Found 27th Jan
Looking for 4 new tyres 215 50 17

Asda tyres have budget Westlake ones or Saferich for £48 fully fitted at local garage.

I do about 6,500 miles per yr, max speeds of 50mph on my journeys, very slow (safe!) driver!

Would budget tyres do, or worth forking out more?

Many thanks for any advice!

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Tyres are the only thing keeping you on the road. I always go for a good set, but its your choice if you want to spend the extra.

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Toon_army

Tyres are the only thing keeping you on the road. I always go for a good … Tyres are the only thing keeping you on the road. I always go for a good set, but its your choice if you want to spend the extra.



How do you know what a good set is? More expensive?

No no nothing to do with price, you can get some top brand cheap if you hunt about. I just got a set of 4 x 15" Dunlop Sports for my mothers car for £120
Start with known brands, don't go for unheard of ones and keep away from remolds.
You've different ratings and different types to choose for, example winter tyres would be ideal this time of year with this god awful weather.

You can get some pretty decent budget tyres e.g triple a p606, I had a pair fitted for £80 and they're brilliant!

50 series tyres, 215, 17in wheels, possibly a car with a reasonable amount of power, only 6500 miles per year so will last 3 or 4 years... I'd bite the bullet and get a decent set on offer. Nearly always somewhere with an offer on, might only be another £15 a corner. Formula One had a good deal on mine last summer, but for my winter tyres I bought from Tyre Leader and had them delivered to a local UK dealer.

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Toon_army

Start with known brands, don't go for unheard of ones



Thanks for your advice, just one other thing..... I am clueless - brands I have heard of.... Continental and Michelin (wait, think thats something to do with restaurants?)

Original Poster

Westlake and Saferich are the £48 budget ones I am talking about, on tyreshopper and asdatyres.

ellie27

Thanks for your advice, just one other thing..... I am clueless - brands … Thanks for your advice, just one other thing..... I am clueless - brands I have heard of.... Continental and Michelin (wait, think thats something to do with restaurants?)



I know very little about tyres myself but i just hedge my bets when i dont have much knowledge on something and go middle of the road

I find that the cheaper brands need replacing sooner than the middle ones like dunlop. Or am i mixing that up with something else like trainers? I think dunlop are tyres and not trainers. Lol X)

Tyres now come with efficiency ratings A to E like your fridge, washing machine etc.
Budget are usually OK for your needs but check others for better endurance and performance and I would suggest you set a budget of £50 to £69 and try black circles or Costco?
Edited by: "sowotsdis" 27th Jan

uni royal are a good tyre and priced well. Brillant in the wet!

I think these are a lot better than yours and they are Dunlop last you 4/5 years ultra grip and reliable
what I would buy
Edited by: "sowotsdis" 27th Jan

I've just got a budget tyre for £50 fitted from Wilco motorsave. Had a flat tyre so needed a quick replacement. It looks decent, good tread. I do about 400 miles a month so I'm hoping it will last a while.

This is an endless debate. I get the whole 'You're tyres are the only contact point between you and the road'. But, all tyres are made to a minimum standard set by the EU.
A lot of the budget brands are actually owned by the main brands, who don't want to associate their name with a budget tyre.
From my experience, I put the cheapest possible tyres on my own car and I drive similarly to you. In contrast, my work cars are driven much harder and are fitted with top brand tyres.
The top brand tyres do last slightly longer, however, they don't last twice the length of time / distance, so I don't think they justify twice the price.
On the other side of it (and I know it goes against what I've just said), I will only fit top branded tyres to my motorbike, but then motorbike tyres are totally different to car tyres.
Edited by: "ktm666" 27th Jan

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sowotsdis

I think these are a lot better than yours and they are Dunlop last you … I think these are a lot better than yours and they are Dunlop last you 4/5 years ultra grip and reliable what I would buy



Those dunlop blurespones ones you linked £112 each for my size!

For what you need. Definitely. In my experience(s). The ratings they also have are also worthless. Had efficiency A's before last shorter than C's. And you won't notice the noise difference. And you'll find many budget's are higher rated than the expensive branded ones.
Edited by: "Rich069" 27th Jan

Yes the Westlake tyres are fine (they are actually rebranded Goodride SA37's). They are not up there with the best in class but much better than the majority of value tyres.

every tyre will satisy any legal requirements for road use.

for that kind of mileage and use case, i personally wouldnt spend the extra for 'premium' tyres. if you did motorways, more miles etc then maybe.

Don't know if it makes a difference but I generally fit branded on the fronts, budget on the rear (FWD car)

Look for the wet weather ratings and go for a tyre with A or B ratings. Means it will be good in the wet. A is the best, G is the worst. Don't scrimp on tyres or brakes, it's what keeps you on the road. It's the other idiots on the road you have to worry about.
When you have to pull and emergency stop in the wet or frost, you won't regret paying a few pennies more.

I recently replaced all four tyres on my 2003 Clio which does 3000 miles a year round town. A couple of the tyres has loads of tread, but started to crack as they were old. Managed to find a good deal for a set of Goodyears from Formula One Autocentres for £139 after discount code and topcashback by paying online and booking the car in.
Edited by: "paul.jacobs" 27th Jan

Be aware different cars with exactly the same tyres will react differently.
Tyre choice isn't about how much a tyre cost its about will it stop you when its wet.
Most tyres will in dry conditions but in wet that's a different matter.
google your question you will be surprised.
Have a look here for instance
tyrereviews.co.uk/


Edited by: "VCB-160" 27th Jan

I've had Westlakes on my car for last 3000 miles had no problems and would buy again .

