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How to Buy Tires Online in 2024

By Tire Agent Staff

July 04, 2024


This post answers common questions that tire customers have about how the online tire-buying process works:

How does online tire buying work?

Buying tires from Tire Agent online works like this:

      • Shop by vehicle: Enter your vehicle make, model, year and trim level
      • Verify your tire size: Our online store will automatically recommend tires that fit the original manufacturer's specifications for your vehicle. Related: How to find your tire size.
      • Enter your ZIP code: Why do we ask for this? Tires ship from warehouses all over the country, so having your ZIP code helps us estimate availability and shipping time. 
      • Review recommendations: Use filters to review the tires based on what matters most to you: price, warranty, tread type, manufacturer  

What's different about shopping online for tires vs walking into a local tire shop is that you'll be able to compare multiple options. Your local tire shop might offer 2 or 3 options; online, you're in control, and you get to compare based on what matters most to you. 

The product pages are easy to understand. You don’t need to be an enthusiast or expert to buy with Tire Agent, and our customer service agents are available to answer questions 7 days a week (see Contact info for hours and details). Purchasing your tires online saves you time and provides a hassle-free experience, plus you get free shipping and fast delivery within the continental United States.

With over 100 tire brands to choose from, you'll have no problem finding the perfect tire for your budget and driving style.

Steps for Ordering Tires Online

Step 1. Select a tire

Choose Shop by Vehicle or Shop by Size.

start a product search to buy tires online with tire agent

Enter your vehicle's information and your ZIP code, or enter your tire size 

enter your ZIP code to find tires near you

Filter to what matters most to you. Featured Filters include deals, great warranties, superior performance in rain and snow, and best value. In this example, Tire Agent recommends 117 tires for the owner of a 2020 Nissan Altima S (tire size 215/60R16).  

for a 2020 nissan altima, tire agent found 117 compatible tires

On the left-hand side of the page, you will even more filters that allow you to sort by:

We understand that more options can generate more questions, which is why we have tire specialists available to guide you in the right direction. Click the chat box or give us a call. Live chat is available 7 days a week, M-F 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern U.S. time zone). Live phone support is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern. 

Step 2. Select a payment option to purchase your tires online

After you select your new tires, you're ready for checkout. 

By default, we deliver to you. 

tire agent's checkout process

Depending on your location, we may be able to deliver to a local auto shop. Enter your alternate delivery address or select from one of the options.

tire agent helps you find a tire installer near you

Whether we ship to your home, business or a local tire installer, shipping is free within the continental U.S. 

select a tire installer near you

Next, select a protection plan and accessories, including replacement TPMS if needed (optional). 

Select a payment plan. This is an important step that sets Tire Agent apart and makes Tire Agent the best place to order tires online. You can choose from several payment options with Tire Agent's PayPair plans. You'll see a variety of options, including no money down, early buyout options, plus weekly, monthly and other payment schedules (offers vary, so check PayPair for the most up-to-date tire payment plans).

tire agent offers a number of payment options through its paypair program

Or, pay in full using a credit card. By selecting this option, your Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, or Discover card will be charged for the full amount. You can also use PayPal, G Pay or Cash App (options may vary based on your location).

Step 3. Have your tires installed

Note that we wrote, "have your tires installed," not "install your tires yourself." Why? Some, if not all, manufacturers will not honor tire warranties if the tires are not installed by a professional tire installer. In other words, unless you're a tire pro, you may not want to DIY your tire installation. Tire installation typically costs around $25 per tire, depending on your vehicle type, tire size, and your geographical location. Plus, they'll handle the balancing and alignment, as well as disposition of your used tires.

FAQs About Buying Tires Online

How long does it take to get my tires?

During the checkout process, we'll give you an estimated delivery date. In many cases, tires ship within 2 to 3 business days, but that depends on your location, our warehouse location, and whether the tires are in stock. This is similar to buying tires from a local shop. Most shops carry a very limited inventory of tires, and they order tires from distributors, which takes 2 to 3 business days to arrive. 

Is it safe to buy tires online?

Yes. Our website and checkout process is secure. You can read about our commitment to your privacy in Tire Agent's privacy statement

How can I find my tire size before I order them online?

Most modern vehicles have a placard or sticker on the inside of the driver's side door jamb. The sticker includes the tire size, rim size and recommended tire pressure. Read more about tire sizes here.

What if I have bad credit or no credit and need to make payments?

We get it: Stuff happens. The best part about buying tires online is doing it from the privacy of your own home. Tire Agent is the best place to buy tires online. We offer a number of options for making payments, including some that may be available without a credit score. Our PayPair page lists over a dozen payment options, and you can read the details on each before selecting one. Some payment plans are still subject to approval, even without a credit score.