My truck has been running pretty smoothly, not counting my Brake Job Or Brake Scam. Whenever hiccups occur, I quickly remind myself, “No monthly car payments.” Can’t argue with that. I noticed my tires were pretty bald. My old frugal self would have ridden the tires down to its steel belted radials. Safety comes first, so I went tire shopping.
I admit I’m not very handy and not much into cars. But I do know the basics about tire sizes. Just like shopping for shoes, you need to know your tire size. The tricky part is tires have three critical measurements instead of one. Get familiar with width, aspect ratio, and diameter.
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Used Or Costco
I could have saved some money if I bought used tires, but I decided to pay a premium for added safety. Who knows where the used tires have been? There are no warranties. With all the freeways in Southern California, I don’t want to end up Inspire Roadkill. I ran my tire size through Costco and sadly they weren’t available. I learned my size is rare. Lucky me.
Best Of The Rest
I then turned to everyone’s best friend, Google. I punched in my size at
The prices and manufacturers were comparable across the board. I finally decided with American Tire Depot as they also threw in a $50 gift card.
You should check Costco first. As for American Tire Depot, I was pleased with their expertise and service. Be mindful of mounting, balancing, and disposal fees that will add to your initial estimate. I also recommend aligning your tires. This will extend the life of your tires and make for a smoother ride. It was pretty interesting watching the Hawkeye alignment process. Laser targets were strapped to the tires. My truck was raised up and leveled with a computerized alignment analyzer. It would generate measurements that the technician used to get the tires in line rather than have you drive off with your tires pointing outward. Which reminds me, you should also rotate your tires, around the same time as your oil changes, if they are all the same size. My shop does courtesy tire rotations with their oil changes. Be careful because some sedans have different sized tires for the front and rear wheels meaning you can’t rotate them.