You may not like buying them, but tyres are a necessary purchase for every driver – and they can often come with a pretty hefty price tag.
Canstar Blue research found the average spend on a single new tyre to be around $150. Multiplied by five for a whole new set for your vehicle and you’re talking about seriously big bucks. In fact the cost of buying new tyres is so much of a concern for almost half of motorists that they delay buying them for as long as possible.
This is a big risk to take, because driving with safe tyres is so important. Instead of delaying your tyre purchase, be on the lookout for a good deal as soon as you notice your tread starting to wear down.
Comparing prices online is a good starting point, and with only 23% of motorists buying the cheapest tyres available, taking the time to find a good deal could mean you save a significant amount.
It’s also worth having an understanding of how other motorists rate their tyre brands for customer satisfaction, because it might be time for a change if you have to replace your tyres a little more often than you’d like.
When it comes to finding a bargain, don’t leave your research to the last minute. Comparing prices in a hurry makes shopping around stressful and far more difficult than the process should be.
Once you know where to go for a good price on tyres, it can be worth your while to try bargaining with the dealer. There are instances where they can be flexible on the price, so a bit of wheeling and dealing could potentially save a bit of money.
But beware that some people will drive a hard bargain, or may not be able to offer a huge reduction. It is best to ask, but not push the limits of what can and can’t be done as far as price is concerned.
Things to remember when buying tyres
- Do your research – and do it early. If you’re stressing, you could miss a better deal.
- Know exactly what you’re looking for.
- Bargaining can get you a discount, but just don’t push it.