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Costco Tire Center: 7 things to know before getting new tires

When you think of Costco, you probably don’t immediately think of tires — but maybe you should!

That’s because the warehouse club chain delivers members an exceptional tire buying experience at its Tire Centers across the country.

And the service doesn’t stop after the sale. Costco Tire Center has some great deals on maintenance, warranties and anything else you could need after you leave the parking lot.

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Costco Tire Center: What you need to know about prices, appointments, warranties and more

When it’s time to buy new tires, there’s no lack of places you could go — from warehouse clubs to online tire merchants to discount tire shops to independent retailers and more.

But only one consistently delivers the best shopping experience and price when it comes to purchase, installation and lifetime service.

1. Costco beats all competitors on pricing

Costco will beat anyone on tire prices — hands down. Need proof? Just check out these numbers culled from nearly 50,000 Consumer Reports subscribers who bought tires recently.

Keep in mind that online sellers like Amazon and TireBuyer don't provide or include installation in their quote!

The prices below reflect median price per tire when purchasing four tires at the same retailer. This number includes installation and balancing fees

Costco$166
Tirerack.com$177
Les Schwab Tire Centers$187
Discount Tire$173
Independent retailers$167
Fountain TireN/A*
Amazon.com$124
Tire Barn$183
TireBuyer.com$147
Belle Tire Distributors$168

* N/A indicates that the sample size was too small to accurately calculate a median price.

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2. Scheduling a tire appointment is easy

When you're ready to schedule an appointment, you can do it right at the warehouse or you can do it online.

3. Tire installation is a cut above the rest

Most garages will inflate your tires with compressed air when they install them. But not Costco. The warehouse club uses nitrogen instead.

"Nitrogen retains tire pressure better over time than compressed air, which can positively impact the life of your tires, as well as the fuel economy of your vehicle," Costco notes online.

In addition, Costco installs new rubber valve stems when they service your tires. Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) valve stems and accessories are available for an additional charge.

4. Look for the penny installation deal

Every so often, Costco will discount select brands of tires by $70 to $80 off during different times of the year.

Then, to sweeten the savings even more, they offer installation for just 1 penny per tire. That’s an additional savings of $60 right there!

RELATED: Costco members can save $130 on a set of 4 Michelin tires now through January 20!

5. The 5-year road hazard warranty protects your wallet after installation

Costco's got your back even after you leave the Tire Center and hit the road. A five-year Road Hazard Warranty protects your wallet from tread wear damage and tire failure.

That means Costco will repair or replace your tires if they’re damaged during standard legal vehicle operation. Of course, you’ve got to show your original receipt and keep up with standard maintenance like rotations, balancing, etc. for the warranty to apply.

But it's nice to know you're protected! You can read the fine print here.

6. Costco offers free lifetime maintenance services on tires

When you purchase and get your tires installed at a Costco Tire Center, you also get a lot of freebie maintenance services thrown in for the life of the tires:

  • Free lifetime inflation pressure checks
  • Free lifetime tire balancing
  • Free tire rotations
  • Free flat repairs

7. The savings on tires alone will more than pay for your Costco membership! 

By now you probably get the drift: Costco is a tremendous place to buy tires. In fact, we've included tires as the #1 thing on our list of items that will single-handedly pay for your Costco membership!

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Costco Tire Center Reviews

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Positive Reviews

“I bought my Michelin winter tires recently. I got a flat tire yesterday. I asked for an appointment with Costco. They replaced it with a brand new one, because they couldn't repair it. I think that this is the best place to buy tires. Because they provide very good warranty for flat tires. There are constructions everywhere and there are high risks for having flat tires. So, I strongly recommend Costco tires.”

“I never write reviews, but my experience at the Costco Tire Center in Gypsum, Colorado was so good compared to what I read in the reviews online, that I want to let people know. I bought 4 new Bridgestone Blizzak tires on Costco's online site, got a great price, and had great service when I got there. One key may be using the new appointment site at costcotirecenters.com. When I arrived the tires were there, and they were ready to put them on. I watched them work and they were very thorough and professional. At the end they even refunded the tire disposal fee, because I was keeping the old tires. I can heartily recommend the Gypsum Costco tire center!”

Negative Reviews

*“Today I have a different experience. I purchased 4 winter tyres of Michelin from Costco for my Audi Q5. Also I paid online for their tyre replacement. When I went for the replacement as per my appointment, the mechanic said I can't find a special key in your car which is required for replacement. I went to the dealer as my car is new and they should provide me the key. The dealer showed me the key along with the toolbox inside the car. I came again at the Costco Etobicoke Tyre Center. I asked how come your mechanic could not find the key? It is there in the car inside the toolbox.

