Automobile Tyres Buying Guide

Buying tyres for a car can often be a trying endeavour, and that's because most people wait until it is urgent to buy their new tyres.  Tyre technology is at an all-time high and it just keeps getting better!  We are here to show you that replacing the tyres on your car doesn't have to be a daunting task, but rather one that can be done with ease and precision... if you know what to look for.  

A Few Tips

  • Stick to what works. If you like the way your car rides and handles, why change it up?  Replace your tyres with the same exact ones already on the car.
  • Find something similar. If you are satisfied with the tyres that you have, but replacements may be too expensive or unavailable, research from a dealer what other kinds of tyres come standard on your car model.  These are bound to be just as good.  
  • Which season? For drivers who are unhappy with their car's dry or wet grip, it is easy to make a huge improvement.  Switch from the all season tyres  on the car to high-performance summer tyres  or snow tyres  for the winter months.  
  • Switch categories.  If you are looking for a small improvement, upgrade from a "touring" tyre  to a "performance" tyre .  The latter will firm up the ride, enhance the steering feel, and improve grip.  You are bound to feel the difference.  
  • A cure.  If you car is shaking, wobbling, or pulling and your mechanic can't find the problem, the culprit may actually be your tyres.  Even if the outside of a tyre is shaped perfectly, the inside of it can be misaligned, causing a number of baffling problems.  A new set of top-quality tyres may be just the cure.
  • Time for change.  When your tyres run down to 4/32nd of an inch of tread, it's time to start shopping.  It is also wise to change your tyres every six years, as rubber and other materials will deteriorate with time. 
  • Match Game!  If you are replacing less than four tyres, match the new ones exactly to the ones on your car.  Grip, ride, and other attributes can vary drastically even with the smallest detail of change in one tyre.  
  • Beasts of burden. For SUV owners and those carrying a lot of cargo in tow, be sure that the tyres  you have are capable of pulling your amounts of weight.  Look for the load index number to figure this out; a larger number means that the tyre can carry more weight when properly inflated. 
  • Watch out.  Be on the lookout for hidden costs that might come with tyre purchases.  Often mounting fees are added onto your price in addition to balancing or disposal fees.  Be very wary with the dealer.

Types of Tyres

All-Season Tyres

AP Tires 

Mud Terrain Tyres 


Self Supporting Tyres

Snow Tyres

Sport Truck Tyres 

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