Are Off-Brand Tires a Good Choice?

QuestionsCategory: Ask An ExpertAre Off-Brand Tires a Good Choice?
Sophia Samuel Williams asked 4 months ago
I own a 2018 Honda Odyssey EX-L and am in need of new tires. After extensive research, I'm considering Mohave CUV tires, which are significantly cheaper than well-known brands like Yokohama, Michelin, Goodyear, or Pirelli. Despite their lower price, the Mohave CUVs have comparable ratings in wet and dry climate braking, handling, quiet ride, and comfort to the more expensive Michelin Defender LTX M/S. Both have an UTQG rating of A for traction and temperature. However, the Mohave's warranty and treadwear UTQG rating are lower, though they still offer better value in terms of dollars per mile. Why should I opt for more expensive brands when the ratings are similar? Are there hidden disadvantages to cheaper tires that I'm not aware of?
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 4 months ago
Hi there, Sophia! Your query about choosing between brand-name tires and more affordable options is something that a lot of us had to go through at some point, given how costly tire replacements can be. Here's my take, based on what I've learned about choosing budget, no-brand tires in the past:
  1. Performance and Durability: While the immediate performance (like braking and handling) might be similar, brand-name tires often offer better long-term durability and wear. This means fewer replacements and potentially better safety over time.
  2. Quality Assurance: Big brands invest heavily in research and development, ensuring high-quality standards. This might not always be the case with lesser-known brands.
  3. Warranty and Service: Branded tires generally come with better warranty terms and customer service, offering peace of mind.
  4. Real-World Feedback: Look for user reviews and long-term tests. They can provide insights into real-world performance, something that lab ratings might not fully capture.
  5. Cost-Effectiveness: While cheaper upfront, if the off-brand tires wear out faster, they might not be as cost-effective in the long run.
Remember, tires are a crucial safety component. It's worth investing in tires that offer not just good initial performance, but also reliability and peace of mind over their lifespan. Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team