Feb. 28th Great Tips For Buying Tires

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Buying new tires for your car is an important task, but one that comes at a high price and oftentimes, a great deal frustration. Nobody enjoys the inconvenience of needing new tires, but unfortunately, is a necessity. If it’s finally time to replace the tires on your vehicle, contact Hillsboro Village Auto Service, today!  We do more than service tires in Nashville, TN. Check out the services we offer and see why some say we’re Nashville’s best-kept secret for auto repair, service, and auto maintenance.  Save money with Nashville’s #1 tire rotation and balance shop!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when selecting new tires:

Always make sure you actually need new tires: Before you do anything, always check your tires before assuming you need a new set. The quickest way to waste money is by buying a new set of tires that you don’t actually need just yet. Before going out and buying new tires in Nashville, TN, check to see if your current tires have cracked sidewalls, any bulging/discoloration, or if the treads are worn down. Surprisingly, the best way to determine if your treads are too worn for further driving is through the penny test. When your tire treads reach 3/32” to 2/32”, it’s a sure sign that you need to replace your tires soon. To check this, insert a penny in the groove of your tire’s tread–make sure Lincoln’s head is upside down and facing down. If you can see Lincoln’s whole head, then it’s time for a tire replacement.

Buy a full, matching set: Depending on the type of automobile you own, buying a new set of tires can be very costly. However, if you have to replace more than one tire, you are much better off buying a full, matching set. With a set of new tires, your car with function more efficiently than it would if it had a mismatching set of new and old. Not to mention, with a full set of new tires, you will be able to vastly improve your gas mileage and fuel efficiency.

Make sure your spare is in good shape: When you realize that your car is in need of new tires, this is an opportune time to check the condition of your spare. Many buyers tend to purchase tires that match their spare, or, replace their spare to match the tires they just bought. The choice is up to you!

Decipher the code: On the sidewall of your tires, there’s usually a code that gives the dimensions, size, and capabilities of that specific tire. However, car owners misread this code far too often, resulting in the purchase of tires that are not the right size. It all comes down to deciphering what seems like a tricky code. Here, we’ve broken down the sample code–P195/60R16 63H M+S–for you:

  • P: Type of tire
  • 195: Width (mm) of the tire across the tread
  • 60: Aspect ratio of the sidewall in comparison to the width
  • R: Radial construction
  • 16: Diameter of the rim in inches
  • 63: Tire’s load rating
  • H: Tire’s speed rating
  • M+S: Suitable for all-season driving (Source)

If you find that cracking the code is too tricky, you can always take your tires to a reputable auto mechanic or tire center, they’ll know the exact tires you need for your vehicle. Once you’ve replaced your old tires with brand new ones, always make sure you take great care of them. The more TLC you put towards them, the longer they will last you.