So, you’re looking for new tyres? You might want to do your homework first before proceeding.
Purchasing tyres can be a daunting and confusing experience, considering there are so many tyre manufacturers, brands, designs, types and styles out there. And if you aren’t careful, you might end up spending more than you want to.
If you already have a tyre specialist or dealer in mind, it would be useful if you ask them a few questions first before making a purchase. After all, buying tyres is an investment—and you need to make sure that you are getting the most out of your money. Besides, as a customer, you have the right to ask questions.
Here are some questions to ask your tyre specialist:
Question #1: How do I know if my tyres need to be replaced?
Reputable tyre dealers or specialists will not hesitate to tell you the real score about your tyres. In fact, in certain instances, the problem may not really be your tyres, but some other aspects of your car (examples: wheel alignment, brake issues, etc.)
Note: The usual indicators of a tyre that needs replacement are: visible tyre wires, uneven surface, improper tread depth, damaged or cracked tyres, and many others. Accordingly, you might want to keep these in mind when talking to your tyre dealer.
Question #2: What specific tyre type will work best with my vehicle—and budget?
There are different types of tyres for different types of vehicles. As it is, you might want to enquire with your tyre specialist as to what particular tyre brand or manufacturer can suit your needs. If possible, ask them to give you the three best options to choose from.
It would also be a good idea to inform the tyre dealer of your budget as well, in order for them to make the proper suggestions. But make sure to always make high quality your top priority. Remember that it’s your safety which is at stake here.
Question #3: What are the ratings and safety features of the tyre/s that you’re suggesting?
Aside from price, there are many other factors that you might want to know about tyres before making a purchase.
Obviously the safety features and ratings of your tyre are essential factors that you should know. Also, try to enquire as to whether they will fit with your climate conditions, regular driving conditions, car make and model, frequency of use, and other factors. This will make it easier for you to choose the right tyre to purchase.
Question #4: Do you offer any warranties?
Different tyre dealers and specialists offer different warranties and services on the tyres they’re selling. Accordingly, it would be in your best interest to ask about such warranties and services—and the circumstances under which your purchased tyres are covered. This will give you a better idea as to whether that particular dealer or specialist is really the right one for you.