Buying Guide for Car Tires
Buying tires can be overwhelming with dozens of different brands, styles and prices on offer. Doing a little research before you visit a store will make the process a lot easier.
Know your vehicle details
Make sure you know the full make and model details for your vehicle. The manufacturer will have recommended a particular tire type and size for your vehicle and this will be in the owner’s manual and on a placard which will be located either inside the driver’s door, the glove box or in the engine compartment.
You will see various numbers on the sidewall of tires. These specify the purpose of the tire, such as “P” for passenger vehicle, the width, the aspect ratio, whether it is a radial, and the diameter of the wheel it is intended to fit. If you were happy with your previous tires before they became worn, then write these numbers down and get the same brand and tire again.
If you are going off-road you will want a different type of tire than you would need for highway driving. Take the recommendation of an experienced salesman if you need special purpose tires.
Check that wheel balancing and wheel alignment is included in the price of your new set of tires and make sure you understand any warranty conditions.