How To Find The Right Tires For Your Car and Wallet

So, the dreaded day has come: it is time to buy new tires. With so many options and opinions, it can be hard to find the right tires for your car. However, it does not have to be that way. With a few helpful tips, you will be on your way, driving into the sunset in no time.

1. Know Your Needs

Every car has different needs as far as tires go. The size, width, and air pressure of every car's tires vary. This information can be found in the car's owner's manual, the placard inside the driver's side door, or with an online search. This information is vital to have before purchasing tires. 

2. Know Your Budget

When considering a purchase like tires, always go into the store knowing how much you can spend. While some tires will need to be replaced immediately, such as a flat tire or bald tires, others may last a few more miles if you do not have the money. Most salesmen will recommend you replacing all of them (for obvious reasons), but that may not be necessary every time. Your budget may also dictate what type of tires you buy. There are tires specific to the season, such as summer or winter tires, or you can get all-season tires. People who are serious about their cars usually choose season specific tires, since they can protect the car better under weather or in the sun. All-season tires are the most common type of tires sold, due to the fact that instead of needing two sets of tires, you will only need one for the year.

3. New or Used

There are perks to both new and used tires. New tires come with a warranty which ensues peace of mind. You can rest assured that should anything happen to your new tires, you will be completely covered. Used tires have no such promise, but should you need tires on a budget, you can save a lot of money. Used tires are usually slightly worn but still have plenty of years in them. If you do choose to purchase used tires, always perform a physical inspection. Look for any patched areas, wear, or tears. Check the remaining tread of a tire by inserting a penny into the tread. If you are able to see President Lincoln's head from any tread in any direction, the tread is too worn and should not be purchased. 

Get in touch with a local tire shop to learn more about tires for sale.