Tom from Motokiki has the low down....
Part Worn Tyres
Don’t buy them! As the saying goes: ‘buy cheap, buy twice’.
It may seem like a good idea at the time to buy cheap tyres, especially when part worn tyres are half the price of brand new ones.
Buying part worn tyres is a false economy. You may pay half the price for them, but you’ll be changing them twice as fast.
If you don’t want to be faced with a fine of £2,500 and 3 points on your driving license (Remember, that’s for EACH illegal tyre) then you best check your tyres are above the legal requirement which is 1.6 mm.
Quality over quantity
Why wouldn’t you pay attention to what’s keeping your car in contact with the road? If it wasn’t for your tyres you wouldn’t be able to get from A to B, so you should pay extra attention to your tyre health.
A good quality tyre can make all the difference. Firstly, they’ll last longer AND save you money in the long run. A good quality tyre will perform better and can also save you money on your monthly fuel bill.
Check out our guide to the EU tyre label to learn more.
Motokiki is here to help you find the right tyres at the best possible price. We compare prices, so you don’t have to. It’s become ‘the norm’ for people to shop around these days however many people still just head to their local garage, but for the sake of 10 minutes you could save yourself £££s. Why wouldn’t you compare tyre prices?
Remember, it’s not just the tyres you’re buying, you’ll also have to think about all the additional costs that come with new tyres. Such as fitting, balancing and tracking.
Our prices include fitting, if you choose the fitted or mobile fitting options only.
If you need to get your wheels balanced, you’re looking at around £10 per tyre.
Wondering what wheel balancing is?
It ensures the weight of your wheel and the tyre is even around the axle. This is done on a machine which can sense small differences in the weight around the wheel itself. Most people notice a vibration when travelling over 50 mph, this could indicate that your wheels are out of balance.
Wheel alignment or tracking is also important. Every car manufacturer ensures that their wheels are aligned correctly. This sometimes can’t be helped if you catch a pothole or hit a pavement by mistake. If a wheel is out of alignment, they become less stable, handling is reduced therefore the life span of the tyre is decreased and the fuel consumption… increased.
The tell tale signs of wheel misalignment is the tyre wear on the tyre. You’ll notice on either the inside or outside edges of your vehicle tyre the wear and tear.
If your car seems to pull more towards the left or the right while you’re driving on a straight road or even road surface, then this could be a cause of wheel misalignment.
You should have your wheel alignment or tracking checked every year or every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. You could ask the garage to check this for you during your annual car service.
Out and about
There are so many mobile tyre fitters these days why not arrange to have the garage come to you? This will save you valuable time and money spent on getting to the garage in question. While you’re enjoying your lunch break with a cup of tea, you could be getting your tyres changed at the same time and you wouldn’t even notice.
Motokiki work with mobile tyre fitting providers to bring you this great option. All you need to do is search for your tyre and select the mobile fitted option to progress.
There’s a lot to consider when saving money on tyres, but follow our simple steps and you could save yourself £££s in the long run.