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You need new tires, and you have questions. What type of tire do I really need? What do terms like “all-season” and “all-terrain” really mean? What are my financing options?
Midas brings simplicity to tire buying (and owning). We’re here to help you with tire selection, financing, professional installation, and preventive maintenance for a long tire life. We even check your tire pressure and tread wear as part of every Midas Touch Courtesy Check1, no matter what auto repair or maintenance service brings you to Midas.
Seasonal Tires - Change these tires twice a year for the best possible tire performance in summer and winter.
Year-Round Tires - Not into changing tires along with the seasons? These versatile tires balance the features needed for summer and winter driving, on and off the roads.
Look for the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) symbol on tires rated for severe snow service. To qualify, a tire must achieve 10% better traction over medium packed snow in manufacturer tests. The mountain snowflake symbol is found on most dedicated snow tires -- and select (year-round) all-terrain and all-season tires. Learn more about severe snow-rated tires.
You should replace any tire that shows one or more of these signs of age, damage, or wear:
Your local Midas technician can help you identify these tire safety hazards, and help you select your perfect replacement tires.
The legal minimum tire tread depth in the United States is 2/32” and many tire experts recommend replacing tires at 4/32”-6/32” tread depth or less, especially for tire types that benefit from a deeper tread (snow tires, all-terrain tires, or mud tires). Testing multiple winter tire brands at 5/32”-6/32” tread depth (or 50% of original tread depth), Consumer Reports saw a 14.5% decline in snow traction when accelerating, and a 7% increase in wet stopping distance compared to the tires’ original tread depth2.
How to tell if your tire tread depth is too low, and you need to replace your tires:
Check tread depth on several parts of the tire, especially if you see uneven wear patterns. And talk to a Midas tire expert to help you decide how low your tread depth can go.
The price of a new tire depends on the type of vehicle you drive and the size of the tire you purchase. Based on U.S. pricing trends before discounts, the price of one new tire ranges from $50 (for an entry-level tire on a small passenger car) to $400 (for a moderately premium SUV or pickup truck tire). Highly specialized off-road tires can cost up to $750 each, and a luxury ultra-performance tire can reach prices of $1400 or more. For moderately-priced everyday tires, expect to pay $80-$250 per tire, with passenger car tires on the lower end of that range, and SUV or pickup truck tires on the higher end.
Price isn’t the only factor to weigh in tire selection. Look for the right balance between initial cost, function, and tire life expectancy. A tire that costs half as much as its competitor is no bargain if it’s only designed to last half as long. Be sure to compare the Projected Tread Life (in miles) of each tire you’re considering. Better yet, rely on Midas tire experts to help you choose the perfect tires. We know how our tires perform in real life, for real people like you. Together, we’ll find the right balance between tire price, performance, and total cost over time.
It’s a good idea to have your wheel alignment checked when you buy new tires, to ensure that your new tires wear down evenly from the day you drive them home. We also recommend having your alignment checked regularly to extend the life of your tires -- it’s especially convenient to do this when your vehicle is in for services like tire rotation.
Learn more about Wheel Alignment
While tire imbalance is a common side effect of bumpy roads and other driving hazards, new tires should be checked for balance before mounting. Even new tires can have natural imbalance from the factory. Starting off with balanced tires and having the balanced checked as a regular part of tire service will help extend the life of your tires.
Learn more about Tire Balancing
Midas recommends installing a TPMS Service Kit with every tire purchased on a TPMS sensor vehicle and testing the TPMS sensor to ensure it’s measuring your tire pressure correctly. Maintaining proper tire pressure extends the life of your tires by preventing premature edge wear and other damage. And your TPMS system is there to alert you to dangerously low tire pressure -- and the blowout risk it brings. You don’t want to miss this warning due to incorrect pressure measurements or a malfunction in your TPMS’s alert function.
Learn more about TPMS
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