The person at the counter said it is your responsibility to find the key and keep it ready on the passenger's seat. Then only we can replace the tyres. We are not gonna search for the key. I am very much surprised by this behaviour as we customers are not Mechanics and have zero knowledge about what is required for the replacement of tyres. The person I found was very rude in talking, too.”*

“I purchased top of the line Michelin tires in late 2019 for my work vehicle. The tires started leaking in January. First they said that’s normal because it’s cold out, then because it’s too hot, next visit because I drove the car too much, next - you got it - too little. So after 4 attempts to make an appointment - I got one- I let them know all tires leak, light came on 5 minutes after I left. They now say nothing wrong with the tires AFTER replacing the valves (leaking since January). Costco headquarters, same sort of run around.”

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There’s a huge perk to buying your car tires at Costco

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  • Costco Wholesale's Tire Center notes that membership — which starts at $60 a year — has its privileges.
  • Costco offers lifetime maintenance services with the installation of new tires. This perk includes free tire rotations and flat repairs, among other perks.
  • Additional benefits to replacing through Costco include nitrogen-filled tires and a lack of additional shipping and handling charges.
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If you're planning to head to Costco soon to stock up on essentials, your shopping list may include items like paper towels, eggs, wine, or bacon. But you might want to consider adding car tires to your list. That's right! Buying your tires from Costco has its advantages.

The membership-only wholesale superstore is well-known for offering a variety of hidden perks, and that includes access to the store's Tire Center. And when you buy tires and an Installation Package from Costco, you get lifetime maintenance services throughout the life of the tires.

Read more: Costco is selling more cars than ever before by offering one key perk

The maintenance services include inflation pressure checks, tire balancing, tire rotations, and flat repairs. Flat repairs, in particular, can be expensive, even with insurance.

Aside from its lifetime perks, additional benefits from the Tire Center include a guarantee of no additional shipping and handling costs for purchases. Costco also inflates new tires with nitrogen (as opposed to compressed air); according to Costco, this aids in extending both tire life and vehicle fuel economy.

Maintenance aside, Business Insider's Mary Hanbury previously reported that Costco is quickly becoming America's favorite place to buy a car. Hanbury reported that Costco sold a record number of cars through its program last year, and is looking to double used-car sales in the next 2 years alone.

A standard membership costs $60 a year, while an executive membership costs double.

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When you think of Costco, you probably don’t immediately think of tires — but maybe you should!

That’s because the warehouse club chain delivers members an exceptional tire-buying experience at its Costco Tire Centers across the country.

And the service doesn’t stop after the sale. Costco Tire Center has some great deals on maintenance, warranties and anything else you could need after you leave the parking lot.

Costco Tire Center: What You Need to Know About Prices, Appointments, Warranties and More

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When it’s time to buy new tires, there’s no lack of places you could go — from warehouse clubs to online tire merchants to discount tire shops to independent retailers and more.

But only one consistently delivers the best shopping experience when it comes to purchase, installation and lifetime service.

In this article, we’ll take a look at Costco tire prices, appointments, installation, warranty and more. Plus, read on for real customer reviews from Clark.com readers who’ve bought Costco tires.

Table of Contents

  1. Pricing
  2. Appointments
  3. Installation
  4. 5-year Road Hazard Warranty
  5. Free Lifetime Maintenance

1. Costco Tire Center Remains Competitive on Pricing

In a recent Consumer Reports survey, Costco wasn’t necessarily the cheapest on pricing. But our analysis of the data shows Costco tire prices are still competitive and customer satisfaction with the warehouse club is high.

Members can visit ConsumerReports.com to see the complete list with full rankings on more than 30 retailers.

Meanwhile, savvy shoppers know that Costco discounts select brands of tires by $70 to $80 off during different times of the year.

Then, to sweeten the savings even more, they offer installation for just 1 penny per tire. That’s an additional savings of $60 right there!

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Money expert Clark Howard says he’s a big fan of the penny installation deal.

“I buy my tires at Costco when they offer the double discount of penny installation and an additional incentive for using my Costco Visa card,” the consumer champ says.

2. Scheduling a Tire Appointment Is Easy

When you’re ready to schedule an appointment, you can do it right at the warehouse or you can do it online.

The nice thing about making a Costco tire appointment is that you can get all your shopping done while the tire techs work on your vehicle!

3. Tire Installation Is a Cut Above the Rest

Most garages will inflate your tires with compressed air when they install them. But not Costco. The warehouse club uses nitrogen instead.

“Nitrogen retains tire pressure better over time than compressed air, which can positively impact the life of your tires, as well as the fuel economy of your vehicle,” Costco notes online.

In addition, Costco installs new rubber valve stems when they service your tires. Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) valve stems and accessories are available for an additional charge.

4. The 5-Year Road Hazard Warranty Protects Your Wallet After Installation

The warehouse club has got your back even after you leave the Costco Tire Center and hit the road. A five-year Road Hazard Warranty protects your wallet from tread wear damage and tire failure.

