If you’ve never had to choose tyres for your vehicle before, you might be under the impression that it is a simple, easy process that mostly involves you just bringing your car to your mechanic, signing on the dotted line, paying and then leaving with four brand new, working tyres on your car. This is definitely the best case scenario when you own a car that needs tyres. But, the best case scenario isn’t usually what happens.
The reason this isn’t likely to happen is because most of us aren’t lucky enough to not only have a mechanic we can trust, but also one who has tyres to sell and can also install them for you. Many car tyre facilities work on their own, meaning that they specialise in selling and installing tyres, versus local mechanics who simply work on the car.
You can definitely find the one-stop shop mechanics who will do your oil change, your auto electronics, and install your tyres on the same day, like this tyre fitting service in Christchurch. Depending on what your specific needs are, however, you may also want to look at tyres in many different areas to find the best for your needs. We’ll go over where you can find the best deals on tyres, how to choose what’s best for your car, and what to look for in quality tyres.
What kind of tyres are recommended for your type of car?
Your first step to new tyres is to find out what is recommended by your car’s manufacturer for tyres. You’ll need to find out the size of your tyre, which can be found in a rather complicated looking code on your old tyres, or by looking online at your type of car.
Then, start looking at shops to see who carries your tyres, like this car tyres shop in Christchurch. Most tyre shops will be able to help you decide the type of tyre you need, so if you’re stuck on figuring out which tyre you need, don’t worry too much, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What type of terrain will you be driving on?
Most car owners will be driving on highways, town roads, and maybe the occasional back country roads or gravel roads. Even though it might seem like any tyre can drive on these roads, you might want to give it a little thought if you spend quite a bit of time specifically on one type of road.
For example, if you’re living in the city and driving down a lot of alleyways to get to your garage, you might be exposing your tyres to more debris, broken glass, etc. If you live outside the city, and exposing your car tyres to gravel quite a bit, you may need a more rugged tyre that can handle the terrain. Or, if you’re living in a mountainous area that gets exposed to quite a bit of snow, you might need to invest in snow or winter tyres. Winter tyres will help you grip the ice and snow better, along with improving your braking time and making your vehicle safer in these conditions. You can also switch out your tyres each season to help your more expensive winter tyres last longer.
You could even go with sports tyres, which would really bring your car up to speed, literarily and figuratively. Sport tyres help your sports car hug the road better and have better steering and better braking. They’ll be quite expensive, but worth it if you’re looking for that extra bonus to your speedy car. Take a look at this article for more in depth information on sport and performance tyres.
What about wrecker tyres?
If you’ve put tyres on your car before, you might know how expensive they can be. This might lead you to looking into cheaper options the next time around. If you don’t have any experience with tyres, this probably isn’t the option for you. However, for those do it yourself types who have put on a tyre or two, you might consider going to your local wrecker to look at scrap cars in Christchurch.
If you’re buying used, you need to make sure you understand the risk of an older tyre and the dangers that it can bring. Take a good look at the tread of each tyre you’re looking to buy. Look for cracks, bulges and any obvious patches on each tyre. Use a guide like this one to make sure you’re finding the best and safest tyre.
What kind of warranty do you want?
If you’re buying new, which the majority of you will and probably should do, your tyres may or may not come with a warranty. Warranties can cover different things, from covering tread life if the tyre treads excessively early on in the purchase, to covering a patch from a road hazard. Make sure you read the fine print of the warranty for any tyre you’re considering to make sure that the warranty matches the value of the tyre
Read the reviews
Finding reviews online has become increasingly important for the consumer on every level. You can find practically any goods or services reviews online, which can help you make a more well rounded decision. When you’re looking at reviews, however, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer amount of them, as well as sifting through what seems to be valid reviews, and what aren’t. Try and find a tyre provider with mostly consistent reviews, and plenty of them, like this mechanic and tyre shop in Tauranga.
Buying tyres doesn’t have to be scary, and it certainly doesn’t have to be a complicated process. With a little bit of research before you begin shopping, and having this knowledge in hand once you step into a tyre shop, you’ll be ready to outfit your car with four brand new tyres that will last years.