Tire Questions and Answers

Tire Questions and Answers

Tire Questions and Answers

Question: Can I look at my tires and tell they are properly inflated?

Answer: No. While obviously you can tell (visually) when a tire has gone flat, you can not do visual checks of tires to check if they are over-inflated, under-inflated, or properly inflated. Use your owners manual and check your tires with a tire pressure gauge. 

Question: Can I buy only one tire to replace a tire that went bad?

Answer: Yes. You don’t need to buy an entire set of four new tires when one tire goes bad. If your remaining tires are new with almost all tread left, then you can buy a new tire to match. If your remaining tires aren’t new, we can find one quality used tire to match the tread of your existing tires, saving you a bunch of money.

Question: How do I know/find the right size tire for my vehicle?

Answer: Assuming your current tires are the correct size for your vehicle, you can look on the side of your tire. You can also look on the inside of the driver’s side door, or in your vehicle’s owner manual. Or stop by the TireZoo, and we’ll figure it out. 

Question: If I buy a set of four new tires, how many miles can I expect to get?

Answer: It really depends on the type of tires you purchase, the speed rating of your tires, and the kind of use you intend for your vehicle.  As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t had your tires checked by 40,000 miles, you should. If all is well, then you are good to go for a while longer.

Memorial Day 2018

Both our locations in Anoka and Bloomington will be closing at 3pm on Saturday, May 26th and will remain closed through Memorial Day. We will resume our regular hours on Tuesday, May 29th.  We wish you a very happy and safe Memorial Day holiday.

Benefits of Buying Used Tires

Benefits of Buying Used TiresThere are definite benefits to buying used tires. There are very good reasons why it might be more advantageous to invest in new tires, but for many people there are plenty of good reasons to opt for used tires.

5 Benefits of Buying Used Tires

  1. Save Some Cash: Saving money is typically the number one reason people opt for buying quality used tires for their vehicle. In many cases, the savings is substantial. 
  2. Environment: Using tires through their lifespan is definitely a greener choice. Many of the quality used tires we have in stock have barely been used, and many have 75% or greater tread life left. 
  3. Flexibility: Another of the benefits of buying used tires is the ability to buy just one, or two, or three tires to replace bad tires and match existing tread on remaining tires. When you aren’t forced to buy more than you need, you save money.
  4. Freedom: If you drive in extreme conditions that would wear down tires faster than normal or pose a threat to wrecking or puncturing tires such as driving in construction zones and off-road, you have less invested in used tires should they cease to be repairable. Nobody wants to buy new tires if there’s a daily chance of wrecking them. 
  5. Shop in Person: At the TireZoo, we carry both new and used tires in stock. You are able to see the used tires yourself and the condition they are in, as well as compare to your other options. With our large inventory of quality used tires in Anoka and Bloomington, seeing the tires for yourself is a benefit to buying online or an auction site. You’ll know you’re getting quality tires and our unique 30 day used tire guarantee. 

Happy Easter!

Everyone at the TireZoo wishes you and your family a Happy Easter and safe travels!

Happy Easter from the TireZoo

Things That Cause Tire Wear

things that cause tire wearCar tires are an investment in your safety! You cannot afford let them deteriorate or compromise their condition. There are some things that wear on your tires, causing them to age prematurely.

Improper Inflation

As the leading cause of tire-related crashes, under inflation is also a major cause of premature tire wear. When your car tires are under-inflated they begin to wear unevenly, mostly around the outer edge and extra pressure is put on the actual framework of the tire which can cause splitting in the treads. Not only is this dangerous and wears your tires quickly, but it also causes extra fuel consumption. With the winter temps, PSI (tire pressure) can drop, causing your tires to be under-inflated, so watch carefully and add air.

Much like under inflation, over inflating your tires also causes premature wear and is the second leading cause of tire-related crashes. Over inflation will cause wear mostly down the center of your tread pattern and can cause cracking in the sidewalls. Check your tire pressures regularly and keep them at the proper inflation level for your vehicle.

