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Buying Tires? Considering New York’s Climate, Be Picky

Tires.  How often do you think about them?  Not often, probably.  Modern tires need very little attention beyond maintaining proper tire pressures and periodic tire rotation. 

But tires are some of the most important parts of your vehicle. They help determine how a car handles, stops, rides — even sounds — in everyday driving. They are arguably THE most important part of your car, the part that actually has contact with the road.

When it comes time to buy tires, you need to remember just how important the tires are to the overall driveability and, ultimately, safety of your vehicle. Purchasing new tires should not be delayed or ignored.   Don’t wait until you and your family are left stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire.

Factors that go into buying tires include:

  • Size: In most instances, refer to your owner’s manual to make sure you purchase the manufacturer’s recommended size for your vehicle.
  • Composition: Tires range from inexpensive brands with limited mileage expectations — even retreads and used tires — to higher-mileage radials to more expensive, “run flat” tires that will not go flat when punctured.  Consult with your mechanic or your dealer to make sure the tires you purchase will serve your needs.
  • Appearance. Tires have become a way to personalize your vehicle’s appearance.
  • Climate: Tires are not, “one size fits all.”  In harsh climates like we have here in central New York, it is important to consider the needs of winter driving.  Either all-weather tires or season-specific snow tires are recommended for areas where snow and adverse weather conditions are more prevalent in winter months.

Buying the right tire is often a balancing act between price, expected mileage range, driving conditions, road noise and handling. You need to be aware that with so many options, it is often better to consult with the experts to help guide you through the choices.  Buying tires for your car is one of those important decisions that should not be taken lightly.

At NYE Automotive Group, our experts can help you select the best tires for your vehicle. Contact us or come in today.

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