Tires are one of the most important parts of your car. So, knowing how to buy new tires is more or less necessary.
To be honest with you, it’s not that complicated and something you should be worried about but you should know some of the key factors.
If nothing else, it may well save you some time and money.
Besides this, you also have a video on the same topic at the end of the article that you can also watch on our YouTube channel.
1. CHECK THE TIRE SIZE
Before we start, know that one of the best ways to conclude that you need new tires is to make a tire tread check. Click here to read the article and watch the video if you’re interested.
The first thing you should check when buying new tires is the size.
Also, this is probably the first question you’ll get asked when buying anywhere.
The easiest way to check the size is to take a look at the tires that are already on your car.
The size is located on the tire wall, usually printed with a bigger font than the rest of the data making it easily visible.
Alternative places for finding out the tire size are places like the user manual or like in the case of the Skoda, it’s very conveniently put, on the small door of the gas tank.
These numbers represent tire width, nominal aspect ratio, construction of the tire, rim diameter load index, and speed rating.
So, if you want to learn how to buy new tires you must know this data. If you have a problem remembering, take a picture or write it down.
Best buy new tires with the same specifications or even better, by what the car manufacturer recommends, especially regarding size and speed rating.
If you’re making some kind of change, like bigger rims, performance tires, and else, do so with caution and knowledge to prevent damaging the car or causing safety issues.
2. TYPE OF TYRE
Besides the proper tire size, this is the most important parameter for choosing
There are two most common types of tires: for the summer and winter seasons.
There are also all-season tires, performance tires, and other types but these are rarely sought after at least in the majority of cases.
Choosing the right type is immensely important. Each tire has its own type of thread and material composition which is made specifically for that kind of weather.
Otherwise, if you don’t choose the right type you may well be a serious hazard on the road, and in any critical situation, you may easily end up in an accident.
3. CHOOSE THE TIRE MANUFACTURER
When choosing the tire manufacturer, I would recommend sticking with the renowned manufacturers since, in the majority of cases, the renowned name means quality, longevity, and above all safety.
But if you don’t have the possibility (since these tend to be somewhat pricey) then you have good alternatives in a so-called lower class of tires.
Most of these tires come from less-known manufacturers. But many of these are in fact owned by renowned ones which means you can get a lot of quality at a lower price.
4. CHECK THE PRICES
Once you decide on the type, size, and manufacturer, it’s good to go over the prices.
If you want o learn how to buy new tires, it won’t hurt to know that you can save money.
As you’ll see, in most cases the prices can seriously vary from one seller to another, for the exact same tire.
Then you may encounter sales, discounts, special offers, and else, especially during the peak seasons like at the beginning and end of winter.
All in all, don’t buy the first tires you see, check around first, and you may save some serious money.
One more thing, if you buy tires on your own so to say, be prepared for the expense of mounting and balancing them at the tire shop.
5. WHAT ARE THE BEST PLACES TO BUY NEW CAR TIRES?
And finally, what are the best places to buy tires?
Well, new tires are a pretty widespread article. The places you can buy them range from specialized tire shops, to shopping malls and even gas stations.
All that I can say is that I would highly recommend the specialized tire shops as these have the best overall service. They usually have a wide assortment of tires, from all kinds of manufacturers to all kinds of prices and so on.
Besides this, tire shops usually mount and balance the tires for free which is an additional convenience and money-saver.
Another good alternative is shopping on the web. Nothing much to say here except to pay good attention to what you’re buying, to be accurate regarding what you need, and know that there may be extra costs (like delivery for instance).
In this case, best look at some reviews and buyer’s experience first, some hearsay is also a good help.
To learn how to buy new tires: first, check the tire size on your car. Then decide if you need summer, winter, or perhaps all-season tires.
After this go searching. Look around and see what the market offers, and pay attention to possible discounts and offers. Of course, include online searching.
In the end, take your time when buying new tires. Best don’t wait until the last minute to replace them as this can lead to causing a mistake or losing money.
Most importantly replace the tires on time and with the proper ones. Without good tires on your car, you’re a major safety hazard.
Written by: Sibin Spasojevic
Former car technician, life-long car and DIY enthusiast, author for Despairrepair.com
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