In a perfect world, all four tires would wear out at the same time. In the same perfect world, everyone would be able to afford a whole set of tires all at once. Unfortunately, things often just do not work out that way.
Sometimes you may just have to replace tires as you can afford them, one or two at a time, but there are some important things to bear in mind if you have to do that.
If you can only afford to replace one or two tires, it’s essential that you go with tires that are identical (or at least as close as possible) to the car’s remaining tires. That means that internal construction, size, tread pattern and design should be close to the same. Don’t mix winter tires with all-season tires, don’t mix ...[more]
You may have noticed that carmakers are pushing the service departments of their dealerships more and more in advertising. Ford touts themselves as “America’s Newest Tire Store” and GM’s “Good Wrench Service Plus” has been around for a long time. So why is that happening?
· With discounts and special financing, the profit margins on new cars have dropped considerably, and dealerships have to generate more business through their service departments.
· At one time, warranty work accounted for about 70 percent of the work done at dealerships. Today, with better, more dependable and longer-lasting cars, that figure has dropped to about 20 percent.