According to the comparison portal "Check 24", the 100 most popular winter tires have become almost 21 percent more expensive compared to the previous year. The prices for all-season tires have risen by almost 16 percent.
It's not just fuel that's getting more expensive again, drivers also have to reckon with higher costs for tires. As early as March 2021, the comparison portal "Check 24" reported an increase of six percent compared to the same period last year. The main price driver at the time was the corona pandemic. Just in time for the changeover season to summer tires, "Check 24" recorded a further jump in costs in the spring of this year: by almost ten percent in the prices of the 100 best-selling summer tires. And now it's getting even more expensive.
Prices for rubber, oil and energy have risen
According to the comparison portal, an average premium of almost 21 percent can be expected for the 100 best-selling winter tires. "Last season, the corona pandemic had already caused tire manufacturers to increase raw material prices," says Christine Mäenpää, Managing Director Auto Parts at "Check 24". But there are other factors as well. On the one hand, the current global political situation is causing increased energy and transport costs. The production of the tires is also more expensive than it was just a few years ago. According to the Federal Association of Tire Dealers and Vulcanisers (BRV), prices for natural rubber, one of the most important materials in tire production, especially in the commercial vehicle sector, are rising continuously. The costs were already almost 60 percent higher in 2021 than at the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020.
If you want to save when buying tires, "Check 24" advises you to compare providers. For example, customers could save up to 47 percent or 444.60 euros per set of tires for the winter tire Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 215/60 R17 100H if they choose the cheapest instead of the most expensive provider from the comparison.
All-season tires are also becoming more expensive
The market for all-weather tires is growing. But it's also getting more expensive here: The price increase is around 16 percent compared to the previous year.
The 2-in-1 tires are particularly popular in the northern federal states. According to "Check 24", 61 percent of Hamburg's drivers are now using it. In Berlin, Bremen and Schleswig-Holstein, the share is hardly lower at over 50 percent. In the southern federal states, generalists are less popular due to the weather. Are you unsure whether an all-season tire is right for you? Here we take a close look at the properties of the different types of tyres.
After a Corona price increase of six percent in 2021, winter tires are now almost 21 percent more expensive due to the higher energy and transport costs.