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5 Things to Consider When Buying New Tires

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Owning and maintaining a car isn’t easy, and it’s not something you should take for granted. A happy, cared-for car is a safe car, and tires are a vital part of this. You wouldn’t go around with torn-up shoes! Here’s what to look for when purchasing new tires:

1. Do I Need New Tires?

If you’re not sure you need new tires, it’s probably a good time to check. Examine the tires’ sidewalls and look for cracks or blistering, and do the old “Penny Test” to see if the tread is sufficient. Take a Lincoln penny, insert it into the tread, and if you can see Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires. When in doubt, ask an expert. Better safe than sorry.

2. What Tires Do I Need?

This can go one of two ways: if you’re happy with how your current set of tires worked when they were in top shape, simply visit a dealer (such as Discount Tire Centers) and ask they replace your tires with the same set. If you’re not happy, or think you could be happier, talk to an expert and see what your options are, and do some research yourself! Starting with…

3. Reviews

One idea is to get some options for replacement tires and, before you pull the trigger and purchase them, go online and read reviews. See if you can’t find reviews for specific tires on your make and model.

4. Summer v. All Season

Cars typically come with all season tires, but if you’re looking for more performance, swap the all season tires for summer tires. What you’ll lose in traction you gain in grip. Warning: you’ll get zero traction in the snow, so if you get caught in a storm with these, it could spell trouble.

5. Large Diameter Wheels + Low-Profile Tires = Trouble

Lately the trend for low-profile tires on large diameter wheels has caused some trouble for car owners, as this can lead to uncomfortable lives. If you find yourself in this situation, swap out your low-profile tires for touring or grand-touring tires for a softer ride. Warning: this will result in weaker handling and grip.

Think it’s time to purchase a new set of tires for your vehicle? To buy tires in Los Angeles or for great tire deals anywhere in the LA area, visit Discount Tire Centers. And leave us a comment: how do you monitor your tires and maintain your car? Any tricks you’d like to share?

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Do You Need New Tires? Here’s How to Tell

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At the risk of stating the obvious, there’s only one part of your car that actually touches the road with any regularity: your tires. A good set of tires properly fitted to your vehicle can make a huge difference, and worn tires aren’t just bad for gas mileage and handling: they’re a safety hazard. Here are five ways to tell your tires are, well, tired:

Check the Tread Wear Bar

If your tires are newer, they may have a feature older tires don’t: a tread wear bar built into the tire. At first this bar won’t appear, but as the tires are worn it will show up. They’ll appear as flat bars perpendicular to the tire’s tread.

The Classic: Penny Test

A penny might be just about worthless at this point, but at least it’s useful for one thing. Tread on tires ought never to be less than 1/16th of an inch. How can you know? Take a typical penny, insert it in the grooves of the tire, and if you can see all of the 16th President’s noggin, it’s time to replace your wheels.

Check the Sidewall

Tire problems don’t necessarily begin on the tread; they can occur on the sidewall too. Fortunately checking this is simple: look to see if there’s any cracking or wear.

Blisters & Other Irregularities

Another visual sign there’s a problem with your tire, or you’re about to have one: blisters, bulges, and other irregularities mean it’s time to think about replacing your round rubber friends. Remember, it’s better to replace tires early and save yourself a couple hours stranded by the side of the highway.

Not So Good Vibrations

If you’re experiencing excessive vibration while driving, one of the first things you should check is the tires. There are good vibrations and not so good vibrations. Make sure your car’s giving you the former, with the help of new tires.

Think it’s time to replace your tired tires?  Visit for great deals on tires in Los Angeles! And leave us a comment: do you have any handy car maintenance tricks you want the world to know? How do you keep track of the life of your tires?

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