Archives for August 2017

Tire Buying Guide

Tire Buying GuideLook no further for help with buying tires. Our team is here to help you with all your tire questions, so please feel free to call or stop by our Bloomington or Anoka locations.

When to Replace Tires

Knowing if or when to replace your tires is key. Tread depth and condition of your tires is important.

New or Used Tires

You can buy new or quality used tires. Which you need depends, in part, on your budget and the type of driving you do. 

Brand of Tires

Brand doesn’t really matter. Many tire places sell specific brands of tires, but the Tire Zoo sells most major brands of tires, as well as some other lesser known brands. Buying what is needed for your vehicle, as well as the quality of the tire, are the most important factors.

Size of Tire Your Vehicle Needs

Your owner manual, the sticker on the inside of the driver’s side door, and the tires themselves will tell you the size/kind of tires you need for your vehicle.  You can either write down what you see, take a picture, or stop by and we can tell you what type of tire your vehicle needs.

Replacing Tires

Contrary to some information out there, you do not have to buy all four tires at the same time. It is possible to replace one bad tire or your two front tires, for example, and leave the remaining tires on your vehicle until they need to be replaced. Unless your existing tires are brand new, it is likely you’ll need to buy quality used tires so we can match your tread and the tires will perform and wear evenly.

What the Term Aftermarket Means

What aftermarket tires and rims actually refers to putting tires and/or rims on a vehicle that did not originally come with the vehicle. However, be careful of blanket statements about if and how to use aftermarket tires, as each vehicle and situation can vary. The replacement tire may be pressurized differently than the original tire. However, to ensure that the TPMS sensors read correctly, it is more important to go with the vehicle’s recommended tire pressure which can be found on the door jam sticker right inside the driver’s side door.

Addition Tire Guide Resource

As far as a comprehensive tire buying guide, Consumer Reports has a fairly complete resource that gives definitions of the various types of tires from All Season Tires to High Performance Tires and Snow Tires, as well as additional items to consider when shopping for tires. 

Lease Return Tires

Lease Return TiresDo you lease a vehicle? If you lease a vehicle and are approaching a lease return, we can help you find tires that will pass lease inspection.

In many cases, our customers bring in their lease vehicles to us first to inspect tires. When the tread is worn too low to pass inspection, we can find the right sized quality used tires and put them on your vehicle so you pass inspection and avoid excess fees and/or tire replacement costs. 

Our quality used tires are in excellent condition. Stop in and let us help you!

You may be interested in tips on:

How to Return a Car at the End of Lease

Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes if You Are Leasing a Car

 

Are New Tires on Your Back to School List?

new tires on back to school shopping listEarly August just seems to be too early to think about back-to-school anything. Try as we might to ignore it, the big box stores have all the bins of crayons and tablets shoved to the front of the store. Whether you like to shop now to get the best selection or deals, or wait until the last minute possible, if tires are on your back to school list, the Tire Zoo can help.

“Thought I needed a new set of 4 tires. I gave them a call, and they had my tire with a similar (50%) tread depth. Cost me 10% of what a new set would have cost…Very happy!” Jonathan 

Ways our customers Save money on new tires:

  • Everyday affordable prices- we have very affordable prices on new and used tires, as we are able to carry many brands of new and used tires.
  • Coupons- check out the discounts and coupons to help you save more money on new tires or used tires.
  • Student discounts and military discounts available- bring ID and get 10% off purchase
  • Upfront pricing – we don’t have hidden fees or surprises along they way. When we quote you a price on tires, we let you know the mounting and balancing cost too.
  • Quality used tires- opt to buy quality used tires instead of new to save money, when what you need is a better set of tires. 
  • Buy only what you need- if only one tire needs replacing, we’ll help you match the tread of the existing tires so you only spend on what you need.
  • No pressure to buy what you don’t want or need. We’re here to help you stay safe on the road and find the best tire options for your needs.

“Nice people- put my summer tires on for much less than their competitors. I’ll go back again.” Tom

Stop in Anoka or Bloomington and see if we can help you save money on your tires before you head back to school!