A New Year Calls for New Tires
Does your car need new tires? Your tires have an impact on virtually every system in your vehicle, so upgrading them when they're worn out is just as important as other routine tasks like changing the oil. From gas mileage to your vehicle's balance and suspension, worn tires can cost you money over the long-run. The new year may be the perfect time to analyze whether or not you need replacements.
Should You Buy New or Used Tires?
New tires are going to become used tires. In other words, there's nothing inherently "worse" about a used tire except that it has a shorter lifespan. Used tires are generally discarded when they have become fairly worn, but if they are being sold by a reputable dealer, they won't do any damage to your vehicle. It's simply a question of finances and preference.
When it comes to new tires, you'll be paying a small premium because they're new, but they're going to last you a long time and they will operate better while they're still in optimal condition. When you pay for an old tire, you're paying a much lower cost. However, you're going to have to replace that tire sooner, and you'll always be running on somewhat worn tires.
Short-term, used tires may be more affordable, but for most people, they will become more costly long-term because they need to be replaced more frequently. It's all up to you and your budget. But there are a few things you can do as a best practice to make sure you get the best used tires:
- Always deal with a reputable company. A company that specializes in used tires is more likely to have better conditioned used tires than a company that does routine maintenance and repairs.
- Inspect the tires carefully. Some used tires are barely used at all, while others have almost no tread left on them. It's not worth it to purchase and install tires that are likely to fail shortly.
How Can You Get Affordable Tires?
If you're going down the new tires route, keep these tips in mind to make sure you high-quality tires that will last without breaking the bank.
- Get the right tires. Most people don't need high-performance tires. Most people just need regular, all season tires that have a fairly decent lifespan. It's a good idea to consult directly with your mechanic regarding the best type of tire for your vehicle. They'll be able to both save you money and ensure that your car gets the tires it needs.
- Compare different prices. Go to multiple shops to compare the prices on each tire just make sure you're making an apples-to-apples comparison with the same brand and type. Different shops may have deals with various distributors, which means that certain brands might be much cheaper depending on where you go.
- Purchase at the right time. New Year's and the holiday season is actually the best time to buy automotive parts and tires. There are often some fantastic end-of-year sales. Many shops are overstocked with items that they need to sell, and people tend to put work on their cars off until after the holidays. If you really want a great deal, this is the time!
At Auto Tek, we specialize in all types of regular car maintenance and auto repair. We can inspect your car tires to determine whether they need to be replaced in addition to providing you with some essential auto repair tips. For more information, schedule an appointment with us today.