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Pros and Cons of Pep Boys Tires

Updated on July 13, 2012


Buying a set of Pep Boys tires is convenient and affordable. The advantage of going to one of the Pep Boys locations is that they offer a nice variety of tire brands. With so many locations and cheap prices, it seems like a no-brainer to take advantage of their deals. Most people think private labels when looking for a set of new tires like Goodrich and Michelin. Cooper tires has many models for sale at Pep Boys. For the most part, customers have been satisfied with all the tires except...for the very cheap ones because they didn't get the mileage out of them that they anticipated. With that said, there are many factors that contribute to a tire wear and sometimes lack of maintenance not name of the brand is the culprit. Here are a few models that get great reviews:

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS is a well reviewed, mid price all season tire for sports or performance cars. It handles snow and ice very well and its tread warranty is around 50k miles. This tire runs about $155 but is well worth the price.

The Hankook Optimo H727 is respected in the tire industry for it's budget friendly price tag and the way it handles icy, snowy, wet or dry road surface. The warranty for treading is 100k miles.

The Hankook W409 Winter i-pike gets great reviews because of it's ability to grip the snow and ice. They are resisitant to hydroplaning and durable for any snowy conditions. Other customers love these tires because of their ability to handle ice with ease. The stiff square design provides stiffness throughout the tire and on the sidewall.

The Hankook Ventus V4 ES H105 tire gets thumbs up for cornering well and having great traction.This all season, high performance tire gets praise for its durability. People have had the tires for more than a year and have not noticed signs of tread wear yet.

Customers have raved about the Futura HR Touring tire, a product of cooper tires, because they have a good safety rating and definitely valuable for the price. They can only be found at pep boys too. They can endure high speeds and stop with ease. The line of tires they carry offer an array of warranties. You can get a 40k mile warranty or and 85k mile warranty depending on how much you want to spend. Decide what speed rating you'd like your tire to have before going to the store.

The Goodyear Regatta always is a good buy. I've read in the past that Pep Boys only sold Copper tires but apparently that is not the case anymore. These Goodyear tires make for a smooth and quiet ride and provide great traction in all season. They have a S & T Speed rating meaning they can handle speeds between 112- 118 mph. Lastly, while many complain they are a bit pricey (can be up to $100 per tire), they have a 75k mile warranty.

While many people love a variety of brands offered, there have been some Pep Boys tires reviews that have been less than satisfactory.


There are Pep Boys customers who complain that they were never told about tires they purchased that actually had a recall out on them. To avoid this situation in the future always ask about the recall history of the tire before purchasing. Or better research the tire you want beforehand. It is easy to go on the government recall site and look up a specific model.

Some are hesitant about the quality of the tires and prefer the Dunlop SP A2s because they are quieter and handle bumps in the road with ease. There are customers who have complained that the Hankook Optimo has worn out before 30k miles. Sometimes cheap is not always the best route when buying tires. It doesn't mean that a super expensive tire needs to be purchased but don't buy the cheapest. Odds are it will only give you say 20 out of the 40k mileage you should get out of it. There a few things to keep in mind when determining cause of wear and tear in a tire. For example, Not putting air in a tire when it is clearly low can be one of the reasons a tire goes out. Tires, like the rest of the automobile, require routine maintenance. When one tire needs to be replaced and the rest are relatively old, it is encouraged to customers to buy four so they wear evenly.

There have been certain Cornell 1000 tires that have been recalled in the past. When a tire has been recalled it can be extremely potentially dangerous. This was mostly in 2006, and recently I have not anything bad but a few reviews surfaced that this tire is one of the cheapest offered and tested badly.

Other complaints include Pep Boys not being as competitive with their prices, compared to online tire stores. That's where the real competition is because many discount tire centers offer a very large variety of tires, more so than Pep Boys. PB has the advantage of customers being able to walk into a store and see the tires firsthand, but if you are looking for a specific tire there is a chance that Pep Boys tires will not have it in stock.


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      5 years ago

      I always use Futra Tires they are durable and never go flat I don't know why they are so good but they are.

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      Grieving Mom 

      7 years ago

      My daughter was in a car in which a Cornell 1000 detreaded at normal speed. Although the tire detreaded, it stayed inflated sending the car into a slide that was impossible to correct. The car slid into a sign and my 16 year old daughter was killed.


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