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when to replace tires

New Tires vs. Original Equipment(OE) Tires

Depending on your vehicle and how you use it, the time for new tires could be just around the corner or it could have been quite some time ago.

But when do you need new tires?

If your vehicle is 3 to 4 years old and has been on the same tires it came with or (generally speaking) they have anywhere from 30,000 - 40,000 miles on them, the tires your car or truck came with are likely at the end of their life.

But instead of opting for the exact same tires that were put on your vehicle from the factory, check out our breakdown on some of the core differences between a vehicle's original tires and the other options that are out there.

OE Tire Advantages

Obviously there's a reason your car's manufacturer selected the tires that came with it. Whether it's a Mustang on low-profile performance or competition tires or a Prius on low-rolling-resistance tread designed to maximize fuel mileage, this choice is generally informed by the manufacturer's desire to accentuate the unique characteristics of the vehicle that might attract consumers in the first place.

OE Tires can also vary by vehicle trim level, especially between standard, sport, hybrid and diesel versions of the same car or truck.

Our recommendation? If you've been happy with the way your car or truck rides since you drove it off the lot, stick with what's on there

But if you're looking for more grip and sportiness, a smoother ride, better MPG or off-road capability there's almost always going to be a tire out there that can enhance these characteristics.

OE Tire Cons

Here's the other side of the coin. If you've put some mileage on your vehicle and you're looking for a little something more out of your car or truck, tires are a great way to pretty drastically alter its handling, road noise, comfort and fuel-saving characteristics.

And before you reconsider the tires your vehicle came with, be sure to check them with a tire recall search tool so you know you're getting the safest and most recent version.

The moral of the story is that you should by no means feel pressured or compelled to replace the tires your vehicle came with for the exact same ones. So long as the new tires have the correct width, aspect ratio, rim size, speed rating and load carrying capacity you’ll be fine.

New Tire Advantages

There are also some distinct advantages to swapping your OE tires for different ones. First of all, this offers performance enthusiasts the chance to customize their vehicles by using different combinations of tire sizes and types on the front and rear wheels.

Changing tire aspect ratio and width from the OE tire can also impact grip, acceleration and braking distance, as well as vehicle MPG and ride comfort.

In almost every application there's the opportunity to either upgrade or find a more affordable alternative to the tires that were originally equipped on the vehicle.

And rest assured Discount Tire technicians always take into account vehicle safety requirements before agreeing to install different-spec tires than what a manufacturer recommends if you book a tire installation service at one of our locations.

New Tire Cons

Normally if you buy new tires from competitors of ours, you're not able to return them after any amount of time ranging from 30 to 45 days, and especially not if they've been used or driven on at all. But at Discount Tire, we really do mean it when we say: "if you're ever not satisfied, please feel free to bring it back."

That also means instead of having to arrange return shipping if you bought your new tires from us online, you can still stop in at any Discount Tire store and we'll get you taken care of!

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