Imported Chinese Tire Prices Expected to Increase Due to Tire Tariff

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

WEST TEXAS - It's about to get more expensive to put new tires on your car.

Starting next week, tires imported from China will be slapped with a higher tariff putting a dent in any discount you might have been able to get.

President Obama is trying to boost sales of American-made tires so he slapped a tariff on the ones coming in from China.

Chinese brands run about 60 bucks cheaper than tires made in America.

Starting next Saturday, you can expect to pay 35 percent more for any tire that comes from China.

Some think the new tax will drive the price up on all tires, but managers at Midland tire say they don't expect that to happen.

Bitner says most of his customers tend to stick with the brands they like, instead of shopping for the cheapest deals.

We're told buying the cheaper tires ends up costing you more in the long run, because they wear out faster and need to be replaced sooner.