That means Costco will repair or replace your tires if they’re damaged during standard legal vehicle operation. Of course, you’ve got to show your original receipt and keep up with standard maintenance like rotations, balancing, etc. for the warranty to apply.

But it’s nice to know you’re protected! You can read the fine print here.

5. Costco Tire Center Offers Free Lifetime Maintenance Services

When you purchase and get your tires installed at a Costco Tire Center, you also get a lot of freebie maintenance services thrown in for the life of the tires:

  • Free lifetime inflation pressure checks
  • Free lifetime tire balancing
  • Free tire rotations
  • Free flat repairs

However, one thing to note is that Costco will not do alignments when you get new tires. So you’ve got to factor that in if you’re thinking about purchasing Costco tires.


Costco Tire Center Reviews

Our audience is passionate about the topic of Costco tires! But their reviews are all over the board.

Here are a few of the comments we received:

  • Lorilu: “They were nice and changed a tire for me at no charge when a tire went flat while I was shopping. I would have purchased a replacement from them, but their limited selection meant they didn’t have the size tire my car needs.”
  • PT10981: “No alignment service, long waits for a rotate and balance. Two times I arrived by appointment for a rotation and was told it will be about 2 hours. It is just too much hassle to save $15-$30 per axle.”
  • Gooze: “Rather pay a little more than spend 2 hours waiting, even with an appointment, for a tire rotation with Costco. Costco should have a dedicated tech for rotations only.”
  • joepiccaso: “Their selection isn’t that big…scheduling can be a bear as they are so busy, but as long as you are there, [then] shop. The only real hangup is they don’t do any alignment work. That’s another trip to another tire store. But I always shop them and on like, kind and quality, I’ve never beat them.”
  • J P: “I know I will be at Costco once a week and I can have the tires rotated anytime while I walk around the warehouse, compared to sitting in a tire shop waiting room with old coffee. I gave up looking for a better deal than Costco some 15 years ago.”

Of course, it goes without saying that your results may vary.

But this much is true across the board: With the money you save thanks to Costco’s competitive tire prices and penny installation deal, your membership will pay for itself when you buy tires at the warehouse club.

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Jay of Fairfield, OH Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 26, 2021

Bought tires online from Costco website 9/15/21. Got an immediate email asking me to schedule my appt. Scheduled 9/26/21 10am. I show up and was told by Justin that they don't have my tires. He asked if I received confirmation of them shipping? I said, "They aren't being shipped to me, they were being shipped here for you to install." I asked, "What do you have here that can fit on my 4 Runner." He said nothing except these Bridgestone Alenza Plus and they are $300 more than the Michelins I bought. I said what???.

Asked for a manager. 2 minutes later Warren comes walking with swagger that was obvious he was bothered a customer asked for his time. I started to explain my situation and he Said, "We can put those on for $300 more... I'm not giving them to you." I said this is crap. He obviously could not care less. SO many things could have gone better customer service-wise here. To beat the drum harder, I received a confirmation of another purchased order from the website within 20 minutes of my appt time for 1 tire. I bought 4 two weeks prior almost... Not sure what's going on at Costco... Not impressed with Management that's for sure.

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Joseph of Upland, CA Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 23, 2021

I have always purchased my tires at Costco and frankly have advised others that this was the place to go. Then I found the hard facts why they are not the place to purchase tires.... I purchase Michelin tires for my Honda Odyssey, one tire went out when my son was driving after around 10,000 miles. He happened to be close to the Costco where we purchased the tires so he took it in. Upon looking at the blown tire they mentioned that they do not stock and will not order tires for the Honda Odyssey anymore and if you want to use the warranty of the tires then you have to go to a Costco approximately 40 miles away as they have a few in stock.

Needless to say went to America Tires and replaced all Michelin Tires with Defenders which was the correct tire for the Honda Odyssey to begin with. Price after installation charges, which Costco does not charge for, was only approximately 1% more than Costco with the exact tire that should go on to the Honda. From now on will go to America Tires for all of my tires, as they have offices throughout the US and it is easy just to go to any shop and have them repaired. First time to say NO WAY to Costco, but from now on I will do a little more intelligent purchasing rather than just going to Costco and not paying attention to what I am purchasing.

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Mika of Morristown, TN Verified Reviewer
Original review: Sept. 19, 2021

Went in to get a tire to replace one losing air. Wanted old one inspected for possible defect (relatively new tire). Rather than having an oddly new tire and 3 older looking ones, I opted to buy 4 new tires for $800. They called me while I was shopping inside the warehouse to tell me the tire had been deliberately punctured, so not a manufacturer defect. Tire service gets done and I get called that vehicle is ready. After paying I get in the car to find out it had been violated. First, the radio channel was changed and is blaring some insane music, the seat back is reclined backward, the heater is on high, and the console computer that syncs personal phone and has map functions had been tampered with- essentially this person was more concerned about prying into my personal affairs rather than do a tire change.

