Sunnybank Hills Car Care

Car Tyres

Tyres for premium, small car tyres & 4wds why difference in pricing? How long do they last? A tyre is the most important part of your car, as it is the only point of contact between you and the road and every car has different tyres. There are five types of tyres:

Types of tyres

  • Standard Tyre/All Season Tyre – Every car comes with standard, factory-fitted all season tyres. This tyre is suitable for using all year round. It works in all weather conditions – wet and dry. In order to extend a tyre’s life, rubber made of harder compound is used.
  • Performance Tyre/Summer Tyre  – These tyres are designed to provide you with excellent grip on dry terrains. They are often used to increase handling performance. In order to provide excellent grip, soft rubber is used which decreases the life of a tyre.
  • Winter Tyre – As the name suggests, these tyres are designed to drive in extreme winter conditions such as ice and snow. This type of tyre cannot be used in other conditions.
  • All Terrain Tyre – This type of tyre provides an enhanced grip on surfaces such as sand and dirt. All terrain tyres are mostly used by off-road cars.
  • Run Flat Tyre – This is a new concept tyre which is being used on new cars. This car tyre can operate without air. This enables the car to be driven even after a puncture. This is suitable for a short distance travel at low speed.

Differences in tyres

Differences in tyres are mostly based on price rather than design. Although the design is important, many people place first priority on price. Premium tyres, although expensive, offer high performance in all weather conditions, improved handling and braking. On the other hand, low priced tyres have similar tread patterns to premium tyres but are not designed optimally for improved car running.

Issues with tyres There are various issues associated with tyres. Some of them are:

  • Conicity Problem When a tyre is manufactured, it is kept in mind to align the belt perfectly in centre. If this belt is out of position by more than a millimetre, steering issues can arise. Conicity problems arise when the location of the belt shifts. This causes the weight of the belt to shift to one side of the tread. This problem is mostly noticeable on front wheels.
  • Vibration Problem Vibrations in a tyre are caused by out-of-balance wheel or tyre assembly. In addition, vibration can also be caused by excessive radial or lateral run out in a tyre, hub or wheel. Tread wear and damaged/loose/worn wheel bearings can also cause vibrations.

Brands and Benefits

There are many tyre brands. Some of the famous ones are:

  • Continental It is a German tyre company producing the best tyres in the world. Continental tyres are fitted as standard tyres on BMW and Mercedes. The company offers high standard tyre designs which can always be relied upon. Pirelli Pirelli is an Italian tyre manufacturer that focuses on high performance tyre sector. It’s most famous Zero range tyre is designed for all car models ranging from expensive cars to average family cars.
  • Pirelli tyres are synonymous with ultimate performance, quality and emotion.
  • Yokohama Yokohama offers high performance car tyres as well as 4×4 and truck tyres. Yokohama tyres are famous amongst sport drivers.
  • Dunlop Dunlop is an Irish company which has a long reputed history of tyre evolution. It supplies cutting edge tyres to vintage and classic tyre market. It offers tyres for family cars and is also making a way on the racetracks.
  • Bridgestone Bridgestone is the largest tyre company in the world. The company plays a leading role in tyre development by creating high performance tyres. Most of its tyres are developed for Formula One.
  • Michelin Michelin has played an active role in tyre history. Michelin tyres fitted on A380 Airbus speak of its high quality standard. In addition, the company offers specially designed energy saver tyres which are economical when compared to other tyres.

Why the difference in tyre pricing?

Many customers ask “Why does this tyre cost more than other tyres?” The answer depends on a lot of factors. First, if you are going for a famous brand, it is obvious that the pricing will be high. Other than that, the price depends on the design on a tyre. Design includes pattern, size and construction. When a new tyre is out of the racks, you are not just driving a tyre; you are driving the improvements to meet your car designs. Small changes in tyre designs can add improvements in your cornering, braking, steering, handling, durability, quietness, and harshness over different road surfaces. All these changes carry a cost even if the improvement is small. The tread pattern on your tyre is responsible for breaking up the noise. A small design change carries a cost which is included in tyre price.

How long do tyres last?

The life of a tyre depends on many factors. The life depends on quality of tyre and quality of maintenance. Each manufacturer has different lists of tyre’s longevity. Typically, a standard/all season tyre lasts between 25,000 and 50,000 miles. These numbers can change depending on your driving conditions. If you are maintaining your tyres well, then tyres might last longer. If not, they may not even reach a standard tyre life. About Us We offer access to a vast tyre range including continental, Pirelli, Yokohama, Dunlop, Bridgestone and Michelin. We offer tyre guarantee against manufacturing faults and replacements based on the remaining tread depth.

We can fit tyres on BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Toyota, Holden, Ford, Citroen, hummer, Lexus, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and other brands.

When you purchase a tyre from us, you’ll get added services including:

  • Fitting
  • Tubeless valves
  • Tyre disposal
  • Standard computer wheel balancing

Contact us today to find a tyre to suit your car.