Originally Posted by NayBreak
What I do is use my winter tires as summer tires after 2-3 seasons. I have a set of Hankook iPike that are on their 3rd summer after 3 winters (and down to nothing, but it's a minivan and the snows go on in 45 days or so). This will be season 3 on the current snow tires, so they likely just stay on and I buy new snows next Fall to start the 3 year cycle again.
One thing that I think can be missed is that snow tires with performance directional tread designs will outperform typical all season tires in summer. If the summer use season is relatively short, and you don't drive too many miles, a half worn winter tire is a perfect summer tire because you have performance design characteristics for handling. More value there than trying to sell used winter tires in my experience.
That's what I've done this year. My winter tires were just about beat at the start of the summer, and although I saved the old all-seasons in case I changed my mind, I've confirmed that they're beyond gone.
That doesn't help Litterbug needing both sets now, but if you find a good used deal on Craigslist for the summer tires, then you can move to only buying winter tires in a 2-3 year rotation depending on your annual mileage, etc.
Do you have any tips on buying used? I could tell if a tire had radically uneven wear from bad alignment or failure to rotate, and I could look up the original tread depth of the tire and try to correlate the remaining tread to the price markdown. Anything else to look for?
Originally Posted by tanscrazydaisy
Ideally, garage space permitting, one should get 2 sets of wheels, so for litterbug, she
can get a set of 15" wheels wrapped with 195/65r15 snow tires.
Any reason for the smaller tire size? It probably doesn't matter, because new wheels means even more $$, even though for the first time ever I could squeeze the extra set into the corner of my teensy garage. I hate having to pay to remount tires twice a year, but things being what they are I'm going to have to wait until I've been following the budget for a while before covering the lumpy investments.
Because it is a MKV, with 5x112mm PCD, you have plenty of choices from Audi also.
I appreciate all the advice, guys. This is the first time in a long while that I find myself needing both snows and regular tires at once; in the past I just looked at my checkbook and bought the best set I could afford for the season I needed.
I confess that I might decide to keep it simple and buy a new set of the best high quality all-season tires I can afford and call it good until the bank balance recovers enough to buy good snows and a set of wheels. My season pass comes with a ski bus pass, so if I can just restrain myself from relying on the little cable chains that are the only thing I can use with the Rabbit, I can still make it up the canyon on slippery days. I'd much rather run snows and be able to play in the ice and snow, but heck, at the end of a good day of skiing it's kind of nice to space out on the bus and not worry about other drivers.
Okay, in the interest of not dragging this thread further off topic, I'll get out of the way now...