What kind of tires do I need to have put on my car?

Your vehicle’s manufacturer has recommended specific tire sizes for your car and minimum performance requirements. What they don’t tell you is what type of tread to be running. We install lots and lots of tires on cars. We have for years. While we do live in “sunny” California, we also have inclement weather from time to time. This usually means the roads suddenly can be wet without warning. If you live in far Northern California, having a tire rated for ice and snow may be a consideration, but in the bay area, one rated for rain is likely a good choice.

Drastic conditions on the roadway can have a dramatic effect on the drivability of your vehicle. Having tires that are capable of venting extra water, for instance, can be very useful during a sudden rainstorm. Having a tread pattern that allows water to “squish” out from under the tread, creates a better situation, where as dry weather tires can actually trap water, making a slippery road even more so. Will it cost more? Given the typical frequency of tire purchases, probably a lot less than you think to get the right tires for your vehicle.

Stop by for a tire inspection and we will be happy to make a recommendation based upon your vehicle and typical use.


Our goal is your safety. We treat each of our customers like family, because that’s how we feel about you.

You’ll often hear our staff talk about a service recommendation in reference as to whether or not they would put their daughter or kids in your car. Never is this more true than with tires. Tires can be an unseen hazard.

How do you know when your tires need to be replaced? The typical thought is when they’re “worn out” and that’s not really the correct answer. The right answer is when they are beyond their serviceability.

That usually comes from two things: Date of Manufacture and Tread Wear. You can read more about this in our online Blog here Other factors can also affect this; physical damage to the tread or sidewall, a bulge or a sharp extreme impact should trigger your visiting us for an inspection. There can be unseen damage to your tire in these cases that can lead to premature failure.

Bottom line: Tire age may be the most overlooked factor in tire maintenance. This can lead to a dangerous situation at highway speeds or at best an inconvenient roadside visit.

Call us today to schedule a tire inspection and let us get you back on track for your daily commute!