Premium vs Budget Tyres

16 September 2015 / Lindleys Autocentres

How to strike the right balance between safety and cost-effectiveness.

Replacing your tyres can often be an intimidating prospect. With so many choices available and so many things to consider how can you be sure that you’re getting the right tyres at the right price? And do you go for a premium tyre brand, taking comfort from the fact that you’re fitting a well known name to the wheels of your car? Or do you take the thrifty option and go for the less well known brand but at a price that’s easier on your wallet?


New legislation has meant that tyres now have to be classified from A to G in terms of things like wet braking, fuel efficiency and external noise, with A being the best and G being the worst. This does make it easier at least to recognise the where your chosen brand of tyres fits in the scale of quality but you still have to engage in the juggling act between quality and safety, and cost effectiveness.


Lindleys Autocentres are your local tyre replacement experts and over the years we’ve amassed a great deal of expertise in selecting the right tyres for the right car. If you’re looking for help navigating the perils and pitfalls of tyre replacement feel free to pop in and see us. In the meantime here’s some advice on choosing the right tyres for your car.


Premium Tyres

Well known brands like Pirelli, Michelin and Firestone have a fearsome reputation for quality and for a good reason. These premium brands are the result of years of engineering and technical excellence, which is why the professionals turn to these brands. Premium tyres tend to offer:

  • Better grip

  • Better fuel efficiency

  • Longer wear time

  • Greater braking efficiency


However, with the enhanced benefits of premium tyres comes an added cost and they’re not for those for whom budget is a serious consideration. If you’re frequently driving long distances and your budget will stretch to it then premium tyres should definitely be a consideration. If, however, you’re just driving short distances it might be friendlier to your wallet to consider a slightly lower grade of tyre.


Mid Range Tyres

These tyres tend to be produced by the premium manufacturers but under a different brand name. For that reason, you still have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your tyres have been produced by world leaders in the industry. There is a compromise on the quality from the premium tyres but not in a way that will sacrifice the safety of your car on the road.


These tyres are for those who use their car regularly, for commuting to work and shopping, but who don’t frequently drive long distances. They offer comfort and safety but without impacting too heavily on your budget.


Budget Tyres

At the lower end of the range are the budget tyres. These tyres are only really for cars that do low mileage at low speeds. They’re not designed for lengthy motorway driving and although they offer a better price, your budget will suffer in the long run as you’ll need to replace them more frequently and your fuel efficiency will suffer. If you’re using your car regularly then you should almost certainly consider going for mid-range tyres.


Part Worn Tyres

Lindleys Autocentres would never advocate the use of part worn tyres. To see why you shouldn’t consider part worn tyres for your car you can read the full article here.


Naturally, if you’re still bewildered by the choice of tyres Lindleys will be all too happy to help but you should now at least have a rough idea of the type of tyre you’re looking for. To book your car in for replacement tyres and see the tyres available for your car you can book tyres online here.  


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