Three Things To Know When Shopping For New Car Tires

Posted on: 9 September 2016


If you are due for a new set of tires, or perhaps you only need to replace one or two tires on your car, the following are few things to keep in mind before you make your next purchase.

Try to buy your tires in pairs

You may notice that your front tires wear more quickly than the rear tires. This is due to both the steering and braking of a car. Those cars that have front-wheel drive will wear even more quickly. Because of this uneven wear of the tires, replace them in pairs or replace all four as a set. Of course, if you are replacing a tire because of a flat, this may not make sense. However, in this case, double check the wear on the other tire, if there is significant wear, even if the tire has a couple months left of use, you may want to consider replacing it early.

Check the wear on your tires 

This is important because you want to make sure your tires are not wearing out prematurely due to an issue with your car. Wear on both of the outside portions of a tire may indicate a tire was under inflated while wear in the middle may indicate over inflation. This issue can be corrected by maintaining proper inflation on your new set of tires. However, if there is wear on one of the outside portions of a tire or patches of wear that do not cover the entire tire, you may have a problem with your car such as the alignment or a camber issue. There are several possibilities, but you need to have your tires inspected and the issue fixed before putting new tires on your car.

Save money on your tire purchase

Usually, if you purchase the exact brand as the original tires that came with your car, it will cost you more money. The after market for tires is competitive, so you can often find lower-priced tires from a different tire manufacturer. Also, you should look for a tire that is as close to the same size as the original tire specified for your car. It is often possible to buy tires that will fit on your car, but because they are not the ideal size, it may cost you more in the form of lower gas mileage.

Replacing tires on a car is something that every owner must do. It is not exciting, but it is an important part of maintaining the safety of your car. You should find the tips above helpful before you make your next purchase.