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Old 11-10-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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So i've driven in bad weather in KC before, always used all-season tires. Recently got an AWD car, and the tires are summer ones, not all-season.

I was considering getting new tires/wheels that have winter tires and just swapping them out when it the winter season is here, but I'd probably end up spending 1000-1300 doing it. Or I could just get some nice all-season tires cheaper and not hassle with swapping them.

Question is, does anyone think winter tires is even worth it? Last year our winter was a joke, the year before it was horrible, but I did still manage to drive in most of it with my all-season tires.

Just wanted to get some opinions! Thanks.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I have a winter/wheel set up for my Audi A4 and to me it makes a huge difference, especially in deeper snow or ice. It's worth buying a separate set of wheels (check ebay or craigslist) and ordering the winter tires from tirerack or something comparable. I ended up buying some cheaper audi replica wheels off ebay. They've help up great for 3 winters and still look good.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Check junkyards (excuse me, Auto Recycling Services) for used wheels.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:56 PM
 
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I don't do winter tires, but, then, I didn't when I lived in Minnesota, either, so take that as you will.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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When we bought our Matrix it came with sportier tires and it handled terribly in any sort of inclement weather. When we changed them out we went with all-season and we haven't had any problems and my gut says winter tires aren't entirely worth it in our climate. Then again, when the weather gets real bad the SO will just leave his car in the garage at work and we'll both commute via bus. It's an easy option for us and much nicer than digging the car out on the street where we park.
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