It used to be that if you wanted to get made in USA tires, you would simply buy Goodyear or Firestone and could be assured of getting domestic product. These days, tires are a global commodity. The major tire manufacturers, including Goodyear, Michelin, Firestone/Bridgestone, Cooper and Yokohama make tires in the US as well as abroad. Assuming, for instance, that Goodyear tires you are buying for $500/4 are American and a set of Yokohama tires are imported may be erroneous.
This is what in fact happened to me recently. This experience proves that you cannot trust tire retailers and have to double-check what they tell you. One year ago, I visited Just Tires, and asked for Made in USA Goodyear Tires. They were medium grade/cost and I was assured that they were domestic. Of course, it turns out, they were made in Mexico. That’s what you get for trusting the sales staff.
Next time, I checked possibly getting tires for my wife’s car at American Tire Depot. I was told that basically “no tires are made in USA” and that they couldn’t find any such tires. A cursory look around the shop showed me made in USA Firestones. I left in disgust. Finally, a few months ago, my wife went back to American Tire Depot (because she got a flat tire and the tires hadn’t been changed yet). She requested made in USA tires that fit the car. She had to leave it there so that they could special order these from a central warehouse. In 2 days, though, it was done and she had verifiably American made Michelin tires on her car!
1) don’t believe the sales staff at tire shops – verify for yourself
2) you can get a made in USA tires from almost any manufacturer
3) you may have to wait a day or more to get the tires you want