Car question - tyres

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27/02/2013 at 14:19

Does anyone know anything about tyres? I need to get some new ones for my car and haven't really got a clue about what I should be buying. Does it matter what make it is? There seems to be a lot of variety in price... And what about second-hand, or is that just a waste of money in the long term? Anything I should be asking that I don't know to ask about?!

I am a very confused bookworm...

cougie    pirate
27/02/2013 at 14:27
I'd not risk second hand. You don't know if people have hit kerbs with them.

What about remoulds ? Are they a cheaper option ?
Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
27/02/2013 at 14:28

second hand ????

Have you any idea what has been done to them before you buy them ?

You wouldn't use a 2nd hand condom

What tyres does the maker specify for your car ?  Kwickfit do a set for mine that cost £45 each... seems a bargin but when you consider the designer built the car around tyres that cost £200 each, Suggests that the £45 one might lead to a rapid visit to a hedge somewhere

27/02/2013 at 14:29

Get a decent brand of tyre. Not only is the wear better, but the tyres will affect the cars handling. You can check prices at the likes of Black Circle. Avoid the really cheap nasty tyres and look to brands like Hankook.

Edited: 27/02/2013 at 14:29
27/02/2013 at 14:29

Independant dealer for car tyres usually if not always works out cheaper than national suppliers.

27/02/2013 at 14:33

don't ever go with 2nd hand tyres for the reasons given

remoulds can be fine but you need to buy from a reputable source

frankly, I'd always go new and get a tyre that's suitable for the vehicle's speed rating.  you don't need to replace brand A with brand A, if brand B is the same tyre but less expensive 

27/02/2013 at 14:34

I'd not really got any intention of getting second hand - I didn't even know you could get them until I started looking for tyres! Someone must be buying them though, going by the number of places I've found that sell them!

I'e just googled 'remould' tyres. Apparently they cost less but are more likely to fail whilst driving

Cheap vs. expensive - do you get what you pay for? Or are you buying a brand name?

27/02/2013 at 14:40

remoulds can be seen as being more dodgy but considering that most HGV and airplane tyres are remoulds I think it's mainly scaremongering from the new tyre retailers.   but I wouldn't personally use them...

do you get what you pay for?  usually. the big brands invest in development so you pay more, the cheap brands just copy them but the tyres will do the job.

if you only want to use the vehicle around town, go cheap; if you plan longer high speed journeys go mainstream

27/02/2013 at 14:40

Remould tyres are worse that part worns, they should make them illegal. You can get a decent set of part worns if you go to the right places. Almost all taxis use them now and they are gaining in popularity due to the recession. As an example I normally stick 245x45 17s on my car at a cost of £115 each. Just put 2 very good partworn Pirrelis on at a total cost of £70... for the 2 fitted.

Youll need your tyre sizes, stick them up and ill get some prices for new ones.

27/02/2013 at 14:41

I've just checked Black Circle, and have options ranging from £64 (Kumho) to £115 (Continental). Really haven't got a clue about what makes are good 'uns...

27/02/2013 at 14:42

Partly you pay a bit extra for the brand name, but for the most part these brands are build on their reputation for quality. Most quality car manufactuers fit the likes of Hankook or Pirelli tyres to their cars when shipping them for a reason.

27/02/2013 at 14:47

The tyres I need are (apparently) 195/55R15 H 85

That means nothing to me.

I do a fair few miles. Around 20,000 last year. I have to travel between clinics, plus lots of weekends driving to races, etc. all over the country. So I wan't something that's going to last! But preferably not cost a fortune... A happy compromise would do

27/02/2013 at 14:57

Hankook Kinergy or Optimo tyres should be less than £80 and are a very good tyre.

27/02/2013 at 15:08

195/55R15 H 85

195 - width, 55 - height as aspect ratio aka profile, 15 - wheel rim diameter, H - max speed rating (130mph in this case), 85 - load rating (max weight tyre can carry)

any new tyre should match what's already fitted as they are usually car specific


27/02/2013 at 15:13

Now it makes sense! Thanks FB

Hankook were £78. I think that's sounds reasonable enough. Is it worth trying my luck on a multi-buy deal?

27/02/2013 at 15:24

missed out R - Radial construction - most modern tyres are that

it might be worth looking at an online multi purchase and the paying to get them fitted - that can work out cheaper.

ask a local tyre dealer or 3 how much they'd charge for supplying and fitting a tyre of your size; and how much just for fitting if you supply the tyre.   if the online deal plus fitting seperately works out cheaper than having them supplied and fitted by the dealer then buy online.  you will obviously need to get them to the fiiting company which can be a pain as tyres are pretty heavy.

I did that with 4 new tyres for my motorhome - it was cheaper to buy online and pay the fitting charge on top than have the dealer do the lot. but they are pretty special tyres so not commonly stocked which could have been the difference

Edited: 27/02/2013 at 15:26
27/02/2013 at 15:25

Try these guys http://www.etyres.co.uk/ they will come out and fit your tyres at your home or place of work. Checked your sizes and they do a Falcon tyre which is a good all rounder at £74 fitted. Hankook @ £78 are good providing thats fully fitted price? Dont do what I did and just get the tyres delivered, it was a real headache finding a garage willing to fit them.

27/02/2013 at 15:28

You should replace your tyres in pairs, as the two fronts should wear at the same rate (and the two back ones at the same rate) - so if its only one tyre thats below the legal minimum, the one on the other side of the car is likely to be very close to the minimum anyway.  This also eliminates any risk of dodgy steering due to different wear rates/compounds etc, etc.  

I had hankooks supplied as original equipment on my new car, so they are a decent brand thats used by car companies even if they are not seen as one of the "prestige" brands.

If your a tesco clubcard user, try tesco-tyres.com (its a rebranding of the blackcircles service).    The tesco site had Kumhos on offer, and they'd probably be fine if your a normal driver.

You may want to consider the lower rolling resistance tyres (e.g the Hankook Kinergy Eco) as long as they are only a couple of quid more expensive, as you'll recoup that in reduced petrol costs.   

 

27/02/2013 at 15:30

check out the prices of these tyres to fit your car on Camskill

http://www.camskill.co.uk/m53b0s288p0/Car_Tyres_-_MPV_Tyres_-_People_Carrier_Tyres_-_15_inch_R15_inch_-_195_55_15_195_55R15

some good deals there

I bought my motorhome tyres from them - great service

27/02/2013 at 16:18

I put Michelin Primacy HP tyres on my car, as they're meant to last a long time (they're holding up well so far) and they're good in the wet.

Cost me £764 for 4 or them, fitted.

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