There are so many things you have to consider in order to ascertain that the tyre you’re going to purchase is the appropriate one for your used car in Northern Ireland. To lend you a helping hand, just keep in mind the following simple guidelines on buying new car tyres:
- Check your current car tyres before replacing them.
Consider conducting an inspection to make up your mind if your car is really in need of new tyres. If you notice some cracked sidewalls, immoderate tread wear, or any stain or discoloration, then you must take buying a new set of tyres into consideration.
- Verify your owner’s manual and information placard for recommendation.
Once you’ve already decided that you’re going to replace your current tyres, don’t forget to consult your manufacturer’s recommendation about the best type and size of tyres suitable for your car. That piece of advice can be found either in the owner’s manual or on the information placard.
Mandated by law, the information placard is of great importance especially in this kind of situation when you need guidelines in buying new tyres. Hence, it is usually seen attached within your trunk lid or to your glove compartment door, door edge and door post.
- Learn to read your tyre code.
Despite being the most baffling part of purchasing tyres, deciphering your tyre code is of the utmost importance since it could help you find the best replacement for your current tyres. Used by tyre centers to easily point out which type and size of tyres would best suit to your vehicle, the code found on the sidewall of your tyre is mandated by federal law. Through this code, aside from making a tyre easier to describe, it can be recognized without difficulty in case of a recall.
As a car owner who must know every little thing about every part of your vehicle, learn to understand this sample code: P195/60R 16 63H M+S.
– the letter “P” tells the type of the tyre;
– the three-digit number following the first letter indicates the width of the tyre in millimeters through the sidewall edge;
– the two-digit number following the first three figures states the aspect ratio of the tyre and sidewall compared to the width;
– the letter “R” indicates radial construction;
– the two-digit number following the letter “R” discloses the rim’s diameter in inches;
– the last two-digit (or three-digit) number speaks about the load rating of the tyre
– the letter “H” means the tyre’s speed rating
– the last letters “M+S” stand for mud and snow, meaning the tyre is suited to driving in any seasons.
- Consider purchasing new tyres online.
Buying replacements for your old tyres over the Internet is an intelligent decision if you want to save money. Scores of online retailers have connection with local independent tyre centers that might be located near in your area. Most of these tyre centers offer delivery of your new car tyres and carry out installation at a reasonable cost.
Always remember that your replacements must be installed to the rims, which must be balanced and mounted to your car. You surely don’t want any problems regarding the alignment of your wheels and new tyres, so make sure to have your mechanic line them up.