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OE Tires vs. Replacement Tires

Soooo…it’s time to replace the tires on your late-model car. Maybe you weren’t that crazy about the original equipment (OE) tires, or you just want to try something different. Well, here are some things to consider.

The engineers and design teams that worked on your make and model of car selected a specific brand and model of tire for it. All of their formulations for ride comfort, handling, steering response, traction, noise and vibration isolation, roughness and  overall performance used that specific tire as a benchmark (of course, the bid process for tires entered into it as well). A luxury car might have been designed around a grand touring tire with a quiet ride, an eco-friendly hybrid might use a low-rolling-resistance tire, and a sports coupe might use tires that feature tight cornering abilities.

When you jump brands, you may not meet the same performance standards as the OE tire offered. This may be for the better, though, if you’re wanting to enhance your car’s fuel economy, ride, handling, wet traction or straight-line tracking. The good news is that there are plenty of aftermarket tires out there to choose from, at every price point and with every set of features you might want. If you’re happy with the OE tires that were purpose-built for your car’s performance and road manners, then by all means get a set of exact replacements. If not, do your homework, read some consumer reviews and figure out a set of replacement tires that will meet your preferences a little more closely.