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Why Buy Winter Tires Early?

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Khatir Soltani
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Even though fall has just begun, it shouldn’t be too long before the temperatures start to drop and the snow starts to fall. As the leaves give way to the snowflakes, we will be confronted to the harshness of our Canadian winters. And when it comes to driving on snow or ice-covered roads, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

If you are looking for new winter tires, you may want to consider shopping sooner rather than later. But when is the best time to purchase winter tires? And why?

Take advantage of a full inventory
Most drivers think that fewer winter tires are available at the beginning of fall. In truth, the inventory level is just as good now as it’ll be when November comes. So why not choose the tires that’ll best suit your needs now instead of getting the leftovers later? Furthermore, if you want to choose from the best products, it’s better to shop early. Some high-rated winter tires like the X-ice Xi3, the Blizzak WS-80 or the WinterContact Si can be hard to find at the end of November.

Find the right tires for your vehicle
For luxury car owners, it’s even more important shop for winter tires early in the season. Audis, BMWs, Mercedes-AMGs and Porsches often require winter tires with rare dimensions that are not available everywhere. These tires are manufactured in small quantities and they sell like hot cakes: get your hands on them while you can!

Beat the rush of the first snow
Waiting until the last minute to buy and install your new winter tires is simply a bad idea. In late November or early December, you’ll most certainly have a hard time finding a garage that is not completely booked. Be smart and avoid the rush of the first snow. And if you purchase your winter tires online at, for instance, you can choose from a long list of affiliated installers located across Canada where you can have your products shipped and installed. Plus, if you buy tires and wheels, you get them mounted and balanced for free: that means you receive your set ready-to-install on your vehicle!

Put your mind at ease
Why put yourself under unnecessary stress when you can choose to plan ahead and feel better? Do yourself a favour and buy your winter tires early!

Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
Automotive expert
  • Over 6 years experience as a car reviewer
  • Over 50 test drives in the last year
  • Involved in discussions with virtually every auto manufacturer in Canada