So why a site called Tyres Whangarei?
The reason I have started this Tyres Whangarei site is to help other consumers who are looking for tyres online, or just information on tyres like tyre prices or tyre brands.
You see, I don’t own a tyre fitting business, I’m not part of a brand name franchise, I don’t have anything to do with the tyre industry except the fact that I’m a car owner, and the world of tyres are foreign and even a little daunting.
What’s at Tyres Whangarei?
In this site, I hope to give you a little bit of information about tyre car and the different brands and types that you can get here in New Zealand. And here at Tyres WhangareiI will also recommend to you a couple of businesses that I have found to provide excellent service, value for money and integrity.
All of us drivers need to purchase tyres, whether it be for the family sedan, an SUV, a trailer, caravan or motorbike. But chances are, you don’t know your radial from your tread, whether you need to replace one or all, and if you should be buying new, used or retreads.
Why We Started Tyres Whangarei…
I have to start by telling you about some excellent service we received from a tyre business in New Zealand (not Whangarei though) that restored my faith in these car service types of industries…
My husband, mother and I were driving out of Christchurch after the 22nd Feb earthquake when the car started to develop a little bit of a wobble. We were on our way back here to Whangarei and had made it to Wellington when the wobble started. So we called into the first tyre shop we came across. We told the manager our problem and he was able to look at it straight away. After 10 minutes or so he came back into the showroom and showed us how the tyre was separating (which apparently means that the tyre would have eventually blown) and that he would need to replace it. It was Mum’s car that we were in and she gave him the go-ahead to do whatever was needed.
Well… he replaced both of the rear tyres with second hand tyres that were in very good condition. He also removed both of the front tyres to clean off all the silt from the liquifaction that we had driven through. He then did a wheel alignment and balance and sent us on our way without letting us give him a cent of payment. He wouldn’t accept it. He had family in Christchurch too and he felt glad that he could at least help someone who was escaping from the devastation. Beaurepaires Porirua left us speechless with their kindness, understanding and generosity.
And I know there are other tyre service centres out there who provide such exceptional service (even if it’s not for free!) and I’m taking it upon myself to point them out to you here on Tyres Whangarei.
Even with so many brands to compare it’s hard to know where to start. Bridgestone, Dunlop, Pirelli, Goodyear, Michelin… and the list goes on!
Whether it’s a puncture you need fixed or the whole wheel replaced.
It might be your wheelbarrow, trailer, car, van, 4×4 or even through to large line haul trucks, buses and coaches, earthmovers, forklifts, container carriers it’s my hope that here at Tyres Whangarei we will help shed some light on the subject.
Sometimes just seeing what they do to fix your tyres can take the mystery out of it all. I found this video on youtube that might be interesting for those of us that have never seen a tyre being worked on before.
Looking after your tyres is the first step to motoring safety. There’s a few things that you can do (like the way you drive and regular maintenance) to maximise the life of your tyres while also keeping a close eye on the condition of your vehicle.
Below is an article from Claire Taylor who talks about the care of your tyres in a no nonsense, easy to understand way.
Tyre Care Tips and Tricks
Tyre Care Tips and Tricks
Tyre care is important to maximise the performance and life span of your tyres. Since tyres are the only contact point between you and the road, it is important that you take good care of them to ensure your safety and mobility.
You can enhance the performance and quality of your tyres’ lives by examining tyre pressure, tread path, consistency and with frequent tyre servicing.
You need to check the pressure regularly and should ensure that they are inflated to the recommended levels. Studies indicate that underinflated tyres reduce fuel efficiency. Check your hand book or consult your local service provider to know more about pressure checking and related information.
Analysing the tread depth is another important way to ensure safety. If the tyres do not have recommended level of tread depth, the wheels will not stick to the road properly. By measuring the depth of the tread you can know whether a wheel needs replacement.
You can insert a tyre tread depth gauge if you have one and check it by yourself. You can also talk to a mechanic to know more about the tread depth conditions.
It is better not to use different brands of tyres on the same vehicle. Ensuring the consistency of your wheels is important for your own safety and the wheels’ performance and life.
When you send your car for servicing, make sure that the wheels are rotated in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. This way you can ensure them maximum life.
You also need to check your rims regularly to ensure that there are no chips or damage. Also make sure that there is no unusual damage on the walls of your wheels and that the rims are dust free.
Another good tip is to avoid hard acceleration and hard braking since it can lead to excessive tyre wear and increased fuel consumption.
The best way to enhance your tyre’s life is to drive safely and accelerate gently, so take care of your tyres and drive safely.