Where do you buy your tires?

Tires are the only part of your car that touches the ground. As such, it is imperative to make sure your tires are properly inflated and in good overall condition.

There are several things to consider when buying a tire. First, avoid used tires. It’s difficult to gauge their condition and age.

Second, should you buy all-season, winter or high-performance? If you live in a warm climate that doesn’t get a lot of snow, all-season tires should work just fine. All-seasons are also good all-around tires (hence the name.) Consider buying a set of winter tires if you live in an area that gets heavy snow and lots of ice. High-performance tires generally give you better handling at higher speeds and can provide better traction in wet conditions, but are more expensive than other categories.

How do you know what size tires you need? One way to know is to check the tire sidewall for a number like “P205/55R16.” Another way is to visit Sizemytires.com and enter in your vehicle information. They’ll let you know the best size for your vehicle.

Now that you have your information, head to Tirerack.com for a good selection of inexpensive tires. I’ve found that by buying tires on the internet and having them shipped to you, you can save 20-40% versus buying at an auto service center. Shipping takes only a day or two. After they arrive, make an appointment with your auto service center to have them mounted and balanced. Make sure to let them know which tires you want to replace.

When your new tires are installed, check the pressure once a month to make sure it matches your vehicle’s recommended specs. This will help you improve braking, handling and gas mileage.

Tires are your car’s “shoes.” Proper maintenance can extend the life of the tires and improve your safety on the road. Buying them online gives you the best selection at the lowest prices.

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