The Best Winter Tire Deals in Canada

October 1, 2019

What are the best winter tire deals in Canada? The following time-sensitive offers include free shipping offers, manufacturer rebates, warranty deals, and more. If you’re looking to stay safe AND save money this season, here are some of the best winter tire deals for the 2019/2020 winter season.

It’s that time of the year again! Daylight is dwindling, temperatures are dropping, and Canada’s geese are flying south. 

Winter is upon us, meaning snow, sleet, and slush will soon be decorating our roadways. Whether you’re thinking of buying winter tires this season, or perhaps need them depending on where you live, you can save big on costs by combining retailer discounts with manufacturer rebates. 

It’s typically recommended to switch out your summer tires when temperatures dip below 7 degrees Celsius. If you live in a province where ice and snow tend to take over the roads, autumn is a great time to start winter tire shopping, as pre-winter deals start to hit storefronts.

If you already have winter or snow tires from last year, make sure to measure their wear before putting them on your vehicle. They should have at least 4/32" of remaining tread depth to be considered safe (and legal in some provinces) for the snow and ice-covered roads. If they’re below this threshold, you’ll want to start shopping for a new set.

The great debate of winter tires versus all-season tires versus all-weather tires grips the nation every year, and although there are parts of Canada that typically don’t get much snow, much of the country receives moderate to heavy snowfall throughout the winter months. 

In some parts of Canada, like Quebec and regions of BC, winter tires are required by law and using them may help you save on car insurance. 

The downside is that winter tires can get pricey, with some wheel and rim packages costing upwards of $1,500 for the average vehicle. 

But, you can save money by buying discounted tires online or at local retailers, and then receive additional rebates from the tire manufacturers as well.

With all the options out there, it can be hard to cut through the noise to find a bargain, so we’ve compiled a list of the best winter tire deals in Canada to help you save money this season.

Costco Shop Cards

Everyone knows that Costco is a hotbed for amazing deals, and not just on bulk bags of almonds and jumbo packs of toilet paper; Costco also offers some amazing deals on winter tires. 

This year, they’re offering Costco Shop Cards to members at varying values. Costco is currently offering a $70 cash card with the purchase of four Bridgestone Blizzak tires. 

Booking an appointment to get your new winter tires installed here may be a bit of a hassle, especially when the snow begins to fall, but Costco’s $19.99 per tire installation fee makes it all worth it. 

This slim cost includes rotation, balancing, installation checks and flat repairs for the lifetime of the tire, a comprehensive mileage, road hazard and manufacturer’s defects warranty, nitrogen tire inflation, and new tire stems.

Valid across Canada - in-store & online

Canadian Tire Special Offers 

It wouldn’t be a Canadian winter tire roundup without Canadian Tire. For 2019, the nationwide retailer currently offers instant rebates of $100 for Pirelli and up to $70 for Michelin. Mail-in rebates range from $40 to $100 for major brands, including Continental and Goodyear. 

If you purchase, install, and balance your tires at Canadian Tire, you’ll qualify for their 5-year Tire Care Guarantee. This warranty provides free tire repair in the event of a puncture. It also covers any damage incurred to your vehicle due to the puncture, as well as impact breaks and manufacturing defects. 

For a small fee, Replacement Advantage coverage offers free tire replacement & spare tire change services.

What about Certified WinterTrek tires?

If you drive a passenger car and you’re looking for powerful traction at an affordable price, Canadian Tire’s Certified WinterTrek tire is proving to be very popular with its special tread compound, block-edged sipe pattern, and robust stud design. 

Valid across Canada

PMCtire’s Free Shipping & More

Like Costco, PMCtire allows you to shop for your new winter tires from the warmth of your own home. What sets them apart from other online stores, is their free shipping service for all orders with two or more tires to major cities across Canada. 

Some shipping costs will be included for remote destinations or heavier loads, but if you purchase a set of four tires and wheels, PMCtire will provide free mounting and balancing so your parts are ready to install when shipped.

PMCtire has an extensive stock list that lets you choose from a variety of premium and budget brands. They also help guide their customers through the tedious task of choosing the right tire by publishing an annual ranking of the year’s best-rated winter tire brands.

There’s no need to leave your couch, even if you hear of a cheaper deal somewhere down the street because PMCtires also price matches competitors and offers access to a list of eligible manufacturer mail-in rebates.

Valid across Canada

KalTire’s Mail-in & Instant Rebates

KalTire is promoting some very tempting mail-in & instant rebates with tire manufacturers including Pirelli, Continental, and Bridgestone. And, if you purchase your tires at a Kaltire, you’ll receive a slew of other customer perks, such as KalTire’s loaded Customer Care Plan, which comes free with any tire purchase from one of their more than 250 locations across Canada. 

The plan includes flat repairs, inflation, balancing, and rotations every 8,000 km for the life of your tires - all free of charge. 

On purchases of four eligible passenger or light truck winter tires, Kaltire also offers a price match guarantee with competitors including Costco and Canadian Tire.

Offers are valid across Canada, but the Price Match Program is valid in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon.

Search Kijiji & find a deal

It’s equal parts odd and obvious to check Kijiji for the best deals; it’s a website full of product. But like any buy-and-sell platform, it can come with an element of risk. 

This option will take some time and research, but for some buyers, it’s well worth the effort. If you know what you’re looking for in terms of winter tire brand and size, scouring Kijiji for lightly used winter tires could save you about half of the money you’d typically spend on brand new winter tires. 

This is a website to watch, especially in the fall season, as people who have recently purchased new vehicles may find that their old winter tires are the wrong fit and will often post them for resale.

However, when shopping on Kijiji, be cautious. Check the treadwear and rim fit and ask the seller about any potential problems.

Buying new winter tires can be time-consuming and costly, but being proactive about when and where you shop can save your wallet and ensure you stay safe on Canada’s roads this winter. 

Valid across Canada

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