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Tips On Buying Tires

It can all begin with the Lincoln test: if you see the top of Abe's head when you place a penny upside down into the tread of a tire, it's time to go tire shopping. The passage of time, or damage and flaking on the sides of the tires, can also signal the need.

tips on buying tires

1. Get the right size. A tire's size is listed on its sidewalls in a sequence such as P265/70R16. Replacement tires should always match what's noted in your owner's manual or car door jamb, not necessarily what's currently on your vehicle.

Vehicle manufacturers recommend you replace tires after six years, no matter what their condition. Since some shops stock old tires, check the age code to make sure you're not being sold ones that are already several years old and well on their way to needing replacement.

3. Learn the lingo. "All-season" tires are a popular and wise choice for most drivers. But think those called "high-performance" or "ultra high-performance" are better? Think again. Tire performance means ability to handle well at higher speeds, not lifespan. Any tire with "high-performance" in its name will likely wear out quicker.

Before buying based on mileage warranties, know the fine-print details: If tires wear out prematurely, you don't just get a new set for free. There's a prorated credit for replacements, and for that, you'll likely be expected to prove you properly cared for the tires by keeping them inflated to the right pressure, aligned and rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. There may be a careful inspection and demand for service records before warranties are honored.

5. Don't rely on the TPMS. If your vehicle was manufactured in 2008 or later, chances are it has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which warns when tires are underinflated. Insufficient air pressure not only is a safety hazard but speeds tire wear.

So at any given time, why do a majority of cars have at least one underinflated tire? "Most people never check their tire pressure," says Mark Cook of the Tire Industry Association, and the pressure monitoring system gives a warning only when tires are underinflated by 25 percent or more, not lesser amounts that still affect tread wear and tire lifespan.

To make your tires last longer, take five minutes every month to ensure that they're inflated according to specs listed on the car's door jamb. What's noted on the tires themselves is the maximum allowable pressure, not the pressure you want.

Because of their buying power, warehouse clubs such as Costco and BJ's sell many tires for less. But aside from coupon sales, don't expect to successfully bargain down here. Sales clerks at chains that specialize in tires tend to work on commission, so they may have more wiggle room or will make "match any price" offers.

You have several options when shopping for tires: go to brick-and-mortar tire retailers, contact tire brands directly, or simply shop online. The great thing about the modern era is that almost every company has a website. For instance, you can now check online tires for sale in the convenience of your own home.

If your tires are worn, it's generally a smart idea to replace all four at the same time. But depending on your vehicle and the tread depth of your other tires, you may be able to replace only one or two tires at a time.

Understanding your driving lifestyle can help determine the kind of tires you need. If you need additional help, your dealer or mechanic can use the above information to recommend a tire for you.

When you are in the market for tires, make sure to buy only what you need. Also, remember to ask if tire balancing and/or alignment is included in your total price. In addition, here are a few tips we recommend while shopping for new car tires:

Sometimes when you skimp on the price of tires, you may run the risk of losing quality as well. You may find that the cheap tires wear out faster and force you to purchase new ones more frequently than you would if you would have purchased a higher quality, more expensive tire in the first place. You want to inspect the quality of the tire before you make the final decision. Cheaper tires are often more susceptible to rapid tread wear and generally will not last as long, so it may be in your best interest to avoid the cheaper price tag and go for quality tires.

Having good quality tires is an important safety feature. They provide your car with effective traction while travelling in dry or rainy weather. If you purchase cheap tires, you may be putting yourself and those in the vehicle at risk. Cheap tires may not provide the best traction when it comes to hazardous road conditions. In the end, you must consider if you are willing to sacrifice safety for cost savings.

Naturally, tires deteriorate over time, quicker in hot weather. To check when a tire was produced, you should check a 4-digit number following a letter sequence beginning with DOT, showing the week and year it was manufactured. For example, 5017 means the 50th week of 2017. The picture below shows what each number and letter means on a tire.

