There is a huge choice when it comes to tyres. With over 300 manufacturers, and each manufacturer having 10 or 20 different models of tyres, there are literally thousands of tyres to choose from, and we pride ourselves on being able to get any one of them, even the more unusual sizes and patterns. If, however, you find all this choice unnecessary and a bit overwhelming, then you can you rely on our expertise to guide you to the best solution for you.
How do I choose my tyre?
Obviously you need the right size, but after that it comes down to what really matters to you in a tyre. Typically the things that matter to people are:
- Grip (in both the wet and dry)
- How long will the tyre last
- Handling and performance
- Fuel economy
Whilst the new EU tyre labelling goes some way to answering some of these questions, it does not cover all the issues, so we have identified a range of tyres which we believe give the best balance across these criteria, whilst of course taking into account the all- important issue of cost.
Like many things in life, you get what you pay for. There are some very cheap tyres on the market, built to a price point (usually in China) and without too much consideration of any of the above criteria, but at least they are black and round. Actually some are not even that round, as we sometimes find out when we come to balance the wheels! If the only thing that matters is the initial cost, then we can get some very cheap tyres, but we do not always stock these as a matter of course.
We stock GT Radial, built in Indonesia by GT, one of the top 10 largest tyre manufacturers in the world (at the time of going to press). The GT Radial range of tyres offers superb value for money and a high level of performance for a cheaper tyre. They invest heavily in research and development, are well regarded in the industry and get good reviews on the internet. Additionally all their car tyres come with an accidental damage warranty. Tyrefair is an approved GT Radial dealer.
Mid range tyres
For many years we have been a main dealer for the Dutch built Vredestein tyres. Apollo (the parent company which also owns Cooper tyres) is now the 7th largest manufacturer in the world. We sell more Vredestein than anything else, and we believe these are technically great tyres, giving superb all round performance and value for money. Vredestein has been building tyres for over 100 years, and continues to innovate in tyre design. Their latest range of tyres has been developed in conjunction with the Italian design studio Giugiaro, and they are the cutting edge in tyre design. Over the years we have built up many very loyal customers to Vredestein, and the feedback is very positive.
It is also worth mentioning the Kleber brand. Kleber are owned by Michelin and the Kleber Quadraxer all season tyre has had outstanding reviews. We keep these in stock too.
We stock Michelin, Pirelli, Goodyear and Dunlop, all of which we buy direct from the manufacturers. All these tyres are top quality and often it comes down to personal preference. Pirelli and Dunlop clearly have a strong motorsport tradition, so are well suited to sportier cars and driving. Michelin are renowned for their long life, and Goodyear has a very strong track record focusing on safety. If you buy any of the premium tyres you can be sure you are buying a top quality product, with all the technical back-up that goes with that.Get a Quote
3 months ago, we tweeted:
'On October 7...we received service beyond the call of duty. You fitted a spare tyre to our hire car at no cost. We were astonished at the level of service you provided. We will always be grateful because you welcomed us as strangers ..and demonstrated the warm hospitality of Scottish people'. Excerpt from a letter received from Dwayne and Marcia.
Dwayne and Marcia, Indiana USA