Replacing Worn Out Tires Is A Real Pain!
By Robert Knechtel
OK - You've been putting off replacing those tread thin tires. Face it, replacing tires is a downright aggravating experience. Shopping for tires rests somewhere between doing your taxes or doing house cleaning. A dentistís waiting room, while you're hanging on anticipating that root canal, is unlikely to increase your anxiety. But, the bleak condition of most waiting rooms at tire dealers all too often propels us into an ambiance bordering on the repulsive.
Throughout our lives, the majority of us who drive will no doubt spend more than at least a day out of our lives marking time in a succession of these dismal dens. And then, weíre left to pore over long outdated, pawed over magazines offering little worthy of our attention.
We tend to think of tires like we think of electricity. Electric power is taken as a given. Only if it shuts off, are we really forced to think about it. We're rudely reminded of our dependence on it when we lose it.
Our lack of consciousness about our tires is identical. Ignoring them seems to be the norm. All is well until we get a flat or blowout. All of a sudden we have to interrupt whatever weíre doing. We canít get to a movie, miss picking up the kids or wonít make yoga class. Or much more seriously, one of our tires gives out and causes an accident. Itís not difficult to imagine any number of similar disruptions.
Fortunately, tire makers today are consistently improving tire performance and safety. Nevertheless, we, as car owners, have to cooperate. All things mechanical can only take so much wear and tear. Although excellent quality standards are built into tires today, they do have their useful life. Itís up to us to provide ongoing maintenance in the form of correct tire pressure, regular rotation, proper alignment and balancing. Even though we may be scrupulous about tire maintenance, there will come a time when we simply have to replace them. We dread the root canal and we dread the tire dealer.
How about a little surprise? A lot of the aggravation in replacing tires
To the rescue come the good people at websites such
as The Tire Rack. Your computer becomes your tire store while you sip
a cool beverage in the comfort of your home or office. Thatís right.
All you need to do is log on. Now thatís convenience you might not
otherwise expect when buying tires.
Hereís the rub. If you're
shopping for Bridgestone, Michelin, Dunlop, Goodyear, Pirelli or any
other major tire make, The Tire Rack maintains and ships a full inventory
of tire sizes and models. An easy to use ďsearch widgetĒ will permit
you to locate readily the right size and tire model for your make and
year of car, truck or SUV. ATV tires are available, as well. You can
peruse tire reviews.
Thereís more. The Tire Rack has made arrangements
with tire dealers in your neighborhood to receive shipment and install
them. If itís more convenient for you, The Tire Rack will ship to your
office or home.
Youíll want to consider these efficiencies when
you buy tires online.
1. Save time shopping online.
You've selected the right tires.
3. No waiting at the dealer
to complete the purchase.
4. Receive the tire makerís full warranty.
Less interruption to your busy schedule.
6. Youíre more likely
to do it right now while youíre thinking of it.
an even better idea. Have The Tire Rack mount your tires on a new set
of wheels ready to stick on your vehicle. Very few things can rehab
a worn looking jalopy better than a brand new set of tires and wheels.