Buying tyres online is a legitimate place to save some money. Cheap tyres are available and you can find them without sacrificing quality. This guide will take you through some things to keep in mind while shopping for tyres online.
Most importantly, your tyres are the most significant piece of safety on your entire vehicle. Without quality tires, other technologies on your car, such as anti-lock brakes and stability control, will not work properly. Don’t fall into paying too much less as your safety will be compromised.
Always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual before purchasing any tyres. In the manual you will find the exact size and specifications that your tyres will need to meet. There will be a break down explaining what the different codes mean that are stamped on the sidewall of tyres. It’s very important to know what you are looking at in these codes when you buy tyres.
One cheaper alternative is to buy tyres that are “part worn”. This is a used tyre and MUST be labeled with the words “part worn” right on the tyre. When looking at part worn tires, be sure to look at a reputable online dealer and check to see that the dealer is adhering to the legal safety guidelines outlined in the Motor Vehicle Tyres Safety Regulations 1994. Under these regulations a dealer cannot sell you a part worn tyre that has lumps or tears, unrepaired penetration damage, or has an exposed cord. The tire also needs a minimum of 2mm of tread. Make sure you buy a tyre with a traction rating of AA, or A. Traction ratings of B and C will affect your stopping distances.
Another thing to look out for is paying too much for your tyres. A car manufacturer can push what is called OEM tyres. This stands for Original Equipment Manufacture and means that you can buy the same tyres that were on your car the day you bought it. The downside to these tyres is that they are expensive, and although you may feel a certain level of comfort with buying from your manufacturer, keep in mind that manufacturers have different factors in mind when they choose OEM tyres for your vehicle, such as comfort, noise level, handling, and style. These may not be the most important factors for YOUR driving.
Make sure that the dealer you are buying from included delivery, fitting and balancing fees for you. These can usually be taken care of at a mechanic near you once you have the tyres.