Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What to Consider Before Tire Replacement

There are few aspects of your vehicle which are more directly responsible for your safety on the road than your tires.  For this reason it is crucial that you’re tires are in good shape and well maintained at all times.  This includes making sure that your wheels are properly aligned, your tires are inflated to the proper psi, and that they don’t exhibit excessive or uneven wear or tread separation.  If it’s time for a new set of tires, you’re probably overwhelmed by a) all the choices and b) the potential expense.  But the truth is that the buying experience surrounding the need for a new set of tires doesn’t have to be anxiety ridden.  You just need to know what you’re looking for and, most importantly, to understand that you do, indeed, have options when it comes to purchasing a new set of tires.  Here are a few things for you to consider before tire replacement.

New, Used or Retread

Most people immediately go for brand new tires.  You don’t want to be replacing these things again, after all, until you absolutely have to.  But are new tires the only option to provide high mileage and long life in a tire?  You might be surprised to learn that the answer to that question is no.  Of course you have the option of purchasing used tires for a significantly smaller price tag, but I understand your trepidation with this option.  The third option, which is the perfect combination of the previous two, is the retread tire.  Retread tires are like a refurbished computer: the base materials are “used” but the internal systems have all been polished up and replaced as needed to function like new.  Retread tires are made just as their name would imply; a used tire is “refurbished” with new tread and fortified to function like a new tire.  Retread tires are inspected and certified, just like new tires, but are often available at a much more budget friendly price.

Your Personal Needs

What do you use your car for, primarily?  What kind of driver are you … really?  These are questions you need to ask yourself when considering your next tire purchase.  Your answers will help you to determine just exactly what you are looking for in a tire.  Do you need a practical, high mileage tire or a high performance street tire?  Maybe you’re the more rugged type in search of some of those big, knobby monster tires, or maybe you need versatility in your tires that will perform well both on road and off road.  Your driving habits are probably the largest determining factor in determining the tire best suited to your personal needs.

Your Budget

It’s no secret that the need for a whole new set of tires can throw your monthly budget into a tailspin, but don’t just assume that you have to settle for the cheapest tires, either, as that option can actually wind up costing you more in the long run.  When you really know your needs and have a firmly established budget, you will have the freedom and the confidence to do some aggressive shopping within the range that you have set for your tire purchase.  You might find a great bargain at a tire sale or by investigating the retread option mentioned above.  Whenever possible, try to time your new tire purchases in increments of two tires at a time to break up the expense a bit.  This is sometimes possible when you pay close attention to your tire rotation schedule.

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