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New to Winter Driving - Suggestions on the cheapest deal for 4 Winter Tires + Rims - 2011 Mazda 3 Sedan

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New to Winter Driving - Suggestions on the cheapest deal for 4 Winter Tires + Rims - 2011 Mazda 3 Sedan

Hi Guys, I am new to the GTA and a winter driving virgin. I got a used 2011 Mazda 3 GS Sedan (16 inch rims) a couple of months ago and have no idea where to shop for the best deals on winter tires + plus rims.
I looked at Costco heres the breakdown of the cheapest options tires + rims i have:

Tires - BFGoodrich - 588$
Rims - Black Steel Wheels - 248$
Installation Package - 80$ (4 * 19.99$)
Total out the door (including taxes) - 1003$

There is no way i can afford that much :(. I am hoping to be under 600$ for all the above. Any suggestions would be immensely appreciated.
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Maybe look into used. You might get more responses if you post in the tires section under automotive. I got mine from www.4tires.ca. You can look at tire and wheel sets there. I took a quick look and they have a bunch that are cheaper than what you posted. They come delivered with the tire installed on rims and balanced. All you have to do is get them put on your car. Usually costs $20-30 after. You can also look at downsizing to 15" if they clear your calipers. This will help you save money.
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Thank you. I will look up 4tires. Since i had little idea about winter driving, i initially thought of not even bothering to get winter tires. But after looking up online and talking to a few friends, i would be extremely stupid not to get winter tires.
Thanks again.
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User11223344 wrote: Thank you. I will look up 4tires. Since i had little idea about winter driving, i initially thought of not even bothering to get winter tires. But after looking up online and talking to a few friends, i would be extremely stupid not to get winter tires.
Thanks again.
There are a few online tire dealers. I got mine from Quattro Tires because they have free shipping out to BC.

When you get them in the mail, you can easily put them on the car yourself. Best to use a torque wrench (~$40 from Princess Auto or Can tire on sale).
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Canadian Tire. Steelies on Motomaster Winter Edge tires.
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If you're in Toronto then I think there are usually group deals going on around the middle to end of October for winter tires. For new, I don't think you can get less than $600 these days. I bought a set about 14 years ago from Wheels Direct (just East of Sheppard Ave E and McCowan Rd) with black steel rims that included balancing and installation for $600 but that was part of a group buy.

If you buy used then make sure the rims fit your car. I think you're looking at the "bolt pattern" which looks to be 5 x 114.3mm for a 2011 Mazda3. Please double check this.
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Thanks again guys. Looks like I definitely need to up my budget get by atleast 200$.
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Nothing wrong with used if you can find a pair that fits properly and in good shape
If uncertain ... take along a friend who knows cars when you buy

Winter tires are an investment
Both in your safety
And for the vehicle
Makes sense to buy NEW when one buys a new car
(Cost to years owned = makes sense)

Not so much if a used vehicle
Or a vehicle you won’t have a long while

Lots of folks sell their Winter tires as slightly used
Cuz they bought them new
But got rid of the car, before the tires wore out
Always good deals to be found on used winter tires

But as I said, KNOW WHATS WHAT
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Here you go, - http://simplytire.com/winter/mazdapdf.pdf First Page Mazda 3

Best tires (Option 12) you can buy are cheaper then what you got from costco. There are also other good tires for less on the list.

Option 12 package with Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 82R $830

Or their cheapest is just under $600


User11223344 wrote: Hi Guys, I am new to the GTA and a winter driving virgin. I got a used 2011 Mazda 3 GS Sedan (16 inch rims) a couple of months ago and have no idea where to shop for the best deals on winter tires + plus rims.
I looked at Costco heres the breakdown of the cheapest options tires + rims i have:

Tires - BFGoodrich - 588$
Rims - Black Steel Wheels - 248$
Installation Package - 80$ (4 * 19.99$)
Total out the door (including taxes) - 1003$

There is no way i can afford that much :(. I am hoping to be under 600$ for all the above. Any suggestions would be immensely appreciated.
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You can get wheels + tires in good condition for $500ish on kijiji. If you are lucky, you might get alloys + tires under that. I sold my 2014 OEM alloys + Toyo tires in good condition for $500 as I was eager to get rid of them. On a 2011 car I wouldn't spend too much. All day, erryday search on kijiji.
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Dec 1, 2009
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For steelies.... look or call caps. They have better deals. Stay away from the tires.

Tires, if u are in Ottawa. Tire trade or https://www.avenuetiredepot.com/Mobile

If you are at caps and you buy steelies, they will balqnce amd install your tires for 10 per tire.

Also if you are looking for aquapel windshield treatment. Its 7.00

Good luck.
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Jul 20, 2009
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I would definitely speak to someone at Simply Tire. You may be able to downsize your winter tires to a 15" rim instead of a 16" rim. If that's possible you're looking at $660+tax and tire fee - early bird RFD discount for the Altimax Arctic 12.
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Oct 3, 2017
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I like the title the OP made for this thread. New to winter driving get me get some cheap tires.

Uh duh. Maybe someone inexperienced in these conditions should be looking for the best rather than the worst?

I understand wanting to save $$ but even a small bump into something during bad conditions will end up costing plenty.

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