Replacing the tires on your car is an unavoidable expense. Still, there are ways to make sure you’re getting the best available deal.
In this article, I’ll take a close look at TireBuyer: an affordable online tire store. Recently, I took some time to research the process and pricing at TireBuyer to get an idea of what to expect when buying tires from the online retailer.
5 Things to Know About TireBuyer
TireBuyer is an online tire store that’s accredited by the Better Business Bureau. On the website, you’ll find tires and wheels from 19 different manufacturers. Michelin, Continental, BFGoodrich, Pirelli and several other major brands are available.
While you’ll find great selection and prices, there are some key differences to keep in mind between ordering your tires online and buying them in a store. Before you order your next set of tires, consider these five things about TireBuyer.com:
Below, you’ll find detailed information about TireBuyer including how to place your order, how the prices compare to other tire centers, where to get your tires installed and ways to maximize your savings.
How Does TireBuyer Work?
When you first visit TireBuyer.com, you’ll see the option to shop by vehicle, size or brand. For most of us, shopping by vehicle is the easiest way to find a selection of tires that will fit your car. To get started, simply enter your vehicle’s information including the year, make, model and style along with your ZIP code. Then, click “Go.”
Once you’ve entered your vehicle’s information, you’ll be able to see the recommended tires or click “Shop all tires” to browse the entire selection.
When I searched for tires for my 2017 Toyota Camry, there were three recommended tires, but more than 63 total results. Free delivery was also available to 16 installers near me based on my ZIP code. If you plan on getting your tires installed by a local professional, you can have your tires shipped to them. You can have them shipped directly to your door if you’d prefer.
As you browse through the available tires, you’ll be able to see the brand, rating, warranty details, price, any available savings and some of the more notable tire features for each selection. Delivery is always free.
Once you’ve made your choice, double-check the quantity and click “Add to cart.” From there, you can decide where you want the tires to be delivered. You’ll be able to choose a local installer or enter a delivery address of your own before checking out.
When you’re ready to submit your payment, you can use a MasterCard, Visa, Discover Card, American Express card or PayPal.
How Much Do Tires Cost at TireBuyer?
Compared to other tire stores, TireBuyer’s prices are on the lower end. When I looked at tires that fit my 2017 Toyota Camry, the prices ranged from $59.99 to $184.99 each, and the median price was $105.99 per tire. Again, delivery will be free whether you have the tires shipped to your home or to a local installer. The cost of installation varies based on where you live and where you choose to have your tires installed. In my area, installation prices ranged from $17.70 to $24.02 per tire.
Consumer Reports polled nearly 50,000 of its subscribers to ask about cost, selection, sales service and perks when it came to purchasing tires. TireBuyer wasn’t included in the survey, but can see the average prices of other popular tire stores below:
Store Median Tire Price Installation Price (Per Tire) Consumer Reports Score
Walmart $102 $15 81
Sam's Club $139 $20 86
Discount Tire Direct $144 $19 90
BJ's Tire Center $147 $20 87
Town Fair Tire Centers $148 $23 83
Firestone Complete $149 $24 83
Sears $149 $24 82
Tire Rack $161 $24 89
Goodyear $161 $25 86
Costco $165 $14 89
While the tire and installation prices that you’ll see at TireBuyer will vary based on what you drive and where you live, you’ll likely find a good price compared to other popular tire stores. The median per-tire price for my car was just slightly higher than Walmart’s prices but lower than Sam’s Club‘s prices. Still, the installation at Walmart was a little cheaper, and the tire center there will install tires purchased elsewhere.
Before you make your final purchase, be sure to check out the deals page for current promotions and rebates. At the time of writing, there were 14 different offers, rebates and instant savings available. Among those were offers for up to $100 back, public service discounts and promo codes for up to 10% off.
How Long Does Shipping Take?
Most orders are processed and shipped out within 24 hours. According to TireBuyer’s website, online orders are delivered from a local warehouse to the installer of your choice in one to two days. If you have your tires shipped directly to your home, it may take a little longer.
As you browse the selection of tires, you’ll see the estimated delivery date to the left of the screen beneath “Add to cart.” You can return to TireBuyer’s website to check the shipping status of your order at any time. If the order is shipped to your home, you’ll also get a tracking number with an estimated delivery date.
Some tires are eligible for same-day delivery. You can choose this option if you order your tires before a certain time and have them delivered to a select TireBuyer installer. If you want same-day delivery, you’ll need to choose both a product and an installer with the same-day delivery flag. Of course, same-day installation can’t be guaranteed.
Where to Have Your Tires Installed
TireBuyer has more than 9,000 brick and mortar partners that can install your tires for a fee.
Again, when you order tires online from TireBuyer, you can have the tires delivered directly to a local installer for free. You’ll see the price of installation (per-tire) online before you make your decision, and these rates are guaranteed by TireBuyer. In my area, there were 16 installers to choose from with rates ranging from $17.70 to $24.02 per tire.
For more information on locations and prices for TireBuyer partners near you, visit TireBuyer’s website.
TireBuyer’s Return Policy and Warranty
If you have your tires delivered to a TireBuyer installer, returns are free. According to the website, the tires can be returned for up to 45 days after the delivery date, even if they’ve been used. However, if the tires were used off-road, have uneven wear or have been altered or misused, you can’t return them.
If you have your tires delivered directly to you, returns cost $7.50 per tire if you drop them off at a FedEx location or $15 per tire if they need to be picked up. If these tires have been mounted or used, they can’t be returned at all. Unused, unmounted tires can be returned for up to 30 days after the delivery date.
For more information on TireBuyer’s return policy, visit the website.
Warranties vary from one tire manufacturer to another. As you browse the selection of tires, you’ll see banners advertising manufacturer mileage-based warranties:
You can click on a specific tire and scroll down to the “warranty” tab for more information. I found that most tires came with some type of coverage even if they didn’t have the mileage-based warranty banner.
TireBuyer doesn’t offer any additional coverage, but the manufacturer’s warranty that comes with the tire should be enough coverage. In fact, Consumer Reports argues that tread-life warranties are next to useless, and money expert Clark Howard never buys extended warranties.
“My position on extended warranties remains the same always,” says Clark. “I don’t like them, and I don’t buy them at any store.”
If you do end up needing to return your tires or submit a warranty claim, you can visit TireBuyer’s website and enter your order information.
Overall, TireBuyer is a great place to shop for tires online. You’ll find a great selection of popular tire brands and low prices, on average, compared to brick and mortar tire centers. The shipping is fast and free, and you can get guaranteed installation rates by having your tires delivered directly to a local installer.
In some cases, same-day delivery is available to local installers. Keep in mind that having your tires delivered to a local installer also gives you an additional 15 days to return them if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase — even if you’ve driven on the tires. Plus, returns are free.
If you do decide to purchase your tires from TireBuyer, be sure to check out the deals page to see if you can save with any of the available promotions, discounts or rebates.
Finally, be sure to check out TireBuyer’s Learning Center. There, you’ll find helpful articles and product reviews that can help you choose the best tires and learn how to maintain them so that they’ll last as long as possible.
Have you ever bought tires from TireBuyer? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!