When getting new tires, you’ll have to pay for the installation service (called mounting and balancing) on top of the tires themselves. But don’t panic.
The mounting and balancing fee is far from exorbitant, and it’s a key factor to on-the-road safety. We’ll break down the cost, and the reason for it, below.
The fee can vary, all depending on various factors like tire size, your location, and the shop you chose.
The average cost ranges from $15 to $60 per tire if you’re getting them mounted and balanced. If you’re only mounting tires, it can range from $6 to $24 per tire.
What Is Mounting and Balancing?
Mounting is exactly as it sounds. It’s the act of putting your tires onto wheels, then installing those wheels onto your car’s axles.
Balancing gets a little more scientific. A wheel is considered balanced when its center of gravity is exactly like the axis of rotation. Essentially, when the wheel and tire mass are evenly distributed, the tires don’t vibrate when spinning.
To visualize what we mean, think of your washer on its spin cycle. If the clothes are all sticking evenly to the walls, your machine is as quiet as a mouse. But when the weight is unbalanced, it shakes and hums. That may be fine (albeit annoying) with a washing machine, but with your car? Not so much.
Why Mount and Balance Your Tires?
Picture that violent, unbalanced spin cycle again. Now think about your car acting that way on the road — yikes!
Mounting and balancing go hand-in-hand because you want your wheels spinning smoothly, especially at high speeds. If your tires are unbalanced, you’ll have a shaky ride. That may not sound too bad, but your vehicle is suffering from those vibrations. And if they remain unbalanced, you’re putting yourself and others at risk on the road.
What is the Cost of Mounting?
The cost will vary depending on the area. Sometimes, even locations a few miles apart can have wildly different costs.
If you’re just looking to mount tires, the cost ranges between $6-$24 per tire at major companies like Walmart or Sears. A locally-owned auto shop may cost more, but for something as important as tires, a little extra can go a long way.
What is the Cost of Mounting and Balancing Tires?
If you’d like your tires mounted and balanced, the cost falls between $15 and $60. Balancing is a key factor in driver safety, and it helps extend the life of your new wheels.
How is the Cost of Mounting and Balancing Determined?
The biggest factor in determining cost would be the overall size of the tire. How size is measured depends from shop to shop. Some gauge size by diameter, while others consider the aspect ratio.
Vehicle type may also affect the cost of this service. The average will differ between smaller cars, trucks, and SUVs. Smaller cars hang in the $13-$20 range, while larger ones can get between $30-$45. When you consider larger cars mean larger tires, this makes perfect sense.
A shop’s location will also affect cost. Getting your tires mounted and balanced in New York City can sometimes get up to $40 a tire, while less populated areas range from $15-$20.
It’s important to perform due diligence and check out a good handful of auto shops in your area.
How Can I Save Money on Tire Mounting?
You can save money by calling around. Different auto shops will offer different pricing.
Pro-tip: Find one that offers the most cost-effective deal, not the cheapest. Cheap tires and associated services may cost you more in the long run as they can require more maintenance and earlier replacement.
Can I Mount Tires by Myself?
It’s certainly possible, but unless you’re a professional with the right equipment, leave it to the experts at the auto shop. Without the proper tools and know-how, mounting tires solo can lead to disaster.
My Tires are Already Mounted. Should I Get Them Balanced Routinely?
Absolutely! Keep yourself safe on the road by getting your tires balanced now and again. Maintenance is crucial to your safety and the longevity of your tires.
Manufacturers recommend balancing your tires every 3,000 to 6,000 miles. If you’ve encountered any rough terrain lately, you may want to do it sooner.
Tires themselves may be expensive, but installing them will only run you a few extra bucks. Source local auto shops to ensure you get the best bang for your buck.
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