No you don't have to go outside and take your tires off the car...though mine are about ready to be done. Just pop over to DWR for a new take on the wheels that make the bus go round. Design Within Reach is having a super sale on these eco friendly rubber tubs. By reconstructing discarded tires they create these fantastic planters/storage bins. They can be for outside planters (yea tires are durable...) in the summer and indoor storage in the winter!