Tire Rebates: A Guide to Saving Money on Tires

Like brakes, oil changes, and air filters, tires are a part of your car or truck that needs replacing periodically. Tires are subject to wear and tear every time you drive and as the tread wears away, they lose their ability to keep you safely on the road. 

Buying tires can put a dent in your wallet, especially if you drive a truck or large SUV. Depending on the type of tire and brand, you could be looking at a cost of over $200 per tire. If your vehicle has an all-wheel drive, you’ll need to replace all four tires at once to prevent damage to your drivetrain, meaning you might need to shell out over $800 when your tires wear out. 

Nearly all tire manufacturers offer rebates as a way to save money. Back in the day (before the internet) rebates were done through the mail. Nowadays, rebates can be done online, through the mail, or in person. If you want to take advantage of tire deals offered by manufacturers, then keep reading! We are going to take a deep dive into tire rebates and how to go about redeeming them. 

Why Do Manufacturers Offer Rebates?

Generally speaking, tire manufacturers offer rebates as a way to entice customers into purchasing tires. If you were comparing tires from two companies and saw that one brand offered a rebate, you would probably go with the less expensive option (unless you are loyal to one particular brand). 

Types of Tire Rebates

Manufacturers offer rebates in several ways. Here are some of the most common.

Mail-in Rebates

While the advent of the internet has made traditional mail more obsolete, brands still offer rebates through the mail. It is not common to run into a rebate that is mail-in only, but they exist. 

Online Rebates

Submitting a tire rebate online is pretty standard for many manufacturers. Many rebates will have an option for either mail-in or online, giving the option for those who are not tech-savvy.

Instant Rebates

Instant rebates have no lag time between the purchase of the tires and the completion of the cashback. Instant rebates are similar to discounts and require no work to redeem.

How do I Redeem a Tire Rebate?

Unlike regular discounts, tire rebates require you to do a little bit of work to receive your money back (excluding instant rebates). 

1.) Find a Rebate

The first thing you need to do is find a rebate on a brand/tire that you want. Many of the big manufacturers like Michelin, Continental, General, Goodyear, and Nokian offer rebates several times per year, so if you are not set on one brand, you will almost always have options. 

2.) Purchase the Tires

Once you have found a rebate on tires that you want, purchase them from a local tire dealer. You can only move forward with the rebate once you have bought the tires. 

2.) Submit the Required Information 

You can find what you need to submit to the manufacturer in the description of the rebate, or by talking to someone at the store you are purchasing the tires from. Typically, you will need to fill out a rebate form and provide a copy of your tire purchase invoice.

3.) Receive your Rebate

Mail-in or online rebates will typically come through the mail in the form of a check or prepaid gift card. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for it to arrive. 

Still have questions? Scott’s U-Save Can Help!

If you need help with the tire rebate process or are looking for advice on what tires to buy, stop in at Scott’s U-Save! With three locations in New Lenox, Schererville, and Steger. Browse our tire catalog for the best deals and tire rebates in the area!

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