Shopping for tires is an important aspect of vehicular maintenance that is easily overlooked. A poor choice of replacement tires can cause more damage than it is worth. The wrong tires can cause constant problems and safety concerns. For the unprepared, buying new tires is intimidating, especially when there are a variety of tire deals and promotions. But don’t worry, the Statesboro tire experts at D & R are here to help with the process. Here are seven simple tips to make your tire-buying experience a little easier.
1) Research several tire dealers
- This stage is critical and your trip to your local tire store will be far less intimidating if you first evaluate your situation and budget. Spend an evening looking up tire manufacturers, online tire sellers, and especially your local tire stores! It is important to be prepared before making your tire purchase. Some tires deals might seem to be giving you a great discount, but in reality they can be more expensive than you bargained for. For example, a tire shop could be advertising a “limited time” promotion about buying a set of tires for a discounted price, but they do not disclose the original price. Sometimes, the original price could be significantly higher, so therefore it is not really a great deal at all. To avoid this problem, be sure to check with more than one local tire shop. A good tire shop will help you find the best tires for your vehicle at the best price.
2) Find the best type of tire for your vehicle.
- When it comes time to replace your tires, it pays to know what is currently on your vehicle and to learn about your options. In most circumstances, you will want similar replacements that match the size and speed rating. When researching the best kind of tires for your vehicle, it is good to talk to a local tire expert that can help you find the best tires, for the best price. Many times, your local tire shop will know about factory promotions from different tire brands that can help save you money.
3) Decipher the tire code.
- Perhaps the most confusing aspect of tire buying is figuring out what the numbers on the sidewall of the tire mean. They are actually part of a simple standardized code that is required by federal law in order to describe tires, and to identify them in case of a recall. You should know your tire code before you start shopping for new tires for your vehicle.
4) Consider your wheels.
- One of the most popular customization selections on vehicles is a new set of rims. If your current wheels are worn or damaged, you might want to consider purchasing a brand new set when you replace your tires.
5) Check your spare.
- This is an excellent time to have your spare tire inspected, and replaced if necessary. If your vehicle uses a full-size spare and you are replacing your tires with the same make, model and size, have your tire shop save the best used tire for a spare.
6) Break in your new tires carefully.
- During the tire manufacturing process, there is a release agent used, and it has the ability to leave a residue on the treads of new tires. There is a chance that your tires will have a reduced amount of grip until the residue wears off, especially in wet conditions. Allow about 500 miles of break-in time before you push your tires and anticipate a longer than usual braking distances, just to be on the safe side.
7) Maintaining your new tires.
- Check for proper inflation on a regular basis. By ensuring that your tire is properly inflated, it will improve your gas mileage and enhance your tires’ longevity.
If you are in the market for a new set of tires, please come by or schedule an appointment. We have a team of tire experts ready to serve you, and we carry a variety of top tire brands at the best price.
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