Victoria Car & Vehicle Maintenance - Tires & Wheels - Tire Buying Checklist



Tire Buying Checklist Regardless of where you get new tires, there are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Know the size and type of tire recommended by your Owner's Manual.
  2. Determine your needs and priorities, based on type of driving and your preference for a softer or firmer ride.
  3. Make sure you purchase a tire that is capable of supporting the load and driving your vehicle might demand. Don't buy a passenger-car tire if you need a light-truck tire.
  4. Don't buy more tire than you need. Don't let an overly aggressive salesman upgrade your tire needs from what is recommended in the Owner's Manual.
  5. Selecting the right tire balances ride quality, noise suppression, fuel economy, wear, load capability, and cost. Use the tire-store expert's recommendation to select a tire that is the right balance of each.
  6. The automotive after-market industry is pushing "plus sizing," which involves mounting bigger wheels and tires on a vehicle to enhance the look or improve handling. You get better cornering response and traction at the expense of a harsher ride. This can also understate speedometer speeds and car mileage (speeding ticket anyone?)
  7. The new wheel and tire combination should be within 3% +/- the original tire diameter.
  8. Make sure that the tire and wheel are approved for use on your vehicle.
  9. Make sure that the replacement tire has the same load-carrying capacity.
  10. Make sure that a new tire placard is installed to inform future owners of the correct tire pressure.
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