Inflation plus supply issues costing customers looking for new tires


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Businesses and customers are navigating the rising costs of tires as we approach the winter season. That, plus the struggle to get tire brands imported from outside of the country, limits options for customers.

“We decided to purchase a new house and had to make decisions in order for that to happen,” explained Wichitan Tony Nation.

Nation says he has needed new tires for the past several months, but it’s just not feasible right now.

“Two tires and it was for the least expensive brand,” explained Nation. “The tires themselves were $55 each, but all in including mount, balance, and the extras sold it was over $240.”

Nation’s sentiment isn’t uncommon for many tire shop customers.

“We get the ‘Man, we didn’t pay this for them last year.’ Yeah, I’m sorry, but inflation is real,” said Jesse Camacho, Bosley’s Tire Super Store.

Tire shops, like Neza Tires, have their issues too. With no imports, they can only buy more expensive domestic tires, therefore raising the price for the customer.

“I’d say probably last month, I had a customer who buy two tires, and today he tried to buy two more and the price went up $40,” said Alberto Dominguez, Neza’s owner

For Nation, he says he’s still biding his time.

“We’re waiting for that yearly bonus to come around. Right now, it’s out a can of fix-a-flat in it and hope it works, if not, at some point we’ll have to bite the bullet and maybe just buy one at a time.”

There are some options for customers, many businesses have some financing where customers can pay the amount over time, but that depends on which shop you go to.

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