NOT Nokia - Nokian - we aren't talking cell phones here, but the Scandinavian tire manufacturer gaining popularity and widespread acclaim for their quality, affordable, environmentally-friendly tires.

QUALITY - In the case of a Vanagon, this discussion starts with a tire that is rated correctly for the vehicle. Vanagons are supposed to travel on Load Range C tires - light duty truck tires with reinforced sidewalls - certain minimum weight ratings and appropriate tire inflation ranges. We all take risks in life, but why take one here unnecessarily when correct tires are available. There is a lot of information on the internet and lengthy discussions on various forums from Vanagon owners exhaustive research and experience. Although a few years old now, one of the most thoroughly researched articles on tires was written by Larry Chase on his roadhause website - Here is a link to the article - Although some of those tires discussed have since gone out of production, the facts about the Vanagon and tire specs have not changed. Now, specific to the Nokian tires, the ones that we are stocking will all be the load range C ones. Nokian places emphasis on exceptional grip under all driving conditions, efficient low rolling resistance, even wear, and a quiet tire.

COST - Cost is a factor, but not at the sacrifice of safety or quality. We have always been fans of the Michelin Agilis tire and although we still are fans of that tire, we are starting to cringe at the price as it has steadily crept up over the past few years to where they are now $184 each for the 205/65/15. The Nokian tire in the same size is $154 each - a savings of $120 on a set of 4. We are trying to offer a safe and appropriate tire, affordably.
We offer the following models and prices:
185R14C Hakka C for $138 each
205/65/15 Hakka C for $154 each
205/65/15 WRC for $156 each
Accuracy for shipping prices on tires is not always accurate with the website shipping calculator so we encourage you to email with your zip code for accurate shipping quotes. Shipping to a business address will save you some money and we require that someone be there to sign for delivery. Products are listed for your year and model under the "wheel and driveshaft" category and under "tires" and "rims".

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT - You pick your tires because they are safe and affordable but it is comforting to know that the company making your tires employs green practices. Nokian Tires is the first tire manufacturer in the world to begin making tires without the use of harmful oils - they use earth friendly oils and they have earned the birch leaf insignia that guarantees the complete absence of toxic chemicals.

We like to give credit, where credit is due. Consistent with the Co-Conspirator article about listening to and collaborating with our customers, our decision to become a Nokian dealer began by the valuable research and prompting of one of our customers, Craig Bailes, who wanted a set of Nokian tires to go with the Rhein rims he was purchasing. Between his urgings, positive posts we had read on forums, and accounts from a few other customers, we felt a consensus had started to emerge that this is a good tire, a good tire manufacturer, and we wanted to be a part of making them more available to our customers.