Whether we’d like to admit it or not we live in a time where we’re all somewhat conscious of the vehicles we drive. Whether it’s the right colour, make or model and whether it looks shiny and brand new at all times. Our cars are a reflection of us and that’s why we take the time to get it washed and serviced. But one thing that’s often overlooked is the tyres attached to our cars. At Antwis Engineering, we like to make sure that our customers are satisfied with their car tyres.
From a safety perspective, our tyres are one of the most important things that keep us safe on the road. They’re the only part of the car that has contact with the ground, they carry the weight of the car and its passengers and it keeps the car moving (literally). When it comes down to purchasing new tyres people often go for price over quality because tyres are very expensive. However, we’ve put together this list of things to consider before you make a new tyre purchase.
Tyre shopping is a bit like clothes shopping – if you buy a size too big or too small it won’t fit you, this is also true where your car tyres are concerned. All car tyres have little markings on their sidewall that detail what size they are. However, it can be hard to interpret these marking so you can always refer to your vehicle’s handbook if you’re unsure. Alternatively, you can also look online to see what size tyre is recommended for your vehicle.
When it comes to purchasing tyres you can either get a budget or premium tyres – budget tyres are more cost effective and premium tyres are more expensive but tend to be better quality. Either way, it will be expensive, however, they’re long term investments in your car so it can be worth the splurge. An example of the pricing is the difference between the budget and premium tyres that are available for the ever popular family hatchback, the Ford Focus. The cheapest tyres are £58.50 per tyre or £234 for a set. Whereas the most expensive set of tyres cost £142.50 each or £570 for a set – the difference is £336. While it can be tempting to purchase the cheaper option, you should always make sure it’s good quality and meets the requirements for your driving lifestyle.
Did you know that car makes spend at least three years making a new car? During the process, they have to test out different types of equipment to see which ones optimise the performance of their car. Part of this process includes testing tyres when they’ve found the ideal ones they’ll refer to them as the original equipment (OE) – the OE will showcase the best road holding, ride comfort, braking performance, refinement levels and fuel efficiency. When purchasing new tyres, consider the quality of them and mark them against the OE, that way you’re going by efficiency and value for money rather than blindly purchasing the cheapest or most expensive tyre sets possible.
It is important that you know what tyres are best for your car. At Antwis Engineering, we are more than happy to check your tyres, repair or fit new ones if needed. Book online today with our 24/7 online booking tool.