Winter/Snow Tires: How Much Do They Really Cost?
If you’re here, you’ve definitely heard that you should get winter or snow tires. Consumer Reports recommends anyone that drives in a place that regularly gets below 45° F put a set on their vehicle. But aren’t they expensive?
How much will it cost to put a full set of winter tires on your vehicle? Take a look.
Winter/Snow Tires Cost Estimates
Costs vary by brand, but, without discounts, you can expect car snow tires to run about $150 each and SUV/truck snow tires to go for about $200 each. For a car, that’s $600 for a full set; $750 if you decide to get a spare. For SUVs and trucks, that’s at least $800 for a full set; $1,000 if you opt for the spare. Remember, though, that many tires manufacturers often run specials on their products, and it’s easy to get mail-in rebates or even a close-to-free tire, depending on the special. Some people also decide to get an extra set of rims for their winter tires. The prices for those vary wildly by manufacturer, but $65 per is about average. For a full set, that’s $260; with a spare, that’s $325.
That’s Expensive! Are Snow Tires Worth It?
Yes. A million times, yes. And that’s not just a business telling you that. According to Consumer Reports, snow tires improve snow traction by 34%, making starting, stopping, and steering much better than even brand-new all-season tires. For example, winter tires reduce braking distance by an average of six feet. That six feet is often the distance between you rear-ending someone or sliding into an intersection versus safely coming to a stop without causing an accident. And while $750-$1,000 might be expensive, it’s cheaper than your insurance rates going up, possible medical bills, and automotive repairs (if your insurance doesn’t cover them).
Need Your Snow Tires Installed?
Did you just buy a new set of winter tires? Or maybe you already have a set you need put on? Schedule an appointment at Hall Mazda. We can do it quick and affordably.