Best Winter Tire Deals in Canada for 2020

September 22, 2020

What are the best winter tire deals in Canada? Here is a list of some of the best offers for the 2020/2021 winter season. They include free shipping, manufacturer rebates, warranty deals, and more...

It’s that time of the year again! Daylight is dwindling, temperatures are dropping, and Canada’s geese are flying south. Winter is almost upon us, meaning snow, sleet, and slush will soon be decorating our roadways. 

The great debate of winter tires vs. all-season tires vs. all-weather tires will be a question crossing most shoppers’ minds. The right decision for you will depend not only on weather conditions in your region but also on what's required by law. In some parts of Canada, like Quebec and specific highways in British Columbia, winter tires are mandatory. 

Fortunately for shoppers, there are lots of options out there, but it can be hard to cut through the noise to find a bargain. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best winter tire offers from Canadian retailers, plus a few of our own tire recommendations.

    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. You can currently get a $100 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.

    The offer is valid across Canada, and you minimize contact by ordering your tires and scheduling installation all online. Once you arrive, masks are mandatory along with safe social distancing.

    Our recommendations

    BridgeStone Blizzak WS90: Take advantage of Costco’s offer with the BridgeStone Blizzak WS90 winter tires designed to provide confident control and secure handling in snow and slush for passenger cars and minivans. The tires are backed by Bridgestone's Winter Tire Warranty for peace of mind with your purchase.

    Michelin Pilot Alpin 5: Built for high-performance vehicles, the Michelin Pilot Alpin 5s offer improved braking on any type of winter road conditions, and its new directional tread pattern increases resistance to hydroplaning. A perfect style complement for BMWs, Audi, Mercedes and more. 

    Canadian tire special offers 

    It wouldn’t be a Canadian winter tire roundup without Canadian Tire. For 2020, the nationwide retailer currently offers up to a $100 instant rebate when you buy a set of 4 qualifying tires from brands including Michelin, Continental, Cooper, and Pirelli. 

    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.

    This offer is valid across Canada. To minimize your time in the store, we suggest ordering winter tires online and scheduling your installation over the phone. Canadian Tire is ensuring reduced occupancy levels and physical distancing at their stores and automotive areas, so it’s better to do as much as you can before arriving at the store. 

    Our recommendations

    Certified WinterTrek: 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. 

    Continental VikingContact 7: For a higher end passenger tire, the Continental VikingContact 7 will make you road-ready in any winter wonderland. It features superb grip, tracking stability, and powerful traction & braking on icy roads. And with a name like VikingContact, how can you not feel confident? 

    PMCtire’s free shipping & more

    Like Costco, PMCtire allows you to shop for your new winter tires from the warmth and safety of your own home. What sets them apart from other online stores is their free shipping service for all orders with four 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. This offer is valid across Canada.

    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.

    Our recommendations

    Dunlop Winter Maxx 2: Ideal for sedans, coupes and crossovers, the Winter Maxx 2s are highly touted as a safe and durable tire for cold-weather conditions. They boast enhanced grip on ice and slush, plus a larger contact area for stability on the curves. These tires were a top-5 pick by PMCtire for a reason.

    Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WR: For those driving SUVs and minivans, the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRs are high-end tires designed to conquer Canada’s toughest season. They feature “Winter Reactive Technology,” which provides excellent grip and traction on ice for confidence behind the wheel. Its rubber compound is designed for ice and snow, while the 3D interlocking shoulder sipes guarantee a secure grip and stability on corners. 

    KalTire’s mail-in & instant rebates

    KalTire is promoting some very tempting mail-in & instant rebates with tire manufacturers including Nokian, Firestone, and Yokohama. They’re also offering $25 off winter tire changes. 

    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 a 30-day, no-hassle guarantee for peace-of-mind on new tire purchases. It also 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, Canadian Tire, independent tire retailers and car dealerships.

    Offers are valid across Canada, but the Price Match Program is only valid in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, NWT, and Yukon. The dealer/competitor must be within 100km of the store where you’re located. 

    Keep in mind, KalTire have implemented many safety measures at their stores to protect team members and customers, so consider buying and booking online to minimize your time spent at their locations. 

    Our recommendations

    Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV Studded: Finland is a land of ice and snow, so who better to trust your winter tire needs to than a Finnish company like Nokian. The Hakkapeliitta 9 SUV Studded tires deliver firm grip and steady handling in extreme winter conditions. The double-stud technology will make some noise on bare pavement, but it’s a small sacrifice for ultimate peace of mind on snow, ice, or slush.

    Yokohama IceGuard IG51v: Yokohama made the IceGuard IG51v for SUVs, light trucks, and crossovers, offering maximum grip when the thermostat plunges. These tires provide a micro-diagonal groove made of high-density reinforced tread compound for optimum ice performance. They can handle tough winter conditions with excellent braking, dependable traction, and confident cornering on ice and snow.

    Online retailers offer up to 7% instant rebates

    Online retailers Quattro Tires and 4Tires.ca are promoting themselves as a Canadian destination for winter tires at discount prices from all major brands, including BF Goodrich, Bridgestone Continental, Goodyear, Michelin, Pirelli, Firestone, Yokohama and more.

    While 4Tires.ca is offering a 5% instant rebate on orders of four tires, Quattro gets the edge with a 7% rebate on orders of $500 and up. Quattro is also offering an $80 rebate on tire and wheel packages, plus a healthy list of mail-in rebates. The company also offers a Protection Against Road Hazards giving you peace-of-mind against blowouts for the first year of your purchase.

    For those concerned about health and safety, and minimizing exposure, an online retailer might just be exactly what you’re looking for, especially since both 4Tire and Quattro offer free delivery within certain parts of Canada.

    Our recommendations

    Michelin X-Ice Xi3: Ranked second among 4Tires.ca’s top 20 winter tires for 2020/2021, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 boasts exceptional winter performance up to 60,000 kilometres, which is twice that of its leading competitors. Its MaxTouch construction features a contact shape that evenly distributes the forces of acceleration, braking and cornering, allowing even wear and a longer life for your tread. 

    Pirelli Winter Ice Zero FR: Created by the Famed Italian tire company, Pirelli, the studless Winter Ice Zero FR tires feature directional tread patterns to enhance grip on all surfaces while delivering maximum traction. These winter tires are best suited for premium sedans and SUVs that require high levels of stability and control.

Is it a good idea to buy used winter tires?

It’s equal parts odd and obvious to check the classifieds for pre-owned gems. 

This option will take some time and research, it can pay off. If you know what you’re looking for in terms of winter tire brands and size, scouring Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist for lightly used winter tires could save you about half of the money you’d typically spend on brand new winter tires. 

Keep an eye on these websites, 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, always be cautious. Check the treadwear (see the toonie test) and rim fit and ask the seller about any potential problems. Also be sure to recognize safe distancing and sanitizing when meeting potential sellers.

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