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Buying Tires Online Vs Local VERIFIED


Tire Agent knows how to sell tires online. We know that when you shop for tires, it's because you need them, not necessarily because you want them. We've mastered online tire shopping, making it easier than ever. Shipping is fast and free, plus we offer a number of easy payment plans.




buying tires online vs local



If you're an automotive enthusiast, you're likely familiar with the offerings from Tire Rack. The Indiana-based online tire retailer and wheel seller has been the go-to for that hard-to-find wheel, offering tire sizes for everything from classic cars to trackable vehicles. Tire Rack tests tires on its track and on a road course. It also uses a hockey rink for ice driving and winter tires testing. It rates the tires on its site and you can browse its results to find a quality tire and best tire deals that fit your needs.


For tire installation, Tire Rack works with local installers all over the country that have been vetted by the company. You choose your tires and can have them dropped shipped to a local tire center that is a Tire Rack-approved installer. Installation costs vary based on location and types of tires. You can also utilize Tire Rack-approved mobile installers as well and have the tires drop-shipped to your home. Tire Rack offers free shipping on orders over $50.


Tirebuyer.com offers similar features to Tire Rack and Discount Tire (below) by allowing you to purchase tires online, ship them to a local installer, and get them installed. Tirebuyer.com is owned by one of the largest tire distributors in the US, American Tire Distributors.


If you buy your car tires at Tirebuyer.com, it'll ship them free to one of its 10,000 installers all over the country. However, the online tire retailer will also ship them to your home free of charge. Because it is part of such a large network of tire distributors, Tirebuyer says you can get your tires to your installer within 24 to 48 hours of ordering.


Discount Tire is a bit of a hybrid in the online/brick-and-mortar tire space. While you can purchase tires online through its site Discount Tire Direct, you can also have them drop-shipped to your local Discount Tire or America's Tire shop (the name is different depending on where in the country you live). You can also choose to shop in-store for the right tire at a Discount Tire as well.


You can choose to shop for tires at one of the local shops or you can shop online, have the tires drop-shipped to the Discount Tire or America's Tire local shop of your choice, and have them installed.


The site also allows you to make an appointment online to have your new tires installed. Discount Tire offers a handy tire size calculator in case it seems like you can't find the exact size that is currently on your vehicle.


Discount Tire says that if you're not satisfied with your purchase, it will do its best to make it right. If you've purchased tires online and they turn out to be wrong, you can return them, but the language in the return policy is a bit strict for Discount Tire Direct. You have to repackage them correctly with the original packaging or you could forfeit your return.


You guessed it: You can, in fact, buy tires online at Amazon from brands including BF Goodrich, Good Year and many others. You can buy both tire and wheel assemblies as well as tires, and it will ship them to a local store or to your home depending on what you prefer.


Amazon also offers installation locations at tire shops and home installation through its less well-known Amazon Home Services platform. You can choose to use the installation service regardless of whether you purchase tires from Amazon, too. Amazon works with highly rated (on its site) local businesses to connect you with the right installer for your needs. Installation cost is based on which company you choose to go through and can range anywhere from $40 for two tires to be installed, to $100 for four tires. The service gets 4.8 out of 5 stars on more than 1,200 reviews.


Sales and discounts on Amazon are a bit hard to find since it will vary widely based on both the manufacturer and the seller. If you choose to go with Amazon it's best to really read the fine print and know what you are signing up for when purchasing tires via its online platform.


Priority Tire also does not offer to ship the tires to a local installer. It only ships tires to your home, and you'll need to haul them to an installer or find a mobile installer who is willing to come to you to do the work. It ships free via FedEx Ground, and while it does offer shipping to places like Alaska and Puerto Rico, it charges for those locations (around $150 to $200 per tire).


If you happen to live near one of the three warehouses located in Florida, Pennsylvania or Texas, you can order tires and pick them up at the location. Priority Tire says it offers some promotions for local pickup.


