Tips For Buying New Tires

As long as your tires are turning, they don’t need to be replaced, right?

Wrong.

Your tires play a tremendous role in the performance of your vehicle. Many people don’t pay much attention to their tires until it is too late. Old, worn down tires can cause a multitude of problems while also putting your safety and the safety of others at risk.

To determine if you need new tires, do a thorough inspection of them yourself or call us to schedule an appointment to have a thorough tire inspection. 

Check for tread wear, cracked sidewalls and bulging. Additionally, if your tires are more than 10 years old, you should consider replacing them.

The rubber in the tire deteriorates with exposure to oxygen. If they are just beginning to wear down you most likely have a little bit of time before you need to replace them. During that time, you can research brands and compare prices so you can make a smart and informed purchase.

Selecting the proper tires and maintaining them promotes fuel efficiency, better handling, increased safety and improved ride quality. 

You’ll want to ensure you make an informed decision of your purchase. But how do you know which tires to buy? What’s the proper size? Keep reading to find the best tips for buying new tires.

  • Check your owner’s manual. The auto manufacturer will list the recommended size and type of tire that best suits your vehicle.
  • Although you may not need four new tires, it is best to buy an entire matching set. The modern suspension technology found in vehicles today work best when all tires are balanced. You’ll experience improved handling, comfort and safety. In addition, routine rotations will ensure all four tires obtain even wear and tear.
  • Don’t neglect your spare tire. If you get a flat you’ll want to be sure your spare tire is in operating condition, properly inflated and ready to use. Consider replacing your spare tire when you purchase a new set of tires.
  • All tires are not created equal. Just like any product, there are higher quality, lower quality and average quality brands. Read consumer reviews to learn how a specific tire holds up.
  • Compare prices both on and off line to find the best deal. Some service centers may price match if you find a better price.
  • Always take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic or service center. If there is a problem, it will be easier to resolve with a place you can trust.
  • Now that you’ve got a new set of tires be sure properly maintain them to get the most out of your new purchase.

The longevity of your tires are contingent upon several dynamics such as individual driving habits, the elevation of where you live, climate, road conditions and the manufacturer's tire longevity estimate. Keeping your tires properly inflated is the best measure you can take to both improve gas mileage and extend the life of your tires.

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/07/16/aa.buying.tires/

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/buying-selling/cg-tire-buying-tips.htm#page=0