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What is an OE tyre and can I change them?

New car fitted with original equipment OE tyres

When the time comes to replace worn tyres, do you stick with the OE tyres or switch to something else?

What are OE tyres?

OE stands for Original Equipment. These are the parts of your car that were fitted at the factory during the time of manufacture. Only approved OE tyres are fitted to new cars.
OE tyres are developed specifically for each make and model of car. Highly engineered, they are tuned and adapted to provide the performance characteristics as specified by the manufacturer. In other words, they deliver optimal performance for the car based on the car manufacturer’s requirements.

Should I replace worn OE tyres with the same type of tyre?

Choosing to replace your worn tyres with the OE tyres for your car assures you that the physical dimensions, internal construction, tread design and key performance attributes are equal to the tyres being replaced.
Alternatively, you may decide to select a different tyre which is equivalent to the OE tyre in terms of performance category, tyre size and speed rating.
You should be aware that when you deviate from the OE tyre you are likely compromising on select characteristics of the car’s comfort qualities and handling capabilities. Of course, there may be instances where doing so is completely intentional and necessary.
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What are the benefits of choosing OE tyres?

OE tyres are typically developed with ride comfort at the forefront of specifications. Fuel efficiency, on-road handling, tread wear and road noise are also considered.

For the everyday driver, who uses their car for the daily commute, school runs and road trip adventures across stretches of highway terrain - OE tyres are most likely to tick all the necessary and desirable boxes.

Should I stay with OE tyres?

For some however, these factors may not rank as high on their list of priorities, depending on the car being driven and where they intend to drive it. For example, tyres that are fitted as OE aren’t generally designed for off-road use. This means that if you own a 4WD, and intend to take it off-road, you will need to look at a quality aftermarket tyre that will be suitable for handling rough terrain.

Car fitted with new set of tyres
If you are looking for a set of new tyres, why not visit your local BestDrive store to explore your options. We stock a great range of tyres from trusted brands, which include Continental, General Tire and Falken. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will assist you in finding the best tyre for your car to suit your driving needs.
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