According to Petersen at Consumer Reports, there are more than 33,000 independent tire retailers in the US. That means there's a lot to sort through when you're shopping for them. Tire shops can range widely in size and how they sell tires. Everyone from big-box stores like Costco and Sam's Club and Walmart to small, local, independent tire shops offer tires for sale. These days, online retailers are also making it incredibly easy to buy tires online and have them drop-shipped to a location of your choice when you're ready to have them installed.


One other thing to consider, as Petersen points out: The big difference between purchasing tires at a brick-and-mortar store and an online store is the variety of selection. "Online retailers provide lots of different models and sizes of tire that are likely to fit your car. Brick-and-mortar retailers aren't going to have every model you might want to consider and if they did, all chances are they wouldn't necessarily have them in the size you need," he says.


Ultimately, getting tires has become easier in the days of online shopping and delivery. With plenty of places to choose from, buying tires online can be an equally good choice as getting them at a tire shop as long as the tires you want and need are in stock. While prices can vary slightly, Petersen says, it pays more to haggle on prices for installation, warranties and other things. Tire prices are largely set in stone by the manufacturer and installers rarely have any wiggle room to negotiate.


If you have a hard time finding tires, your best bet is to try online retailers like Tire Rack and have the tires drop-shipped to one of its local installers. If you need tires immediately, you might do better by hitting up a brick-and-mortar shop nearby -- but be sure to check inventory and its installation appointments online before heading out.


Buying Tires Online - Buying tires online allows you the time to make your decision without any pressure or stress with the peace of mind knowing you really made the right choice. Whether you thought about it overnight, talked it over with your partner, or decided on a different tire brand because your neighbor talked you into it, you did it at your own pace.


Buying Tires Online - When you search for tires online at TireAgent, you are getting complete clarity on all manufacturer warranty information, road hazard protection and roadside assistance. Not only that, but TireAgent helps assist in the process when you need to file a claim for a warranty.


Ultimately everyone makes their own choice. We believe the pros of purchasing tires online outweigh the cons of going to a local tire shop. Wouldn't you rather have access to a large inventory to choose from, with no added pressure to buy and payment plans to help you finance your tire purchase? We think so.


How novel is it that we can empower ourselves to make better decisions, choices and purchases - how advantageous is it that we can save a ton of time buying products and using online services - simply by having access to product/service & prices! BUT...


SimpleTire is pretty new to the game, but they are rapidly making a name for themselves. This company was created as a one-stop-shop for tires, in an effort to make the process as easy and hassle free as possible for their customers. On the SimpleTire site, you can get everything done, all at one time. Choose the tires you want, compare and contrast, schedule installation, have the tires sent to your chosen location and pay. The only thing left to do is arrive at your installation appointment. Very simple, as the name suggests. We like this company because they have a very intuitive website, which helps you make the best decision for your car. We also like SimpleTire because they have maintained a rare concept in online sales. They do not have an AI. When you contact SimpleTire online, or by phone, you will always be talking to a person. Always.


I've seen good prices online Tirerack etc. but after shipping and then finding somewhere to put them on it's a bit of a pain in the ass... wondering if I'm better off paying a bit more and just buying in-store, installation etc, one-stop shopping.


National Tire & Battery, or NTB, is a massive online and brick-and-mortar tire retailer with more than 600 locations across 26 states. The company operates under the NTB brand and also owns Tire Kingdom stores in its footprint. People buying tires from one brand can receive customer service and repairs at either.


Local Heroes Auto wants you to have more options to get the best prices. Now you can select the tires for your vehicle, pay online and choose one of our convenient locations for your tire installation through Tirebuyer, Tire Rack or Simple Tire. Click on their links below to find your tires and schedule your appointment.


Local Heroes Auto Service proudly serves the local Petaluma and Santa Rosa, CA area. Weunderstand that buying new tires can be overwhelming. Let us help you choosefrom our large selection of tires. We feature tires that fit your needs andbudget from top quality brands, such as Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal,and more. We pride ourselves on being your number one choice for any tireservice. Let us earn your business. Schedule an appointment today. 041b061a72


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