One automotive debate that will probably go on until the end of time is whether people should be buying budget or premium brand tyres for their cars. Both tyre types have their pros and cons, and it can often be confusing trying to decide which is the best option for you and your car.
In today’s blog post, I will be discussing what those pros and cons are, so that you can make an informed decision the next time you need to replace some tyres on your pride and joy.
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The importance of having good tyres on your car
You will probably know by now that when your tyres start to wear down, you will find it more difficult to slow your car down at high speeds. And when you are driving in adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain or snow, your car could feel like it is driving in a skating rink!
There are also some legal implications of driving a car with bad tyres that you need to know.
In the United Kingdom, if you are pulled over by the police and it is discovered that your tyres are defective, you could receive 3 penalty points on your driving licence and a fine per defective tyre.
If all four of your tyres are defective, not only would you end up with a massive fine but you could lose your driving licence, and your car could even be crushed if there are other major faults that make it dangerous to drive on public roads!
So, as you can see, it is very important that your car always has good, road-legal tyres!
Every tyre fitter and car service centre will sell tyres that for the budget end of the market.
The tyres on offer are usually from obscure Far East or Eastern European brands that you have probably never heard of before, yet on first glance the tyres look just as good as the premium equivalents they are stacked up next to.
That’s because the “budget” tyres are often ones that previously sold from premium tyre makers! For example, the Continental tyre company also owns a budget brand named Barum, a Czech Republic tyre manufacturer.
However, having said that, the budget brands owned by premium brand companies don’t always produce discontinued premium tyres (confusing, I know)!
For consumers that demand the best performance out of their tyres, there is no compromise or alternative to premium tyres.
You might think that “premium tyres” also means “premium prices”, but with online retailers such as Best4Tyres offering premium brand tyres at prices cheaper than what you would be charged by local tyre fitters, it often makes sense to upgrade from budget brand tyres.
There are many reasons why premium tyres outperform budget ones, such as:
Durability – new premium tyres benefit from the latest tyre technology, whereas budget ones (and even former premium ones manufactured today under budget brands) do not;
Road noise – one problem that all cars suffer from at high speed is road noise. Premium tyres contain special rubber compounds that ensure road noise in the cabin is minimal.