Sterling Virginia - How do I choose the best tires for my car?


Updated: March 2nd, 2017

Sterling, Virginia

Replacing your tires can be a very daunting task.  Determining the size that will fit your vehicle is just the first step. There are so many options at so many different price points; it can be very overwhelming to choose the right tire at the right price that meets your needs.  When buying tires remember that price usually equals quality but, you don't need to buy an expensive ultra-high performance tire unless your car came equipped with them.  Tires are the only parts of your car that are in contact with the road. Your vehicle’s safety, function and performance are dependent on the state and quality of the 4 tires on your car.


The Cost of Buying Tires

According to Consumer Reports, when purchasing tires, you get what you pay for.

Test conducted by Consumer Reports showed that the more expensive tire of the same specifications last longer and get increased gas mileage.  


A $130 all-season tire may last as many as 97,000 miles

Am $87 all-season tire will need replacing after 55,000 miles


For the extra $43, approx $10 per tire, you not only get nearly twice the mileage life, you save on installation costs.  An important consideration is that this rule only applies when comparing tires in the same category.   We are not suggesting that you should purchase a top of the line ultra-high performance tire just because it is more expensive than an all-season tire.  


Buy the Right Tire for Your Needs

Most experts recommend that you replace your vehicle's tires with the same size and type of tire that the manufacturer recommends.  


The two main tire types are all-seasons and ultra-high performance:



All-season tires come in a variety of sizes with an average speed rating of up to 118 mph.  All-seasons offer everything the average driver needs in a tire.  There are all-seasons available rated up to 149 miles per hour; however, the tread life is significantly shorter.  


Ultra-High Performance:

UHP tires are built for one thing, performance.  With shorter and stiffer sidewalls, UPH tires offer better handling, braking, and cornering.  With an average speed rating of 149, UPH tires are found on a variety of performance-focused vehicles.  The trade off for all this performance is a decreased tread life, with an expectancy of no more than 60,000 miles.  

If your car came equipped with all-seasons, there most likely would be no measurable benefit to upgrading to ultra-high performance, the same goes for downgrading from UPH to all-seasons.  

Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies, Inc., gives an analogy comparing a tire to a rubber band, "If you take a rubber band that's been sitting around a long time and stretch it, you will start to see cracks in the rubber."

Procrastination can be costly.

To make the most of your next tire purchase, contact the Quality Discount Tire experts at Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto. We've been helping Northern Virginia drivers find the right tires at the right price for the past 30 years. By purchasing and maintaining your tires with a professional, like Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto's top branded tires, you can ensure that you are getting the right tires for your vehicle within your budget. Contact Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto today.  


*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair. Copyright Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto