If you’ve ever had to replace tyres on your car, then you know that it can be a bit of a minefield. Not only are there so many different brands out there, but they all vary in cost. So, where do you start when choosing the right tyres for your car and mileage? Will the more expensive tyres be better quality than the cheaper ones? Let’s take a look at this before you go bonkers….
The big daddies of premium brand tyres include the likes of Maxxis, Pirelli, Dunlop, Goodyear, and Bridgestone. So, what makes these tyres so special?
When purchasing these brands, not only are you paying for the rubber, but you will also be paying for the time and money that has been invested in the engineering, technology, development and rigorous safety testing that goes into producing these tyres.
We know that the initial outlay may be a bit of shock to your wallet, but it is worth noting that premium brand tyre manufacturers use high-quality materials, which perform better in both dry and wet conditions (source What Car?). Wear and tear is also slower than what you’d get with budget tyres, saving you money in the long-run, because you won’t have to keep on changing your tyres.
What you probably don’t know (until now) is that most mid-range tyres are made by the premium brand companies, just under a different name. Therefore, mid-range tyres are a good compromise; they provide good wear and tear, benefit from higher quality materials, and they don’t come with such a hefty price tag.
Do you get what you pay for when buying budget tyres? Well, there is no definitive answer but we do know that budget tyres are made by lesser well-known manufacturers who use lower-quality materials making them more suited to cars that have low mileage and drive at slower speeds.
According to Which?, budget tyres perform well when the weather is fine, but their ability to grip falls at an alarming rate in wet conditions. More worryingly, budget tyres can increase stopping distances by up to 15 meters when driving at motorway speeds. 15 meters is the equivalent of a lorry!
With all that said though, we should point out that budget tyres are tested to make sure that they meet the required minimum safety standards, and it’s much safer to buy replacement budget tyres than drive around in your worn-down ones.
In the same style of the current energy efficiency label, all manufactured tyres come with this kind of label so you can see how the tyre compares on fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise.
If you are looking to replace your tyres but are still confused on which ones are best for your vehicle, then please pop into your local Ablefit garage, and we will be happy to answer any queries you have.
We offer a fast-fit service so we won’t keep you hanging around!