There are a lot of expenses that come along with owning a vehicle: gasoline, oil changes and other regular maintenance, repairs and replacements, and – of course – tires.
I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to forget about my tires unless there’s a problem with them and/or it’s close to replacement time. And if I haven’t saved up for a new set – yikes! The cost of each tire times four can really add up…not to mention installation, rotation, and everything else that goes along with it.
I’m not here to tell you how to choose the right car tires – there’s a great article on Consumer Reports for that. But I can help you find the best places to get the best deals on tires, whether you’re shopping online, in-store, or a combination of the two.
Best Places to Get the Best Deals on Tires
Use this list of the best places to get the best deals on tires to help you compare and save money on this substantial – yet essential – purchase.
1. Discount Tire
Discount Tire is generally one of the first names that pops into people’s heads when considering where to buy a new set of tires, and for good reason as it’s a pretty prevalent retailer and a one-stop shop.
Discount Tire operates more than 1000 locations in 35 states, so there’s a good chance you’ll find a location near you. Even if you don’t have a storefront nearby, you can still utilize their online shopping services through Discount Tire Direct and find an installer near you.
And because of their robust online selection, you can actually buy online and make an appointment for when you’d like to have them installed in the store. Of course, you can always just show up at the store, too, but I like the time-saving aspect of setting everything up in advance.
They offer over 100 different brands, sizes, and types of tires for purchase, and they’ll place a special order for you with no extra fees if you need it.
The Tips & Guides section of their website is also very helpful for answering your questions related to tires, wheels, regular maintenance, and more.
- Fast and free shipping to the lower 48 states
- Financing available via the Discount Tire Credit Card
- Manufacturer and exclusive rebates for additional savings
- Air pressure checks, tire rotation, and flat tire repair included with in-store installation
One feature I like about Discount Tire’s website is that they include all fees (including installation and disposal) at checkout.
2. Tire Rack
Tire Rack doesn’t have any brick-and-mortar locations, but they partner with thousands of installers across the country who will install your tires for you…and in some cases, they’ll even come to you!
Tire Rack came up with their own tire testing program to put the tires they sell through the paces so you know exactly how a tire performs and can make the right choice for you and your vehicle. Their Tire Decision Guide helps you narrow down your options for easier shopping.
- Free shipping on orders over $50
- Order pick-up discount if you can pick up at one of their distribution centers
- Tire Road Hazard Protection included for two years from the date of purchase
If you’re squeamish about using one of Tire Rack’s installers, know that they have all taken the Price Pledge and commit to the installation prices listed on the website. (Note that you pay the installation fee separately.)
TireBuyer is another online retailer that partners with a network of 9,000+ installers to get you on the road again.
Their shopping experience isn’t as guided as some other websites, but they do have over 4 million tires in stock from a wide variety of brands.
- Free delivery to a local installer or your home or business
- Manufacturer coupons and rebates for additional savings
Again, you’ll see the guaranteed rate of installation at time of checkout, but it’s paid separately to the installer at the time of installation.
4. Priority Tire
Priority Tire will JUST get you your tires…with free shipping to your door. You are then responsible for bringing them to the installer of your choice or doing it yourself.
They do all tire registration with the Department of Transportation (DOT) for their customers, which means that in the unlikely event of a tire safety recall, you’ll be notified.
- Free shipping
- Orders ship same day if placed before 1 pm EST
- Coupon promotions and offers
This is a pretty bare-bones option, but if you’re OK with doing some of the legwork yourself in terms of setting up an installation, it could be a good bet when you price compare.
Of course Goodyear has tires…that’s kind of what they do! Naturally your selection is going to be limited to their brands – Goodyear, Dunlop, and Kelly tires.
Just buy your tires online, then pick your appointment time at one of their 4,000+ installers. They’ll send your tires to your installer for free.
- Free shipping to the installer
- Price match guarantee up to 14 days after purchase
- Manufacturer rebates and offers
You’ll actually pay for the installation when you checkout and set up your appointment, so no worries about getting surprised with extra costs later.
Another point in Goodyear’s favor: many of their store locations also offer additional maintenance services like oil changes, alignment, brake replacement, etc. so you can knock a few things off your list with one visit.
Amazon offers just about everything you could think of to buy, so why not tires? You’ll probably need to know more about your vehicle’s specifications and what you’re specifically looking for to shop their selection, but it’s definitely worth a look when it comes to price comparison.
You can filter your search by vehicle, and Prime members get free shipping on many orders (of course). But keep in mind that the tires will be shipped to your home, so you’ll need to find an installer yourself.
