Columbus Volkswagen, Subaru, & Audi - Our Guide to Buying Tires

When the time comes to buy new tires for your vehicle, it can be confusing to decide which kind of tires to get, where you should buy them, and how to install them. Tires are one of the more expensive automotive maintenance items you will encounter and can greatly affect the efficiency and safety of your drive, so make sure you get the right set for your specific model and driving needs.

Follow our step-by-step guide for buying tires for your Volkswagen, Subaru, Porsche, Audi, or another model. Our dealership proudly serves drivers in the Columbus area with the best selection of tires and competitive prices!

1)   Determine if it’s Time for New Tires

Driving on worn tires with little tread is unsafe and can put you in danger. Take a look at your tire pressures and inspect the tires of punctures, uneven wear, and worn tread. You can also attempt the penny test for further peace of mind about the life of your tires. Take a penny and insert the side with Abraham Lincoln head first into the most worn part of your tire. If you can see the top of his head, it is time to start shopping for new tires!

In some cases, tires can expire before they wear down. If you don’t drive your car often, think extra vehicles for specific driving needs or your grandparent’s vehicle, check the expiration date on the side of the tires to make sure they are still good.

If your tires aren’t expired or overly worn down, but you find your car pulling to one side, slipping around, or not fully stopping when you brake, you may have a different issue than old tires. Take your vehicle into our service shop in Columbus to check if your tires are underinflated or if your car is not in proper alignment.

Once you determine that it is time for new tires, plan on spending a minimum of a few hundred dollars to buy a new set and have them installed on your vehicle.

2) Choose the Right Tires for Your Vehicle

There is more to selecting the right tires than finding ones that fit at the lowest price. Take a look at your vehicle’s minimum requirements, your driving habits, expectations for tire life, the weather in your area, and surfaces you commonly travel on.

Many vehicles come equipped with some form of all-season tires unless you have a performance model, which may come equipped with summer tires or sport tires. If your current set has served you well, you may want to opt for a new set of the same kind of tires.

All-Season Tires

All-season tires deliver reliable traction as well as good comfort and handling on the highway. This option typically works for most vehicles and provides the best combination of features for regular drivers.

Performance Tires

Choose an ultra-high performance tire if you plan to drive for thrills on mostly smooth surfaces. They offer higher speed ratings and generally have larger circumferential and lateral grooves for traction in wet weather.

Touring Tires

Touring or Grand touring tires deliver reliable all-season traction and more responsive handling. These typically offer a higher speed rating than all-season touring tires. If you drive a performance sport vehicle or sedan, you may need the enhanced handling capabilities offered by these tires.

Summer Tires

Summer tires are not designed for every season, but optimal performance in wet and dry conditions. If you live in a warmer climate or want a set of tires just for your summer driving, grab a set of these at the dealership.

Winter Tires

Look for a set of winter tires if you find yourself dealing with heavier winter weather and have more of a need for better traction and performance in inclement weather. They are designed to give drivers the best traction in conditions below 45 degrees and can be used on a variety of vehicles. Studded winter tires are great for the harshest of winter conditions and heavy ice but can cause additional noise and discomfort and are illegal in some states. Non-studded winter tires will still provide plenty of traction for general winter driving.

All-Terrain Tires

All-terrain tires offer a more aggressive tread pattern, larger tread blocks, and more voids for improved traction in off-road driving conditions. They are designed to handle sand, gravel, and light mud with little to no discomfort on the road. Many drivers enjoy these for their capabilities and more aggressive look.

All-Purpose Tires

All-purpose tires, also known as trail tires, are a bit more rugged than your standard highway tire. They work well for regular driving and offer a moderate off-road grip, making them a more mild version of the all-terrain tires. Choose these if you may occasionally need some off-road grip, but don’t plan on taking any rugged four-wheeling trips.

Highway Tires

Need your tires to handle the heavier load of your truck or SUV? Highway tires have all-season tread and are designed to be very comfortable on pavement. Their engineering resists uneven wear to provide long-lasting tread life.

If you are still unsure of which kind of tires you should get for your specific vehicle or want to hear about other options, talk to the tire specialists at our Columbus dealership!

3) Schedule Your Tire Installation with Trusted Technicians

Once you are ready to get new tires and know exactly which kind you need, schedule a service appointment at our Audi, Volkswagen, Subaru, or Porsche service centers in Columbus. While you can find tires at online retailers or wholesale clubs, it is a good idea to go straight to the dealership. They are sure to carry the right set of tires for your make and model and have the capability to install them immediately!


Our technicians are experienced with a variety of vehicles and can be trusted to properly install any kind of tire. Contact Byers Imports today with all of your tire-related questions or to make an appointment for new tires!
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