New Tires for Sale at Jim Burke CDJR

As your car’s only point of contact with the road, tires are sort of important—and that's an understatement. Ensuring you have the right tires, in the right condition, is crucial if you want to avoid being stranded on the side of the road, or worse.

So, let’s say you just drove off the lot with a new car. You may be wondering how long those new tires are good for. Well, like so many car questions, the answer is: it depends.

What's the Average Tire Lifespan?

It’s commonly accepted that tires should be switched out roughly every six years, but while tire age is important, it’s far from the only factor.

The rate of tire wear depends on a number of factors:

  • Average miles driven – If you drive the American average of 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year, your tires will probably wear at a predictable rate. Any more or less than average, and they could wear significantly faster or slower.
  • Driving habits – If you have a lead foot when it comes to applying gas or brakes, tires will wear quicker. Applying gentle gas and braking is always best.
  • Driving conditions – Terrain and weather both have massive effects.
  • Tire care – Ensuring proper inflation and pressure is key, because having uneven tire pressure often leads to uneven wearing. Having your tires rotated every other oil change can also greatly extend their life.
  • Drivetrain – The drivetrain determines which wheels are powering the car forward. For instance, rear-wheel drive cars like the Dodge Challenger Coupe will experience a different rate of wear than a 4X4 Jeep Gladiator.
  • Tire type – Not all tires are created equal. Performance tires are usually made of softer rubber to help them grip the road, but these tires often wear much quicker than all-season tires.

So, as you can see, there are a lot of factors to consider here. Luckily, assessing your tires is a quick and easy deal that any driver can do with just a bit of practice.

How to Know When You Need New Tires

You can determine whether you need new tires a few different ways, using a quick visual inspection.

The Treadwear Test

The center tread on your tire is often the first thing any mechanic or tire specialist will look at. All modern tires have a thin metal bar running down the center, which becomes more and more visible as the tire loses rubber. If the tread on your tire is flush with the treadwear bar, it’s time to swap them out, because they’ve lost about half of their stopping power.

The Quarter Test

This one’s an old trick that’s been around for decades. If you want to physically measure tread depth, but don’t have the proper tools, just use a quarter. Flip it upside down and stick it in the tread, and if the top of George’s wig is visible, it’s a sure sign you need new tires.

Look for Visual Damage

This one can be a tad bit tougher to make out if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for—Basically, you want to be wary of signs of uneven wear. This can look like rounded edges, medium-sized rough patches, or even a bulge in the sidewall. If you’re unsure about what to look for, bring the car to a tire shop in Birmingham, and a tire specialist will be happy to point out any problem areas.

Learn How to Read Your Tire

You’ve probably caught yourself wondering what all the letters and numbers on the side of your tires mean. Well, it’s actually a very detailed and specialized code that tells you everything you could ever need to know about them. This can be useful to determine the tire’s age, as well as their size, so you know the exact dimensions to shop for when the time comes to find a new set.

This handy guide breaks it all down nicely.

What Kind of Tires Should I Get?

New Dodge Challenger Tires for Sale at Jim Burke CDJR
Let’s say you’ve performed the above tests, and determined, yes indeed, it’s time for a new set of tires. First, let’s get one big thing out of the way: "Someone told me I should buy a full set of tires. Can I buy 2 tires instead of 4?”

Again, it depends. Generally speaking, most automotive professionals say replacing all 4 tires is the best-case scenario. Some folks see this as a case of the slimy mechanic upselling unwitting customers, but this actually is far from the case. Tires that wear unevenly tend to affect driving performance big-time. Don’t believe it? Try going for a jog wearing two different sized shoes.

However, replacing 4 tires at a time can get pricey. Financing is often available, but if you’re keeping up with routine tire maintenance, including regular rotations and air fill-ups, you could probably get away with replacing 2, as long as you don’t wait too long to get the other set.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to specifics. Broadly speaking, though, it’s usually best to stick with something similar to the OEM tires unless you’re having something like a lift kit installed. (Read this post about the different types of tires, including the pros and cons of each.)

Most cars and minivans will want to get a decent All-Season tire, which will get the best traction and stability in… well, all seasons. If, say, you need Dodge Charger tires to support that HEMI V8, Performance tires may serve you better.

Some options like RAM 1500 tires will be a little different, because trucks and larger SUV tires have different weight demands. If you’re using a RAM 1500 truck to commute all the way out to Tuscaloosa and back on a regular basis, you’ll probably want to spring for the Highway tires. If, on the other hand, you’re looking to fit your Jeep Wrangler to camp and tear up some trails, Off-Road or Mud-Terrain tires might be your best bet.

Does all this seem like a lot to process? Well, fortunately, Stellantis (Chrysler’s parent company) has made it a breeze with Genuine MOPAR accessories for most makes and models. All it takes is to hop onto their website, and you’ll have tons of tire options for all our major nameplates, from trusted brands like Goodyear, Bridgestone, Michelin, and more, whatever your preference. It takes the guesswork out of having new tires shipped—just make sure you double check those measurements on the sidewall!

Still Not Sure? Let Jim Burke Help You Out

New Jeep Tires for Sale at Jim Burke CDJR in Birmingham, AL

If you’re still a little nervous to pull the trigger on buying brand new tires sight-unseen, we’ve got good news for you. MOPAR performance parts and accessories are available right here at our Birmingham car dealership, so you can buy new tires in Birmingham and have them slapped on, all in one spot. Our certified technicians will work with you to get the best deal, with our price match guarantee, as well as auto service coupons and deals on authentic car parts.

If you’re still not totally sure about how long new tires last, we’re happy to answer any more questions. Call us at (205) 502-2772 to get an estimate on how much 4 new tires costs, and ask about our buy now, pay later financing program.

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