Buying tires for your car is not as simple as it may seem. You need to be careful about the kind of tires that you purchase so as not to endanger yourself and your passengers.
The serious consumer does not buy products on impulse, which means that before they purchase a specific brand they usually check if it’s good and worthy of its price first. Whether its shampoo, soap, clothes, or food, they need to know first if the product is any good by researching about what other people who have tried the products think of them. The same should also be practiced when purchasing tires.
A tire is one of the most important elements of a car or any other vehicle. Purchasing tires should not be done haphazardly since it can affect the safety of your passengers. You have to remember that tire life depends on the tire size, car type, your driving style and type of roads you usually traverse. You have to take these factors into consideration to get the best out of your tire.
We have put together a tire buying guide to help make an informed decision when purchasing tires.
Choosing the right tire for your vehicle.
Simply put, get the tire that fits your car or vehicle. Not all tires are the same. It has to be the correct size. On the sidewall on your car is a code that will tell you the size of the tire you should get. Although your tire dealer already knows what you need, it is still best to know this yourself.
Know the best place to buy tires.
Most motorists would usually go where they got their car. It is a safe option, yes, but it can also be expensive. You can look around for local stores or tire dealers around your neighborhood that sell tires and check if they have the specific tire you need.
Don’t spend too much or too little on your tire.
Let’s face it most people think that buying branded tires (which usually means it’s expensive) is the best way to go, thinking it’s safer and better. But there are tire companies that manufacture excellent products at a lesser cost.
On the other hand, buying less expensive tires should not equate to buying cheap and perhaps poorly-made tires. Get recommendations from your tire dealer when making a decision.
Consider how you drive.
When buying a tire, you must consider how you drive and the conditions you drive in. Weather conditions also play a major part in tire buying – consider this as well. You should inform your car dealer of these things so they can make a recommendation as to what type of tire best suits you.
It is better to get brand new tires than used ones.
Brand new tires last longer than used ones. If you get used tires, you will have to change them sooner, which will come out more expensive than buying a new one.
Get at least two sets of tires.
Although most cars come with all-season tires, it is best to purchase a set of snow tires (if applicable). Snow tires will help you drive when the temperature is low and the road is covered in snow. This is actually cost efficient since you can save your other tires and use them when snow season ends.