Are cheap tires the best tires for you?

Are cheap tires the best tires for you?

We get it. A set of four new tires can be a pretty expensive proposition. Most people don’t think about their tires until they have to – when their tires are bald and lose traction in rain or snow, or when they have an unpleasant event like a flat or even a blowout. It’s often an unexpected, and very unwelcome, expense. But tires are truly one of those things where …

You get what you pay for

There are many times in life where you can save money by buying a cheaper product, or even a used product, that’s just as good as a more expensive one. But looking for the cheapest tires you can find isn’t the best strategy.

You might remember the famous Michelin ads featuring adorable babies and the memorable tagline “Because so much is riding on your tires.” Michelin really drove home a great point in those ads. When it comes to tires – the only piece of your vehicle that touches the road – you want the best product you can possibly get, because nothing is more important than your safety and the safety of your passengers.

Tire brands you can believe in

At TireBuyer, we don’t sell the cheapest tires out there. We do sell quality tires, at a wide variety of price points that will appeal to everyone from the value-conscious shopper to the driving enthusiast. They’re brands we know and trust, and we believe they all provide excellent value for the money. (We’ve been in the tire business for more than 80 years, so we know a good tire when we see one.) But you don’t have to take our word for it – we also offer plenty of customer reviews for every tire we sell.

Thinking about buying used tires?

In our opinion, buying used tires is a bad idea, plain and simple. Sure, you might be able to find an amazing used tire deal on Craigslist, but there’s no way of knowing exactly how those tires were used or maintained in their former life. And even if tires look fine on the outside, they can have internal damage that’s completely invisible.

The mileage warranty equation

Many people seek out mileage warranties and other warranty benefits when buying new tires. If these are important to you, we sell many well-priced tires with excellent warranties (see below). Or, if you’re willing to forgo a mileage warranty, you may be able to save some money while still getting a quality product. Ironman Tires are a great example. Made by Hercules Tires, Ironman Tires offer quality construction and reliable performance – but they don’t offer a mileage warranty.

Tire brands with exceptional warranties

Michelin tires


Michelin’s Promise Plan is a comprehensive warranty that includes a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, three years of flat tire changing assistance, and a mileage warranty for many tires.

Continental tires


Continental’s Total Confidence Plan is a comprehensive warranty that includes a 30- to 60-day satisfaction guarantee, three years of flat tire roadside assistance, a limited road hazard warranty, and a mileage warranty for many tires.

Nexen tires


Nexen’s Total Coverage Warranty offers a two-year limited road hazard warranty, three years of roadside assistance, and a mileage warranty for many tires.

Cheap tires we recommend

Below you’ll find a few of our favorite inexpensive tires (and some faves from other price categories). Keep in mind that these are just a few examples – as always, feel free to give us a call if you’d like more guidance.

Mid-priced tires we recommend

Top-of-the-line tires we recommend

More ways to save on tires

With manufacturer’s rebates and our special promotions, you can save quite a bit of money on a great set of tires. Always check our deals page before you start shopping, and while you’re shopping on TireBuyer, be on the lookout for sale prices and other special discounts.

Make your new tires last longer

Taking good care of your tires can save you money in the long run. Here’s how:

Check your tire pressure once a month and adjust as needed.

Rotate your tires every 6,000 - 8,000 miles (a TireBuyer installer can help!).

Avoid excessive speed, fast starts, hard stops, aggressive cornering, potholes and curbs.

Seeing irregular wear or damage, or feeling vibration? Visit your TireBuyer installer for a tire inspection.

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