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.