TYRES: Does It Matter Which Ones You Buy?


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It’s a good question this, and one that I’m asked on a regular basis.
There are many choices when it comes to buying tyres, premium, mid range, budget or part worn. So which tyre should you buy?

So you drive a normal everyday car and you’re on a budget. What tyres should you buy?

Let’s take something like an everyday Ford Focus. You use it for a bit of shopping, driving to the station and just the usual stuff. You’re on a tight budget so you visit your local branch of a national chain of tyre shops and there you are presented with these three options:
Budget tyres for £35 each
Mid-range tyres for £55 each
Premium Tyres for £88 each

Which tyre do you choose?

car tyresLike with most things in the world you do get what you pay for and as you would expect a premium tyre will handle better, brake better and perform better especially in the wet. But in the dry the difference between these tyres isn’t that big really, but any improvement in braking efficiency can only be a good thing can’t it?

If you are an enthusiatic driver, or have a hot hatchback or something then a premium brand tyre will be the one for you. You will be able to corner harder and faster and brake better.

If price is a big point for you I would say go with a good brand mid-range tyre. Shop around on the internet for a good price. High street chain tyre places aren’t the cheapest, buy online and get the tyres delivered to you at home and then have your local tyre shop fit them for a couple of quid each. That’s what we do!

If you are on a really tight budget and can only afford the cheapest brands, then I would suggest finding somewhere you can buy part worn tyres from. You can get good quality premium brand part worn tyres for less than the cost of new budget ones.

What about tyres for high end cars?

Many super sports cars or premium cars have tyres designed specifically for them. These tyres have been made to suit the car perfectly and I would always recommend that you buy them. Obviously shop around the internet to find the best price, the main dealer isn’t the only place that will sell them and you can save big money buying them online and then getting your local tyre shop to fit them for you.


Have a watch of this video made by our friends over at WhatCar Magazine

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2 Responses

  1. alex says:

    Getting new tires is not by itself a reason to get an alignment. However, a mechanic will advise you to get an alignment if your old tires are worn unevenly. You do not have to get an alignment immediately, but driving with poor alignment will cause premature tire wear.

  1. April 21, 2015

    […] worn tyres on your car then don’t worry. They are safe! And from our previous post ‘Tyres: does it Matter Which Ones You Buy‘ we actually recommeny buying a premium brand part worn rather than budget brand new […]

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