Steve Andrews Tyres Bodmin Unit 1E Lucknow Road, Walker Lines Industrial Estate, Bodmin, PL31 1EZ 01208 269999
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Buying Premium vs Budget Tyres

We’re often asked “what’s the difference between premium and budget tyres?”

There are typically three main reasons for the differences between premium and budget tyres; enhanced technology, improved all round performance, and greater safety characteristics.

Technology

Premium tyres will use the latest technology and research, not only in materials but also in test methods, industrial procedures and research and development (R&D). Premium tyres are developed to give the best performance in safety, grip, rolling resistance and endurance that's available on the market at any time.

Premium manufacturers, like Michelin, use computer modelling, fluid dynamics and simulation tools that budget manufacturer don't necessarily use. As a guide, many experts suggest that the technology behind a budget tyre can be as much as 10 – 15 years old.

Performance

Budget manufacturers tend to make products to a price point, whereas premium manufacturers strive to make the best tyres they can, using their best technology, developed and tested throughout the markets where the tyre is going to be used.

Many people may think they are saving money by buying budget tyres, and maybe they are in the short-term but in some cases any savings made by purchasing a budget tyre can be lost with lower fuel economy over the life of the tyre, or the loss of mileage, and that's before you consider safety.

Safety

Premium tyres are expected to offer enhanced safety on the road and premium manufacturers work extensively with original equipment vehicle manufacturers, to give their cars the best possible performance by optimising the relationship between the tyre and the car togive the driver the best safety, grip, comfort, noise, longevity and rolling resistance.

When it comes to tyre performance in the wet, each labelling grade in wet braking is equivalent to one car length in braking at 50mph. So a saving of £X per tyre could easily result in far longer braking distances in the wet. When you need that grip, we suspect you would happily pay that extra money as you’re sliding along the road.

Whilst we know that tyres are often a distress purchase, your car is often your second biggest purchase after your house and your tyres are the only thing between your car and the road and even more significantly ‘your family’ and the dangers of the road. – Is the cost you’ll save by buying a budget tyre really worth the compromise on safety? Would you buy a budget child car seat for instance?

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What our customers think

Very reasonably priced gave additional advice which I took on board also adjusted all tyre pressures thanks

Michael Harrison - January 2018

These guys always make you feel like part of the family. They always look after their customers and make sure you leave the place happy and wanting to go back to them instead of anyone else! If you've never been here, why not? Give them one shot and I'm sure you'll make it your local place for tyres and repairs!

Ryan Greenfield - January 2018

The staff at Steve Andrews in Bodmin are unfailingly friendly and helpful, the premises are the cleanest tyre shop I have ever seen, in particular the waiting area and toilets. The job was done really quickly, just enough time for a coffee and cake at nearby Barnecutts, and the price was keen. This is a local business at its very best.

Barry Stamp - May 2017

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