When it comes to changing car tires for the new season, it’s never easy to know where to turn.
Here are some of the best tips and advice for shopping for your car tires.
When should you change your car tires?
To find out if you need to buy new car tires, first determine their year of manufacture by inspecting the four numbers on the sidewall. For example, 4313 could mean that the tire was built the 43 the week of 2013 (43-13). Also watch for the condition of the studs for the winter tire, and the wear indicator for the summer tire. This is often indicated by an arrow. If the tire eraser is equal to the arrow and without additional thickness, the tire must be changed. A bad tire will slip in winter, and creak in summer.
Ask yourself the right questions before buying new tires
Second tip: You will also need to ask what kind of use you make of your vehicle. How many kilometers do you travel annually? What kind of trip? What is the environment to which you are subjected in your neighborhood? Then, the big question is to determine what your budget is. There is no harm in not choosing the most expensive tires on the market, depending on how you use them.
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Choosing the right car tire salesman
Choosing the right tire dealer is a big issue if you need advice on buying new car tires. The right advisor is the one who will ask you several – and good – questions. In addition, a good salesman does not already have the idea to sell you a single model or a single brand of tires and will offer you various options according to your needs.
Take into account the basic price of tires and avoid postal rebates
It is advisable to choose a tire whose basic price is right for you and to avoid considering the famous postal discounts. These are often given in the form of a “purchase order” usable at the retailer or to pay for gasoline, when they come to your home.
Avoid extended warranties for your tires
Tires purchased in Quebec have a legal warranty. No need to buy extended warranties. Depending on how you use them, the tires should be on the road for their normal and reasonable service life, from 2 to 6 years depending on the quality and use.
Consider used tires if they are in good condition
If the budget is not there, it is possible to find good used tires at a specialized retailer. Never accept a tire manufactured more than five years ago, and check the wear indicator.
Tips for buying your winter tires
The winter tire will normally be more expensive to buy after November 1 st. Plan this expense. Studded tires are no longer a necessity these days, are noisy and make the car less pleasant to drive. Chinese tires are cheaper but less durable (1-2 years). Highway driving orders ice tires, while city driving requires studded tires.
Tips for buying your summer tires
The summer tire offers more options for different budgets or different mentalities. Depending on the type of vehicle and driving, it is also possible to buy four season tires. These tires, in fact, “three seasons” since illegal in winter, offer a different type of driving. Used tires and ecological tires (recycled, in a way) are also options in summer. Never choose a tire smaller than the original tire.
How to extend the life of your new tires?
After purchase, it is suggested to increase the durability of new tires to be very careful during the first 300 to 400 kilometers of road. Avoid braking and dry or abrupt departures. It is also advisable to have the front and rear tires swap 10,000 kilometers to spread the wear correctly.
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