When shopping for new tires, ask yourself these questions:
After answering these questions, you'll narrow the choices to tires that fit your specific needs and wants. It helps the salesperson too as they won't waste your time discussing tires you don't want.
Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)
The 300 is treadwear, which represents the tire's comparative wear when measured against the government mandated tire which is rated at 100. So this tire wore three times longer than the control tire. Because of variations in operating conditions, the treadwear grade cannot be used to predict actual wear-out mileage, but it can be used to predict the relative wear rate of tires with different UTQG wear rates.
Temperature rating deals with the tire's ability to disperse built-up heat. Heat causes rubber to deteriorate over time, so dispersing heat increases tire life.
Each tire manufacturer determines the UTQG rating for their products. Understand that UTQG's are more accurate when comparing tires within the same line versus tires from two different makers.
Where should I buy tires?
At Van Kleeck's, all tire prices include mounting, spin balancing, new valves, disposal of old tires, and free tire rotation every 6 months or 6,000 miles.