Kumho would be a good branded alternative

Never buy Kumho tyres they don't last very long and are known for cracking on the sidewalls
If you was to buy a cheap tyre go for Autogrips

Go for nangkang tyres good reviews and mid range budget tyres

had westlakes on mine since august... no issues so far

I only paid ~£50 a tyre for my Avon ZV5 (AA Tyres)'s and my Rotalla RH01 (Black Circle), both are mid range as far as I know, so I'd do a search about, mine weren't the same size though.

u664541

Don't know if it makes a difference but I generally fit branded on the … Don't know if it makes a difference but I generally fit branded on the fronts, budget on the rear (FWD car)


General consensus is whatever items have the greater grip should be fitted to rear.

I have a couple of westlake tyres. Before that had goodyear efficient grip. They only lasted 8 or 9 month and cost more than double the westlake. So I thought might as well see how long these last. Doing okay so far.

I too used Goodyear efficientgrip, when they were delivered I couldn't believe how soft the sidewalls were, didn't last long for me either. Mostly use Michelin energy these days but got a deal this time on some budget branded tyres, supposed to be more efficient than the Michelin but not living up to the economy rating at the moment. Just looking for somewhere cheap for puncture repairs now, have 2 tyres needing repair but getting told minimum £20 for each repair. So much for saving the environment, it'll be more economical in the long run to buy new tyres.

depends how long you keeping the car for , ive been using Michelin I get 3 years at least out of them ,cheap tyres use softer compounds so they wear out faster

Have you tried visiting blackcircles.com. I have found them on average, to be decent price for branded tyres. I believe they also sell budget tyres.

Shop around for decent branded .. I was quoted £200 a tyre for mine , at kwik fit , Charlie Browns , nat tyres , and were £80 cheaper at an independent .

ktm666

This is an endless debate. I get the whole 'You're tyres are the only … This is an endless debate. I get the whole 'You're tyres are the only contact point between you and the road'. But, all tyres are made to a minimum standard set by the EU. A lot of the budget brands are actually owned by the main brands, who don't want to associate their name with a budget tyre.From my experience, I put the cheapest possible tyres on my own car and I drive similarly to you. In contrast, my work cars are driven much harder and are fitted with top brand tyres.The top brand tyres do last slightly longer, however, they don't last twice the length of time / distance, so I don't think they justify twice the price. On the other side of it (and I know it goes against what I've just said), I will only fit top branded tyres to my motorbike, but then motorbike tyres are totally different to car tyres.



​The minimum meat content for a sausage to be called a sausage is 42%. Just like the minimum requirement to be classed as a tyre. Just because it meets the minimum requirements it doesn't mean it's any good.

How are car and motorbike tyres different?

50 profile on 17 inch rims suggests a reasonable powerful var

West Lake are a Chinese tyre manufacturer ...... but they say the No.1 in China.

THey have quite a good website http://www.westlaketyre.com/eu/index.php

looking at their performance tyres the wet grip is mediocre at rating C and some have poor fuel efficiency ratings of E

West Lake appear to be primarily a truck tyre maker who do car tyres also

They will meet EU specification - but most likely only just !

at the end of the day it's your call - they will most likely be OK and should not have the safety concerns of some lesser Chinese tyres but they will not be up to the European standards of the likes of Goodyear / Dunlop / Michelin / Conti / Pirelli etc ....

EliTom

I've always bought Nexen tyres which are classed as mid range and have no complaints.

I run Avon zv7 at 215/45/17. They offered the best wet grip performance at grade A. Now previously my car had 205/55/16's on which I always bought Goodyear or Dunlop. Both of those had soft sidewalls but grip in the wet was far superior to the Avon's even though they both have the same rating. Cornering is ok but the Avon's wheelspin a lot more at this time of year. I wouldnt buy any budget tyre after seeing the experiment done by I think it as auto test who proved an accelera tyre took something like 40 metre further to stop at 70mph. Everything grips when it's warm and dry but it's usually in the wet when you need the extra grip.

After 50 + years the only ones that take a good wack on the kerb is Michelin.

SENNYO1

Be aware different cars with exactly the same tyres will react … Be aware different cars with exactly the same tyres will react differently.Tyre choice isn't about how much a tyre cost its about will it stop you when its wet.Most tyres will in dry conditions but in wet that's a different matter.google your question you will be surprised.Have a look here for instancehttp://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/


Agree, I had some very budget 195/50/15 on my old civic, in the dry they where fantastic, in the wet.... well let's just say the worst tyre I've had on a car in over 30yrs!... arms like a swedish rally driver on a wet roundabout!

ian292

After 50 + years the only ones that take a good wack on the kerb is … After 50 + years the only ones that take a good wack on the kerb is Michelin.


If your wacking the kerb after 50+ yrs of driving, it's time to give up!

Here is a tyre test against other budget tyres and a top brand for reference (Note it is Goodride branded not Westlake, but same tyre)

http://www.tyrepress.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/tabellechinareifen-584x800.jpg
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