Buying new tires might seem like an inconvenience to most, but it is an essential part of car ownership. In fact, without new tires in place, a vehicle can be fundamentally unsafe to drive. If you have noticed that you're in need of a new set of tires but you aren't sure what to consider during the purchasing process, take a look below at three tips to keep in mind.
Many new and used cars will come with a standard set of all-season tires, often among the cheaper ones available. While there is nothing wrong with this during the spring or summer months, if you live in (or have recently moved to) a place with a harsh winter climate, then you'll want to think about replacing your current set of tires with ones more suited for snow and ice. This is especially true if you spend time in the mountains regularly, as you'll need tires with extra grip and traction. On the other hand, don't feel the need to splurge on winter tires if you don't encounter freezing temperatures often.
While it might be tempting to automatically spring for what seem to be the "best" set of tires, keep in mind that what is best for one vehicle type might not be for another. If, for example, you own a standard economy car, buying tires meant for high-performance makes and models won't make much of a difference. Conversely, if you do own a car known for its precision handling, then even the most reliable set of all-purpose tires may actually hinder your car's potential. If you aren't sure what exact set of tires is the best match for your vehicle, check the owner's manual for a series of recommendations.
Once you have determined what kind of tire you're in the market for based on weather and vehicle type, it's time to start budgeting. Many people don't include any extra costs in their budget beyond taxes and the tires themselves, but there is far more that will end up on your receipt: installation of your new tires, disposal of your old ones, and different types of warranties are all examples. There may also be extra costs for replacing tire stems or filling the tires with nitrogen in order to extend the tire's lifespan. All of these can add up quickly, so it is best to talk to a tire retailer about all the potential costs before installation in order to avoid any surprises.
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