Should you have your wheels aligned?

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm

Wheel alignment also called tracking should be done at least every few years, although some people opt to do it more frequently. Many garages have different equipment that is used to align the wheels and some only offer front wheel alignment so it is important you check prior to booking the car in.

If you notice that your car is pulling to one side, you have a vibration in the wheel or that you tyres are wearing unevenly then the chances are your tracking is out. A wheel alignment of the front two wheels is often in the region of £30 which is a small price to pay for something that could end up costing you a lot more if left. Driving a car that is not aligned correctly can affect your steering and can cause uneven tyre wear meaning a tyre will need to be replaced sooner than it should have been. It can also effect fuel efficiency and can making driving more dangerous if left.

Some garages will even offer you a refund should they wheels not need aligning. Be sure to shop around for the best price and to find out what is included as many garages will charge a small fee for checking the alignment but then a lot more to rectify it if it is out.



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Advertising your tyre fitting business

Posted on November 27, 2017 at 11:39 am

If you have a tyre fitting business then you will most likely already be aware of the level of competition out there for customers. There are a number of dedicated tyre fitting companies but then also usual car garages will also be able to supply and fit tyres meaning the customer has a huge choice of where to go.

The majority of customers who purchase the tyres will be mainly focused on the price. IF they can get the same deal further down the road then they will so you need to ensure that you can be competitive on the price. If you find that you are struggling to price match with some of the larger companies who buy in bulk, then you need to ensure that the customers that come to you are getting some added value for their money. This may be a collection and drop off service, tyre fitting at home or MOT discount voucher. You will also need to ensure that your customer service is second to none as you need to give your customers a reason to use you even if you are a little more expensive.

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Make sure you know your tyre sizes

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 10:23 pm

Tyres have 5 different reading son them, for example it may be 195/55/15 95V. To understand what tyre you need for your vehicle, you need to understand what this reading means. The first number is the width of the tyre, the second id the profile which is a percentage of the width and the third is the wheel size in inches. The final two are the load it can handle and the speed rating. The load and speed rating may vary but you need to take special care that the tyres you chose are the correct in width, profile and wheel size. Some vehicles have more than one tyre size that will be suitable for it and some even require different sized wheels on the front that the ones that are on the back.

When choosing new tyres ensure that the tyres you have on the same axle match. When looking for quotes for tyres, you can usually give the garage your reg number and they will tell you what size you need. The easiest way to check is to look on one of the existing tyres. If the wheels have been changed from the manufacturers standard then you may need to notify the garage of this.



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Buying second hand alloys wheels

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Alloy wheels are a popular choice with avid motorists when it comes to styling up their vehicle. Previously many cars were made with steel wheels which are more durable and easy to style with plastic wheel trims, but over the last few decades, car manufacturers have started to make cars that have alloy wheels as standard or that can be purchased as an optional extra at the build process.

If you are wanting to fit alloy wheels to your car then you may be able to go up a size or two allowing you to fit bigger tyres which means better grip on the road. Alloys are also better at dispersing heat from the brakes.

When buying alloy wheels you need to check a few things first:

  • Check that your car is able to take the size of alloy you want to put on it – if you go too big it will affect the handing and safety of the vehicle
  • Check that the bolts will fit. Some alloys are four bolts some are five, hold the alloy up to the car to check the positioning of the bolts to see that they line up.
  • If buying second hand – check the alloys closely for damage.


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How much can you expect to pay for a puncture repair?

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Getting a puncture on your tyre of your vehicle can be annoying especially if you have only recently had new tires fitted. Regardless of how old the tyres are, a puncture can occur at any time and you may find that you wake up to a flat tyre without even being aware that you had a puncture.

Many garages will offer a puncture repair service but not all punctures can be repaired. Depending on where the puncture is can also vary the cost of repairing it and often you need to weight this up against the cost of a new tyre, especially if you do not have much tread left on the existing one.

If the repair is simply then you can expect to pay anywhere between £5 and £25 so it is well worth shopping around. Halfords for example will charge £25 but some independent garages will charge less than £10!

