Tire Rack has been in business for more than 20 years and in that time has built up a reputation for being one of the foremost companies when it comes to tire maintenance and supply. The company is renowned as being a Performance Tire and Wheel Specialist business which gives the customer excellent service with a team of specialists who offer precision and value for money when fitting new tires. Each tire fitter at Tire Rack will have spent multiple days in a classroom where they learn everything there is to know about tires, wheels, and associated issues and problems that they might be called upon to resolve as an employee. It goes without saying, but they really are the experts when it comes to the world of tires. Tire Rack doesn’t just have physical store locations, but also run an extensive website containing all the latest brands and ranges that any driver would need. Read on for a short review of Tire Rack including what you can expect should you choose to shop with this retailer.
Tire Rack Services and Products
They don’t just stock tires, despite the name, but also supply brakes, wheels and suspension systems for any car brand you can think of. If they don’t have something in stock, then they will track down any specialty tires – and at the lowest prices too. The website has an interactive shopping assistant widget to help take the customer through the process of buying a new tire. If you would rather speak to someone then they also have telephone and email support available where you can talk with a Tire Rack sales representative. If you end up using their website, then here is how it all works and what you need to do:
- Choose the tires of auto parts that you want using the product selector.
- Next review the different installers to find one near you.
- Add your tires to your cart.
- Apply a Tire Rack coupon (you can find a comprehensive list on this website (external link).
- Now complete the check out process and pay online.
It’s possible for consumers to select a tire installer (all fully approved) and have the tires shipped to that installer. Because Tire Rack is a national network then it is usually very easy to find an approved installer near to your home address. They run something called “The Price Pledge” which means you will only ever see the final price and quote so you won’t get any nasty surprises when you turn up to get the tires fitted at the installers.
Wide Selection of Choice (and Quality)
Every single tire for sale on TireRack.com will be sold under a guarantee and warranty so you won’t have any concerns over the quality or reliability. If anything does happen to go wrong then as a consumer you will be fully protected. No need to take risks when shopping online, and discounts can even be applied during check out by entering in a Tire Rack coupon.
Using Tire Rack’s Own Install Solutions
Tire Rack’s service center can advise you on how to fit the tires should you choose not to use an installer – or you can even go direct to a Tire Rack store and have the installers there fit your tires for you. All of their installers have had professional training and are fully insured, as are your tires for when you leave.
If you do want to do it yourself then you can get a self-installation tire package posted to your home address instead with complete self-installation instructions and any tools should you need them (which will cost a little bit extra from the online store).
Wide Range of Tire Brands and Products
When traditionally shopping for tires, many retailers will limit the customer to a narrow selection due to retail agreements that they have. Tire Rack is different because they stock more of the large tire brand products (as well as smaller independents) than any other tire retailer on the market. No matter what car or vehicle you drive, or no matter what specifications you have for new tires, you will find them at Tire Rack, or they will find them for you.
Personal Conclusion on Tire Rack
I’ve used Tire Rack for the last 10 years and have bought new tires from them on average every 18 months. During that time I’ve only ever had one slight complaint and that was on delivery time when ordering direct to my home address. The tires were a couple of days late so I made a quick call to their support and sales numbers and was given a discount on my next purchase which more than made up for the inconvenience – since then delivery has always been spot on and I’ve never had any need to chase them up on an order since.
Overall I would give them a solid eight out of ten as a rating. If there was some small room for improvement then it would be on the design of their consumer-facing website. It could be a little bit better and has not really been refreshed in a few years. From an operational point of view, it can sometimes be a bit cumbersome to get through to the shopping cart – but in the main this is down to the large amount of pre-qualifying questions that the Tire Rack website asks you before you can confirm your purchase. Most of this is down to safety questions, as the purchase of new car tires needs to be water-tight in terms of ensuring that the drivers fits the correct brand, spec, and model for their vehicle so I can understand that. It’s just that as an experienced tire fitter, I would prefer to be able to speed through the process a little bit quicker.
About the Author: Jon Stapleton is a automotive blogger from Ohio who owns a Ford F-150 and Nissan Navara pick-up truck. When not writing about car maintenance he likes to go geocaching in the outdoors using his Garmin eTrex handheld GPS device.