Many of the previous problems with online tire buying have been solved over the years. One of those problems is installation.
Most online retailers have contracts with mobile installers that come straight to your home or office. They can perform the entire installation while you enjoy the comfort of your own home.
If you’re a busy person with a hectic career situation, this may be the absolutely most convenient way to buy tires. If you factor in the time you save going all the way to a shop, waiting in line, and then waiting there for installation, this deal pencils out. Tire Rack even has a spot on their site that lets you not only find a mobile installer near you, but shows their reviews from other customers and lists their charges. Many of them can also perform basic maintenance, such as brakes and suspension components.
Keep in mind that most online shops will perform mounting and balancing for free if you purchase both items from them. This can save over $100 and is something to consider if you think you might want to upgrade wheels at some point.