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CENTRAL OHIO (John Matarese/Kate Liebers) -- Tires can be a difficult product for which to comparison shop, but the following tips can help you not waste your money.

1. Find a lower tire price online or in another city and ask your local store to match it.

One shopper, Russell Gibson, said he found tires $50 cheaper than ones at his local store after checking websites like His neighborhood shop ended up matching the price offered online. 

2. Negotiate the price of the road hazard warranty.

A road hazard warranty can also save money on tire expenses.

"The road hazard warranty covers the replacement of the tire, or pro ration, or repair of the tire," said Jeremy Rice of AAA. He said a driver with the warranty can save $200 if he or she hits a pothole.

Gibson said he would only take the warranty if the managers lowered the price, which they did.

3. Question every hidden fee before you pay.

Some stores will charge customers for an extra warranty, lifetime balancing, and alignment without asking.

In the end Gibson said he saved almost $300 for new Firestone tires, which were initially priced at $835.

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