Winter is on its way, but tires aren’t


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Winter is on the way, but winter tires are not. A local tire shop is urging customers to get their vehicles ready for the season before inventory runs out.

“We get stuff in every day but lately it’s been a little harder getting the stuff that we really really need,” said Scott Fabbri, a salesman at Kelleher Tire.

What Kelleher Tire needs is snow tires. Drivers are already coming into the shop in Scranton for all-season or winter tires for a little more traction and safety on the roads.

“Believe it or not we already have people that are having their winter tires installed and we are encouraged to have them installed early,” explained Larry Kelleher.

The tire shop says they are feeling pinched by the global supply chain crisis ahead of the winter season. They are worried about their inventory with prices up and shipment delays never-ending.

“It’s frustrating sometimes when the supplier tells you 2-4 weeks and in 2-4 weeks they tell you 2 to 4 weeks again,” said Fabbri.

Don’t let a snow tire shortage leave you stuck this winter. Kelleher says the typical time to buy winter tires and have them installed is the end of October to early November.

At Kelleher Tire’s they are urging customers to think snow tires now because the supply and demand are going to hurt last-minute customers.

“There is a lot of our product that we are having a hard time getting and the price increase right now is really really crazy,” stated Kelleher.

The price has increased about 20% since the beginning of the year. Right now a $100 tire could cost you $120 dollars.

“Do it now, don’t procrastinate especially this season,” said Fabbri.

Others advise buying snow tires now and taking them home to be installed when you’re ready.

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