Whether your tread is so far gone that even tire repair cannot help, getting new tires rarely seems like a complicated adventure until you're in the tire store overwhelmed by a hundred different choices. Yes, your tire salesman or woman is going to be a great asset in helping you decide what to buy, though what will be the most helpful when you need to buy new tires, is being prepared before you go in. Here are three tips to help you get there.
1. Consider Your Environment
When it comes to buying tires, one of the easiest complications that can happen is getting wrapped up in the beauty of new tires. Graceful new city slicks, bold new mud crawlers. It might seem funny to think about it, but once you're there around that new rubber smell, it's a whole new ball game. This is why it's essential to know what you want before you go in to get them. So with that in mind, it's a simple decision process. Just think about the terrain around your home, the weather, and whether or not you travel outside of your locale every so often.
If you live in the vibrating city, and the weather changes fairly often between bright sunshine and dull gray rainy days--then all-weather tires are going to be your best bet. Alternatively, if your home is found at the end of a deep country road, the weather is pretty consistently sunny and you don't need to travel into town often, then some moderate mud tires might be a better choice. Likewise, if you live and work on a snowy mountain pass, then a durable set of snow tires are going to bring you the greatest peace of mind.
2. Go for Quality Over Price
When it comes to avoiding extensive costs and future tire repairs, the best thing to do is to choose the tires that offer the greatest quality of life and longevity. Once you've determined the best category of tires from tip #1, the next step is to determine which wheels will last you the longest. Tires are often one of the pricier essentials of your vehicle, mostly because you have to purchase them as a set of four. It's easy to look at the price tag of all four and decide to go for the least expensive set you can get. That's not a strong plan of action if you're really looking to save money. The best plan is to go for the tires that are going to last you the longest and provide the safest transportation.
Think about it. If you buy the cheap set, and they only last you a year or two, meaning you have to purchase new sets every few years; is that going to be more cost effective than purchasing a higher quality set that lasts you twice as long? I think not.
3. Get a Warranty
This is an easy tip, but also an easily overlooked one. Warranties can add to the initial price of your amazing new set of tires, but it also increases the value of your purchase because if there should be any manufacturer defects or if something should happen to them that wasn't your fault, you can get them replaced at no additional cost.