The difference can be a car crash or just a near-miss. Which tyres would you choose?
Naas Tyres carries tyres that suit all budgets and all types of vehicles, from the smallest car import, right through to light trucks and beyond. One question we hear regularly from customers is “what’s the difference” between budget tyres and premium tyres. “Aren’t tyres just tyres?” they ask. We answer that tyres aren’t just tyres, there’s more to it.
Tyres are rated on a variety of factors, but generally, it comes down to noise, wet and dry handling, fuel consumption, comfort and mileage. If you sacrifice on price, you’re going to be sacrificing one or more of those factors.
Would you scrimp when it comes to your safety and that of your passengers?
Manufacturers with well-known brands, like Hankook and Uniroyal, have enviable reputations for the technology they build into their tyres. Uniroyal, for example, boasts advanced features like shark-skin technology to maximise wet grip handling, comfort and mileage potential.
If you’re considering cheap Chinese tyres as a long-term tyre choice, look at important factors like:
- Wet handling: Will the tyre shed water and grip the road as well as a more expensive tyre, and, will it aquaplane if you get stuck in a downpour?
- Noise: If a tyre is noisy, it makes your car a less comfortable place to be, and even lowers the perceived value of your car. If you’re going out with the kids, would you prefer them not to get car-sick?
- Treadwear: A budget tyre might seem cheaper at first, sure, but if it doesn’t last as long and you must buy another set more quickly, have you saved money? For example, if a tyre costs 70% as much, but lasts 50% as long, then you’re spending more cash on tyres more regularly.
- Fuel use: Premium tyres can save you hundreds of euro over their lifetime. Ask to see the tyre label and ask if it is B or A-rated.
What’s the best way to find out the right balance between value and performance for you?
Talk to Naas Tyres and they will give you a recommendation (taking where and what you drive into consideration). We’re the local experts, and live and breathe tyres every day. We carry a full range of tyres and can find something that fits your car and your budget.