Buying new tyres - what you need to know.
Are you in the market for a new set of tyres for your car?
It is easy to feel overwhelmed when purchasing a new set of tyres. The options available can seem endless and it can be difficult to know what to look for to ensure that you select the best tyres for your car.
It is important to purchase a set of tyres that are suitable for your car and your intended use. The knowledgeable technicians at your local BestDrive store are available to assist you in identifying suitable tyre options and will ensure that you find the best fit for your car and driving needs.
When purchasing new tyres...
Know your tyre size.
Firstly, when purchasing new tyres you need to know what size tyres your car requires as it allows our stores to provide you with an accurate quote.
All tyres have a code system, which is moulded into the sidewall of the tyre. This provides information about the technical capabilities of the tyre, as well as information regarding tyre size, construction, load carrying capability and the speed rating.
The technicians at your local BestDrive store are available to assist you in deciphering this information if you are at all unsure.
Think about your intended use.
Tyres have different tread patterns, which have different purposes, ride qualities and capabilities. What kind of tyre you choose is dependent on the type of driving that you do, how far you travel and what you use your vehicle for.
The kinds of tread patterns available are:
- Typically arrow-shaped in appearance, offering high protection against aquaplaning
- Excellent handling on wet roads, mud and snow
- Offer greater directional stability
They are designed to work in one direction only and directional tyres must be fitted accordingly.
- Particularly quiet and provide good road stability
- Have less rolling resistance, reducing fuel consumption and extending the life of the tyre
- Offer value for money, particularly for those driving short distances
Symmetrical tyre treads can be fitted and rotated in either direction as both halves of the tread pattern are the same.
- Provide maximum grip on wet and dry roads
- The inner side of the tread provides protection against aquaplaning by effectively dispersing water
- The outer shoulders of the tread have rigid tread blocks, allowing for good grip when cornering as well as when driving on dry surfaces.
Asymmetrical tyres must be fitted correctly due to the different tread patterns on their inner and outer shoulders.
Understand the difference between cheap vs quality tyres
Purchasing cheap tyres may seem like a good way to initially save you money, but quality tyres will generally save you money in the long run. Typically speaking, quality tyres have better features, including handling characteristics such as steering and braking.
One option may be to replace your worn tyres with the Original Equipment (OE) tyres - the same type of tyre as what came on your car when it was new. This assures you that the physical dimensions, internal construction, tread design, key performance attributes and quality are equal to that of the tyres being replaced. If you would like to replace your worn tyres with the car’s original equipment (OE) tyres you can locate what tyres your vehicle manufacturer recommends in your owner’s manual.
Of course, OE tyres may not suit your intended use. It is important to take some time to consider the type of driving you do, and the conditions that you typically drive under, as this will assist you in choosing the best tyres for your car and driving habits.
Whenever possible, it is advisable to avoid cheap tyres. Instead, opt for tyres from a reputable and trusted tyre brand. BestDrive stock a great range of tyres from trusted brands, which include Continental, General Tire and Falken.
If you are looking to buy new tyres within a set budget, BestDrive accepts Openpay. This means that you can manage the payment of a new set of quality tyres over a period of 2, 3, 6 or 9 months - completely interest free.
When possible, replace all 4 tyres at the same time.
For optimum performance and service, it is best to purchase a complete set of new tyres to ensure that they are of the same age and condition. This will offer the best, and most even, handling and control. It is important to inspect the age and condition of your spare tyre and replace it, if needed, also.
Taking care of your car’s tyres will not only ensure the best longevity and performance, but aid in achieving even tyre wear, which will be of benefit when the time comes to buy new tyres. This can be achieved through regular checks and maintenance by both yourself and the professionals at your local BestDrive store.
If you are looking to purchase a new set of tyres, or are unsure if your current tyres require replacing, call into your local BestDrive store for assistance. Our qualified and experienced technicians can assess both the external and internal condition of your car’s tyres and advise you on a set of suitable replacement tyres.
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