What You Need to Know Before You Buy New Tires for Your Car

What You Need to Know Before You Buy New Tires for Your Car

No matter how much you want to scrimp and save, the time will come when you will need to buy new tires for your car. You may, in fact, have to buy new tires several times throughout the life of your car because even the most expensive new tires of the highest quality cannot last as long as your car. Even new tires eventually become worn and no longer usable even if you do your best in maintaining them.

How do you know exactly when you need to buy new tires? This depends on a lot of factors and cannot be pegged on a single time period. The life of new tires will be affected by the type of the tires, the type of car they are used for, the driving style used and road and weather conditions in which they are used. Basically, it is how these factors affect the new tires’ treads that matters. It is mandated by federal law that as soon as the tire’s tread depth measures 2/32 of an inch, it needs to be replaced. According to experts, you should be even more conservative and should replace tires earlier if you happen to be driving routinely through extreme weather conditions and rough roads. You should, therefore, check your tires monthly.

When buying new tires check the appropriate tire type and size as indicated in your car’s manual. It is presented as a series of letters and numbers such as P205/55R16 94V.

The letter P means you need a tire for a passenger car. The next three numbers – 205 – represent the measurement required in millimetres for the cross section width of the tire. These are followed by two numbers – 55 – that represent the percentage ratio of the tire’s sidewall height to the aforementioned cross section measurement. In this example, the sidewall height should be 55% of the 205 millimeter cross section width.  The letter R means you need a radial tire. The next two numbers – 16 – represent the measurement required in inches for the wheel diameter. Following are two more numbers – 94 – that represent the tire’s maximum load capacity or speed rating. V stands for 149 miles per hour. This should not be interpreted as the driving speed, however. It is, rather, the extreme maximum sustained speed possible with the tire still maintaining road grip.

If the need to buy new tires is inevitable, how about trying to find cheap tires to purchase? No one will blame you for wanting to do this but you should remember that you should never buy cheap tires from unreliable sources or suppliers. This is a saving strategy that will just backfire on you in the end. If your source cannot guarantee the cheap tires you purchased, you may end up just wasting the money you paid for them. It will actually be more cost effective to look for discounts from genuine dealers. The savings may not be as huge but you will still be buying relatively cheap tires that are guaranteed to be of good quality.