ACT NOW! The Best Deal On Winter Tires You Will Ever Find!

actnowthebestdealsonwintertiresyouwilleverfind.jpgUpdate: This deal is still ongoing. I have added a new 15% off coupon (AJGN738) to replace the one that expired. I also added a comment indicating that I received my four General Altimax Arctic tires on October 14th just as expected without any additional fees to pay. Some sizes may be sold out or on back order, but you should definitely still try to get in on this deal!

If you’ve read my other post on Cross Border Shopping you would know that I tend to buy my tires from the United States at and have them shipped to the border where I pick them up later. The reason I do that is they are often up to 50% cheaper in the US. However, paying the shipping, duty, and brokerage fees to have them shipped directly to Canada is so expensive that all the savings are usually lost.

Well, today I discovered an amazing deal on winter tires in the RedFlagDeals hot deals forum at It includes shipping directly to my house for practically no cost and you pay no taxes or brokerage fees whatsoever – not even GST, PST, or HST!!! The tires are still heavily discounted off the prices you will find here in Canada, so you end up with a smoking hot deal on tires that you may never see again!

The Tires

Although you can buy any tires that you want with this deal, the tires I am talking about specifically are the General Altimax Arctics (see them @ TireRack). Previous to today, I have actually done a ton of research into winter tires and you should know that these are the number 1 ranked tire giving you the best snow and ice performance at the lowest possible price. If you look at the Tirerack customer survey results for all of the winter tires that they carry, they rank 1st in the Light Snow Traction, Deep Snow Traction, and Would Buy Again? categories. They rank 2nd in the Ice Traction and Hydroplaning Resistance categories.

As far as I’m concerned, those are the most important categories when choosing winter tires and these tires dominated in all of them. The number of competitors wasn’t small either with a total field of 23 different tires being rated. Not only that, but I have also read about these tires on several car forums and looked at tire benchmarking tests done by as well and they are always recommended very highly!

How Much Can You Save?

The exact amount you will save is going to vary on a case by case basis, because the car you drive and the size of the tire you need are big factors. However, I can share with you how much I saved!

I went and priced these tires at Canadian Tire for my 2003 Subaru Legacy SE at the 205/55/R16 size and the listed price was $159.99 (see it). If you do the math and add on 13% for HST it works out to a final cost of $723.15. Now I know that Canadian Tire sometimes has a buy 1 tire get 1 50% off sale and that these tires do qualify for that sale, which works out to a 25% overall discount. That would yield a final sale price cost of $542.37 after tax.

What was my final cost at Well, the price per tire was $92.99 USD; not quite as good as TireRack’s $86.00, but close. Now at this point I had the choice of using a free shipping coupon ($29.99 for these tires) or using a 15% off coupon ($55.80), so I obviously chose the latter. After all discounts, fees, taxes, and border charges, my final cost ended up being 374.10 USD. Now I will need to pay the exchange rate to Canadian dollars which comes with a 2.5% fee from my credit card, but this purchase is also eligible for 4.8% (roughly $15.94) cash back through That pretty much covers the currency costs!

So if you calculate the savings using the regular price at Canadian Tire it is:

$723.15 – $374.10 = $349.05

And again using the Canadian Tire sale price to be more realistic:

$542.37 - $374.10 = $168.27

Either way you calculate it, the savings are pretty amazing, especially since tires are hard to find brand new at a discounted price in Canada!

How To Get This Deal!

Determine Your Tire Size – You need to know your tire size for this deal. JCWhitney does have a Shop By Vehicle function, but it doesn’t appear to work for selecting the proper tire size. You can use the Shop By Vehicle function on or consult your car’s owner’s manual to get the correct size.

Find The Tires – Using the search box at the top left of JC Whitney type in “General Altimax Arctic” and the tires should come up in the search results. Otherwise you can use the Select A Category menu on the left hand side of their site to choose the Wheels, Tire, & Accessories category and, once there, choose Tires. From there, you can choose whatever tires you want.

Pick Your Size – Now that you have the tires you want, make sure you pick the right size from the Select Options drop down box.

Add To Cart – Now change the Quantity to 4, or however many you need, and click the Add to Cart button.

