With so many manufacturers offering their new and improved products, one would think that choosing the right tyres is easier than never. On one hand, it certainly is. There’s so much information available about the quality and performance of those tyres that all you need to do is actually read carefully.
On the other hand, such a wide range can be overwhelming and turn the shopping experience into a true nightmare, where people simply look at the price and accept anything that a shop assistant suggest, only to avoid thinking about the choices any more.
This is, of course, not a very good path to follow when it comes to choosing such a vital part as tyres. They provide stability and safety and even the slightest malfunction can lead to an accident that could be fatal. So, what is it that we should pay attention to when choosing the best tyres for our car?
Choose the right type
Each car needs a specific set of tyres in terms of size. The owner’s manual clearly specifies what tyres are recommended for your particular model. Not only will you find recommendation about the size, but also about speed rating and load rating.
You probably won’t be able to read what manufacturer is suggested as the best, but you can always refer to the original set of tyres the car was fitted with when it left the factory. No manufacturer would use some untested tyres and you can rest assured that the particular model was thoroughly tested and selected among several options.
Branded or not?
One of the most frequently asked questions is about the necessity to purchase tyres made by a renowned brand and whether they are worth the extra money. The answer is complex, but at the same time quite simple. It depends on how much money you are ready or able to invest in new tyres. Usually, people continue buying the same brand if they are satisfied with their previous purchase.
On the other hand, some less famous brands are offering the same or similar quality for less money, because they are trying to position themselves on the market. This means that you can often get a very good deal and good quality products for significantly less money.
If you don’t feel confident about a tyre maker that doesn’t have a good reputation, you should go for the one you know has been around for many years. At least, you’ll know that you’re getting the best of their research, knowledge and testing, while you probably can’t be sure about some less renowned company.
How to spot poorer quality?
While people used to look for the county where the tyres were made and based their judgement on how reliable the country of origin was, now we can’t do that. Most tyre companies have also moved their production to Asia and the quality of production is the same as anywhere else in the world, since the production process is carefully monitored.
So, if you come across some no-name brand, you should probably give it a miss. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to pay through the nose for tyres. On the contrary, you can find good quality cheap tyres in Blacktown, for example, without paying the premium price, but make sure you consult an experienced expert.
Avoid used tyres
Some people want to save money by buying second-hand tyres and that is quite understandable for the financial aspect. On the other hand, when you think that tyres play the crucial role when we accelerate, steer or brake safely, it stops making much sense. After all, if safety is not your primary concern, you are not only jeopardising your life, but also the lives of those in your car and other vehicles on the road.
This becomes particularly dangerous in areas where the conditions can be quite difficult to drive because of the elements, which is definitely the case if you’re a driver in Australia. Extremely high or low temperatures, rain and snow all affect the way you should drive and consequently the right selection of tyres.
Basically, you need to determine what kind of tyres you need and how much money you’re able to spend and go for the best product available in your region. Still, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional before making the purchase, since you sometimes might get a very good deal and excellent product for less money that you’d have to pay for a premium model.