Are Cheap Tires Risky Business?

Do you pride yourself on being “cheap?”

You probably use the term to indicate that you’re frugal with your money and don’t spend unnecessarily.

That’s not exactly what we’re referring to when we talk about cheap tires.

There’s a difference between getting a good value for your money and purchasing an inferior product just because it’s less expensive.

When it comes to tires, a lot is at stake. The wrong tires can not only wreak havoc on your checkbook in the long run and sacrifice comfort, they can also compromise the safety of you and your family.

The problem with tires that seem like a good buy because they’re cheap is that they aren’t well made and they get worn much faster than a quality tire will.

Let’s dig a little deeper into why cheap tires that wear quickly may not be the best idea.


Your tires may need to be replaced much sooner than you think. The tread depth can look sufficient when it’s actually at a level that can cause hydroplaning on a wet road or slipping on snow or ice. In addition, the tires can take longer to brake on a wet road, which can cause any number of issues.


At first glance, saving $20 or even $40 per tire can look like a great deal. This is when it pays to do your research! You will actually be spending more money in the long run if you have to replace your tires three times as often because they don’t hold up as they should.


While it isn’t as important as safety or cost, the feel of your ride is a significant factor in your satisfaction with your vehicle. Driving down a bumpy road and having every little hump be jarring isn’t a pleasant experience. Quality tires will provide a smooth ride throughout their life.

Bottom line

The fact is that a happy medium does exist. You can find tires that are high quality and still won’t break the bank. The safety of your family and your contentment with the evenness of your ride don’t have to be sacrificed when you’re in the market for new tires.

Tires that wear too quickly are a hazard in certain weather conditions and poor quality tires won’t provide the comfort you want.

When it comes to purchasing new tires for your vehicle, remember—frugal is good, while “cheap” is a big no-no!

Your best bet is to seek the help of a trusted independent tire dealer who has your best interest in mind.

Get in touch with Conrad’s today to schedule an appointment to talk to one of our experts about the right tires for your car.

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