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Tire Purchasing Tips

By March 26, 2018Uncategorized

Buying new tires isn’t exactly a purchase you get excited about, but it’s something every car owner has to do at some point. When you need new tires, pay attention to the process so you can get something that will last a long time and suit your car well. Give your tires attention now and you can have peace of mind as you drive for years to come. Here are a few tips to help you figure out which tires will work best for your vehicle as you drive around Philadelphia.

Tip 1: Make Sure you Need Them
The first thing to do is figure out whether or not you actually need new tires. Perhaps your technician at Shafer’s Auto Center is telling you that you need them, but you can also perform a visual inspection yourself between visits to see what’s going on. If you see wear on the tread, a cracked sidewall, discoloration or bulging, you should get new tires. You may even need new tires if yours are 10 years old or older. Rubber deteriorates over time and they need to be replaced even if they look okay.

Tip 2: Inspect the Vehicle
You need to know how your vehicle is doing before you get new tires. If you have something wrong with your vehicle and you get new tires, you could be throwing money away. Tires will wear quickly in certain situations (like if your vehicle has bad shocks or is misaligned). You can get an assessment on your vehicle before you put on new tires when you visit SAC.

Tip 3: Get Information from the Owner’s Manual
You will want to follow your owner’s manual regarding the size and type of tires that work best on your car. The information is placed in your car by law and it is in your best interest to follow it. You can get advice on further options from SAC technicians.

Tip 4: Buy a Full Set
Though you might want to just replace one or two tires, it’s best for the suspension and wear to get a whole new set at once. You’ll be able to maintain the tires better and evaluate issues in the vehicle when they arise because the tires are even.

Tip 5: Check the Spare
When you get new tires, check in on the spare tire as well. You might need a Philadelphia brake replacement there and can get a better deal by doing it at the same time.

Whether you need new tires or help with tire services or maintenance, call Schafer’s Auto Center for an appointment at 215-755-1270. SAC is a locally owned and operated business and we want to make sure our fellow Philadelphia residents are driving on tires that are suited for their vehicles. Our shop is located at 1924 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19148 and we have a full range of tire mounting from 13 to 30 inch. With nationwide road hazard warranties, free tire repairs and rotations for the life of the tire, it pays to work with us!