What to Look for When Shopping for Racing Tires

Tired of wondering if you’re paying too much for tires? Can’t drive the hours to a tire distributor to get what you need? There are a variety of reasons you might want to shop online for tires, and retailers are now taking advantage of consumers growing propensity for online shopping. We can buy pretty much everything we need to online, from groceries to car parts. And now, we can buy racing tires not just from large retailers but from smaller and more specialized tire companies on sites like eBay and Amazon.

The most important part of the tire-buying process is knowing what you’re looking slick for. Does your sanctioning body require a certain size or tire compound? What size rims will you be using? Do they need to be street legal or are they strictly for racing? Will you be siping or grooving these tires? How long do you need them to last? Are you searching for a specific brand?

The answers to these questions will more than likely direct you to one or a few specific racing tires. For example, if you need a harder tire that will last longer, you’ll need to look at a harder tire compound. If you have an 8″ rim, you’ll have to search for tires that fit on that wheel.

A good retailer will provide those details in the item’s title and description, so once you have an idea of what you need, you just need to put it into the search bar of your favorite shopping site and see what comes up. Then you can narrow down your results by other criteria, such as tire size/circumference. Once you’ve got it down to one or a few choices, note the manufacturer and part number(s).

When you’ve found the racing tires you’re looking for, it’s time to shop around. You can do a Google search for the part numbers and compare prices on a site like Google Product Search, Bing, eBay or Amazon. Buying direct from the manufacturer or manufacturer’s rep can help you out on shipping costs, as they ship many tires each day.

Which sites should you buy on? It’s a personal choice and whatever you feel most comfortable with. If it’s an individual retailer’s site, make sure that there are security disclosures on the site to ensure that your credit card information is protected. If you’re already signed up on a site like Amazon or eBay, you can order the same items from that retailer there and benefit from the third-party guarantee and protection and not have to enter your information on multiple sites.

There’s never been a better or easier time to buy racing tires and car parts online, so do your research and take advantage of it for an easy and affordable tire shopping experience.


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