You'd be forgiven for thinking that all tyres are the same: just round, black, rubber objects that have a nasty habit of wearing down or picking up punctures.
In reality, tyres are a little more complicated than this, and can be pretty confusing if you don't know what you're looking for. There are a multitude of different manufacturers, brands, sizes and tread patterns all built for different vehicles, and of course they come with a variety of different benefits depending on the vehicle you own and the kind of driving you do.
From how to read your tyre size and how to check your tread, to what the EU tyre labels mean, we do our best to simplify the key tyre facts.
Then, our online booking system removes further confusion by providing you with a considered and appropriate list of products from our different tyre ranges to help you make the right choice.
And if you still have questions, our friendly team of experts is happy to take your call and help. Just give us a ring on 0800 433 4717.
Tyre brands: premium, mid-range or budget?
But does it really make any difference which brand you buy? Well, as with most things in life, the phrase 'you get what you pay for' also applies to tyres. Read our quick round-up of the key differences to help you decide which brand is right for you.
- Premium – the knowledge, expertise, money and time the premium players invest in optimising their tyres for the needs of a specific vehicle are what give these tyres their status. It takes around three years to develop a new tyre type and perfect it.
- Mid-range – mid-range tyres sit in the middle of the marketplace: they offer more in the way of performance and wear than budget brands, but use similar technology to the premium brands, just made with less high quality materials to reduce the price.
- Budget – tread patterns cannot be patented, so budget brands often mimic the styling and pattern of new premium tyres within about three months. They may look similar, but the compounds and quality of rubber used are very different, dramatically affecting stopping distances and the overall lifespan of the tyre.
When searching for your new tyres, you can easily filter by brand and range to compare the different specifications and prices of the tyres suitable for your vehicle. If you need more help or advice, just give our call centre a ring.
Tyres for all vehicle types
To find out the full list of vehicles we fit to, and what makes these bespoke tyres so different, read our tyres by vehicle type section. We’ve also listed the particular requirements for fitting to each vehicle type.
Tyres for all driving conditions
But, if you need a little more help on deciphering the benefits of these different tyre types before you run your tyre search, have a quick read of our tyre types section to get all the answers you need.