New & Used Tires

Country Tire is proud to offer our customers almost every brand of new tires in the market and a large inventory of used and take off tires. All of our used tires have been tested to make sure they have no problems when they are sold by us.

 
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NEW TIRES

We carry new tires of many different brands: Michelin, Firelli, Hankook, Continental, Sumitomo, West Lake, BF Goodrich, Uniroyal, Pro Comp, General Tire and etc.

USED TIRES

We carry tires from hand carts to 1 ton trucks and everything in between. Please check every couple of days as inventory changes.

All Season Tires vs Snow Tires

All season tires perform well for 12 months of the year where there is no snow. However here in BC Canada other than a few areas on the coast the all season tire performs well in Spring Summer and Fall. (hence 3 seasons) However the all season tire was designed for wet and dry driving on pavement. NOT snow covered conditions. BC winters especially in the interior require snow tires that were especially designed for slippery conditions and very cold temperatures. We are not talking about just aggressive tread patterns either because snow tires are specifically designed with very soft compounds that help better grip the road during very cold weather.

Snow tire has added groove capacity helping dispel any of the excess snow as well the tire is made of a softer compound vs. an all season tire again giving it extra traction. Some tires are designed to actually grab the snow and throw it as the tire turns. Tread patterns are deigned to give extra traction. the snow symbol imprinted on the sidewall indicates in fact that it is a snow tire and will give superior performance in winter conditions vs. an all season tire.

Lets talk about a front wheel drive vehicle. If you only put 2 snow tires on the vehicle what you are doing is transferring the traction of the rear onto the front tires and that could lead to a possible over steer condition which could result in the car fish tailing or swinging out. To maintain optimum traction handling and stability we recommend 4 snow tires on all vehicles.

There is a flip side to snow tires. The same qualities that give them there improved performance during the winter months become far less appropriate when the weather turns warm. Snow tires are made of a softer compound, by using them in the summer months and warmer weather will create premature wear on the tire. Always remember to install your snows in the fall but take them off for the spring and summer. Its a good idea to buy an extra set of rims for your winter tires. This will make it much simpler to change the tires over between winter and summer.

Plus Sizing

One of the easiest ways to improve the performance of your vehicle is with Plus Sizing wheels and tires.

Plus Sizing refers to tires that are wider and have a shorter sidewall. The result is a larger contact patch and a sporty look.

Drivers choose Plus Sizing to improve:

  • Steering response
  • Handling
  • Cornering ability
  • The look of your vehicle

What’s “Inch Up”?
“Inch Up” is the process of mounting a lower aspect ratio tire and larger diameter wheel on your car. This creates a larger contact patch and a shorter sidewall.

Why “Inch Up”?
“Inch Up” to improve your vehicle’s performance and appearance.

  • Increased Steering Response
  • Improved Dry Handling
  • Enhanced Cornering Ability
  • Aggressive Good Looks

How Can You “Inch Up”?
“Inch Up” with the experts in plus sizing.

  • Innovative Technology
  • Precision Fit
  • Wide Size Selection
  • Proven Performance

“Inch Up” may be done in several ways. The most popular are:

1. Plus Zero
This method utilizes the same wheel diameter as Original Equipment(OE), but incorporates a tire with a larger than OE section width and smaller than OE aspect ratio. For example, replacing an OE 175/70R14 tire (on a 5.5-inch wheel) with a 195/60R14 tire would be a proper Plus Zero fitment. Note that this may require a replacement wheel to maintain proper rim width for the new tire.

2. Plus One
This method utilizes a one-inch larger diameter wheel, in conjunction with a tire of a one-step lower aspect ratio. An example of an appropriate Plus One fitment is to replace an OE 175/70R13 tire (23-inch overall diameter) with a 185/60R14 tire (22.9-inch overall diameter). Note that this method always requires a replacement wheel.

3. Plus Two
This method utilizes a two-inch larger diameter wheel, in conjunction with a tire of a two-step lower aspect ratio. An example of an appropriate Plus Two fitment is to replace an OE 175/70R13 tire (23-inch overall diameter) with a 195/50R15 tire (22.8-inch overall diameter).

An independent research company recently conducted a test to determine the effect “Inch Up” has on handling. Included here is an abbreviated summary of the test results.

The vehicle used for this comparison was a 1989 Mazda RX-7 SE. The original equipment tire is a 185/70HR14, and is mounted on a 5.5-inch wide wheel. The test was conducted on a dry asphalt surface. As the results from the lateral acceleration and handling course indicate, each successive plus size led to a noticeable increase in handling performance.

Warning:
When changing to a non-OE tire size, always consult the load/inflation charts to determine proper inflation pressure to maintain OE load-carrying capacity. Talk to your local CountryTire store about your Plus Sizing options.

 

SUMMER TIRES

One of the easiest ways to im

Tires are one of the most crucial elements of a vehicle’s handling. Tire companies have developed a wide range of tires for different uses, two of the most common of which are performance tires and all season tires.

Performance Tires

Performance tires (also called summer tires) are tires that, as their name implies, are tires that are designed to maximize a car’s handling, particularly in dry conditions.

Design and Construction

Performance tires generally feature larger tread blocks that increase the amount of rubber that touches the ground (the contact patch). They are made from a softer rubber compound that grips the road better and usually have a more aggressive tread pattern.

Benefits and Drawbacks

Performance tires handle much better in dry conditions than all season tires thanks to the more aggressive tread pattern and the softer compound rubber. Performance tires may not handle as well in wet conditions though. They also wear more quickly and may need to be replaced more often than all season tires.

All Season Tires

All season tires have smaller tread blocks, intended to increase grip in wet conditions. All season tires generally are made from a harder compound than performance tires.

Benefits and Drawbacks

All season tires are designed to provide more grip in wet conditions than performance tires. They do not, however, provide nearly as much grip in dry conditions as performance tires.