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How to Shop for Tires

Shopping for tires can be easy with a little help from your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet tire shop.

When you’re looking for new tires, it’s important to consider all the factors. Knowing what’s best for you and your vehicle can save you time and money. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we want to help you find the best tires for your vehicle. Learn how to shop for tires online and at a tire shop so you can get back on the road.

Find your tire size

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Learn how to shop for tires online and at a tire shop with help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Before you start looking at new tires, you need to figure out your tire size. You’ll find your tire size in one of three places: your owner’s manual, the sidewall of your tires, or the sticker on your driver’s side doorjamb. If you drive a used vehicle, go with the size listed in the owner’s manual. Some dealers will put the wrong size tire on a used car out of cheapness. Read more about understanding your tire size in our “What Tire Size Do I Need?” article.

Know what kind of driving you do

Another thing to consider when at the tire shop is what kind of driving you do. If you love driving and want better handling and cornering, a performance tire may be what you want. If you live somewhere with four seasons, you’ll want all-season tires, or maybe even snow tires.

Know what features you need

Performance – You need tires that have good pavement performance. You should be able to drive safely in varying conditions, from wet to dry to snow-covered roads. Consult with your local tire shop for the best option for your vehicle and the place where you live.

Speed Rating – Pay attention to the speed rating on your tire’s size reading. Your vehicle should specify what speed rating it needs for the tires. If you want, you can go higher than the recommended speed rating, but never go lower. It will negatively affect your vehicle’s performance. Higher speed ratings will you give you better traction and handling, but fall short with tread life. Tires with a lower speed rating tend to last longer, but ultimately give up some handling and traction. The following are common speed ratings you’ll find on tires:

Q = 99 mph
S = 112 mph
T = 118 mph
U = 124 mph
H = 130 mph
V = up to 149 mph
Z = 149 mph and above
W = 168 mph
Y = 186 mph

Tread Warranty – The tread warranty lets you know how long the tread will last on the tires before they can’t be driven on. While you might find cheap tires, you get what you pay for. The less you pay, the quicker the tread wears out. The longest tread warranties last for 100,000 miles or six years.

Work with your local tire shop

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, our automotive service center associates are there to help you. They can offer you information about discount tires and what will work best for your vehicle. You can also search for tires online with our tire lookup feature. You can search by size, brand and more. You can even see if we have an ongoing tire sale. With top tire brands like Goodyear, Yokohama and Cooper Tire, you’ll find the best tires for your vehicle at Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

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