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How to comparison shop for tires. It pays to do your homework.

Take the mystery out of buying new tires—View tire ratings and make tire comparisons online before you go to the tire dealer.

You need to replace a set of tires. Before going to the tire dealer, spend some time online looking at your options. First, determine the type of tire that’s best for your vehicle. Second, compare the tire reviews of different tire lines of that type. And third, compare pricing and financing alternatives. Synchrony Car Care can help you make your tire purchase. Armed with this knowledge, you’re less likely to be intimidated by the tire buying experience and more likely to drive home with a better deal.

Take the easy way out

If you’re happy with the performance of the tires currently on your vehicle, your choice is simple. Simply replace them with the exact same brand, model and tire size.1 However, if you feel you need more traction, better handling, a more comfortable ride, or anything that you’re not getting from your current tires, then it’s time to look into something new.

Tip: Replacing a set of original-equipment tires can be more expensive than you might think. You’ll find a special offer from Synchrony Car Care below.

Which type of tire is right for you?

To help you define the tire type that matches your needs, The Michelin Tire Guide2 suggests answering these three questions:

  1. What weather conditions do you drive in? What are the worst situations you may face?

  2. Where will you drive? City streets, long highways, or forest paths require different performance characteristics.

  3. What is your driving style: do you like to feel every curve or feel like you’re riding on a cushion?

Tip: A reputable tire dealer can also help you determine the best tire for your vehicle and driving style. Synchrony Car CareTM is accepted at over 23,000 automotive service and repair merchants nationwide, including Exxon and Mobil, Chevron and Texaco.

Here are the basic tire types available: 3

TIRE TYPE

PROs

CONs

All-Season Car Tires

Year-round traction, long tread wear and a comfortable ride

Lacks the precise handling and grip of performance tires

All-Season Performance Tires

Higher speed rating, better grip, and better handling & braking than standard all-season tires.

Higher price than standard all-season tires

Ultra-High Performance Tires

Excellent handling and responsive steering in wet and dry conditions

Higher price, faster tread wear and diminished ride comfort

All-Season Light Truck Tires

Designed for heavy loads. Performs well in most conditions.

Harsher ride

All-Terrain Light Truck Tires

Rugged tread for heavy-duty applications

Harsher ride

Winter/Snow Tires

Superior grip in ice and snow

Faster tread wear than all-season tires

Performance Winter/Snow Tires

Enhanced cold-weather grip

Can only be used in winter and in sets of four

Winter/Snow Truck & SUV Tires

Specifically designed for pickups and SUVs

Can only be used in winter and in sets of four

Tire rating lookup

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has rated more than 2,400 tire lines used on passenger cars, minivans, SUVs and light pickup trucks. Their lookup tool 4 helps you compare the following performance factors by brand and tire line:

  1. Traction
    Tire traction ratings (AA, A, B and C) indicate how well the tire can stop on wet pavement. The higher the rating the shorter the stopping distance.

  2. Temperature resistance
    Temperature grades (A, B and C) indicate how resistant the tire is to heat—important if you drive long stretches in hot weather.

  3. Treadwear
    Tires are graded from 100 – 600 as to their relative rate of wear. The higher the grade the better the tire stands up to wear.

To access the NHTSA ratings, click here

Tip: You’ll find all three performance ratings printed on your tire’s sidewall.

 
 

Synchrony Car CareTM offers special financing for new tires and automotive repairs. No interest if paid in full within 6 months on purchases of $199 or more.*

*No interest will be charged on the promo purchase if you pay the promo purchase amount in full within 6 months. If you do not, interest will be charged on the promo purchase from the purchase date. Depending on purchase amount, promotion length and payment allocation, the required minimum monthly payments may or may not pay off purchase by end of promotional period. Regular account terms apply to non-promotional purchases and, after promotion ends, to promotional balance. For new accounts: Purchase APR is 29.99%; Minimum Interest Charge is $2. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreement for their applicable terms. Subject to credit approval.

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*Minimum monthly payments required.

Learn More:

www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Shoppers/Tires+Rating

www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires/buying-guide.htm

Sources:

1www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/a11849/what-you-need-to-know-when-buying-new-tires-9451125/

2www.michelinman.com/US/en/help/how-to-choose-tires.html#tab-2

3www.consumerreports.org/cro/tires/buying-guide.htm

4www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Shoppers/Tires+Rating

 

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