We all know the feeling – your tyre pressure sensor light comes on or you see your tyre a bit deflated from the outside. Is it a puncture, natural deflation or a faulty valve stem? Whatever the problem, many issues with tyres require a replacement to be fitted. The multitude of options and offerings available to you can be confusing and overwhelming. Where can I go to get genuine advice, who can do the job and what is the most cost-effective option? These questions are all common with people replacing tyres for the first time or even more experienced motorists. Below we explore some of your options.
Look online for tyre deals
As with many industries, tyres can now be ordered and paid for online without the need for any human interaction or quotes from dodgy dealers. This creates a greater level of competition between suppliers, meaning you are more likely to get the best prices for replacements online.
Online suppliers can guide you to the right tyres for your specific vehicle. For example, if you drive a Ford Focus – tyres suitable for a Ford Focus will be what you are after, which can come from a number of manufacturers. Furthermore, online suppliers also usually offer convenient fitting or mobile fitting options, allowing you to book a time slot that works for you rather than dropping your car off at the garage without a set appointment. Online is the most convenient way to go if you’re changing tyres for the first time.
Try your local garage
Another option you may prefer is looking to your local garage. Dropping your car off with your usual mechanic (if you have one) may work better for you in terms of logistics, but be aware that you may have to wait more time for them to do the work or to order a replacement tyre from their supplier if they don’t have it in stock. This is more of a turn-key solution if you don’t mind paying extra and leaving your car for some time.
Don’t continue to drive if there’s an issue
It’s crucially important that you don’t continue to drive on tyres if there is a clear issue or fault. This can massively jeopardize your safety and the safety of your passengers. Underinflated tyres can hinder things like braking and steering, whilst tyres with cracks can be at risk of a full blowout at higher speeds – which could seriously endanger yourself and other road users. Do the right thing and get your tyres replaced as soon as possible.