Why Buy Costco Tires And Tips For Prolonging Tire’s Life

My tires were getting bald so this past Sunday, I went to purchase Costco tires. It was the last day of the $60 coupon and I did not want to miss it; I’ve been busy the whole month from work and procrastinated on this errand. This is what I like about my Costco membership, taking advantage of the low cost and additional savings through the use of coupons and rebates.

Anyways, I was there thirty minutes before they open thinking that I would be the very first one. To my amazement, I found myself being the tenth person in line!!

It’s been more than three years since I purchase tires and Costco no longer carry the previous brand that I bought- Bridgestone. So I ended up purchasing BF Goodrich. Michelin tires cost $20 more than BF Goodrich so I settle for the cheaper one. BF Goodrich is a very good brand so I figure, I’m only sacrificing a few features (if there are any).

Why is buying Costco tires a very excellent deal?

1.) Wholesale price – You are buying Costco tires at a wholesale price so you are already saving money on this.

2.) Additional Savings Via Coupon or Rebate offers – At certain times of the year, Costco offers coupons or instant rebates if you purchase a set of 4 tires. The coupon offer for Michelin tires is $70 if you buy all four tires and BF Goodrich offers $10 instant manufacturer’s rebate.

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3.) You can have your flat-tire fixed for free – coincidentally, I ran into my co-worker that Sunday but she wasn’t buying the tires, she was actually there to have her flat tire fixed. Unfortunately, she did not purchase the tires at Costco so she went to the only open car shop in the city that day. Since, it was Sunday and a lot of shops are normally close, the shop charged her $25 for a service that would normally cost $7 during the week!!

4.)Excellent Costco Tires Road Hazard Warranty.

5.) They use nitrogen air for your tires – According to the Get Nitrogen institute, with nitrogen tire inflation, improvements can be noted in a vehicle’s handling, fuel efficiency and tire life through better tire pressure retention, improved fuel economy and cooler running tire temperatures.

6.) They do tire rotation and balancing for free and you need this to prolong the life of your tire. They would probably make you wait that’s why it is wise to have these done when you’re shopping at the same time.

Other tips to prolong the life of the tires:

1.) Have a wheel alignment on your tires – Proper wheel alignment gives you better handling and control. It will also save you money by increasing gas mileage and preventing unnecessary wear and tear on your tires, steering system and suspension.

Note: The frequently asked question by a lot of Costco tires shopper is “Does Costco perform wheel alignment?” and “How much does it cost?” Well, Costco do not perform wheel alignment. This is something that you have to inquire on outside tire centers. Even then, not all mechanics perform wheel alignment and they require special tools to do so. Some tire centers who sells tires exclusively probably have this kind of service.

2.) Rotate tires periodically– Rotating your tires will prolong their life by reducing uneven tread wear. Also, it reduces your risk of getting into an accident due to sudden tire failure. Check your car manual for the recommended period.

3.) Make sure that your tires are not under inflated – Having proper air pressure provides the following benefits:

  • reduces the risk of getting into an accident by providing better handling and control
  • reduces uneven tire wear
  • reduces fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

You should purchase the air pressure gauge, which cost less than $5 at any car parts retail store, so you can check the air pressure once a month.

4.) Proper wheel balancing  – maintaining your wheel assembly in balance ensures a comfortable ride and prolong the life of your tires and suspension.

What about you? What are the things that you like or don’t like with Costco Tires?

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11 thoughts on “Why Buy Costco Tires And Tips For Prolonging Tire’s Life”

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  2. Why you should NOT purchase tires at Costco. I just purchased a care with less than a thousand miles on the set of Michelins. Costco does NOT transfer the warrantee! Tire Kingdom does!

  3. I am really unhappy with Costco tire store’s service at Yonkers, NY. The reason are:
    1. I was not informed on the day I came that they would serve executive member first in early morning. I spoke with Jonathan who recommended me to come at 10 am on the next day. On the next day, Roger (manager) initially was reluctant to start serving me.
    2. When I came on the next day, I got un-polite service from Roger (manager). Even he threatened not to start serving me until 10.30 am. It was 10.20 am.
    3. Misleading advertisement on the door ” no appointment necessary” . I came at 10 am, then Roger asked me to come back at 2 pm. Is it appointment or arrangement or? When I came back, they ask me if I have appointment. So, we need appointment to buy tire at Costco

    Costco’s price is around 10 dollars cheaper and it does give after sell services, but this experience makes me reluctant to recommend the Costco tire store to my colleagues /family members.

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  6. They did not back they Road Hazard Warranty that they advertised for me either but had excuse after excuse. I would not recommend them for tires. I did some research later on their prices, nitrogen claim, and came across other consumer complaints that fit what I experienced. I will not purchase tires there again.

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  8. First, let me start off by stating that for everything else, I love Costco! I will never buy tires from them again, however. I purchased four BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires P215/65 R15 for my 1999 Toyota Sienna XLE in 2008. Within a few thousand miles, the fronts were wearing out more rapidly than the rears. Costco refused to rotate the tires so they would wear more evenly because their policy wouldn’t allow it. I guess if one pair of tires is worn a certain amount more than the other pair, they will put the better pair on the rear. They claim that is what the tire manufacturers recommend and showed me a pamphlet from Michelin. I asked Toyota about it and they claim it’s wrong. I asked several mechanics that i trust and they say they’ve never heard of it. I had Toyota rotate the tires so i could get more life out of them, but when I went back to Costco to get some air, they rotated the tires (despite me specifically telling them NOT to!), putting the more worn tires back on the front, thus guaranteeing that they will wear out much faster than the rears. I finally had enough and decided to purchase four new Cooper CS4 tires from Alan’s Automotive & Diesel in Colorado Springs (at a much better price than I could get at Costco or Discount TIre). The CS4 had good reviews from buyers and I’m hoping they will last much longer than the BF Goodrich’s. My original Firestone Affinity tires lasted nine years and over 45 thousand miles. I barely got four years and 28 thousand miles out of the BF Goodrich tires purchased from Costco. I found the Costco tire guys in Colorado Springs to be rude & condescending. I’m happy that my Costco tire nightmare is finally over!

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