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View Poll Results: Your tyre purchasing preference
OE - the exact same, no messing 1 3.70%
Preferred Brand - I always use this make 3 11.11%
Branded - any top brand but price plays a big part 10 37.04%
Mid range - a reasonable brand but more price conscious 4 14.81%
DitchhookersRUs - cheapest I can get, even used perhaps 0 0%
Top Performance - grip etc all researched, price irrelevant 6 22.22%
Other - because it's the law with polls 3 11.11%
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Your tyre purchasing style

A bit hacked off yesterday. MrsJim picked up a bad puncture and couldn't change the wheel so limped "carefully" to the tyre shop about 3 miles at "less than 10mph - honest" the tyre was shredded and looked like a melted welly.

Having put a complete new set of Uniroyals on her essentially banger status 147 less than 1000 miles ago/about 10 weeks ago (replacing shonky Landsail that were on it when we bought the car) it's the waste that hacked me more than anything. She'd struggle to change a wheel and doesn't have breakdown cover as she rarely takes it more than 10 miles from home. But I digress. She got another Uniroyal at just under £70 fitted. Mid range but a decent brand. I was originally prepared to pay a bit more but gave in to the saving in this case.

I wondered what the profile of choices would be on AO in broad terms - OE exact replacements; top performance; favourite brand; cheap and cheerful ditch-hookers or even used?

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I'll struggle to vote, as my approach is between a couple of them.

Good brand. Bit of research on what has a good reputation - importantly specifically for that car (for instance, Vredestein's had a great reputation for 145 QVs, and I did find them to be great. I tried them on the Fiat Coupe 20VT, and they were nowhere near as good - and other's opinions confirmed this). I wouldn't say price is irrelevant though.
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I'll struggle to vote, as my approach is between a couple of them.

Good brand. Bit of research on what has a good reputation - importantly specifically for that car (for instance, Vredestein's had a great reputation for 145 QVs, and I did find them to be great. I tried them on the Fiat Coupe 20VT, and they were nowhere near as good - and other's opinions confirmed this). I wouldn't say price is irrelevant though.
Probably sits in the "Branded but price plays a part" one as I envisaged it Bazza. Decent brand but a decision based on factors beyond just the brand and with price coming into it to an extent. Not the out and out performance at any cost end. Different kind of research/mindset as I thought about the poll.
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For the most part I've stuck with what the car came with.
Apart from Bridgestones which were on the Brera and
currently on the Jeep.

Spent a lot more time researching tyres since moving to SUVs
as the additional criteria were hardiness off-piste and ability
to climb mountain roads in snow.
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Went with the branded but price plays a part as I have switched from OEM on both cars. Price was not the top determinant though.

For one car it was availability although the new brand had better reviews and was lower priced.

The other car was essentially down to better performance reviews.
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Top branded for me - Eagle F1s, Contisport 5s, Michelin Pilot Sports, Pirelli P-Zeros, anything like that will do for me, whatever I can find cheapest at the time or to match the other pair on the car. So in a sense price conscious, but without sacrificing quality.

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Mid range.

Dunlops on mine. I do a bit of research online and then go to my local indy, who does our MOT's, and see if they'll match.

They've never let me down.

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Same as the other, do the research first.

I don't beleive that on a standard type car that the super branded expensive tyres make that much difference compared to the mid range tyres... obviously the budgets will be different but itll still be pretty marginal.

I would be more price consious - id get the best that I can afford - last time out were Vredestein Ultrac Vortis
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Mid range for me. I don't drive a car in the style requiring the specs of a top rated tyre. And I refuse to pay 170 notes a corner.
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Cheapest with a decent wet weather rating. Don't really care too much what it says on the side, or the noise rating, and I can't actually tell the difference most of the time anyway.
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Bridgestone Potenza RE050 since about 2006 on the 147s, it was one of the OE options back in the day, Pirelli & Goodyear were also OE suppliers on 17" alloys.

Twice I've fitted RE050A (directional) when the others weren't available when required, both times they didn't wear evenly, & I don't think it was a tracking issue on one of those occasions.

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For me I usually go with a decent brand and with a good review. Normally either Goodyear or Michelin.

On a pence per mile basis decent tyres are worth the extra for the better performance they give. Imo
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Probably sits in the "Branded but price plays a part" one as I envisaged it Bazza. Decent brand but a decision based on factors beyond just the brand and with price coming into it to an extent. Not the out and out performance at any cost end. Different kind of research/mindset as I thought about the poll.
Fair enough, I shall place my vote in that box.
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Research review and get the best my budget can stand. Contis last time. I listen on here to see what you guys think. Tend to go for upper midrange eg hankook kumho normally. I read all the mags too

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A lot of this will also depend on your size.

in common sizes like mine (225/45 R17) there is only a few £'s difference between mid range tyres and the premium ones.

So IMO it makes little sense to go for the cheaper ones.

It isn't a good arguement to say you don't drive fast so cheaper tyres are ok. Better tyres will stop the car faster and make the car handle better at any speed, and that slightly better stopping power could be the difference between crashing and not crashing in an emergency.
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Better tyres will stop the car faster and make the car handle better at any speed, and that slightly better stopping power could be the difference between crashing and not crashing in an emergency.
Until Joe Bloggs behind you, who's running on cheapo tyres smacks into your rear end cuz he couldn't match your stopping distance.
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The Kuga came with Hankooks , which I'd never buy, so when the fronts needed replacing at 24000 miles on went some Goodyears. Unfortunately a rear punctured near its sidewall so I had the "opportunity" to buy a set for £460. Kwikfit van man fitted them outside the house. Very convenient and a £40 shopping token deal was on four tyres. Happier to have Goodyears.
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I did a lot of research when I bought my first et of replacement tyres for my 156 and went with Bridgestone RE050A based on reviews of performance, grip wet or dry, noise levels etc. Price wasn't too bad, if it had been eye-watering I'd have had a rethink.
I've stuck with them since to keep four the same when replacing only two.
Will check latest options next time I need a full set.
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As long as the prices are sane, Michelin Pilot Sport on everything.

The exception is the 159, which runs Acceleras (proper bottom of the range) in the summer, and proper winters in the er, winter.
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Until Joe Bloggs behind you, who's running on cheapo tyres smacks into your rear end cuz he couldn't match your stopping distance.
That is his lookout. He will be at fault for driving into you and not keeping enough distance.
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I put Avons on the 916 last year (or tail end of 2015) but that has been broke for that long (typical Alfa sheite) I think they will go past their sell by date first.

This CLK I was informed by the previous owner had new tyres on, looked the other day and think there maybe three different brands but four different models

I usually go mid-range but as most of my cars are old sheity things, the brakes don't work on any of them anyway so it matters little.
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I tend to buy by tread pattern and treadwear ratings, on my classic as it does little miles relatively and mostly dry I've just bought some Yoko AD08r's and I like them, in the dry awesome, have no wet weather feedback yet, compared to my previous tyres they have much more contact with the road too due to the pattern.
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