Tire Rotation Cost

How Much Does a Tire Rotation Cost?

Last Updated on March 11, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

If you’re like most drivers, you want your tires to last as long as possible. One of the easiest ways to extend the life of your tires is to get them rotated on a regular basis. But how much does tire rotation cost? In this article, we’ll break down the average cost of a tire rotation and other important things drivers should know about this type of maintenance task.

How Much Does a Tire Rotation Cost?

The average cost of a standard tire rotation is $20-$40. Some places charge as low as $10-$15, while others charge $50 or more. Prices can vary based on your location, the shop, and your vehicle’s tire size/type.

Here are a few examples of average tire rotation costs:

  • Local mechanic shop: $20-$40
  • National tire shop chains: $20-$30
  • Oil change places: $15-$25 (often bundled with oil change)
  • BMW or luxury dealerships: $50-$75
  • Mobile tire service: $40-$60+

Many tire shops and dealerships offer free tire rotation with the purchase of four new tires. Overall costs are reasonable as it’s a quick service taking 15-30 minutes.

According to RepairPal, the average cost for a tire rotation is between $35 and $45, with labor costs estimated between $35 and $45.

Kelley Blue Book notes that the average cost for tire rotation is $60 to $72, and the average cost of tire rotation and balance is $112 to $132.

Reddit users go over the cost of tire rotation, with prices ranging from $19.99 to $80 for conventional or synthetic oil changes and tire rotations.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Tire Rotation

A few factors can influence the cost of your tire rotation service:

  • Vehicle type: Trucks with dual rear wheels or large heavy-duty vehicles often cost more.
  • Tire size: Vehicles with larger diameter tires or performance tires usually carry higher service fees.
  • Location: Prices are generally higher in metro areas versus rural regions due to cost of living.
  • Shop fees: Dealer/chain shops sometimes charge higher shop supplies or disposal fees.
  • Extras: Costs increase if you need mounting/balancing, wheel weights, valve stems, etc.
  • Frequency: Some shops offer free rotations if you get it done with every oil change or multiple times per year.

The bottom line is larger vehicles with specialty tires will sit at the higher end of the cost range. But most standard passenger vehicles can get a basic rotation for $25 or less per service.

What is Tire Rotation?

Tire rotation involves moving each tire and wheel to a new position on your vehicle. Many tire rotations involve swapping front tires with back tires, but there are other tire rotation patterns as well. By rotating your tires’ positions, they wear more evenly and last longer before needing replacement. Here are some benefits of routine tire rotation:

  • Promotes even tread wear for maximum tire life
  • Helps maintain proper vehicle handling and braking
  • Ensures tires wear uniformly for full contact with the road
  • Allows you to address any uneven wear issues early
  • Provides the opportunity to check tire pressure and condition

Without periodic rotation, your tires wear unevenly and may need replacement sooner. So it’s an important maintenance task.

Should You Rotate Tires with Your Oil Change?

Many drivers opt to have their tires rotated when they get an oil change. This allows you to take care of two maintenance tasks at once. On average, a basic oil change costs $40-$75. Adding a tire rotation will add $15-$30 extra.

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The convenience factor makes this option appealing. You save a trip to the shop and have a professional handle both services.

However, an oil change may happen more frequently than your tires need rotation. Make sure you follow the recommended rotation intervals for your vehicle. Rotating too often provides diminishing returns and no added benefit.

How Often Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Manufacturers generally recommend rotating your tires every 6,000-8,000 miles. But optimal rotation frequency depends on your driving habits and tire wear. Here are a few factors to consider:

  • Vehicle drive: Front-wheel drive vehicles need more frequent rotation to prevent uneven wear.
  • Mileage: Rotation can be done more often with high mileage driving.
  • Tire wear: If you notice uneven tread wear, rotate more frequently.
  • Owner’s manual: Check your manual for the recommended intervals.
  • Tire shop: Ask their advice based on your tires and driving.

Also inspect your tires with each rotation and adjust frequency based on how they are wearing. Anytime you notice a vibration or uneven tread, get a rotation done.

DIY Tire Rotation vs Professional Service

Tire Rotation PatternTechnically you can rotate your own tires at home to save money. But this requires jack stands, a torque wrench, time, and know-how. Without proper equipment and training, you risk making a mistake.

The small cost for a professional tire rotation is worthwhile when you consider:

  • Shop lifts make access easier and safer
  • Techs use torque wrenches to tighten lugs properly
  • They check tire pressure, tread depth, and condition
  • Training on tire patterns for specific drivetrains
  • Liability if something happens due to improper work

For most drivers, the convenience and peace of mind is well worth the reasonable cost. Think of it like an investment in the life of your tires.

Additional Services to Consider

Beyond standard tire rotation, some added services are worth considering when you have the tires off:

  • Tire balancing: Ensures a smooth ride by distributing weight evenly in each tire ($10-$20 per tire)
  • Wheel alignment: Adjusts angles to reduce tire wear from improper alignment ($50-$150)
  • New valve stems: Replace worn stems to maintain tire air pressure ($2-$10 per stem)

Ask your tire shop which extra services they recommend based on your tires’ mileage and wear. Preventative maintenance can save you bigger repair bills down the road.

Save on Future Tire Rotation Costs

A few smart tips can help you save on tire rotation costs over time:

  • Ask about lifetime rotation specials when purchasing new tires
  • Check discount coupons and store incentives before your appointment
  • Inquire about free rotations with full-service oil changes
  • Learn to do it yourself once comfortable with the process
  • Extend mileage between rotations if wear is even

With regular tire rotation every 5,000-7,000 miles, you’ll extend the life of your tires, save money, and prevent safety hazards from uneven tread wear.

Final Words

Tire rotation costs range from $15-$75, with most drivers paying an average of $20-$40 per service. While not expensive, it’s a very important part of tire maintenance.

Investing in periodic rotations ensures you get the full life out of your tires and maintains safe handling. Check your owner’s manual and talk to your tire shop about the ideal rotation schedule for your vehicle.

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