10 Worst Tire Brands (Is Cheap Always Expensive?)

We’ve ranked the ten worst tire brands that you should stay away from, even if you’re shopping on a budget. Read on to learn which tire brands are the worst and what makes them terrible, so you know what to avoid when tire shopping.

Tires You Should Avoid

This chart ranks the ten worst tire brands and scores them in each category out of 5.

Tire BrandSafetyDurabilityValue for MoneyGrip and TractionSeasonalityAdaptabilityAfter Sales ServiceOverall Performance Rating
Triangle13111121
Chaoyang21311211
AKS11211111
Westlake21222212
Accelera11111111
Goodride21111222
Compass21321222
Autogreen11211111
Geostar11211231
Unicorn11311121

Triangle

A relatively new tire company, Triangle tire brand is based in China and could be a good company, but they are falling short.

Safety

The biggest customer complaint is that they slide and slip when driving on wet ground, causing vehicles to hydroplane and spin out of control.

Durability

Since their original treads aren’t as grooved as they should be, the tire performs as if it’s already worn down.

Value for Money

Their value is awful since they charge around $100 for some of the lowest quality tires you can buy.

Grip and Traction

This is where the tires find their biggest fault. They can’t perform at all in wet conditions, making them extremely unsafe in the rain.

Seasonality

The tires can’t grip the ground in rain and should not be used in snowy climates.

Adaptability

Triangle tires have essentially zero adaptability on the road. Their treads are thin, and the rubber is slippery, so they can’t perform on rough or wet roads.

After-sales Services

Most of the Triangle tires come with a 2-year road warranty. However, the warranty is reluctant to replace the tires, and the customer service lacks sincerity.

Chaoyang

Chaoyang tires are a Chinese tire brand that once made bicycle tires and other rubber products, and more recently, they stepped into the world of car tires.

Safety

The tires are certainly not the safest, as they don’t use high-quality rubber, and they can burst or puncture easily because the rubber used in the tires is too soft.

Durability

The treads appear thick and well-grooved, but the rubber used in the tires wears down incredibly quickly, especially on poorly paved roads.

Value for Money

Most tires cost between $50 and $200, and Chaoyang manages to have a price point closer to $40. Take this is as a clue to run in the other direction.

Grip and Traction

At first, the grip and traction are decent. However, because the rubber is low quality and the treads wear down quickly, the tires lose their grip and traction fast.

Seasonality

Rain, snow, or other extreme weather can cause the tires to burst, creating an immense hazard.

Adaptability

Anything close to off-roading or even a dirt road will be rough on the tires. Because the rubber is so soft, they can’t stand up against any difficult terrain.

After Sales Services

There isn’t any after-sales service from Chaoyang. Surprisingly, this company is a leader in mountain bike tires, but when it comes to their car tires, they don’t go the extra mile.

AKS Tires

An elusive and strange company that you should avoid at all costs. The lack of information on AKS tires is offputting on its own.

Safety

These tires could be considered deadly, as they can burst and lose traction easily.

Durability

The tires have low durability and use the cheapest rubber available. They will wear down fast, but you won’t even want to keep them around long enough to find out.

Value for Money

AKS prices their tires super low to entice customers, but trust us, it isn’t worth it. Their car tires come in around $50 each but pose serious hazards while driving.

Grip and Traction

They have hardly any traction on wet and dry roads, making them one of the worst tire companies.

Seasonality

AKS tires cannot perform well in wet and cold conditions, so they aren’t safe for winter. However, they also have a poor grip in dry, hot weather, so they are dangerous in all seasons.

Adaptability

The tires cannot perform well in all weather conditions or road surfaces, so they have some of the worst adaptability a tire can have.

After-sales Services

Since it is difficult to determine where AKS tires come from, it is even harder to speak to an employee.

If you get these tires and attempt to get service after purchase, you’ll likely just be jostled around via email until eventually forgotten about.

Westlake

Westlake is a Chinese tire company that ignores many American inspection laws and produces subpar tires.

Safety

The tires can perform okay at slower speeds, but when you drive 30 miles per hour or above, you lose traction, and it poses many driving risks.

Durability

The tires seem to have decent durability, but their initial construction isn’t well done. So they likely won’t last more than a year.

Value for Money

Westlake tires cost between $60 and $80, a decent price point if it were a decent tire. But the value is horrendous since you get unsafe, cheap tires.

Grip and Traction

These tires have poor grip at high speeds. This is the exact opposite performance you want from a tire, so there is no reason to purchase them.

Seasonality

These tires perform terribly in varying weather conditions. Any weather causes them to slip, even dry and sunny.

Adaptability

The tires have zero adaptability, and can only sort of perform well on perfectly paved and dry roads.

After Sales Services

Westlake doesn’t have any after-sales service, as they usually don’t offer refunds or returns.

Accelera

An Indonesian brand, Accelera, is a terrible tire brand for many reasons stemming from their use of cheap rubber.

Safety

Drivers report having to severely slow down to gain control of the car. The tires are dangerous on highways and other high-speed situations.

Durability

The tires use very low-quality rubber, despite being marked as high-performance tires, and they won’t last very long.

Value for Money

Accelera goes for a major profit by charging between $80 and $110 for cheaply made tires.

Grip and Traction

The grip and traction feel normal when on a dry, smooth road. When the car drives on a wet road, at moderate to high speeds, the traction lessens, making the vehicle harder to control.

Seasonality

Like many cheap tires, Accelera tires struggle the most in wet and rainy conditions. They can perform decently on dry, well-paved roads, but lost most of their grip when moisture is present.