However, Amazon is now partnering with some providers to help you with the installation process. They’ll ship the tires to the provider you choose at checkout, and you’ll set up your appointment at that time, as well. Bonus: You pay for the installation along with your order, so again..no surprises at the time of appointment.
Man, people just love Costco! They offer an especially sweet deal once or twice a year in which you get savings off a set of four tires PLUS installation for just 1¢ per tire.
Choices are very limited for tires – just Bridgestone, Michelin, and BF Goodrich – and some are only available to members. Once you pay for your tires, including installation fees, you’ll need to make an appointment online or in the warehouse for installation.
- Free shipping to your chosen Costco Tire Center
- Free rotation, balancing, inflation checks and flat repairs for the life of the tire
- Warranty for mileage, road hazard and manufacturer’s defects
Note: While I haven’t personally purchased tires from Costco, I have heard many good things about their service. It may be worth the annual membership fee ($60/year) to get in on these savings and service.
8. Big O Tires
Big O Tires is an online and brick-and-mortar retailer that offers tires from a wide variety of brands. They have over 450 locations in 25 states nationwide.
One big difference you’ll find in browsing their website is that you cannot actually purchase these tires online. Instead, you choose your brand of tires and request a quote and an appointment. This may mean that the actual price will vary by location.
While you’re there, they also offer other services like oil, lube and filters, batteries, brakes, alignment, and more.
- Free standard Multi-Point inspection
- 12-month/12,000-mile Nationwide Limited Repair Warranty
- 24/7 Roadside Assistance when you purchase Big O brand tires or their Tire Protection Package
Walmart offers tires both online and in their Auto Care Centers. You’ll need to have a good idea of what you’re looking for and your vehicle’s specifications if you shop online, but they do have a wide selection and reasonable prices.
Keep in mind that if you shop online, delivery will be to your door and you’ll need to set up installation separately. Their Auto Care Centers offer installation for $15 per tire (basic package) as well as additional services like oil changes, batteries, and fuel system services.
- Free delivery on many items
I’ve used Walmart for other services (batteries and oil changes) and it has taken a while for them to finish, but the price was right. This may not be the most convenient option, but it’s typically one of the cheaper ones.
10. Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a one-stop tire shop with Michelin-certified tire technicians. They offer a variety of tires for purchase to both members and non-members, and your tires will be delivered to a Club location near you.
Once your order arrives, you can walk in or call your Club to schedule your appointment.
- Free delivery to Sam’s Club locations
- Price Match Guarantee
- All-in tire installation ($20/tire) includes 24-hour roadside assistance, road hazard protection, lifetime tire balance, rotation and flat repair, waste tire disposal, and more
Note that some of the perks listed above may be available to active Sam’s Club members only (currently a membership is as low as $45/year).
SimpleTire offers thousands of tire models from over 300 brands. They have an absolutely massive selection of tires to choose from. And they offer SimpleService with an expansive network of professional installers.
Drop & Go tire install is available in which you pre-pay for tire installation at one of their pre-certified service centers, drop off your keys, and go!
12. Les Schwab Tire Centers
Les Schwab Tire Centers are located in ten states, all in the western U.S. Their prices are a little steeper than what you’ll find elsewhere, but their customer service is apparently top-notch.
You can’t actually purchase these tires online, but you can do all of the shopping and browsing in advance, then schedule installation at a store near you. They also accept walk-ins.
- Flexible financing available
- Free flat tire repair, tire disposal, tire rotation, tire rebalancing, tire replacement, and more with purchase
13. Your Local Independent Tire Retailer
OK, this may seem like a cop out, but really…sometimes you may find the best service and good prices at your local tire shop. It’s worth a quick question in your neighborhood Facebook group or on Nextdoor to see what hidden gems people recommend.
My husband and I buy our tires through an independent retailer that actually sells new and used tires. (Of course, the used tires are still in good to excellent condition.) We appreciate their service and selection and they definitely know what they’re talking about.
At the very least, you can do your research online to see what tires you’re interested in purchasing, then call or stop in to your local tire shop to see if they’re willing to meet or beat the prices you’re seeing elsewhere and/or provide additional services.
Your tire needs may be different from your neighbor’s. Perhaps you’re looking for the absolute lowest price, while someone else may be looking for perks that are included in the overall price.
This list of places to get the best deals on tires will help you figure out how to get a great price on this essential purchase for your vehicle.
Where and how do you find the best deals on tires? Please comment below to share your experience!