Greensboro, NC -- Buying a set of tires is not cheap. And sometimes consumers get desperate. But if you hear a promise like this, "if you spend $200 for four tires and the guy says they will last 90-thousand miles...." You're probably being taken for a ride, says Tim McClure of Taylor's Discount Tire & Automotive. But you don't have to spend a lot to get a good tire.
"If a tire is rated at 50,000 miles, it would be a very fair assumption that the tire will last 50,000 miles it depends on real world circumstances and how you take care of the tire is what is going to greatly alter whether it does or whether it doesn't."
And that's where the rubber meets the road. How you take care of the tires will keep your tires from wearing out prematurely:
Have your tires rotated every 6 months.
Get your wheels aligned at least once a year. If you feel it pulling, don't wait, get it re-aligned.
The easiest and most important, check the tire pressure.
There are so many tires to choose from, where do you start?
"If you get your miles out of the tires on your car when you bought it and you liked them, it might be smart to stick to what you got. Dance with the one who brought you to the dance."
If peace of mind gives you a smooth ride Tim says buy a tire with a warranty. They're usually brand name and a little more expensive than the economy.
But no matter which you buy, getting the most miles for your money is all about how you care for your car.
"Once there is a bad wear pattern on the tires it's hard to reverse. I mean, you cant' put rubber back on a tire. "
The best way to get a good price is to know what you're looking for. The placard inside your car will tell you the size, air pressure and other tire buying details. Shop around on-line so you'll know the ballpark price.
And then, Tim says listen to what the tire shop says. They do this everyday and know which tires are better for certain models and certain types of drivers.