Over the past few years, online shopping has gained a lot of popularity in Canada. But what are Canadians buying on the Internet? According to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, clothing and travel packages are the most purchased items online. For most people these days, the first place that comes to mind when shopping for plane tickets is online, but it is not the case for all products. Indeed, very few people consider the Internet when it comes to getting new winter tires or rims, though it has a number of advantages. Here are a few:

1. Get Better Prices

Although the Internet route is off the beaten path for most people buying tires today, a lot of consumers start their shopping process online reading reviews, looking for technical information and comparing prices. If it's the case for you, you have probably noticed that most of the time, tires and wheels that are sold online are much cheaper. But when it comes to purchasing tires, the majority of drivers go to the dealership or their local garage out of habit. However, dealers only carry a limited selection of models and brands, often in the higher price range. Businesses that sell tires and wheels online usually have much larger inventory and a greater purchasing power, allowing them to offer lower prices. And rest assured, most manufacturers that offer mail-in rebates consider eligible the tires that are purchased online.

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2. Choose from a Wide Variety of Brands and Models

As we mentioned before, most dealerships and local garages have a very limited selection of tires and wheels which makes it hard to find the products that best suit your specific needs. Furthermore, some luxury vehicles are equipped with tires and rims of rare dimensions that are often not available at your local garage or at the nearest retailer. Needless to say that you are more likely to find specialty tires and exotic wheels on a specialized website, but you'll also find yourself browsing through a much larger variety of summer, all-season, all-weather and winter tires for your vehicle. And if you want to stand out with a unique set of rims or get inexpensive steel wheels, you'll also be more successful online than anywhere else. Plus, with the cold weather coming, you are going to be grateful you can shop from an impressive variety of snow tires on the Internet.

3. Save on Mounting and Balancing

If you purchase your tires and wheels at your local garage, at the dealer or at a retailer like Costco or Canadian Tire, you have to pay an extra amount for the mounting, balancing and installation of your new rims and tires on your vehicle. Depending on your province of residence, it'll cost you from 60 to $120, and even more if you go to. Some online businesses offer free mounting and balancing as an incentive to purchase tires and wheels as a package, so that when you receive your set, it's ready to be installed on your ride. That is one great and convenient way to save!

4. Get Free Shipping

A lot of people think that buying tires and wheels online means paying overwhelming shipping fees. Quite the contrary, many websites specialized in the sale of tires and rims offer free or cheap shipping. However, if you wish to avoid paying unnecessary shipping fees, make sure you do business with a Canadian website.

5. Have your Tires & Wheels Shipped Straight to the Garage

No need to carry your new wheels and tires from your home to the garage when you shop online: you can have your products delivered straight to an affiliated garage for installation. Select the garage you prefer and once they've contacted you to notice you that your shipment has arrived, schedule an appointment to have your new (already mounted and balanced 😉) tires and wheels installed. It's that simple!

6. Shop from the Comfort of Your Home

Shopping for tires and wheels can be a very tiring and time consuming task. But it doesn't need to be. Shopping online will simplify your life and you won't even have to leave your house. All the information you need is available on the Web. And if you are unsure about fitment or technical specs, you can always grab for your phone and call customer service. Don't let yourself be rushed of pressured by a salesman at tire store; take the time you need, whenever you need it.

7. Don't Waste Time

We know that your time is valuable and that you have a busy schedule; nobody waits in line online.

Choose the PMCtire Experience

Unfortunately, not all tires and wheels website offer everyone of these benefits. But if you choose PMCtire.com, you'll get all of them and even more: better prices, vast selection of products, free shipping across Canada, free mounting and balancing, over 300 affiliated installers, 100 % fitment guarantee and dedicated customer service. What more can you ask?!