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Free Snow Chains? Major Retailer Offers an Amazing Deal

You might be able to get free tire chains from Les Schwab. If you buy snow chains from the prominent retailer, it may allow you to return them after the season.

Need a little extra traction on snowy roads this winter? From the looks of things, national tire store Les Schwab wants to help you out — potentially on an on-the-house basis.

The company offers several snow chains: light-duty chains you can adjust yourself, link fit versions for heavy or off-road use, cable variants, and tire socks. Here’s the kicker: According to the website, you can return your unused snow chains at the end of the season for a hassle-free, full refund if you drive a passenger car or light-duty truck.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the mechanism, snow chains work by digging into packed snow and ice to give the driver more control. Intuitively, the vehicle’s weight pushes the chain through the slick surface, increasing traction.

If you’re not sure whether you need chains or not, Les Schwab covers that, too. Its real-time guide to road weather conditions consolidates searchable reports, road cameras, and forecasts, as well as state chain laws. It covers each state where the company operates in the western U.S.

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Anyone who subscribes to the “better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it” methodology can see the benefit. Now, you might be able to exercise the concept for free. To find out, look up the closest Les Schwab location to you and schedule a consultation.

If the season ends and your chains spend all of it sitting in the trunk, Les Schwab says you can take them back to any of its locations for your money back.

Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.