Just a heads up for those who aren’t familiar with the tire industry…

Snow tires are seasonal for most manufacturers. They take orders from wholesalers early in the year, and build the tires over the next few months so they’re available for delivery in the fall. As more and more people discover the benefits of dedicated snow tires, the sales have increased year after year over the last decade. The trend I have seen over the last few years looks something like this…

Nitto SN2 Snow Tire

People decide they want to put on snow tires in the fall, but put it off until the really bad weather arrives. Then they all rush to the local tire retailers, hoping they can get tires that same day. The retailers have their schedules booked out for days, and by the time they can finally get the customer in, they no longer have the snow tires available that the customer wanted. The customer asks, “How long do I have to wait to get those snow tires?” to which the retailer replies, “you’ll have to wait until next year.”

This is a real scenario that I see happen over and over again. Retailers don’t like turning away customers when the bad weather arrives, which is why they offer “Specials” early in the fall. The point I’m trying to make is this: If you’re planning to buy snow tires, it really pays to do it NOW!

I’ve been keeping an eye on the inventory levels of snow tires from my local suppliers. They’re dropping quickly, and there won’t be more until next year. Consider yourself warned. 🙂