Vehicle manufacturers advise you to replace tires after six years, no matter what condition they are in. Since some car shops stock old tires, we stress the importance of checking the age code to make sure that you are not buying tires that are several years old and well on their way to needing replacement.

In order to find out what the correct size of tire your car needs, you need to look at its sidewalls. There should be a number sequence listed out like: 9265/70R16. Replacement tires should always suit what is noted in your car manual, not necessarily what is currently on your vehicle

Depending on the kind of tire, vehicle manufacturers often advertise mileage warranties, typically between 50,000-100,000 miles. Before purchasing based on mileage warranties, look at the fine print details. For example, if your tires wear out prematurely, oftentimes this doesn't mean that you get a new set for free. There is a distributed credit for replacement, and for that, you will likely have to prove that you took proper care of the tires. Taking proper care means that you kept them inflated to the correct pressure, rotated, aligned them every 5,000-7,500 miles, and followed all guidelines set out in your warranty. There may be a thorough service record check before the warranty is honored.

As many budget minded car enthusiasts know, buying used parts can save you a lot of money if done right, or cause a lot of headaches (and end up costing twice as much) if done wrong. Buying used, you can get a $1,000 set of tires for $200 that still have over half their life left, which ends up being a great deal for you in the long run when done right.

Hey Nick, you mentioned that you would usually purchase used tires and I was wondering if it would be worth it in the long run as far as the life of the tire is concerned. Would it not be more worth it to buy brand new tires and use them for all of their life? Or are you saying that it would be cheaper in the long run to continue to buy used tires (which wear out faster) and have to pay to get them mounted and balanced every time?

This is some information about buying tires. It is good to know that it would be smart to consider if you want to buy used or new tires. That does seem like a good thing to be aware when you want them to last a long time.

To find the best time to buy tires, we spoke with Will Robbins, director of consumer product strategy at Bridgestone Americas. Robbins shares his expert opinion on the top signs your car needs new tires, tips to help you save money the next time you buy tires, the difference between old and new tires, and the best time to buy tires. Are you ready for a vehicle upgrade, to live free on the road or simply take more comfortable road trips? Find out the best time to buy a new car and the best time to buy an RV too.

Drivers in winter climates typically make the switch to winter tires in October or November to get their cars ready for winter, then convert back to all-season or summer tires in March or April. Retailers in colder climates often align promotions with these months, which would end up being the best time to buy tires. Additionally, retailers will sometimes offer promotions ahead of the busy summer travel season, as they know drivers are prepping their vehicles for more time on the road.

Bridgestone strongly advises against purchasing used tires because of the known safety concerns. A damaged, improperly repaired or used tire can cause a wide range of incidents that can not only total a vehicle, but cause injuries. Even minor damage to a tire can cause serious problems, including tread separation and sidewall blowout. Here are the tires car experts buy for their own vehicles.

The best time to buy tires is before you are in desperate need of them. This will allow you to shop around, wait for holiday specials and get the best deal possible on tires. Waiting too long to replace your tires is one of the driving mistakes too many drivers make.

According to Bridgestone, all-season tires offer the average driver a perfect blend of capabilities that provide acceptable performance in wet and dry conditions, and even traction in snowy conditions, meaning there is never a bad time to buy all-season tires.

In its latest tests of more than 150 tires, Consumer Reports identified a selection of good choices in nine categories. Models from Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper, Dunlop, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho, Michelin, Nokian, Pirelli and Sumitomo were among the high-scoring tires across the categories.

CR tested each tire for the following: wet, dry and ice braking, handling, hydroplaning, snow traction, ride comfort, noise, rolling resistance and tread life to determine an overall score. It recently highlighted top-performers in the followingcategories: all-season tires for cars and SUVs/trucks; all-terrain tires for SUVs/trucks; H- and V-rated performance all-season tires; ultra-high-performance (UHP) all-season tires; UHP summer tires; winter tires for cars and SUVs/trucks; and performance winter tires for cars. 041b061a72


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