If you frequent Walmart’s Auto Center, you’ll probably run into Ironman Tires at some point. They’re an affordable option, but you’re not likely to see them anywhere else except select mechanic and tire shops. That may leave you wondering “Who makes Ironman Tires and where do they come from, anyway?” After all, you want to make sure you’re not buying a product that puts your family’s safety in danger when you’re on the road.
As it turns out, Ironman Tires are made by an American company, even though the tires themselves are often manufactured overseas. Here’s everything you need to know about who makes Ironman Tires. Plus, I have some ideas on how you can save even more money on them. Just keep in mind, the price point is already great for your pocketbook.
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Who makes Ironman Tires?
Ironman Tires is the lower-cost arm of Hercules Tire & Rubber Company, which traces their roots back to 1952. While Hercules tires are known for being high-quality, Ironman Tires are known for being affordable.
That’s not to say Ironman Tires aren’t high quality, too. As far as cheap tires go, they’re some of the best. But you’re not going to get the same life out of them as you would if you paid a premium for a higher name brand like Hercules.
But wait, Cooper Tire also comes into play here.
Hercules Tire has an agreement with Cooper Tire, where Hercules can use Cooper’s factories to manufacture their own Hercules-brand products.
Ironman Tires are manufactured in other countries like China, but up to U.S. standards. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to find them on the shelves at your local Walmart.
Use the Ironman Tires retail locator to find out where you can buy them.
Walmart is one place, but you can also buy this brand online via Tirebuyer or at local mechanics and tire shops. Ironman Tires makes it pretty easy to search for a retailer near you through their “Where to Buy” locator on the company website. In Southern California where I live, the tires are also available at Pep Boys as well as a slew of mechanic shops.
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There are ways to save on Ironman Tires, but we don’t recommend purchasing used.
Ironman Tires are already pretty cheap as far as tires go. But there are some additional ways you can save.
Get low-cost tire services at Walmart.
When you purchase your Ironman Tires through Walmart, you’ll also qualify for all types of low-cost services. You can save anywhere from $4 – $14 by getting your tires installed at Walmart rather than at the mechanic.
You can also save $15 – $25 on tire rotation when you get the service at Walmart Auto Center rather than a mechanic.
Get 10% off tires + installation via Tirebuyer.
If you purchase via Tirebuyer, they’ll be sent to a partner mechanic or tire shop in your area for installation. If you pay for both the tires and installation via Tirebuyer’s website, you’ll be eligible for 10% off your purchase when you use promo code INSTALL10 at checkout.
This promo isn’t always running, so you’ll have to catch it when it’s live.
Subscribe to tire deals.
Not gonna lie, tires aren’t an item that go on sale very often. It’s kind of a big deal when they do. You can sign up to receive notifications when an elusive tire sale does pop up by subscribing to tire deals.
Buy used at your own risk.
Another way to knock a ton off of the price of any tire (Ironman or not) is to buy used tires from your local tire shop.
This can be a dicey game. Yes, you’re likely to save a whole lot of money, but if the tire is worn down too much, it could actually be unsafe. Plus, you’re less likely to get any type of guarantees or warranties on your tires when you buy used.
If you buy these tires new at Walmart, for example, they come with a 90-day guarantee. If you’re not satisfied within that 90-day period, you can return them to Walmart and get some of your money back.
You’re not likely to find the same level of protection when you buy used. So if you go this route to save some cash, proceed with caution.