auto

Why are my tires wearing out so fast?

Tara Baukus MelloDear Driving for Dollars,
I bought a new car a while back, and it now has 102,000 miles. The problem is that the tires have always worn out a lot faster than normal. I keep asking the dealer for a fix, and they keep telling me they don't know of a problem. Why would my tires wear out faster than normal if there isn't a problem?
-- Dan

Dear Dan,
Chances are your perception of what is a normal life span of a tire is different from the expected life span of the tires for this car. Frequently, automakers choose tires made from a softer rubber compound as a way to improve the ride, but the trade-off is that these tires wear out faster than tires made from harder compounds. Look at the mileage rating, sometimes called the tread-life warranty, for your tires to see the expected life span of the tire. If you are getting less than that, then you should get a refund on your purchase that is prorated based on the number of miles you drove on the tires.

If you are convinced that there is a problem, you can file a complaint about a potential defect on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Keep in mind that the life span of a tire can be severely shortened due to improper car or tire maintenance, including driving for extended periods with tires with low pressure or in a car that is out of alignment.

Get more news, money-saving tips and expert advice by signing up for a free Bankrate newsletter.

Ask the adviser

If you have a car question, email it to us at Driving for Dollars. Read more Driving for Dollars columns and Bankrate auto stories. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

Bankrate's content, including the guidance of its advice-and-expert columns and this website, is intended only to assist you with financial decisions. The content is broad in scope and does not consider your personal financial situation. Bankrate recommends that you seek the advice of advisers who are fully aware of your individual circumstances before making any final decisions or implementing any financial strategy. Please remember that your use of this website is governed by Bankrate's Terms of Use.

advertisement

Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us
advertisement
CAR & MONEY NEWSLETTER

Get cost-cutting tips for buying, selling and maintaining your wheels. Delivered monthly.

advertisement
Partner Center
advertisement

Blog

Tara Baukus Mello

Pumpkin-carving for car lovers

Car lovers will love carving a cool car pumpkin from a template created by three automotive aftermarket companies.  ... Read more


Connect with us