Choosing tires is no simple feat. Buyers don’t often go shopping for tires in advance, but most often when they already have a problem with one or more of their tires, finding it necessary to purchase new tires immediately. Purchasing tires can take up an entire day, often taking a bit to select the tires, as well as time spent waiting for them to be put on your vehicle… IF there is an appointment available on the same day. Buyers can potentially save some time when purchasing tires by learning about what types of tires there are available, what their vehicle requires and who may offer the best warranty. The days of driving from one tire outfitter to the next to compare prices are over, as that consumers can research this information beforehand, saving time AND money in the process. So, let’s take a look at some of the questions to ask when choosing tires for your vehicle...
How long should this brand of tires last?
If a person typically drives an average between 12,000 to 15,000 miles each year, most tires will begin to wear out somewhere between three and five years. Of course, the less you drive the car, the longer it will take for the tread of the tires to wear out. However, older tires, no matter how well the tread has worn, may still present other problems that can lead to the need for replacement. Tires may also wear out faster or slower, depending on the type of roads that the vehicle usually drives on.
What type of warranty does this brand offer?
Every type of new tire manufacturer offers a warranty on the tread of the tires. If the tread has worn out evenly across the tire before it should, showing that it has been rotated regularly to prolong the tread, then the tires may be eligible for replacement under the warranty. Proof of purchase is required, as well as documentation on tire rotation, and the new tire is typically prorated. There are also road hazard warranties, offering repair or replacement for situations like flat or split tires. There is also a warranty for manufacturer defects that could arise with the tire. Just be sure not to cut any corners on the regulations imposed for tire upkeep, or the warranty could be voided.
Will these tires be adequate for all weather conditions?
There are multiple types of tires available for different weather. There are all-weather tires that typically will suffice in most weather, as long as there are no extreme conditions that last for extensive periods of times. If this is the case in your area, you may want to check into specialty tires for specific seasons and road conditions.
What can I do to prolong the life of my new tires?
While merely driving your car under typical conditions will eventually lead to the need to replace your vehicle’s tires, there are a few tips that you can follow to try to extend the life of a tire. First, you should regularly check the pressure of the tires. All of the tires should be equally inflated, and you may find the correct pressure for your tires by consulting your owner’s manual or on the tires themselves. Also, be aware of over-inflation, which can be equally as damaging as under-inflation. Next, be sure to check out your tires from time to time. It is always easier to fix a slow leak than to wait until the hole or tear in the tire has grown. Vehicle owners should also have their tires regularly rotated every 6,000 miles, being sure to keep them properly aligned.
Should I ever consider purchasing used tires?
If your budget does not allow for new tires, some tire outfitters do sell quality used tires. Be aware that there is no warranty offered, and try to replace the used tires with certified new tires as soon as you are financially able.