via an LTL carrier. When shipping LTL, delivery to a business address with a loading dock will save you the most money. Only orders of extremely large tires or multiple sets of wheels and/or tires will fall into this category.

Expanded Steel Wheel Offerings at Tire Rack

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

One of the most requested items during the colder months is steel wheels for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package. While we attempt to cover as much of the demand as possible, unfortunately as more new vehicles are standard equipped with alloy wheels, the availability of a steel wheel has become difficult over the years. There's some good news as we have been able to add some steelies for vehicles we have previously been unable to accommodate. Also, remember that while steel wheels provide basic styling, you can update the look with a set of wheel covers. Steel wheels are now available for the following vehicles starting in the winter of 2013:

  • 2008 and newer Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 2009 and newer Dodge Journey
  • 2011 and newer Jeep Wrangler

To discover if we have steel wheels for your specific car, start by shopping by vehicle. This process will present tires first, followed by the option to view available wheels, including steel wheels (if applicable), for your application. 

Which Wheels are Best for Winter Use?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Gary Stanley

Many drivers seek plain black steel wheels (also called steel rims) for winter use due to their low cost and durability. In many cases, steel wheels aren't available for a vehicle due to brake caliper clearance or another reason, and therefore an aluminum alloy wheel must be used instead. For a comparison between the two options, read "Steel Rims vs. Alloy Wheels for Winter Use."

While many aftermarket wheels work quite well for winter use, not all wheel finishes and sizes are appropriate or ideal for driving on snow-covered roads. Here are some examples of finishes and/or fitments that you should try to avoid if possible: 

  • Lower offset wheels that will stick out. Wheel and tire combinations that stick out will throw more snow, ice, sand and other debris up against the side of the vehicle. Some aftermarket rims can stick out too far and cause this problem. When possible, try to be more conservative by selecting wheels with higher offsets to keep the wheel and tire set-up within the vehicle's fender wells.
  • Polished and chrome wheels. These types of wheel (including those with chromed lips) finishes either have no protective clearcoat or a very light clearcoat and aren't going to hold up well for winter use. The salt, ice melt chemicals and sand used on winter roads will quickly destroy the finish on these wheels.
  • Some wheels with machined faces and lips with thin, sprayed, clearcoats. Just like fully polished and chrome wheels, these types are vulnerable to salt, ice melt chemicals and sand. It's best to keep them away from these to maintain a good looking wheel finish. Remember, not all clearcoat finishes are the same.

Are you not sure which wheel to choose? Don't worry, we work closely with wheel manufactures to assure the finish of the wheels we have listed with our Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages can hold up in harsh winter environments. When you shop for wheels on our site, the wheels and sizes listed are pre-filtered to avoid possible finish problems, as well as fitment issues. You can rest assured that the wheels you purchase will be great for winter use and will go well with your winter / snow tires!

Commonly Asked Winter / Snow Tire Questions

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by Neal O'Neal

This time of year I get calls from potential first time winter / snow tire owners curious if a dedicated winter / snow tire fits their needs. It only took my first set of snow tires eleven years ago to convince me how different they truly are compared to an all-season tire. Since then, I've installed winter / snow tires on every one of my vehicles during the winter. Below you can find answers to some of the more popular questions regarding snow tires.

Will I benefit from a dedicated winter / snow tire where I live?

The primary concern of our customers is that they don't want to get stuck in the snow during the winter months. Cities that see minimal snow fall and are located at the outside edges of snowbelts, are typically fine using all-season tires. However, those who live deeper into a snowbelt region, tires play by a different set of rules.

We all know that tires are a compromise. One tire can't be the fastest on the track, most controllable in the snow and longest wearing. By design, all-season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable traits under a wide variety of conditions. However, that compromised goal prevents them from being a master of any one of them. Only dedicated winter / snow tires are designed to excel in the colder temperatures, slush, snow and on ice. These tires deliver much better snow and ice performance than an all-season tire due to their tread designs and tread compounds being engineered to master winter conditions.

Should I install four or two winter / snow tires?

