Buying tyres for your car as with most things is easy if you have access to the internet and you have some knowledge of the different tyre makes and sizes available. It is also mind boggling for those of us who do not have a clue about which tyre to buy, so here is a brief guide to the differences between tyres.
The most commonly used tyres and the cheaper option for those of you watching the pennies are a budget range tyre starting at around £30 plus vat each, Event, Nexon, Maxus, Kenda, and Sunny to name a few. The public will not be as aware of these make of tyres as they are of say Avon and Goodyear which is reflected in the price. The budget range are recommended for around the town driving so if you are only driving your car to the supermarket, taking the kids to school, basically A-C driving then budget tyres are all you need.
Mid-range tyres are the next option for those happy to spend a little bit more. The obvious difference apart from cost is that the mid-range tyre will last longer than a budget, depending on the driving. Firestone, Bridgestone and Goodyear manufactured in more recent years are a few of the makes that we supply to our customers here at AE Services in Sutton requesting a mid-range tyre. Prices will generally start at around £45 plus vat each. The mid-range tyre will be recommended for those who do the occasional motorway journey as well as around the town driving.
For those drivers where money is not an issue, the make of tyre is of importance or you are an everyday motorway driver then a premium tyre is what you are going to need. The price is usually higher in the premium range as they will be manufactured by well-known companies that have been making and selling tyres of great quality for many years. Continental, Dunlop, Michelin and Avon are the commonly used premium tyre here at AE Services in Sutton and vary in price considerably starting at around £60 plus vat, going up to and over £90 plus vat.
Vehicle tyre sizes are normally shown in the form ‘195/65R 15 91W’. You can find this size on the side wall of your existing tyre, or in the vehicles handbook.The first number, in this case ‘195’, is the width of the tyre at it’s widest point, in millimetres. The next number, shown here as ’65’, is the ratio of the tyres side wall height to the width of the tyre, shown as a percentage. In this case the side wall height would be 65% of the width. The “R” stands for radial, if there is no letter then it is a cross ply tyre. The third number after the R, in this example ’15’ is the diameter of the wheel the tyre is designed to fit, in inches, tyre sizes are a combination of metric and imperial units. The next part, ’91W’, denotes the load and speed ratings. The number is the load rating and the letter is the speed rating.