Sometimes we let it go…and stop checking the tires. Then when the thread is coming out you need an emergency trio to the tire store! You can still avoid such a fate even without having to do the “penny trick” every time you get behind the wheel. Make a point to get your tires balanced and rotated at regular intervals, and know when tire sales are most likely to hit your favorite mechanic or dealership. Check:
• Manufacturer rebates: Usually in the $70-$100 range, rebates frequently come in the form of prepaid debit cards. You’ll usually be required to purchase four tires to qualify, though.
• Buy three, get one free: Another common promotion is the “buy three get the fourth tire free” deal. Since most tires cost upwards of $100 each, that can spell significant savings.
• Discounts on routine maintenance: Depending on where you purchase the tires, you may be eligible for deals on other basic auto maintenance like filter changes and headlight replacements.
• Free oil changes: An oil change costs $30 to $50 depending on the make and model of your car, and you can expect to change your oil one to four times per year. That means the value of free oil changes can quickly add up.
It’s easy to forget about your tires, but if you don’t pay attention, you could end up on the side of the road with a much bigger bill than its needed.