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August 26, 2016

5 Tips On How To Help You Get the Best Deal On Tires

It may not be high up on your list of fun summer activities, but like it or not buying tires is an important part of car ownership. Your tires are a major financial investment and your safety is riding on them. Buying the wrong tires, or finding the wrong mechanic to install them can lead to poor vehicle performance.

 

If you are looking to buy tires in Mississauga, in order to get the best deal you should consider these tips:

 

If It Isn’t Broken, Don’t Fix It

 

Looking to buy tires in Mississauga or the GTA? No matter where you live, before you seek out a local deal on tires you should check to ensure that you actually need them. To do this, evaluate your:

 

Tread Depth: You should always have an absolute minimum of 1.6 millimeters (1/16 of an inch) of tread.

 

Tread Indicators: Many newer tire models come with tread indicators built into the tires. When the tires wear down, the indicators (which look like flat rubber bars) become noticeable.

 

Bulges, Blisters and Cracks: If there are any cracks, bulges or blisters in the sidewall of your tires then you need to replace them immediately.

 

Vibration: If your car vibrates while driving, then your tires are likely unbalanced or need to be replaced entirely.

 

Five Years: You should be checking your tires regularly. Even if you don’t put a lot of miles on them, you may still need to replace them. Experts vary on timing, but buying new tires every 5 years is a safe choice.

 

 

Stick With What You Know

 

If your old tires performed well, then your best strategy to buy new tires is probably to buy the same brand and model of tires if possible. If you have trouble finding your brand and model, then you should ask your mechanic for help – they can show you the closest alternative.

 

Analyze Your Needs

 

Look at your typical driving conditions. Do you drive in mostly wet conditions, dry conditions or a mix of both? In warmer climates all season tires are a popular option, but if you want to buy tires in Mississauga then you need to be prepared for summer and winter driving. Winter tires are the safest option for use in the winter, but they will perform poorly in the summer. So it is best to have both and change them accordingly.

 

Choose The Right Tire Size

 

Different tire sizes have different benefits. Consider:

 

Upsizing: Many SUV and pickup owners choose to upsize their tires for better traction and a smoother ride.

 

Plus-Sizing: Plus-sized tires are the same height as your original tires, but with shorter sidewalls for improved handling.

 

Buy A Full Set Of Tires

 

It may be tempting to only replace one or two tires at a time, but this could actually prove to be more expensive in the long run. Modern cars are built to very precise standards. Even small differences in tire size, traction, or weight can have a major impact on your handling, suspension and performance. Uneven tires can lead to vibrations, which can damage your car in the long run.  

 

When it comes to your vehicle’s safety and performance, don’t take chances. Check the condition of your tires regularly and buy new tires as soon as you need them.