HACK The MPI Winter Tire Program

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So, you qualify for The Manitoba Public Insurance Winter Tire Program. Great. Now, how do you make sure you get the most out of it? Here are our top ways to hack the program.

Make Sure You Have Somewhere to Store Those Tires

You don’t need winter tires in the summer. To make sure they last as many seasons as possible, you’re going to want to switch back to your all-season tires when the snow melts.

Unless you have room in your garage and don’t mind hauling tires back and forth (yeah right), you’re going to need somewhere to store them.

Good news–you can cover storage costs with the Winter Tire Program. The catch is, you have to plan ahead and pay for it when you purchase your tires. Make it easy: come to Ride Time, we’ll store your tires for you.

Good thing you’re reading this, huh? Keep going–we’ve got plenty more “hack” and the best is yet to come. (Seriously awesome.)

You just have to qualify to register a car in the province of Manitoba to take advantage of this program!.

If you have a student, work or visitor Visa, you won’t be able to do the financing upfront through a retailer–but don’t lose heart. You may be able pre-purchase winter tires and then get reimbursed later. (Call your Autopac agent before you drop the cash though.)

Shucks, I Already Bought Winter Tires on My Own

That’s OK! As long as you purchased them on or after March 6, 2014, and meet all the necessary financing qualifications, you’re covered. (Oh, yeah, and your tires have to have come from Snowflake Mountain)

Even if you purchased in the States, no problem. The invoice will be converted to Canadian dollars using the current exchange rate.

So get together all those receipts and give your Autopac agent a call.

Lift Your Truck

Here’s the grand finale we promised.

If you’ve been wanting a bad ass lifted truck with sweet rims, now is the time to do it. If you have your eye on some 35″ All Terrain tires, you’re going to need bigger wheels. And a lift kit. The Winter Tire Program can be applied to all associated costs around your wheels when lifting your truck. Really. In order to lift your truck, you would need bigger tires, new wheels with appropriate offset, new TPMS sensors, new lug nuts, and an alignment… All covered under the MPI Winter Tire Program.

Sure, this program was meant to keep you on the road. That’s not what you want these bad boys for, though, is it? That’s OK, we won’t tell. (It was our idea after all…) 

One last tip: The program is good for up to $2,000 per vehicle, not per person. You don’t have to decide between a safer ride in the minivan and lifting your sweet truck. Do both!

Whether you’re looking to stay on the road this winter, or go off (way off!) roading, stop by and we’ll get you rolling with the program. 

Photo: Wapster, Nitto Tire


  1. Langford Swain

    Posted on September 18, 2017

    Looking for a set of BF Goodrich All Terrain KO2 with rims, it’s for a 2014 Ford F-150. The truck currently has 17″ tires but would like to upgrade to 18″. I’ll be utilizing the MPI winter tire program, if you have anything available right now can you please send me a picture (tire with rim).

  2. Terry Ryshak

    Posted on November 19, 2017

    Looking for Tires and Rims for my 2008 Toyota Tundra
    SR5 5.7L.
    Present tires are: Michelin LTX A/T2 LT 265/70R18

    Need my Summer tires mounted on the new rims and Winter tires mounted on my Stock Alloy Rims (5 Bolt)
    And If possible to stay within the $2000. MPI Winter Tire Loan program?

  3. Peter Martens

    Posted on January 30, 2018

    If I already have a nice set of rims can I just get a set of tires through this program?

    I’m looking for a set of fierce attitude all terrain tires. Either 33-15.5/18 or 33-12.5/18 or 35-12.5/18 for my f350.

  4. Lyle Siemens

    Posted on July 17, 2018

    I understand lifting a truck with rims and tires alone but what about physical lift kits?

    • Doug MacIver

      Posted on July 17, 2018

      Hey Lyle,

      Thanks for the comment!

      MPI will only cover up to $2000 towards eligible tires along with rims, TPMS sensors, lugs, alignment and mount & balancing. You can not finance any lift with the program. This post is simply to show that a big chunk of your overall build can be financed (only wheels and associated services). Most people hold off lifting their vehicle because of the overall out of pocket expense of the lift. This is just to show that you have some options for help. I hope this makes sense…

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