Do you in fact have any tires at all?

If this sounds like a variation on a theme by Monty Python, there’s one substantial difference: it isn’t funny. But it’s actually happening: tire dealers can’t get enough stock these days.

Now my supplier of choice is Tire Rack, so I dialed up their Web site and punched in the appropriate size. Of the first ten tires listed, four were out of stock and one was available in limited quantities. (More alarming: the tire I bought last time out, which I’d happily buy again, is no longer being made in my size/performance combination, and this brand’s one offering, a tire I consider to be a downgrade, actually costs more.)

Fortunately, I don’t need tires right this minute — current rubber has only about 30k on it and the wear bars are still fairly far away — but I will not be a happy camper if this situation prevails for too much longer, especially if prices are soaring.


  1. Jeffro »

    7 February 2012 · 7:38 pm

    We’ve been running into this problem with truck tires for some time. With some of our odd sized trailer tires, this is understandable, but with steer axle tires? We try to anticipate them wearing out and have some already here. Since we do a lot of recapping, that helps keep ready stock, too.

    In essence, we warehouse our tires now, not the dealer.

  2. fillyjonk »

    8 February 2012 · 7:44 am

    Is this another one of those dumb “just in time” things? Or is there some shortage of tire components/regulations making tires lots harder to make?

    I’ll have to keep this in mind for when Ladybug needs new tires and plan accordingly.

  3. CGHill »

    8 February 2012 · 8:32 am

    An imperfect storm of events conspiring to limit supplies.

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