Add Your Coupon – Now that the tires are in your cart, click on the My Cart dropdown on the top right of the page and type the coupon code into the Promo Code box. The best coupon out there appears to be the AJGN738 AAWBJ10 coupon that gives you a 15% discount on your order. You can also use the FALLFUN TAILGTE coupon to get free shipping, but the first coupon should give you a better discount and you can only use one. These coupons may expire soon, so don’t waste any time ordering to get the best deal.

Checkout – Click the checkout button in the same area where you added your coupon and complete the checkout process. You can either create your own account or continue as a guest. You will need a good credit card so you can collect lots of credit card rewards and save even more.

You’re Done! – Now all you need to do is wait for your tires! Shipping may take as long as 4 to 6 weeks, but it might also be much faster. I read a few reports of people getting their tires in as little time as 1 week. As long as there is no extremely long backorder on the tires, you should definitely receive them before the first snow. If, after waiting a few weeks, you haven’t heard anything, you should follow up with them by phone, email, or through the instant chat application they have on their site to make sure your order will arrive in a timely fashion.

Concerns You May Have

Shipping, Fees & Taxes – If you have ordered anything from the USA before shipped directly to Canada, you know that you normally have to pay Canadian taxes and that you often get charged an expensive brokerage fee as well, depending on how it was shipped. JCWhitney has specifically dealt with this problem by using a 3rd party company to bring your package across the border for you and then continue shipping it through a Canadian postal service. They also specifically state that the taxes and brokerage fees are included in the shipping terms and conditions on their site. For further assurances, many people over at RedFlagDeals contacted them directly and asked very specific questions to make sure they won’t be charged extra and they confirmed this multiple times. It was even discovered that if any extra charges are levied (very rare), then you can contact JCWhitney and they will give you a refund for whatever amount you had to pay. Here are the terms from their site:

Canadian Orders
We only offer Standard Shipping to Canada at this time. Please see the Standard column of the above Shipping and Handling chart for details.
A Canadian Order Surcharge of $11.99 is assessed for all orders shipped to the Canadian provinces of AB, BC, MB, NS, ON, PE, QC, NB and SK
in addition to the Standard Shipping rate. This covers all duties, taxes, and customs clearance fees and keeps ordering with us easy.
Note: additional charges may also be applied for large or heavy items.

Company Reputation – JCWhitney is a very large American company that sells a vast array of products and they have a good reputation. They get over 2 million visitors to their site every month so they are very well known and sell a lot of products. If you’re interested, you can also check them out over at

So now that you have all the information you need, click here to buy your tires at!


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Originally Posted: September 14, 2010

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youngandthrifty's picture

I love how tires are so cheap down south!

Luckily (I suppose) my tire blew on I-5 when I was coming back up from the Oregon Coast one time, and I went to Firestone and got a brand new set of tires. It only cost me $200 or so. Here in Canada, it's like $100 a tire! (after labour etc. and our beloved taxes).

September 15, 2010 @ 1:40 am
SavingMentor's picture

Yes, it really is amazing how much their cost is inflated here in Canada!

And now with the discovery of JCWhitney's extremely reasonable shipping costs, there is no reason for anyone to pay such high prices again. I can understand not wanting to go through the hassle of driving to the border to pick up an order from TireRack or paying the huge premium to have them ship to Canada. But with $30 shipping from JCWhitney and an $11.99 fee that covers all taxes and border costs, there really is no reason not to order.

I still don't understand how they can only charge $11.99 for that. I mean HST alone on a my set of tires would be almost $50!

September 15, 2010 @ 8:37 am
Steve Zussino's picture

You are an amazing writer - I love this blog. I just found about it this week.

I like how you laid out this tutorial. I need new all-seasons soon.

I have a 2002 Acura at 90,000 kms and I am not sure whether to upgrade, thoughts?

Can I add your links to our website?

September 16, 2010 @ 6:00 pm
SavingMentor's picture

Steve, thanks so much for the feedback about the site, I'm glad you like it!

As for your question about upgrading to winter tires, it is absolutely worth it! I used to run nothing but all season tires because I had been misinformed that they were almost as good as winter tires and you didn't really need winter tires as long as you had a good set of all seasons. Well, in bad storms I would always get stuck, often lose traction, and even get into some close calls when braking and not stopping fast enough. Ice? Forget about it! Complete lack of control!

