It’s impossible to know how tires will perform after a few thousand miles… unless you read the reviews of people who already have those tires. When looking through reviews, look for people who drive a similar car to yours (truck, SUV, sports car, etc.) and skim past the reviews of people who have driven less than 25% of the tire’s lifespan. If a tire lasts 50,000 miles, look for the reviews of people who have driven at least 12,500 miles on the tires. Your car will always drive well on new tires. The true test of a tire’s durability comes after it’s had some miles put on it.
When you know the life of your tires is coming to an end, start looking for manufacturer rebates on tires. Top brands like Goodyear, Pirelli, Cooper, and Michelin frequently offer significant discounts via rebate on their tires, and it pays to swap out your tires when you find a good deal.
Just because your tires are new does not mean they haven’t been sitting in the back of a warehouse for a few months. Being exposed to extreme heat and cold can take the life out of tires before they ever hit the asphalt, so be sure to check the four-digit number on the side of the tire which tells when the tires were manufactured.
When you determine what type of tires your vehicle needs, buy the highest quality tire you can afford in that category. In life, there are many scenarios where skimping on premium items is fiscally responsible, but buying tires is not one of those scenarios. Higher quality tires will typically save you money in the long run because they will last longer and perform better for longer.