“Newbie here, but I thought I’d share my experience of etyres in Birmingham. Found them on Blackberry whilst being low-loadered home yesterday afternoon, following front n/s blow-out on M6 at Knutsford (missing tube from tyre-weld kit – Doh!). Thought I’d give them a go as I could not drive the car anyway so needed a home-type-service without a £90 call-out fee!
“The chap came round today, very professional and knowledgeable – even asked me to check the manual for the correct wheel nut torque? When was the last time they did that at Kwik-fit?
“OK so the price; my tyre of choice was the Toyo TR1; I have them on the rear of my C32 AMG and I am very impressed so I thought I’d match both the fronts (due for replacement anyway). 2 x 225/40 18Y (186 mph rating!) £232 inc VAT all fitted. Excellent value and about as cheap as you can get them.
“Had never of dreamed of using a call-out tyre service (don’t know why not to be honest?) until needing a home service, but now I shall not hesitate to use them and certainly would recommend Philip who fitted my front rubber; credit where credit is due I say.”
G Allen, Solihull – 27/1/13
|Tell us about your etyres experience|
etyres is a leading mobile tyre fitting company and we have a busy branch that covers Solihull and the surrounding areas. We come to you to fit your new car, van, motorhome, caravan or trailer tyres at your work or home. Our prices are highly competitive for economy, mid-range and all the premium brand tyres and include fitting, a new valve, electronic balancing, disposal of the old tyre and VAT.
etyres Solihull also repair punctures, which could save you quite a bit of money, plus we supply and fit batteries. Our mobile tyre fitting service also extends out to cover the surrounding areas, including Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Balsall Common Coventry and Warwick.
Does half the cost mean half the quality?
If you are looking for car tyres you will notice some very high prices for the big brand tyres. Then you will notice the cheapest option and you may be inclined to think – are these tyres really that bad? Can the performance really be that much of a difference? After all, rubber is rubber right and they must be to the level of quality required to sell in the UK?
The major tyre companies undertake heavy research and development, looking into techniques surrounding the tread pattern, rubber compound, and the internal structure.
What did the car tyre test say?
Recently, the car buying magazine “What Car?” conducted this very test1. What was used in the test?
■Premium tyres: Michelin (£70), Goodyear (£60), and Continental (£58).
■Budget tyres: Arrowspeed (£44), Ovation (£37), and Sunew (£37).
■The car: Vauxhall Meriva
■Equipment: GPS-based timing equipment
Test 1 – stopping distances in dry conditions travelling at 70mph:
1.Michelin Pilot Sport 3 – 48.5 metres
2.Continental ContiPremium Contact 2 – 51.1 metres
3.Sunew YS112 – 52.2 metres
4.Goodyear Optigrip – 53.4 metres
5.Ovation VI-182 – 53.4 metres
6.ArrowSpeed CP661 – 53.9 metres
So comparing the best premium brand tyre against the worst budget tyre, the stopping difference was 5 metres longer for the budget tyre. Goodyear didn’t fair too well in this test did they?
Test 2 – stopping distances in wet conditions travelling at 70mph:
1.Michelin Pilot Sport 3 – 59.5 metres
2.Goodyear Optigrip – 62.1 metres
3.Continental ContiPremium Contact 2 – 64.3 metres
4.ArrowSpeed CP661 – 68.2 metres
5.Ovation VI-182 – 76.0 metres
6.Sunew YS112 – 82.4 metres
Looking at that there are some shocking differences. The budget tyres took an average of 14 metres longer than the premium tyres.
Two other tests were undertaken measuring the lateral grip (with the premium tyres showing better grip) and the cabin noise generated (which was roughly the same overall). You can watch a short video of the tyre test conducted by What Car?.
Tyre Blog opinion on cheap budget tyres?
Looking back at the overall results it is clear that there isn’t actually a direct correlation between the price of tyres and the quality of them. The stopping distances in the wet were alarming, but the rest of the tests show that there is only a small difference in quality – in some cases the budget beating the premium!
Phil from etyres Solihull says,
If you notice that you need new tyres for your car, van, caravan or motor home, give etyres a call on 0800 0289000 or the local branch a call on 0121 270 2594. We supply and fit many types of tyres including runflats, caravan tyres and brands including Continental, Michelin, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Firestone, Avon, Goodyear, Hankook, Yokohama, Falken, Kumho and many more. We also fit car battery and Tyron bands. If you wish to pay cash for your tyres rather than credit card call the local branch on 0121 270 2594 and we can offer this service, we can also fit tyres on the same day if stock is available.
Tyres are the vehicle’s only point of contact with the road. The actual area of contact between the car and the road through the tyres is small, roughly equivalent to four size eight men’s shoes. Bald tyres – ‘slicks’ – may be fine for a race car on a dry track, but no good at all for road vehicles on a wet road surface. Tyres treads are designed to pump water from the road surface and provide maximum grip. By the time the tread is worn down to the legal limit they will be unable to perform this task efficiently and MUST be replaced.
RoSPA recommends that worn tyres are replaced with an equivalent new unit well before the legal minimum tread limit of 1.6mm is reached – ideally as soon as they reach 3mm.
There is a fact sheet on the RoSPA website discussing Tread Depth and Wet Weather Stopping Distances.
The Right Tyres for the Vehicle
Motor vehicle manufacturers choose the type, make, size, profile, load carrying capacities and speed ratings to match their vehicles, adjusting the tyre pressures to give the optimum grip, ride and handling characteristics. Only change the type of tyres on your vehicle on expert advice from the vehicle manufacturer, or tyre manufacturer.