You should always get some sort of guarantee on repairs that are done, but obviously if you develop a new puncture in the same tyre, that won’t be covered, only existing repairs. If the tyre is damaged in any other way then it is not advisable to have a repair.

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Signs it’s time to change your tyres

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 7:53 pm

Many people wait to change their tyres until they are advised to do so on their MOT however if you drive quite a few miles in between MOTs or you drive in fairly harsh conditions then you may find yourself driving with illegal tyres and could face having an accident and/or facing prosecution.

To avoid this there are signs that you can look out for whilst driving that could signal that it’s time to get your tyres checked. One indication could be if you feel that the car is not handling well this is usually most obvious around corners where you may feel the car slip or the back end of the car kick outwards. This can be caused by the tyre thread wearing down and reducing grip.

Another sign is an increased breaking distance. When applying the brakes in a car the wheels will lock at first to stop the car as quickly as possible however if the tyres are worn then the car may continue to slide forward increasing your stopping distance quite dramatically.

If your tyres are regularly loosing pressure and keep needing more air in them then the tyre could either have a slow puncture or the rubber could have perished and deteriorated meaning that you would need to replace the tyre immediately to avoid the risk of a dangerous blow out and possibly an accident.

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Winter tyres or all round tyres?

Posted on October 31, 2016 at 9:59 pm

Buying tyres is something almost all car owners have to do at some point. So drivers that cover a lot of miles, this may be a task that you have to do annual or possibly even more. As a buyer, you can be inundated with choices when it comes to tyres; should you buy budget tyres, mid range or splash out on the premium range?

Another choice you need to make is whether you choose an all year round tyre or if you choose winter / summer tyres. You can drive a car with winter tyres on in the summer but you may find that they wear out quicker and are not as good in terms of grip and road noise at higher temperatures. If you do opt for winter tyres then you may want to get another set of wheels, allowing you to change the wheels over from summer to winter without the hassle of having to get the tyres removed and refitted each time.


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Are budget tyres ok?

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 7:35 pm

When it comes to choosing tyres you can be inundated with options which are all suitable for your vehicle. It may be that you have not had to buy tyres before and might not really be aware of the different brands. Most tyre fitters will explain what choices you have but it may be worth carrying out your own research.

Many tyre websites will show you the ratings for each tyre. Often there are 3 scales – one for road noise, one for wet grip and one for fuel economy. Often even the best tyres will not perform really well in all of these categories. If the car is good a gripping in the wet, this may make it nosier and also use up more fuel. When looking, you should try and find a good all round tyre. Cost is obviously a concern as well, but it maybe if you spend an extra £5 or so on each tyre you get one that is a lot better quality.


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Shopping around for tyres

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Tyres are often an expense us motorists incur at least once a year. Depending upon how much you drive in your car and the quality of tyres you have last fitted will make a difference in when you need to change them. It may be that you have not long had new tyres on but if you get a puncture that cannot be repaired then you may have to replace a tyre with a decent amount of tread on it.

It is well worth shopping around for tyre prices as you can find the same tyre will often cost you £10 less or even more by making a few phone calls. Some garages get better discount from the manufacturer than others, often if they are able to buy in bulk. They will then pass a certain amount of this saving on to you, the customer. Buying without doing your research often means you end up paying over the odds.


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Becoming a tyre fitter

Posted on July 31, 2016 at 10:45 pm

A tyre fitter repairs or replaces damaged or worn tyres. They often need to inspect tyres for customers to check for wear or for a puncture for example and may need to advise them on what sort of tyres they need. They can work on any kind of vehicle, from cars or light vehicles to large goods or public service vehicles. They may also go out and repair tyres on vehicles that have broken down.

Tyres come in ranges such as budget, mid range and top range and the price usually goes up the better quality brand you buy but buying top end is not always the most economical way or replacing your tyres.

As a tyre fitter you may be expected to work 6 or 7 days a week on a rota basis giving you a day or two off in the week. Tyre centres are usually open long days and weekends and may even offer a 24 hour call out service.


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