Adaptability

The tires adapt well to many different cars, from trucks to passenger vehicles. But they don’t adapt well to most roads.

After Sales Services

Accelera at least picks up the phone when you call, but they usually just beat around the bush instead of offering any real assistance.

Goodride

Goodride tires are a part of the Zhongce Rubber Group, which started in 1997. They are relatively new but already have a bad reputation in the tire industry.

Safety

Goodride tires have thin treads which make it hard for the car to grip the road. This causes safety risks as the car can slip and skid on the road.

Durability

Goodride tires are easily worn out and can’t handle consistent use on rough roads. Don’t expect these tires to last more than a few months.

Value for Money

Goodride is one of the worst values for money, with their tires usually costing over $100.

Grip and Traction

Goodride has a decent grip in dry climates but has proven that they can’t handle wet or snowy climates.

Seasonality

If you are still thinking about buying these tires, the only way it may be safe is if you live in a dry and sunny climate.

Adaptability

Goodride makes tires for a range of vehicles from commercial to passenger, so almost anyone can find a tire that will fit their vehicle.

After Sales Services

Goodride offers a facade of customer service, with no real actions to back it up. They offer warranties and refunds but make you jump through impossible hoops to get.

Compass

On a positive note, these are not the worst tires on our list. Compass tire brand began in 1998, making them one of the newer brands on the market.

Safety

Compass tires pose normal safety risks while driving, like the thin treads and soft material. But drivers don’t report an excessive lack of control when turning or speeding up.

Durability

Compass tires have low durability, likely lasting around a year or so of standard use before becoming very dangerous to use.

Value for Money

Compass tires are an average price of about $80, but their value is terrible.

Grip and Traction

The grip and traction on compass tires are better than most of the other tires on this list. They struggle in wet weather but perform decently in dry climates.

Seasonality

Compass tires are not effective in all seasons, especially in cold and wet weather. They tend to slip and slide when the road is wet and smooth.

Adaptability

Compass tires work for a wide range of vehicles, but they can’t handle rough trips like off-roading.

After Sales Services

Compass tires often offer refunds and returns but have little interest in remedying any actual problems with their product.

Autogreen

Autogreen tires are some of the worst on the market. There are so many reasons to avoid them.

Safety

The tires pose serious safety threats in all driving conditions in all kinds of cars. The tires often burst after little use, possibly causing an accident.

Durability

These are some of the least durable tires available. They can hardly last 20,000 miles before the tread wears down to nothing and the tires can’t grab the road.

Value for Money

Autogreen tires can be tempting because they cost around $60, but the value isn’t in the product.

Grip and Traction

Autogreen tires have no grip or traction, even on the driest roads. They completely miss one of the most important features of a tire.

Seasonality

These tires are awful in all weather. From dry and sunny to freezing and slushy, these tires never perform properly.

Adaptability

Autogreen tires have very low adaptability on the road and the market. They fit a limited number of passenger vehicles and don’t perform well on any kind of road.

After Sales Services

Autogreen has hardly any customer service. If you complain, you mostly get unhelpful emails that never resolve anything.

Geostar

This tire brand may jump out at you as familiar, and maybe you’ve even used these tires before. But they are more dangerous than they may seem.

Safety

The tires can perform okay in dry, decent conditions. But they become unsafe once weather or rough roads becomes involved.

Durability

The tires won’t last very long, especially if used on difficult roads. The rubber used is cheaper than cheap, despite it being an American company.

Value for Money

Geostar tires usually cost around $80, a good deal for tires. However, for the materials used and the performance, $80 is way too much to spend.

Grip and Traction

The traction and grip are fine on dry roads, but any kind of precipitation or moisture can create a dangerous situation quickly.

Seasonality

The tires can only perform in dry weather, but can’t grab the road once there is any wetness.

Adaptability

The tires have extremely low adaptability on the road when trying to stop. But they are adaptable to different cars, so they work for many models.

After Sales Services

Geostar offers friendly and prompt customer service. They’re pushing these cheap tires for a hefty profit and in the end, probably making money despite the many refunds and returns.

Unicorn

Despite their name, these tires are not special in any way, except for maybe their hazards. Unicorn tires are an untrustworthy brand, and their tires prove it.

Safety

The tire poses many safety threats, from soft tires that can burst to poor traction that can cause car accidents.

Durability

The tires will wear down quickly, but it doesn’t matter because they perform poorly right out of the gate.

Value for Money

The tires cost between $70 and $110, a price point that would make one think it is a quality product, but it is not.

Grip and Traction

The traction is horrendous, and these tires take a very long time to come to a full stop.

Seasonality

The Unicorn tires struggle immensely in the rain and wet road conditions. They slip and slide and cannot handle any precipitation.

Adaptability

Unicorn tires cannot adapt to many cars or many situations. From rain to snow to simply stopping, the tires constantly underperform.

After Sales Services

The company’s after-sales service isn’t horrendous, but in some cases, you can get your money back.

What Are the Worst Winter Tires?

The worst tires for winter weather on our list are the Accelera. These are awful in moist conditions and cold weather. A close runner-up is the AKC brand, which can’t grip even dry road at higher speeds.

Are Chinese Tires OK?

Tires made in China do not go through the same rigorous inspections and tests that tires made in the US must undergo. This means the tires that come out of China can be significantly lower in quality and construction.

Author: DJ

Dave Junior is a hands-on automotive technician with experience in performing service, diagnostics, and repairs on domestic and imported vehicles. He enjoys writing and sharing his knowledge far and wide.

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