Nearest Dealership

2143 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85015
(602) 794-1090

Hours & Info

Get approved online in 2 minutes or less and know your down payment before you shop!
Let's Do This

Learn the lingo. Visit our:

What does that mean?

Is it Okay to Have Different Tire Brands?

Before buying a used car, it’s important to check the tires to see if they’re excessively worn, improperly mounted, or have any other major issues.

But what about mismatched tires? Is that a problem? Ideally, you want all four tires to match in both type and wear, but a set of mismatched tires isn't a deal breaker, so as long as they meet the following criteria:

Having four different types of tires on a car is probably not advisable, while matching pairs on the front and back isn’t necessarily a significant problem. To a certain extent, the decision may come down to how much you trust the seller. If purchasing a car from your uncle, and you remember when he bought a new tire to replace one that blew out a few months previously, then you should be safe driving in that car with one mismatched tire.

tire-wearA car with mismatched front and back tires should still be usable, especially if it is a two wheel drive vehicle. Tires wear out at different rates, and if one is more worn than the other, simply rotating the tires may be a possibility to prevent further wear. A car with three or four mismatched tires might be more of an issue, as the tires cannot be rotated with the same effect. Issues with inflation, alignment or your vehicle's suspension can also compound the issues, as illustrated in this image.

The big problem with mismatched tires is that they are often a sign of a seller who takes poor care of his car. If the tires are the cheapest brands from the cheapest manufacturers, then the rest of the car is likely not in much better condition. If the tires are different sizes then they may also wear at different rates, and you’ll be shopping for new tires sooner than you think.

Functionally, mismatched tires will wear out at different rates. If all four tires are the same size and model, and the owner has been rotating the tires appropriately, there should never be a reason for mismatched tires. All four tires will wear out at roughly the same time, and you can purchase 4 new tires, avoiding mismatches and potential damage.

Another problem with mismatched tires is that you don’t know how old they are or when they should be replaced, except by examining the wear. And, as mentioned above, some tires will last longer than others. In order to be sure of the tires you have, it might be best to replace all of them on a newly purchased used car.

How often do you check your tires for tread depth and wear?

Back Next

You ask, we answer. Boom.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Gravatar Jeff

In general, it would be nicer to replace all four tires at the same time, and you want to make sure any car that you buy has four tires from the same manufacturer with approximately the same amount of wear. This is because uneven tires might change a car’s handling. But yeah, if you’re buying a used car, having mismatched tires is not a good enough reason not to buy it especially if it’s a good deal.

Gravatar Nkosiyabo

Hi ,

I would also like to know if it’s fine to have different tyre sizes front vs back.

I recently had a burst on one of my tyres then only last weekend l bought two 2nd hand tyres which are different in size from the ones l had.
Front : 265/65R17 1125 694 Bridgestone
Back : P245/97/R17 110T W

Gravatar Jeremy

ok i have a Pontiac Grand Prix GXP 2007 , tires are hard to find for a great price my tires right now are bridge stones and tires are off set
FRONT 225/45R18
BACK 225/50R18

i wanna know if it would be ok to miss match the front and the back but keep them all season tires w/ low rolling resistance i need some help would it be ok?

Gravatar Jonnyadan

Useful and informative article for me. Thank you very much. I also often check the depth and wear of my tires, however, I only evaluated the perception according to my view. Because I don’t have much expertise.
And here are two places I used to buy tires for my car

Gravatar Mikolaj Montes

Yes, you always should carry a back tire from the manufacturer that your 4 tires are from. In an emergency, if you will need to change if one of them goes flat that will make sure you will not have mismatched tires.

Gravatar Eric

Why is it important to know the make and year of a car when buying tires. Isn’t it enough just to match size and load capacity?

Gravatar Mario Smith

Hello Eric,

Thank you for reaching out! Most repair facilities may ask for the year, make and model just to verify what the manufacture’s recommendations are when it comes to the tires.

I hope that answers your question.

DriveTime Customer Relations

Gravatar John

Yes, you can have different tire brands. But it’s important to make sure that the tires are of the same size and type so that they fit your car correctly. You should also make sure that the tires are from a reputable manufacturer. If possible, the tire number should be the same.
You can also find plenty of safety tips here:
I guess I should clear some things up, seeing as no one else is. Different tire brands are fine if they’re the same size and type (eg summer tire, all season tire), but you don’t want to mix winter and summer tires (they’ll wear out faster), or run too many different kinds of tires at once. For example, if you put all seasons on your car in the summer, they’ll last longer.