Forget cheap tires; find quality tires from brands you love at Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Buying new tires can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know where to start. Once you know how to do your research, you’ll be able to look up new tires like a pro. You won’t only know how to find cheap tires, but also tires that will give you the best value from brands you can trust.
Find Your Tire Size
There are three places you can find your tire size: the doorjamb of your car, your owner’s manual or the tire’s sidewall. If you have a used vehicle, it’s best to use the owner’s manual or doorjamb sticker. Some owners will put the wrong size tire on used cars out of cheapness or convenience.
A tire size consists of numbers and letters. An example is “P205/55R16 89S.” All of these numbers and letters designate the width, sidewall height, rim size, load index and speed rating for you tire. Read through our article about finding your tire size for a more in-depth explanation.
Know What Features You Want
Tread Warranty – Obviously, you want your tires to last as long as possible. If you go for cheap tires, you’ll get what you pay for.There’s a trade-off between price and tread life when it comes to tires. The less you pay, the quicker they wear out. Look for tires that have a tread warranty. The longest tread warranties last for six years, or 100,000 miles.
Good Pavement Performance – You want your tires to have good grip and performance, no matter the conditions. Whether you’re on wet, dry or snow-covered pavement, your tires’ performance should be top notch.
Low Rolling Resistance – Tires with low rolling resistance cut down on traction, but save on miles per gallon. If you’re on the road a lot, look for tires with low rolling resistance.
Speed Rating – Tires are tested to determine if they meet the minimum standards for reaching and maintaining a specific speed. The different letters found at the end of the tire size reading determine speed rating. Most vehicles specify the speed rating they require for their tires. You can go higher than the recommended speed rating for your car or truck, but never go lower. Your vehicle won’t perform like it should if you put tires with lower-than-recommended speed rating on it. Tires with higher speed ratings usually offer better handling and traction, but shorter tread life. Tires with a lower speed rating often last longer, but give up a bit of traction and handling to do it.
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
Once you know the size and features you want, you can start comparing and researching tires online. Shop around to look for cheap tires, but keep quality in mind, too. After you find the tires you want at a price you love, see if your local tire shop matches that price. Work with your local service center to get the best deal on new tires.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we pride ourselves in helping you find the best tires for your vehicle. You can use our tire lookup feature to search for tires online. You can also stop by your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet automotive service center. One of our friendly associates can help you pick out the right set of tires from our tire shop. They’ll also let you know about our tire sales and discount tires. We offer quality tires from brands such as Goodyear, Michelin, Cooper Tire and more, at prices you’ll love.