Online, I complained about being violated in this manner and I got a bizarre response email that I could have my old tire back and they would give me a replacement tire filler I had used to maintain pressure in the tire so that it could be driven. They never addressed the issue of a predator violating my privacy. Turns out, the tires were not properly balanced since this guy wasted time playing with the console functions to check my phone numbers and destinations. I had to spend more money to get the tires balanced properly since I went elsewhere- was not going to trust Costco to get in my car again. I will never go back for any vehicle service at Costco.

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L of Gilbert, AZ Verified Reviewer
Original review: Aug. 29, 2021

Bought 4 new tires at Costco online and shipped to local Costco for installation. Everything went well but the next day the the low air warning light came on. Stopped and checked all 4 tires were good. Brought back to Costco and were told that 2 of the TPMS are bad - he mentioned that because of the aging. How come I have never replaced them in the past but only two but not all four. Was installation issue? I wished that I could ask for the bad one for evidence.

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Bruce of Lenexa, KS Verified Reviewer
Original review: July 15, 2021

We've bought tires here more than once because the prices were good. They offer free lifetime rotation but when we tried to use it they made an excuse about them being unable to because of uneven wear. That's precisely why you rotate them. They also have this weird policy about putting the best tread on the back axle, even on FWD cars. Their reasoning was the back end is lighter and needs the better tread. What??? I guess that cuts down on the free rotations. In the future I will make more of an effort to go to a real tire shop.

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Laura of Cedarburg, WI Verified Reviewer
Original review: July 14, 2021

On 6/29/21 I went to Costco Tire Center in Grafton, WI to have my tire plugged due to a nail that was in it. When I purchased my tires from them I paid extra each tire to have this service. I had an appointment at 6:30 pm with the tire center to have the tire plugged. The nail was NOT on the side wall. It took Costco until 8:00 pm to tell me they would not plug the tire. They no longer provide this service. So it took them 1 1/2 hours to tell me they would not plug the tire. He also would not sell me 1 new tire. He told me I needed to purchase 4 new tires at a cost of $1000.00. I then took the tire to a local garage and he told me in 5 seconds that he will plug my tire. The Costco Tire Center only sells new tires they no longer service tires you purchased from them. I will never purchase tires from Costco again.

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Abraham of Rosharon, TX Verified Reviewer
Original review: June 15, 2021

I bought Bridgestone tire from Pearland Costco almost a months ago with 80,000 miles warranty. After few hundreds miles, tire got flat on freeway. When I went back to fix tire, they took 3 hours to replace with spare tire and asked me to go to Houston Richmond location to get the right tire. Sitting over another 3 hours on the next day at Richmond location, a guy came and said, "We can’t give you brand new tire unless you pay additional $30 for the labor fixing charge." If you want to learn more patience, feel free to go and buy tires from COSTCO. Surely it would be a long lasting experience for you!

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William of Summit, NJ Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 15, 2021

I purchased 2 tires a little over a year ago at the East Hanover, NJ Costco. The tires are Bridgestone 225/50r17 94W which were placed in the rear and have very little mileage on them since I have been working from home. I purchased 2 new Bridgestone tires for the front a couple of days ago from the East Hanover, NJ Costco. After waiting for installation I was told they will not install them because even though they are the same brand and size and model they will not install them because the old ones have a speed rating of W and the new ones have a speed rating of V. They told me they no longer sell the W speed rated tires so I would have to buy 4 new tires. I get no credit for the old ones so I am supposed to flush $400.

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Ruddhi of Toronto, ON Verified Reviewer
Original review: Jan. 11, 2021

Today I have a different experience. I purchased 4 winter tyres of Michelin from Costco for my Audi Q5. Also I paid online for their tyre replacement. When I went for the replacement as per my appointment, the mechanic said I can't find a special key in your car which is required for replacement. I went to the dealer as my car is new and they should provide me the key. The dealer shown me the key along with the toolbox inside the car. I came again at the Costco Etobicoke Tyre Center. I asked how come your mechanic could not find the key? It is there in the car inside toolbox.

The person at counter said it is your responsibility to find the key and keep it ready on the passenger's seat. Then only we can replace the tyres. We are not gonna search the key. I am very much surprised by this behaviour as we customers are not Mechanics and have zero knowledge about what is required for the replacement of tyres. The person I found was very rude in talking, too.

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rich of Social Circle, GA Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 29, 2020

I had 4 replacement TPMS sensors I wanted installed while they were installing the 4 new tires. When I arrived for my appointment, I was told they would not install products not purchased from Costco. This is a short sighted policy and poor customer service.

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