briana sophie. tires. December 17th , 2017.
Since you will always now have your tire size handy, don’t be afraid to shop around when looking for tires. You already know what kind to buy, it will only take a little work to go out and find the best price for you. It’s absolutely okay to ask questions to make sure you are getting what you think you are paying for. Any store or car dealership that sells tires will always have someone around to help you find what you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to ask. Of course you can always do exactly what the mechanic says and try not to be involved as much as possible. But, why would you? You know what you are doing and new tires are not a scary thought anymore. Your safety is in your hands and more than likely, your wallet won’t thin out as much as it could. Be adventurous and feel good about having some control over the maintenance of your car.
The first step is to know why you need new tires. The reality is that all tires wear out eventually. Obviously if there is a huge hole in your tire, you need a new one. The rule is that if there is a puncture that is more than a quarter inch deep, you need to replace that tire. Some punctures are fixable, so make sure they are not trying to pull one over on you for more money. They will gladly show you where the problem is so that you can make a decision together. Be involved so that you can be sure of your decision.
This can be a problem. I have never met anyone who enjoys sitting in the waiting room of a tire dealer drinking bad coffee and reading old magazines. Mounting fees also accumulate quickly making this a relatively expensive proposal. There is a better alternative. Simply get another set of wheels to mount your snow tires on. You can then simply unbolt your tires when the weather breaks and put your summer tires on. You can do this in under 30 minutes in your garage. No need for remounting, waiting for hours or drinking bad coffee. You can determine how much you want to spend using this method. Some suggest that you buy some old wheels from a salvage yard for your snow tires. This may be a good idea but by the time you pay for mounting it may not save you much money At least one online tire dealer will sell you a package of rims and snow tires with mounting and balancing done free. Given this you could easily get new rims and wheels that specifically fit your vehicle and all the mounting hardware at a price as good or better than getting a set of salvage wheels and new tires. The salvage wheels may or may not specifically fit your vehicle. Whatever you do, be sure the wheel fits your vehicle well and be sure that all the mounting hardware is made for your vehicle. If you choose, you can also buy more expensive wheels especially if you tend to keep cars for a long time or you tend to buy the same cars. Regardless, you should be able to sell these wheels with the car at a premium or sell them on eBay or through a classified ad when you are done with them. In any case you will not need to remount tires a couple times a year and the wheels will pay for themselves in a few seasons by saving the remounting charges.
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