Buying tyres online or in store

When it comes to buying tyres everyone wants to get the best deal for the type of tyre they are buying. You can choose from a number of different makes and models of tyres within the budget range, mid range or premium ranges and each will come with its own rating for fuel economy, road noise and wet grip.

You can often buy tyres online or you can buy them in store and many people wonder which will get you the best deal. It is easier to compare prices online as you do not have to spend ages on the phone calling through to multiple garages but you may be offered a better deal in store. If you have found a tyre online that you like and seems a good price then before you order, call the garage and ask them if they can do you a better deal in store. This is especially important if you are buying multiple tyres at the same time as they may be able to offer you a larger discount.



Disposing of old tyres

Tyres cannot simply be chucked in the bin, they need to be disposed of properly. If the tyres still have a decent amount of tread on them then they may be sold as part worn tyres, but if not then they will need to be disposed of. Some car garages and tyre fitters will dispose of the tyres free of charge for you if you are buying new tyres from them, otherwise you may be expected to pay up to £20 per tyre to dispose of it properly.

Another few ideas of ways of disposing of tyres to try is to ask your local school, they often use tyres to create flower beds of play equipment and may happily take them off your hands. Also zoo’s will sometimes take old tyres to make play equipment for the animals or to create safety barriers. This may also be the case for go karting tracks where they use tyres to make safety walls around the track.


Winter Tyres Advice

In many part so Europe it is advised or in some countries, a legal requirement to have two sets of tyres for your car, winter tyres and summer tyres. Most people have two sets of wheels so they can swap the complete wheel over each season without having to bother swapping the tyres.

Winter tyres use a tread rubber compound with a high silica content, and a tread pattern that is specifically designed to retain flexibility in low temperatures making them ideal in the cold wintery ice and snow. They also give good breaking distance on snow and ice at temperatures below 7 degrees.

Winter tyres are not great for performance in the high temperatures and therefore you would need two sets, this can be costly and often it is hard to justify the additional cost unless you are going to be using the car quite a lot in bad weather.



Shopping around for best tyre prices

Tyres are something that almost all of us will have to buy at least once a year. It may be that your tyres are worn down or that you have managed to get a puncture, but either way you have a few options. You can opt for part worn tyres which can be as little as £15 per tyre. The only issue with part worns are that sometimes they are quite close to the legal limit when you buy them so they may not last you long.

If you opt for new tyres, then do your research. You can often save yourself a hefty bundle by calling up a few garages prior to ordering tyres. Decide what range of tyre you want i.e. top end, mid rang or budgets and ring round to get a few quotes.

Some garages will charge you to dispose of the old tyre so check to see if the price quoted includes this and also includes any VAT.

are part worn tyres really worth it?

Part worn tyres are tyres that have been taken off other vehicles to sell on. It may be a tyre that has come off a car that is being scrapped, a car where new tyres have been fitted but there is still tread on the old ones or even from other parts of Europe where tyres have to be changed sooner than they do in the UK.

New tyres have 8 mm of tread on them and all part worns should be sold with a minimum of 3mm. the legal limit for tyres in the UK is 1.6mm but many garages recommend changing them at 3 mm. With this in mind you may buy a set of part worns that need replacing almost as soon as you have them fitted. If you can get some with over 5mm of tread then they are often a good buy, but anything less and you may be forking out for new ones a month or so later.