The Consumer Reports tire-buying guide is available at ConsumerReports.com. The buying guide is available without a subscription, unlike its detailed tire ratings and reviews. The purpose of the buying guide is to help consumers make an educated purchase by going over the basics of how to choose the right tires for the best value.
The Consumer Reports tire-buying guide includes a short video and a seven-page guide that summarizes how to read a tire, how to choose a tire for specific driving needs, the different types of tires available and where to buy new tires. There is also advice on when its time to replace old tires and how to maintain tires for maximum mileage.
The main points that Consumer Reports makes in how to choose tires is to do the research and find tires that test well for safety. Buyers should read the fine print on the warranties when choosing which tires to buy, shop around at different dealers and websites for the best price, and only buy tires that are less than a few years old.
The buying guide describes the different types of tires specific to different driving needs and briefly summarizes the top brands. However, the Consumer Reports detailed reviews, including advantages and disadvantages of certain brands backed by scientific testing, are only available to subscribers.