Then one day I was following a friend in his car in the middle of a big winter storm and he was driving just like it was the middle of summer and I was sliding all over the place trying to keep up. I needed to keep up because I didn't know where he was going, but I couldn't and he kept pulling further away from me. I asked him how he was able to do that when we arrived because there was nothing special about his car. He said, quite simply, "well, I have winter tires on my car". At that point I had the proof and I decided I needed to try it for myself. Since then I've never gone without winter tires and now look at it as a big safety issue. Everyone who lives in a city that gets a decent amount of snow and ice should have them!

Also, if you are asking if you can link to my website or my blog posts from your site, then go right ahead! I have actually been to your site, Grocery Alerts, many times and will most likely be linking to it as well when I get some relevant information about coupons and flyers on Thanks for stopping by!

September 17, 2010 @ 8:00 am
V.M.'s picture

When you buy new tires they charge extract fee, something to do with environment. I did that last week at Canadian Tire and it cost me extra 22$ in total for 4 tires. Add this to your saving calculations.

September 17, 2010 @ 4:39 pm
SavingMentor's picture

V.M., that's a very good point indeed. I don't think these environmental fees are the same from province to province and some provinces may not even have them at all. What I do know for sure is that you won't be charged this fee when ordering from JCWhitney, so that is definitely an added savings!

I'm not sure how to update the post to properly reflect these charges, so I am going to leave it as-is, but people will read your comment and see that they will save even more money by not having to pay the environmental charge. Thanks for the great tip!

September 17, 2010 @ 5:01 pm
SavingMentor's picture


I received my four tires shipped via Purolator last week and everything went just as expected. There were no additional taxes, fees, or charges to pay and the tires were in excellent condition! I'm very happy with the purchase and the amount of money I saved.

I've also learned that this deal only really works well for tires that are 16" or less in size because any bigger than that you get into international shipping heavy item surcharges. You can try splitting your purchase into two shipments of two tires each to see if you can get around the overweight problem, which may or may not work.

When it comes to truck tires there might also be a per item surcharge on top of the international heavy item surcharge because truck tires tend to be much bigger and heavier. For that reason this deal won't work out very well for trucks.

October 18, 2010 @ 10:13 am
Steve Zussino's picture

That is great point about the 16" tires.

Isn't the gas bill a lot higher now that use winter tires all year round.

Our car is getting up in kms and I would be more comfortable having winter tires.

Another problem is that we live in a condo with not much storage (I have no where to store the summer tires.

Any suggestions?

October 29, 2010 @ 3:16 pm
SavingMentor's picture

Well I don't use winter tires all year round and when I do use them I don't find it increases my gas bill by that much. It may go up by a little but not significantly so.

Storage space is definitely an issue when you live in a condo. I think there are some places that will store your summer/winter tires for you but you probably either need to buy your tires from them or pay a premium to have them hold them for you. I doubt they would hold them for you if you only pay the regular price to have them switch your tires over but it never hurts to ask.

The only other suggestion I have would be to rent a storage area or to talk to a family member that has a house and ask them if you might be able to store your tires with them. It wouldn't be too much of a hassle because you only have to change the tires twice a year.

Also, about the heavy item surcharge ... it is clearly stated on if there is a surcharge that you need to pay so it's not like it is a surprise fee. If you go through the ordering process it will inform you about it before you place your order.

October 29, 2010 @ 4:08 pm
Ludwik's picture

I tried to order General winter tires 225/55R17 following you advice, however, shipping charges to Ontario quoted by JC Whitney were too high ($387)


November 17, 2010 @ 8:06 pm
SavingMentor's picture

Hi Ludwig, thanks for commenting. Yes, as I mentioned in one of my previous comments unfortunately once you get above the 16" tire size JC Whitney starts classifying tires as being extremely heavy and in those cases they connect you with their international shipping department and they give you a custom shipping quote which is always extremely expensive. If the tires are small enough to not have this problem then the shipping is handled through the website and is very cheap indeed.

I'm sorry that it didn't work out for you. You may try ordering the tires through JCWhitney and shipping them to the border to pick them up later (see my post on cross border shopping). You can use either JCWhitney or Tirerack for this, whatever is cheaper. Unfortunately you'll have to spend some money on gas and on HST when you bring them across the border, but the shipping charges will also be somewhat cheaper.

November 17, 2010 @ 8:14 pm
Amin's picture

I am not know more about it ,what a different between winter tires and summer tires and Can any one suggest me about it whats its benefit and why people use it more or demand more.

November 14, 2015 @ 3:18 am

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