Can I Buy Just Two Tires?

February 9th, 2017

We know that a lot of drivers are working pretty hard to make a dollar go farther and that the outlay for a full set of four tires – even inexpensive tires – can be considerable. That’s why we run across drivers pretty often who ask if it’s okay to just replace a pair of tires, then buy the other pair when they can afford them.

The answer is…yes, but…New Tires

You’ll really need to pay attention to the size of the set of tires that you’ve already got and go with that exact same size of tires for your new pair. Having mismatched sizes of tires on your vehicle can result in squirrelly and unpredictable handling and ride quality. If your existing tires are all-season, go with all-season tires. If they’re winter tires, go with winter tires. Ideal ...[more]

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So You Get A Flat Tire...What Now?

June 16th, 2016

Flat TireNobody ever looks forward to a flat tire, and nobody ever says "well, that was a really good time" after having one. You can at least minimize the damage to your tire and danger to yourself, though.

Flats vs Blowouts

If you get a blowout, you'll know about it right away. Sometimes the tire can fail dramatically, with a bang as loud as a shotgun going off. Other times, it might just be a loss of air and a sudden change in your car's handling, followed by vibration, noise and a pull to one side. If it's a front tire that fails, your car might be a real handful to drive until you can get to a stop.

In either case, your first job is to pull off the road as quickly (but safely!) as you can. Don't jam on the brakes or make any sudden mo ...[more]

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Mixing Tires – Bad Idea

February 25th, 2016

In a perfect world, all four tires would wear out at the same time. In the same perfect world, everyone would be able to afford a whole set of tires all at once. Unfortunately, things often just do not work out that way. 

Sometimes you may just have to replace tires as you can afford them, one or two at a time, but there are some important things to bear in mind if you have to do that. 

If you can only afford to replace one or two tires, it’s essential that you go with tires that are identical (or at least as close as possible) to the car’s remaining tires. That means that internal construction, size, tread pattern and design should be close to the same. Don’t mix winter tires with all-season tires, don’t mix run-flat tires with ...[more]

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Get The Most Out Of That Set Of Tires

January 28th, 2016
Your tires are a pretty big investment. Even with the cheapest set of tires, you’re going to be spending upwards of $400 on the tires, mounting, balancing, disposal fees and taxes. Since you laid down that kind of money, doesn’t it just make sense to make sure you get the most miles possible out of them? 
Here’s some advice on long tire life:
 
Regularly check your tire pressure. This one is really, really important. Underinflated tires will wear 
unevenly and reduce your fuel economy due to increased rolling resistance. That increased rolling resistance also means more heat, which will break down the tires’ internal structure and sh ...[more]
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The Consequences of Not Replacing Tires When the Tread Runs Out

October 1st, 2015

If your tires are low on tread and you have been putting off going to a tire store to purchase replacements, you should know that there are a number of consequences you may be risking. Here is a look at some of the consequences you face when the tread on your tires run out.

Blowouts

When your tires are too old or don’t have enough tread, they will be more likely to blowout. A blowout can occur when you run over a sharp object on city roads or even on the freeway, which makes it a big safety concern that should not b ...[more]

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Tire Buying Guide

June 18th, 2015

Tires are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle so it's important that you properly maintain and replace them as needed. Buying tires is often an intimidating experience, but when armed with a little information you'll be able to approach the process with enough knowledge and confidence to be sure you're getting exactly what you need. The following tire buying tips are all you'll need to make an informed decision.

  1. Do you really need new tires? The first step in the ...[more]
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Signs You Need New Tires

March 20th, 2015

Making sure your tires are in the best condition possible is essential to the performance of your vehicle as well as for your own safety. Just as you would replace running shoes, it's important to replace your tires after a certain amount of time and use. If a tire fails you while you're driving it can be catastrophic, causing your car to go out of control or leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Because the condition of your tires is so important, it's crucial that you know when your tires are in bad shape. We have compiled a list of the 4 main things to look for when inspecting your tires. These include the amount of tread wear, cracks or bulges in the tire sidewall, and excessive vibration.

If you're not sure how to tell when your car needs new tires or you'd like to get a professional opinion, stop by one of our locations in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Smyrna, Cumming, Buckhead, or Tucker. 

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How To Read A Tire Sidewall

March 18th, 2015

 

 

How To Read A Tire Sidewall
 

The tires on your car are its most important safety feature because they are ...[more]

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