Many car owners are surprised to find that the final cost they incur to buy and install new tyres is much higher than what they had originally budgeted. This article discusses how you can keep the cost of buying and installing new tyres affordable.
Ask for the Total Cost of the Tyres
Tyre sellers often bill customers for different aspects related to the new tyres that they have bought. For instance, there may be a separate charge for tyre valves and labour for fitting the new tyres. These costs are then added to the purchase price of the new tyres. You can keep the cost of acquiring and fitting new tyres affordable by comparing what different tyre sales outlets charge you to drive the vehicle away with new tyres. This method will help you to get the most competitive total cost. This is because some stores can have a very attractive tyre price but levy a high labour charge.
Stick to the Type of Tyre That Has Worked Well for You
It can be daunting to pick a tyre from the huge array available at tyre outlets. The best way to avoid spending more than you had budgeted is to do your homework before going to shop for a tyre. For instance, buy the same type of tyre as the old ones if you had no complaints about how they performed when they had not yet worn out. If you had a complaint (such as having a rough ride) about the old tyres, check the website of the carmaker for the recommended type of tyres for your model and make of vehicle. This information will save you from buying more expensive tyres than you need. The difference in cost may be small when you consider one tyre, but it will add up when you buy a full set of tyres.
Don't Hesitate to Haggle
Many tyre stores do not have a fixed price for the tyres they sell. You should therefore negotiate with the salesperson before you pull out your wallet. You can increase your negotiating power by being armed with information about the prices of several online and offline tyre sellers. A salesperson will be more likely to give you a better deal if you show him or her that you know what the competitors are charging for the same tyres.
Tyres are an important component of your vehicle, so you should do everything that you can to get the best tyres without spending more than is necessary. Use the suggestions above so that you buy tyres for less than what other, less-informed buyers pay.