General Tire

General Tire

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Written by Leorah Gavidor
Edited by Cassidy McCants

About General Tire

General Tire sells performance, commercial, car, truck and SUV tires through select dealers. Search its website for tires that fit your vehicle by entering your make and model, your tire size or your license plate number. Select tires are eligible for free replacement during the first 12 months (must meet warranty criteria). The company also sells specialty tires for earthmoving and material-handling vehicles.

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Pros

  • Free replacement with warranty on select tires
  • 45-day trial period
  • Comprehensive selection

Cons

  • Only available through select dealers
  • Pricing not available online

Bottom Line

General Tire is a tire manufacturer with a comprehensive selection of tires for many vehicle types. It has detailed info on the website, but you have to go to a local shop to buy. It has a 45-day trial period.

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Rated with 5 stars
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Quiet smooth ride, reasonable price, good warranty, dealers mentioned the tires. Said he bought them and I took his word. Wasn’t in market to buy but was unhappy with tires purcha...

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I found General Tire to be a smooth ride and a great buy. They came in a type of tire I had been purchasing of another brand which I had thought could not be bested. However they ...

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What is General Tire?

General Tire makes tires for performance vehicles, cars, light trucks, crossovers, SUVs and commercial vehicles. The company supplies tires for General Motors and other auto manufacturers and sells through local dealers and shops. General Tire includes a 45-day trial period with its tires.

These tires feature grip edges to increase traction along with a flatter and larger footprint to reduce tread stress and extend tire life. They have a monitor that alerts the driver when the tire needs replacing and a visual alignment indicator to identify misalignment.

The sidewalls are made of a compound with cut-and-chip resistance for protection. High-void angled grooves help channel water away for better traction on wet roads, and a studdable design provides added ice grip. The winter tire series also features sipes that help create grip on wintery roads. H-, V-, T-, S-, V- and W-rated tires are available.

General Tire also sells specialty tires for earthmoving and material-handling vehicles. You can find forklift, pneumatics, ADT, RDT, loader, backhoe, scraper and grader tires in its catalog.

How does General Tire work?

Customers can browse all tires online, with detailed specs on each product. You can browse by vehicle type, season or performance. If you don’t know what kind of tires are best for your vehicle, enter your license plate number and the website does the work for you. You can put in your ZIP code on the website to generate a list of local dealers that carry the tires you need — but you have to complete the purchase in person.

General Tire offers a 45-day satisfaction trial period on select tires. If the tire is eligible, it’s indicated on the tire’s product page with the mileage covered under the warranty. If you’re not happy with the tire, you can trade it for another from General Tire. The warranty varies by product, however. Car and light truck tires are eligible for free replacement within the first 12 months or 2/32nds of wear.

General Tire prices

General Tire does not list pricing on its website. To get a quote for General Tire products, use the “Find a dealer” feature on the company website. This lets you choose from a list of local dealers and contact them for pricing. With the 45-day trial (up to less than 2/32nds of wear), you pay the difference if you trade in for a more expensive set of tires. If you choose a cheaper set of tires, General will refund the difference.

General Tire FAQ

Where are General tires made?
General Tire has production lines in the U.S., Mexico and Europe.
Are Continental and General tires the same?
General is a brand of Continental Tire.
Where can I buy General tires?
General tires are available through select local dealers, mechanics and tire shops. Certain models are available at Walmart.
Does General Tire have a warranty?
General Tires offers a limited warranty. All general passenger and light truck tires are eligible for the limited warranty and adjustment policy for a maximum of 72 months from the date of purchase. The policy allows for free replacement during the first 12 months from the date of purchase or the first 2/32nds of wear. Covered issues include treadwear, sidewall bubble, flat tire (in certain cases), tread separation, uneven wear, cracking and ride vibration. Warranty mileage varies by product and is listed on the website.
How do I know if I need new General tires?
General Tire products come with a visual replacement indicator on each tire that shows red when the tire needs replacing.
How long do General tires last?
General Tire covers tires for up to 75,000 miles and 72 months under the warranty. The life of a tire depends on how much you drive, driving conditions and the type of vehicle.

Are General tires good quality?

General Tire has been in business for more than 100 years and is a supplier for General Motors. Passenger and light truck tires come with a 45-day trial period, so you can trade them in if you’re not satisfied. Its warranty includes free replacement in case of an issue in the first 12 months.

While detailed information about each tire is available online, pricing isn’t listed and you have to buy through a local shop. Customers who like to do their research on tire specifications before buying will find General Tire’s website helpful.

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Rated with 5 stars
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Original review: Nov. 20, 2021

Quiet smooth ride, reasonable price, good warranty, dealers mentioned the tires. Said he bought them and I took his word. Wasn’t in market to buy but was unhappy with tires purchased from big box store. Previous tires were noisy and bumpy ride so I was a easy sell.

2 people found this review helpful
Rated with 5 stars
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Original review: Nov. 5, 2021

I found General Tire to be a smooth ride and a great buy. They came in a type of tire I had been purchasing of another brand which I had thought could not be bested. However they were just as good if not better than the more pricey brand purchased for years until I discovered General Tire.

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    Original review: April 8, 2021

    I just had a set of General Tire Altimax 365AW installed earlier today on my 2011 GMC Terrain and although I have only put about 15 km on them I must say I am impressed! It's like I have a softer suspension. It's just gliding over bumps that before, with my old tires (Michelins), it hit hard. A nice quiet soft ride! Quite impressed!

    6 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
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    Original review: Aug. 8, 2018

    Much less expensive than the more expensive Michelin with almost exact same performance ratings. Have them on all our vehicles. Having run Michelin top rated tires, which are as good as the Generals, and knowing that Michelin offers a less expensive poorly rated dealer choice tire, at the same price as the General tire, I have to be concerned that my "Trust" in the Michelin brand has been corroded. Perhaps financially it might be okay to trade on your brand name for the short term but as buyers become more aware of the deception, the long term value of the deception should affect the sales figures perhaps. I know it has been somewhat profound for me, as I no longer trust their brand to deliver value throughout their product line. This is the main reason I fleet with Generals. Regardless of cost I don't want to play games with trying to figure out which Michelin tire is good and which is not up to their standard.

    54 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Aug. 3, 2018

    Love these tires, good wear, quiet, good traction, excellent value, purchased at Pep Boys, good service, good warranty, nice looking.

    39 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 4 stars
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    Original review: Aug. 2, 2018

    I've had all three of the other tires. Michelin pilots that came on my fusion wore out in 29,000 miles. The Continentals that came on my 2015 CRV were the noisiest tires I've ever had. The Michelins that came on an escort had knots in the sidewalls and all had to replaced before 30,000 miles. The Goodyears and Generals have done much better than the other two.

    48 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 3 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 30, 2018

    The tires is a cheaper. My tire it was bought from Walmart. These tires are not the best of tires there. Own a 2008 Jeep patriot and the towers are probably the best thing on the jeep because it’s not safe to drive.

    18 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 25, 2018

    My car is a Nissan Altima S-ER and it came equipped with high performance tires. When I replaced the tires for the first time I replaced them with "General G-Max" high performance tires. They are an all season traction grabbing high performance tire.

    27 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 5 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 24, 2018

    Great tires for the money. My family members have bought this brand for forty years. They have a great reputation for performance and value. The pricing for a set of four tires is very competitive and represent a really good deal for me. I will continue doing business with them as I’ve been totally satisfied with their product performance.

    39 people found this review helpful
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