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Tire Matters: What to Ask Your Dealer

It is time for you to replace your tires! You may not have given much thought to your tires except once a month when you check the air and refill them as needed. But your mechanic informs you that you no longer have sufficient tread on two tires and you suspect the other two could stand replacement as well. Here’s what you need to ask your dealer when you replace your tires.

1. Current Tires v. New Tires

The tires you have on your vehicle may be perfectly suited for your car. If they are the tires that came with your car, then you should know that they are the very tires your manufacturer chose.

For other cars, the tires you have on your vehicle may not be the originals. At some point you may have switched to different tires or purchased a vehicle from another party and have been driving around with those tires in place.

This is where you want to ask your dealer an important question: are the tires that are now on my vehicle the best ones for my car? You can be sure that he’ll answer that question by checking his database to review your options. Ask this question and discuss your options.

2. Tire Types and Your Driving Habits

Did you know that there are several different types of tires made for most any vehicle? Some tires are low rolling resistance, which means they can help provide better fuel economy, but the grip isn’t as good. Tires also vary in tread wear length and price, factors that can influence your purchase decision.

Here, you will want to learn your options and consider how your driving habits weigh in. You might find that you plan to keep your car for only another year, therefore investing in expensive, high tread life tires may be wasteful. Or you may find that you have long term interest in maintaining your vehicle and will need tires that last. Discuss your needs and options with your tire dealer.

3. Tire Pricing Plans Demystified

If you need to replace tires, you should replace two or four, not just one. One tire replacement can cause uneven wear patterns for each of your tires. And if you replace just two tires, the new tires should always go on your rear axle explains Mavis Tire.

Buying two tires at a time typically means that you will pay full price. However, if you purchase four tires, most tire manufacturers will either give you one tire free or provide a credit based on your four-tire purchase. Ask your dealer what plans are available and find out which ones suit you best.

4. All About Warranties

Understanding tire warranties is important before you make your purchase decision. On the one hand, manufacturers cover the cost of early replacement, typically by providing you a credit when your tires wear out before the mileage threshold is reached.

The tire dealer may offer a second warranty or a guarantee, one that typically includes your regular tire rotations and care. This warranty may also cover blow outs or other damage to your tire, necessitating a replacement.

5. About the Tire Manufacturers

Most likely you are familiar with all the major tire manufacturers and brands, including Goodyear, Firestone, Continental, Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodrich, Kumho and Hankook, just to name a few. These brands are instantly recognizable, but are not the only ones.

Indeed, there are dozens of other brands, including Nexen, Starcraft, Pathfinder, Mickey Thompson, Nitto, Dunlop, Yokohama, Uniroyal and more. Despite not having instant name recognition, these brands may be fine too. Your dealer can recommend options for you.

Tire Shopping

Review your options when it comes to tire purchases, including both local and online retailers. Buying local, however, may be the best option especially if servicing your tires is an important part of your purchase consideration.