Today's winter tires provide more ice and snow traction than ever before. The technology used to develop the tread designs and tread compounds has evolved beyond what you may have used previously. Every one of our tire manufacturers recommend a full set of four dedicated winter tires be used on rear-wheel, front-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles. This is because if you use two dissimilar types of tires on your vehicle, you'll have a vehicle that has a split personality. One end of the vehicle will react differently verses the other in dry, wet, slushy and snowy conditions. This is emphasized most in emergency situations when you need the most control. The vehicle may understeer in one condition and oversteer in another. It's preferable to keep your vehicles handling as consistently as possible by matching all four tires. Our customers who have matched their tires tell us they're glad they made the extra investment in four winter tires so they can retain the most control of their vehicle through winter's challenges.

Isn't driving cautiously enough?

That question verifies that you recognize the risk you feel when not using winter tires. Why not take some of the tension out of your winter driving and provide yourself with a greater margin of control to avoid the unexpected. Not only can you pose a risk to yourself, but all of the other vehicles around you.

I have AWD, is that enough?

Having an all-wheel drive vehicle definitely has its advantages during the winter season. However, its advantage can be multiplied by using dedicated snow tires. All of the reasons that encouraged you to select an all-wheel drive car are the same reasons that snow tires will make your winter driving safer and more enjoyable. It's also important to note that advancements in ABS and traction control do not provide more traction. They only help prevent drivers from over braking or overpowering the available traction of their tires.

I heard dedicated winter / snow tires are expensive. Is this true?

Winter tires may be one of the most economical purchases you can make. We have excellent prices on tires, alloy wheels, steel wheels and complete Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages. Using winter tires will extend the life of your summer or all-season tires. The summer and all-season tires won't wear out sitting in the garage or basement while the winter tires and wheels are on the vehicle. Using winter wheels will protect Original Equipment or aftermarket alloy wheels from the harsh realities of winter: salt, slush and grime.

Create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package today to help you have the easiest winter driving experience you can have!

Best Winter / Snow Tires for 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Well it's that time of year again. Football is back, the leaves will be changing colors soon and snow is just around the corner. Drivers should start thinking about their tires and how they're going to safely navigate their vehicle through winter's elements.

Last season our friends at Michelin introduced the X-Ice Xi3. It proved to be one of our top performers in the Studless Ice & Snow category and will help you handle snow- and ice-covered roads. Michelin's FleX-Ice silica-based winter tread rubber compound provides firmness at higher temperatures for wet and dry road stability while it remains flexible at lower temperatures to enhance packed snow and ice traction. It's molded into a directional tread design that helps evacuate water and slush to improve hydroplaning resistance.

Bridgestone's Blizzak WS70 has been providing great wintertime traction to drivers over the past few seasons. This tire features a dual-compound tread with Bridgestone's NanoPro-Tech silica-enhanced Tube Multicell compound layered on top of a standard winter compound. The Tube Multicell compound features thousands of microscopic tubes and cells uniformly distributed throughout the compound that wick away the water that often forms between the tire's contact patch and the surface of snow-packed and icy roads.

If you prefer a Studdable Winter / Snow tire, the General AltiMAX Arctic is a great option to consider. AltiMAX Arctic tires use General Tire's All-Weather Dual Tread compound to enhance cold weather flexibility and wet traction. Alternating rows of optional metal studs can be added in the shoulder and intermediate tread blocks to increase traction on hard packed snow and icy roads.

Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Michelin X-Ice Xi3
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
General AltiMAX Arctic
General AltiMAX Arctic


Create a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your vehicle today.

Steel Wheels are Arriving!

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

Although it seems hard to believe, the fair weather will soon be fading and half the country will once again be facing another winter season. One of the most popular preparation items that we sell during the winter months are Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Packages. While these packages can be ordered using alloy wheels in various sizes, many consumers choose to take a more cost-effective approach with a traditional steel wheel.

Steel wheels may not look as nice as an aluminum option, however they are quite durable, serve their intended purpose and cost less than a basic aluminum wheel.

Currently arriving in stock in large quantities, steel wheels will be ready for shipment to get you prepared for the winter weather ahead.