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October 30, 2008

Snow Tire Shortage

Snow_tire A recent law in Canada requires all vehicles have snow tires installed by Dec. 15th or their drivers will face a stiff penalty.

I called City Tire in Williston, VT to see how the shortage was effecting us locally. It turns out the increased demand north of the border has in fact caused a snow tire shortage here. Each day it's getting a little tougher to find tires, though so far they have managed to keep up with demand. I asked if there was any price increase caused by the shortage. City Tire has not raised their base prices, but have had to pass on recent  price increases of 10% from Bridgestone, Firestone and Toyo.

In Canada prices have as much as doubled and so Canadians are traveling down here to get reasonably priced tires, further impacting the local supply.

If you haven't gotten snows yet and you need them you better get going!

Here's a video of multiple car crashes in the snow to remind us of the fun to come this Winter. Check out the knuckleheads who get out of their moving cars! Never a good idea.

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