Is it Time for Me to Buy New Tires?

How often do you think about your car's tires? If you're like most people, the answer is "not often." However, it's important to be able to recognize the signs that it's time for a new set of tires. Tires play a vital role in the safety and performance of your vehicle, so it's crucial to ensure they are in good condition. We will discuss the signs that indicate you need new tires and what to look for when shopping for new ones.

Signs that Tires Need to Be Replaced

Several signs indicate it's time to replace your tires. If you notice any of the following, it's time to buy new tires:

  • Tread Wear: Tread is the part of the tire that comes into contact with the road. Over time, the tread can become worn down, making it more difficult for the tire to grip the road. You can check the tread on your tires by inserting a penny into the groove. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, it's time for new tires.
  • Cracks or Bulges: Inspect your tires for any cracks or bulges. These indicate that the tire has been damaged and is at risk of bursting.
  • Vibrations: If you feel vibrations coming from the tires while driving, this is a sign that they are unbalanced or damaged.

What to Look for When Shopping for New Tires

When shopping for new tires, there are several things to remember to find the best tire for your vehicle. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Size: Tires come in a variety of sizes. Make sure to select tires that are the correct size for your vehicle. You can find this information in your owner's manual or on the placard inside the driver's door.
  • Type: There are different types of tires for various driving conditions. If you do a lot of off-roading, for example, you will need a different tire than someone who spends most of their time on the highway. Consider your driving habits when selecting tires.
  • Brand: There are many different tire brands on the market. Do some research to find a brand that you trust.


  • Budget: Tires can range in price from relatively affordable to quite expensive. Set a budget for yourself and stick to it when shopping for tires.

If you have any questions about buying new tires or needing help selecting the right tires for your vehicle, don't hesitate to contact Wilton Auto and Tire Center. We are happy to help with all your tire needs!

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Written by Wilton Auto and Tire Center