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To Wheel or Not to Wheel: A Winter Tire Dilemma

To Wheel or Not to Wheel: A Winter Tire Dilemma

Winter tires with or without wheels - A real life comparison

Winter is upon us, and with it comes the inevitable question: should you purchase wheels with your winter tires, or simply swap them onto your existing rims? It's a decision that can impact your driving experience, budget, and even the lifespan of your tires. Let's delve into the benefits and drawbacks of both options to help you make an informed choice. Regardless of which choice best fits your budget and lifestyle, Campbell River Toyota Tire Centre can secure you the right tires at the best prices.

Winter Driving Essentials

Option 1: Purchase Wheels with Winter Tires


1. Convenience: Investing in a separate set of wheels for your winter tires means you can easily switch between your summer and winter setups without the hassle of mounting and balancing tires each season. This convenience can save you time and effort, especially if you live in an area with fluctuating weather conditions.

2. Preservation of Summer Tires: By having dedicated winter wheels, you reduce wear and tear on your summer tires during the colder months. This prolongs the lifespan of both sets of tires, ultimately saving you money in the long run.

3. Improved Performance: Winter wheels are often designed to accommodate narrower tires, allowing for better traction on snow and ice. They also prevent corrosion and damage to your regular rims caused by exposure to salt and other winter road treatments.


1. Initial Cost: Purchasing an additional set of wheels can be a significant upfront expense. Depending on the quality and brand, alloy or steel wheels can range from $405 to $1350 CAD. Add this to the cost of winter tires, which can vary widely depending on size and brand, ranging from $540 to $1080 CAD per set. However, spreading out the initial investment over several winters can make this option more cost-effective in the long term.

2. Storage Space: Storing an extra set of wheels can be challenging, especially for those living in small apartments or homes without ample garage space. Proper storage is crucial to prevent damage and maintain the integrity of the wheels and tires.

Option 2: Swap Winter Tires onto Existing RimsThe correct tires for seasonal driving - Professional advise at Campbell River Toyota


1. Cost Savings: Opting to use your existing rims for winter tires eliminates the need to purchase additional wheels, saving you hundreds of dollars upfront. This makes it a more budget-friendly option for those on a tight budget.

2. Simplicity: If storage space is limited or if you prefer a minimalist approach, using your existing rims for winter tires keeps things simple. You don't have to worry about finding space for extra wheels or the hassle of swapping them out each season.


1. Increased Wear: Mounting and dismounting tires multiple times a year can put added stress on your rims and tires, potentially reducing their lifespan. Over time, this frequent manipulation can lead to damage such as bead deformation or rim warping, especially if not done by a professional.

2. Inconvenience: While swapping tires onto existing rims may seem like a cost-effective solution, it can be a hassle, especially if you rely on a tire shop for mounting and balancing services. Long wait times and scheduling conflicts during peak seasons can add to the frustration.

If you're in the market for winter tires and wheels, consider checking out Campbell River Toyota Tire Centre's winter tire/wheel clearance for great deals on high-quality products.

In conclusion, the decision to purchase wheels with your winter tires or opt for tire swaps depends on your priorities, budget, and storage capabilities. While dedicated winter wheels offer convenience and long-term savings, using existing rims can be a more budget-friendly and straightforward solution. Consider your unique circumstances and driving habits when making your decision, and remember to prioritize safety above all else when navigating winter road conditions.

Additional resources for winter tires in Canada:

  1. Toyota Tire Centre
  2. The Globe & Mail - "Whats the point of keeping winter tire rims"

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