Which tyres should you buy?

Tyre buying guide

Which tyres should I buy

We know that buying tyres isn’t a purchase that most people look forward to, in fact it’s often a headache! However, when you’re choosing which tyres to get fitted on your vehicle you need to feel confident that you’re choosing the very best tyre for your vehicle, driving style and budget. They’ll hopefully be fitted to your vehicle for at least a year or two so you need to make sure you’re going get a comfortable, safe drive.

That’s why we’ve put together this Tyre buying guide, designed to guide you through the process of choosing the right tyre for your vehicle.

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Choosing the right tyres for your vehicle

The sort of things you’ll need to consider are:

What type of tyres your vehicle needs

A car has very different requirements to a 4×4, van or commercial vehicle. If you own a 4×4 or commercial vehicle then you’ll need to pay close attention to the load rating requirements of your vehicle. The best way to check this is either in the handbook or simply by looking for the load rating on the sidewall of the tyres you have fitted. 

Tyres that suit your mileage requirements

If you’re covering lots of miles, perhaps on fast motorways, you’re going to have different requirements to someone who is using their car for town driving. Although we’d always advise you to fit the best quality tyre you can afford, this is especially true for those driving on fast, busy roads. A better quality tyre will usually last longer too, much better when your mileage is on the high side. Having said that, different tyres within the same brand can have different characteristics and a very soft “grippy” performance tyre won’t be very long lasting; fortunately our branch managers have years of experience of what to recommend when it comes to choosing tyres, if you’re unsure then just give us a call.

What tyres do you currently have fitted to your vehicle?

If you’re not sure what tyre to choose, the best way to start looking is to know what’s currently fitted to your vehicle. If you’ve been happy with the tyres you have then choosing the same, or a similar quality tyre might be the best option. Customers with very new vehicles will often want to fit matching tyres, especially if they’re just fitting a pair, as they know the performance of their vehicle will remain the same.

BMW Pirelli P7 star rated tyre

Tyres designed for your vehicle

Some vehicles have what we call ‘OE’ tyres which are recommended to be fitted by the vehicle manufacturer. This is especially true of cars such as BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar and Audi. Whilst you can fit any make of tyre that is the correct size, load and speed rating to these vehicles, the ‘OE’ fitment tyres have been tested and approved by the manufacturer on the vehicle and as such are always the very best choice to opt for.

Codes to look out for are

  • BMW (*) star rating
  • Audi (AO)
  • Mercedes (MO)
  • Jaguar (J)
Continental run-flat tyre

Do you need run flat tyres?

Some vehicles are designed to have tyres with specialist run-flat technology.

These tyres can be identified by markings on the sidewall such as SSR (self-supporting run flat), ROF (run on flat) or simply RF, Run Flat.

Run flat tyres are mainly fitted to BMW & Mini vehicles. They are designed to have reinforced sidewalls so they stay inflated in the event of a puncture. As run flat tyres are designed to stay inflated, vehicles with them don’t have a spare tyre or foam repair kit to use in the event of a puncture. 

Choosing the best tyres for your budget

Tyre prices vary vastly depending on tyre size, and it’s not always the case that the larger the tyre the more you’ll have to pay! Generally speaking, the more popular the tyre size, the more affordable the tyres. This is because tyres that can be manufactured in large quantities are less expensive to make and so cheaper for you to buy. Once you’ve chosen your car however, you cannot usually change the tyre size and so the question you have to ask is what quality tyre should you opt for.

We tend to put tyres into 4 main quality categories which are:

  • Budget
  • Home brand
  • Mid-range
  • Premium

So what’s the difference? They all look very similar and are all black and round! Well the main difference is in the compound and structure of the tyre, more expensive tyres have much more sophisticated technology and have been developed to give great performance and grip. Having said that, budget tyres offer excellent value for money but as with most things you do tend to get what you pay for.

Budget tyres

Budget tyres

Budget tyres are the lowest cost tyres available and are available in the vast majority of tyre sizes. They meet British Safety Standards and come with the same mm in tread as more expensive tyres. However not all budget tyres benefit from the same level of extensive development and high quality compounds associated with better quality tyres.

The budget tyre brands we recommend are Radar, Accelera and Tracmax which are all reliable and available in a wide range of sizes. 

Take a look at our recommendations for the best budget tyres for 2023.

Mid-range tyres

Mid-range tyres are a popular choice for drivers wanting a branded tyre but not wanting to stretch to the cost of premium quality tyres. They are often manufactured by premium tyre manufacturers, for example Continental tyres make Uniroyal tyres & Bridgestone manufacture Firestone. This means they benefit from the development that goes into premium quality tyres but are made from slightly less expensive materials in order to bring their cost down.

They offer excellent value for money for many drivers who want the assurance of a branded tyre.

Mid-range tyres to look out for include:

Premium tyres

If you’re looking for the very best tyres for your vehicle then opting for a premium branded tyre is the best option.

High quality tyres from household names such as Michelin, Continental & Bridgestone are excellent examples. It usually takes around 3 years to develop a premium tyre, the manufacturer aiming to create the very best for performance, handling, comfort and durability.

If you’re looking for an ‘OE’ fitment tyre for your vehicle and optimum performance is very important to you then the chances are, you’ll be looking at a high performance premium quality tyre.

Premium tyres to look out for are:

If you need further advice on which tyres to choose then don’t hesitate to contact your local branch or call our team on 0345 2997 955