Car experts recommend doing it every 5,000 – 8,000 miles, but do you really need to? The short answer is – yes! Here’s why:
It’s one of the easiest and cheapest maintenance requirements on a vehicle – a tire rotation. It’s when each tire is moved to a different position on your car’s axles. For example, your front left gets moved to the rear right, and the rear right gets moved to the front right, and so on.
Most car extended warranties experts recommend this repositioning every 5,000 – 8,000 miles, depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Tire rotations often coincide with an oil change, so you can knock out both jobs in just one stop at your mechanic. If your car doesn’t require an oil change that frequently, it’s still recommended you get your tires rotated every six months.
A tire rotation serves two very important purposes:
- It evens out the wear and tear on the tread and ultimately makes the tires last longer.
- It keeps you safe.
If you skip a rotation or two or fail to rotate them at all – it could cost you. If the tread wears down unevenly, the mechanic will be unable to rotate them safely and you’ll be stuck buying brand new tires before you really need them, and no one wants to do that! It could cost you BIG. The price of tires varies depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Some are as low as $100 each and the price tag can go up to north of $1000. Ouch!
Having your tires rotated also gives the mechanic an opportunity to inspect them, make sure they’re all in good condition and safe to be driven on. When you think about it – your vehicle’s tires are the only thing between you and the road. They serve a very important purpose and if they’re not cared for and maintained, it could mean trouble for you later. Poor traction, hydroplaning on wet pavement and an increased risk of blowouts can all happen because of poorly maintained tire tread.
The good news is tire rotations don’t cost a lot. On average, it’s about $20 a tire. Many mechanics offer the service for free if you purchase the tires from their shop. Sometimes a tire rotation is even built into the cost of an oil change. The bottom line is, it’s an inexpensive safety check you can’t afford to ignore.
Did you know if you buy a plan with Protect My Car, tire rotations and oil changes are included? It’s a great way to get added protection and peace of mind. PMC offers much more, too.
Yes, you heard that right!
For less than the cost of a cup of coffee each day, you can get coverage for:
- A/C and Heating
- Navigation and Electronics
- …and so much more.
When you walk into the repair shop with a coverage plan from PMC, you can rest assured that you will never pay for the repairs listed here. You pay a $100 deductible, just like insurance and we pay the rest.
An easy way to check your tires’ tread is with the “penny test.” Stick a penny head down in the tire tread; if you see all of Lincoln’s head, then it’s time for new tires. On a tire with adequate tread, the top of Lincoln’s head will disappear.
Visit our website or give us a call at (800) 253-2850 for a free quote on the plan that works best for you and your car.