Purchase New Tires with Zippity
Zero-hassle installation at your workplace
Mounting and balancing service
Recycling of your old tires
What You Need to Know
When do you need new tires?
If your current tires have been damaged beyond patching or repair
If your tire tread is below the safety level recommended by the manufacturer.
How do you find your tire size?
You can find your tire size in a few different places:
1) Owner’s manual
2) Door Jamb
3) On the tire itself
Important factors to consider when purchasing new tires:
Mileage Warranty is the guarantee by the tire manufacturer about how long your tires will last.
Manufacturers may be willing to give you a pro-rated refund if you properly maintained your tires, have the records to prove it, and the tires are down to the final 2/32” of tread before you reach the guaranteed mileage.
Note that many high quality tires do not come with a warranty, especially if they are winter tires. This is not a reflection of their quality or performance. Instead, this is because some tires are intentionally built to stay flexible and grippy in order to have the best performance in certain conditions (like cold or wet weather). Flexible tires, with softer tread compounds typically do not last as long as harder, less flexible tires and therefore have shorter mileage warranties (if they have them at all).
So, when you are picking tires, make sure you consider both the tire’s performance for the conditions you are driving in as well as the tire’s warranty.
Do you need to pick “OE” Tires?
OE (Original Equipment) tires match the specification of the tires that originally came with your vehicle from the factory. If you like how your tires have performed and don’t feel the need to change, you can select a tire that we have marked as meeting the OE specification.
However, picking a tire that matches the Original Equipment tire isn’t always required and doesn’t necessarily mean you are picking the best possible tire for your vehicle. There are several reasons you may want to pick other tires, such as wanting to improve fuel efficiency, have a quieter ride, or better handling. If you have questions about this, please reach out to us and we’d be happy to help!
What Performance Factors should I be considering?
Tread Wear Rating
Tread wear rating is the measure of how long your tires are expected to last (under perfect conditions). Typically, the higher the tread wear number the better. However, you should beware of trade offs between tread wear and traction. A higher Tread Wear rating might mean worse traction or performance in some cases.
Traction rating indicates how well the tire stops. A higher letter (closer to A) grade means shorter stopping distance on a wet road.
AA: Highest grade (very rare, only 3% of tires rated AA)
A: Good performance. Most tires are rated A.
B & C: slightly poorer performance but 20% or fewer of tires have this rating.
Temperature rating is the tire’s ability to resist and disperse heat. A high temperature rating (A) means that a tire is well equipped to withstand deterioration when operating in high temperatures. A low temperature rating (C) means the tire is more likely to deteriorate or blowout when operating at high temperatures.
A: High temperature rating. Very resistant to heat.
B: Average temperature rating. Somewhat resistant to heat.
C: Lowest temperature rating. Minimum performance standard required by federal regulations.
The Speed Rating is the maximum speed that a tire can handle under perfect conditions. Note that this is not the speed at which you normally drive.
Speed Rating T: Max speed of 118mph, typically designed for sedans or minivans (everyday passenger vehicles)
Speed Rating H: Max speed of 130mph, typically designed for Sports cars, Luxury Sedans & Coupes
Speed Rating V: Max Speed of 149 mph, typically designed for sports cars or luxury coupes/sedans
Speed Rating W: Max Speed of 168 mph, typically designed for performance sports cars
Tire life time varies by the type of tire and driving conditions but typically ranges between 20,000-50,000 miles. Zippity recommends regularly checking on your tire tread depth to make sure your tires are safe to drive on!