Suspension and Brake Systems

Poorly maintained suspension and brake systems will drastically reduce the lifespan of your car tires. Brakes that lock up or drag under aggressive driving conditions, or are worn will cause your tires to wear unevenly. Loose or worn suspension parts will cause your tires to rub against the road surfaces rather than smoothly roll; this can also quickly wear tread.

Failure to Rotate Tires

Not rotating tires at the proper intervals can mean unnecessary wear on tires. Since your front tires wear faster than your back tires, not rotating them means uneven wear between the tires.

Pot Holes

Living in Northern conditions, pot holes are a common occurrence and it is likely that even when trying to be careful you have run into your share of them. These can cause rapid tire wear for several reasons, the main being knocking your tire out of balance. Even what may seem like a small pot hole can cause damage to your tire (sometimes not visible damage) which can cause damage to the cords, and/or your tire to become unbalanced and wear unevenly. Car tires are also susceptible to premature wear if your vehicle’s alignment is affected by a particularly rough pot hole, sliding on ice into a curb, or a suspension component like a strut is broken or loosened by the jarring motion.

Your tires are one of the most important safety features of your vehicle and should be replaced when necessary. Following some of these simple tips will help extend the life of your tires.

Not sure about the condition of your tires or worried about something? Stop in and let us take a look. We’ll give you honest help and get you on your way fast.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Both locations will be closed on December 24th and 25th for Christmas, as well as January 1, 2018 for the New Year’s holiday. 

The TireZoo of Anoka and Bloomington, MN

FAQ’s about Tires & Service at the TireZoo of MN

faq's tireWhat brand tires do you carry?

Goodyear, Bridgestone, Kelly, Firestone, Michelin, Uniroyal, Continental, Kumho, Mast Associate, Fuzion, General, Mickey Thompson, Nexen, Nitto, Nanking, Pirelli, Riken, Bct, Bfgoodrich, Falken, Cordovan

Do you sell both new and used tires?

Yes.

Can I check if you have a certain size tire before I stop by?

Yes! You have two options. You can check on our website for new tires, or call either of our locations to check on our used tire inventory. We’ll be happy to check for you and give you a price.

When shopping for used tires, can you tell me what amount of tread is left?

Yes, we will tell you about what percentage of tread is left. In many cases, we have several options to choose from, and our inventory changes frequently.

How many locations do you have?

Two. Bloomington and Anoka, MN

Can I buy tires from you and not have them put on?

Yes.

Can I have you put on tires that I already have?

Yes.

Is there a warranty for used tires?

We warranty all used tires for 30 days after the purchase and installation on your vehicle!

Do you offer free rotations?

When you purchase a set of four new tires from us we do free lifetime balancing and rotating. Details here

Do you do alignments?

No.

Do you deal with TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system)?

Yes. Most vehicles/tires now have TPMS.

Do you have any coupons or specials?

Yes. You can see our current specials here.

Do you recycle tires?

Yes. Tires that have expired their safe and useful life are recycled. We ship the ‘spent’ tires to a reputable recycler. The tires are shredded or made into crumbs and are used to produce new products.

Do I need an appointment?

No appointments are necessary. Just stop in.

What are your hours?

Our normal business hours are 9am-6pm M-F. On Saturdays we’re open 9am-5pm, and closed on Sundays. Watch our website and Facebook page for holiday hours.

 

 

 

Closed on Thanksgiving

The TireZoo will be closed at both locations (Anoka and Bloomington) on Thanksgiving Day. We will be open regular hours on Friday, November 24. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving

Thank You, Veterans!

We want to take a moment to thank all veterans for their service to our country. Please ask for a 10% military discount anytime you are at either of our locations.

Anoka Location Closed Saturday, October 28, 2017

The TireZoo in Anoka will be closed all day on Saturday, October 28, 2017 for the annual community celebration of Halloween and festivities. 

The Bloomington location will be open regular hours on Saturday.

Thank you for your business and your understanding.