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TYPES OF TIRE MARKETS
Now that you know roughly what type of tire you may need. You probably still want some advice from a professional to complete your own personal tire analysis. There are many tire dealers out there where you can get professional advice and a wide variety of tires to choose from. These chain tire stores can be found anywhere. Car dealerships also sell tires although they may be limited to only a certain selection of tires. Other places to buy tires would be warehouse retailers or big retail stores such as Wal-Mart. Those places don't necessarily have people that are specifically trained in all the different varieties of tires but they usually have a decent selection and if you already know what you want, they can accommodate you. While there are convenience/gas pumps are popping up everywhere, one can still find an occasional gas service station where they still do work on cars and sell tires.
Many people begin their tire search by looking at the advertising section of the newspaper and looking for tire sales. There are always tire bargains to be found in there. If you don't read the fine print and find out exactly what you are going to be getting for that price, you could end up paying much more than you planned on. First the advertised price may be for a tire that would only fit on a tiny little car. Once you get into the store the salesperson will work to get you to stay and purchase the tires that you really need, possibly at a much higher price. So, be careful of looking for tire bargains. Remember to budget extra on top of the tire price for tire mounting and balancing. Usually it's a good idea to purchase new valve stems at the time of a new tire, this is also an additional charge.
Keep in mind that while one brand of tire may be much cheaper than another for what may seem to be the same specifications. One just may have a very short tread life while another; more expensive brand may have a longer tread life warranty.
Since purchasing tires is more than just simply walking out of the store with a set of brand new tires. One usually has to have a technician to mount and balance the new tires on your car. It's a good idea to ask about the services. There are usually two different ways to balance a tire. One is more expensive, which involves using a computer spin-balancer. The other is an older method using a bubble device. Make sure you find out which method the tire dealer uses to balance your tires to ensure that they don't use the older method but yet charge for the computerized one.
Always ask about environmental fees. Some include this in the price of the tires while others will tack it on. To avoid having your tire price keep climbing, check with them as to how they charge for the disposal of the old tires.
Determine how much time you have or want to spare in having your tires mounted. If you are lucky enough to find a tire dealer who is having a super sale on your particular tire size and type, be prepared to wait in line along with everyone else who wants the same thing.
ood tires can make a huge difference in the handling and safety of your vehicle; you want to make sure you make the best purchase possible.
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