Does it seem like you're always buying new tires for your vehicle? Are you looking ways to save money when buying new tires? Tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. While you can make do without replacing a few things, such as windshield wiper fluid, the same can't be said about your tires. But while you have to have tires on your vehicle, you don't have to spend a fortune making sure that they're in good shape. Some of the best ways to avoid paying high prices to keep your vehicle rolling along are:
Don't replace too soon: Your mechanic may try to sell you tires every time you come in to change your oil, but that doesn't mean you actually need them. Stick a penny in the gap between the treads, with the head side towards you and Lincoln's head towards the tire. If Lincoln's head is partially or fully obscured by the tread, you can keep using your tires for a little bit longer. When the treads have worn away enough that they no longer hide even Lincoln's hair, it's time to head to the tire shop and get new tires.
Check for rebates: A tire shop will usually let you know if there are any rebates available for your size of tires. However, it's also possible that the employee might forget to mention rebates unless you ask about them. Rebates can be a great way to get a better quality of tire for a less expensive price than you may have been expecting.
Buy multiple tires: Rebates aren't always available for single tires. If you have one tire that's completely worn out and one tire that'll be due for replacement soon, it may make more sense to buy them both at the same time. Depending on the manufacturer and what sort of rebates that are available at the time, you may even find that it makes more sense to replace all of your tires at once instead of waiting to replace them one at a time.
Rotate your tires: Whether getting new tires or having work done on your vehicle, make sure that you have your tires rotated frequently. Although it may not make much sense at first, your car tires actually wear out faster or slower depending on which side and axle that they're attached to. Having them rotated will allow them to wear more evenly, meaning that they'll last at least a little bit longer.