do we need to buy rim / wheel also when buying winter tires?

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I am planning to buy winter tires. My civic, currently running on all season tires. When buying winter tires, is it any better to have extra set of wheels/rim. I am assuming, while switching the tires (in summer), it will be easy/cheap, if tires are already on another set of wheels. Or is it not a big thing to put the tires on rim? Because, If it is not worth, I don't want to spend extra $ on rims.



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7 Responses to do we need to buy rim / wheel also when buying winter tires?

  1. JetDoc says:

    It’s not absolutely necessary to buy an extra set of rims for your snow tires, but the convenience factor is something to be considered. You can also save a bit of time and money when changing tires for summer and winter if you have a spare set of wheels..

  2. CT says:

    Mounting and balancing a tire costs me $20 a tire. 600 treadwear Tires will last me 3 or more years on the drive wheels, requiring me to buy 2 more tires.

    So changing tires on 1 set for 3 years
    winter comes $80
    summer comes $80
    winter comes $80
    summer comes $80
    winter comes $80
    summer comes $80
    =$540

    Now I buy a set of Civic wheels off craiglist for $100
    winter comes $80 w/ new tires
    summer comes, jack car up and swap sets $free, might have to buy a $50- jack though
    winter comes, jack car up and swap sets $free
    summer comes, jack car up and swap sets $free
    winter comes, jack car up and swap sets $free
    summer comes, jack car up and swap sets $free
    =$180-230 or savings of $310-360

  3. Danny says:

    Its way worth it to have both sets on their own wheels, it saves money in the long run and you can change out the tires yourself next season and save money.

  4. y says:

    I don’t think it would be worth it. Depending on the area you live, I would just stick with running all season tires. There are plenty of people here in the midwest that drive cars and don’t switch out summer and winter tires.

  5. chris says:

    when you buy your winter tires and have them mounted the tire store should write on the back of the old tires where they came off from

  6. yes actually you will save money in the long run if you buy another set of rims and much more convenient. every time you switch tires, you have to pay the mechanic to take the tires off the rim and put them back on. also you have to get them balanced every time. by buying another set or rims, you’ll save money because you don’t have to do all that and you could just put the tires on your car yourself.

  7. mike says:

    Yea every body is pretty much right. WAY cheaper to buy some used rims at a junk yard (just look at them and make sure they aren’t dented, if they are tell them you don’t want that one…don’t listen to any crap they say about how easy i’d be to fix it and secondly roll the rims on a smooth surface- if they wobble don’t buy them) I JUST bought 4 at a junk yard. I’m no dirty bum by the way. I’m 22 and in college,,….so naturally I’m strapped for cash….i paid 35 for each rims and then 18 bucks at NAPA to have them mount and BALENCE each wheel. They also put them on my car, so once winter ends I’ll take them off my self.

    Basically buy your self a second set of rims, do the steps above. Hopefully you know how to change a spare tire. If you do great, you just have to do it 4 times before winter and 4 times after winter.

    Here’s youtube if you don’t know how to change a tire and tighten it correctly —-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjpQNWnFlFM&feature=related

    My answer is best, no? I went all out here.