Cheapest Tires You Can Buy: Is Cheaper Better?

Cheapest Tires You Can Buy: Is Cheaper Better?

Everyone can expect to change their tires at some point the longer that they own their car. It’s a necessary part of owning a vehicle. Questions come when you decide how much you want to spend on the replacement tires. 

Everyone wants to save money, but will the cheapest tires on the market get the job done?

Saving Money on Tires

Your tires are literally where the rubber meets the road for your car. You want tires that can handle both the roads you frequently use and the weather conditions that those roads might be in all year round. That means you need reliable tires for your safety and your car’s overall performance.

With those factors, many people also don’t want to spend a lot of money on their tire replacements. Tires range in price, so it can be tempting to save money on the cheapest set.

The Problem with the Cheapest Tires

The truth is the cheapest tires for sales like those of Westlake Tires, and Goodride Tires can be more dangerous and more expensive in the long run for your vehicle. The most inexpensive tires pair older technology with cheaper materials and therefore aren’t the best choice for safety, durability, and performance.

A cheaper upfront cost on tires is not worth the expenses and you’ll pay even more if the tires lead to an accident or tire failure.

Safety Hazard

Lower-quality rubber means your car will need more distance to brake and will not grip the road as well as a quality set of tires. This can be especially dangerous when the road is wet or covered in snow.  Lower quality tires lead to accidents as they can’t perform as well as more valued tires, especially in harsh weather conditions.

There is also a chance that your car will get worse gas mileage if you buy cheap tires. With the low-quality materials making up the tire, your vehicle’s rolling resistance will increase, which will cause you to burn more fuel to drive to the same location. 

Low Durability

Lower quality materials also means the tires on your car won’t last as long. You can expect to replace your tires every three to four years, but with cheaper tires, you may need replacements more often. The lower durability is another safety and performance defect for your vehicle and the drivers you share the road with.

You’ll need to spend more money, more often on new tires. In time, the cost of the repairs, replacements, or damages from your cheap tires will be more expensive than if you had purchased better value tires from the beginning. Many people have a hard time understanding why their suspension wears out prematurely, when coupled with a cheap set of tires. If you keep a good quality tire on your vehicle, it can help extend the life of other components on your vehicle as well. 

Mid-Range Tires and High-Tier Tires

Most drivers don’t need the fanciest or most expensive tires to keep their cars going. The everyday driver needs a set that will allow them to get to their destination quickly, allowing their car to perform optimally.

The most expensive tires offer good performance, but often they come with extra features that normal drivers might not need daily. However, it is important to look for the best tire technology built into tires available for your vehicle. 

The good news is there are plenty of options on the tire market that are within the price range of the cheapest tires but offer better durability and performance. Often, higher-tier brands have cheaper sub-brands under their name that provide great value. These tires are cheaper, but they will keep drivers safe and cars running. Plus you get some of the latest and greatest technology that is being developed in race car tires and on/off road use. 


The solution for drivers is to seek value. Value is where performance, durability, and price all come together for a reliable, quality, and affordable tire. You can find these kinds of tires in the mid-range tier of tires of both price and affordability. 

The key thing is not to fall for brands that charge more because of their name—you want tires that will last you and perform with less regard for who makes it.

Recommended Mid-Tier Tire Brands:

Some of the mid-tier tire brands we recommend for those on a budget include:

  • BFGoodrich
  • Firestone
  • General
  • Kumho
  • Mastercraft
  • Nexen
  • Nokian 
  • Yokokaham 
  • Toyo


Seeking Tire Advice

If you ever need help selecting tires, there are resources online that can help you see customer reviews for tires to narrow your search. You can also ask the expert staff at Jack Williams Tire who specialize in tires, to give you the best tire advice.

Jack Williams Tire experts will give you their personal recommendations in regards to your price range and vehicle. Come in to any of our locations to ask us for the best tires for your car, and we will help you replace and install your tires for your vehicle right away. 


March 15, 2021

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