The tires that come with a new car are good for about 40,000 miles. That's the same as the cheapest tires available when you go to the auto shop to replace them. But buying premium tires will usually double the life of your new tires without doubling your cost.
Timothy Wiedman, a retired professor at Doane University in Nebraska, lives in snow country. He’s also an avid skier, so he's used to paying a premium for snow ties. But he's also noticed that the extra money spent on higher quality tires saves him money in the long run, regardless of the weather conditions. When he replaced the factory-installed tires on his Chevy HHR after 40,000 miles, he opted for top-of-the-line tires from Goodyear.
"By the time I traded in that HHR, I'd put nearly 65,000 miles on those Goodyears, and the tread depth was still great,” he said. “I never had to rebalance those tires, and they wore beautifully, although I did have them rotated once a year.”
He adds: "Did those Goodyears last the full 80,000 miles? Who knows. But I felt very safe driving on that set of tires – and I never had to pay big bucks for a tow truck to pull me out of a ditch."