The cost of driving can be expensive, but there are a number of ways you can save money on your car and the related costs of driving. One of the chief expenditures of running a car is the cost of the tyres.
Have you ever wondered how you could save money on your car tyres, then read to find out how?
Don’t buy part used tyres
You might think that buying part worn tyres is the best road to saving money on your car tyres – but think again. As the Mirror found out, it can soon turn into a really expensive business. Buying part worn tyres really is a false economy, they may be legal, to begin with, but they’ll wear out much more quickly and you’ll have to replace them again much sooner – with all the associated costs this involves. Remember: drive with tyres that aren’t legal and you could find yourself facing a fine of £2,500 and 3 points on your licence for each tyre that doesn’t meet the requirements. There are much better ways to approach saving money on your car tyres, than buying a second-hand tyre. Let’s find out how:
When looking for new tyres, just like any other purchase you might make, shop around and compare prices. Don’t just go along to the garage you’ve always used, but instead invest a little time in finding out what options are available to you.
Take a broad view
Remember to look at all of the costs involved – not just buying the tyres, but the potential cost of delivery, fitting and balancing too. Sometimes these associated costs outweigh the advantages of what might at first seem a better value product.
Mobile tyre fitting
Choose a mobile tyre-fitting service to fit your new car tyres, as they don’t have the overheads of running a garage in a town centre location, you’ll be sure to receive a more competitive quote and they’re much more convenient too.
Buy a good quality tyre and they’ll last longer, meaning you’ll reap the benefits. Tyres manufactured by a brand of good standing are made from better raw materials and go through a more rigorous design process and testing procedures too. Look to manufacturers such as Michelin, Goodyear and Continental tyres, to name a few. You’ll benefit from tyres which perform better and last longer – saving you money in the long term. In fact, good quality tyres will even you save money on fuel costs.
Remember, ensuring you have safe tyres that meet the legal requirement is a must. Your tyres must have tread with a 1.6mm depth all the way around the wheel and for ¾ of the width, unbroken by any bald patches, wear or tear. A quick rule of thumb is to pop a 20 pence piece in the tread; if you can see the rim of the coin your treads are not legal.