What should I look for in a tire?
You should look for a tire which best suits your driving requirements.
Tires are manufactured for almost every requirement; wet or dry
traction, high mileage, high speed control, steering response, ride
comfort, etc. A tire professional will be able to advise you of product
There are so many brands and models to choose from. How do I
know which one is best for me?
Discussing your needs with a tire professional will help establish a tire
product that best suits your requirements and your budget. A
professional tire person will ask questions regarding your expectations
of the product, the type of driving you do, how long you expect to
keep your vehicle, etc. A salesperson who just asks you what size you
want is not ensuring you receive the most suitable tire value.
Aren't all tires the same?
This is a common misconception. Like many other products in the
marketplace, science and technology play a large part in the design and
manufacture of tires. Tires may feature, in differing configurations,
various materials such as polyester, rayon, nylon and steel.
Manufacturers use these materials along with others in varying
combinations. In addition, different rubber compounds are used in the
sidewall, bead and tread areas of a tire.
I've heard tires have speed ratings. Is this important for me to
Yes, tires do have speed ratings and it is recommended that all tires on
your vehicle be of the same speed rating.
Speed ratings were developed to standardize the safe performance of
tires at sustained or continuous speeds. The most common speed
ratings, other than for high performance automobiles, are:
S = 180 km/h T = 190 km/h H = 210 km/h
How can I tell when it is time to replace my old tires?
Most automobile tires have a built-in tread wear indicator in the tread
area of the tire. This wear indicator will show when there are 2/32"
remaining on the tread. Depending on your driving habits or road
conditions, you should replace the tire no later than when the wear
indicator is visible. Consult a tire professional when tires show signs
The wear on my tires looks strange. What causes this?
Wear problems could have a variety of causes. The problem could be
caused by over-or-under inflation of the tire, mechanical problems, or
the need for an alignment (caster, camber or toe).
How much should I pay for a tire?
Costs for a tire will vary depending on many factors. Most
professional tire stores will offer tire products in economy, mid-range
and premium categories. In some cases, consumers may find very low
priced tires, however, these tires may have been built using 10 year old
technology or not carry warranties the same as other available
products. It is always recommended you seek the advice of a tire
professional. This individual makes a career in the tire industry and has
not been recently transferred from the sporting goods or hardware
My brother-in-law says he can mount my tire for me so why
should I go to a tire store?
Unless your brother-in-law is a trained installer with access to the
proper equipment, it is not advisable to have him mount your tires.
Improperly mounted tires can cause wear problems and shorten the
life of your tires. More importantly, a tire and wheel assembly not
properly mounted could come apart with explosive force, causing
What's this I hear about rotations? Do I really need it?
Having your tires rotated at regular intervals will help to ensure you
receive the maximum mileage from your tires. Most tire manufacturers
recommend you have your tires rotated at least every 10,000 kms. -
Does it make any difference where I buy my tires?
There are many qualified professional tire retailers to choose from.
You should select a supplier in whom you have confidence, who will
be there for you in case of any problems that might arise. Get to know
the retailer and let them get to know you and your car. A retailer who
can offer nationwide warranties and who specializes in tire sales is
obviously your best choice.
Why are there no Tire Prices on this Web Page?
We cannot list prices for the products we carry, mainly due to a few
complex reasons. They are as follows:
- The number and variety of products we carry is very large.
- Pricing has certain variables across the country such as cost of
shipping to each store, cost of doing business in the area (i.e.
wages, rent, utilities, business taxes, etc.).
- Special pricing, on occasion, is passed on from the
Although price is a major consideration, we feel we would be doing
our customer a disservice by providing pricing, without discussing
personally, their tire requirements for their particular needs. By doing
this we can better ensure they receive good value for their money.
Can you suggest a specific tire for my vehicle?
The answer to this is "Yes, we can!", however, the most accurate way
of determining your tire needs is by visiting our retail store. A
number of factors need to be determined prior to a tire suggestion.
Some significant questions asked are:
- How long are you expecting to keep this vehicle?
- How many kilometers did the last tires last?
- Are there plans to move or travel to a different area? What is the
- Are you satisfied with your present tires' performance in braking,
wet or dry traction, on or off the road performance?
- Are you an aggressive driver requiring a better handling tire, or
are you looking for a smooth, comfortable ride?
When we determine the answers to these
questions, as well as others, they are better informed on which tires
would best suit your needs. For example, if you are looking to keep
the vehicle for a long time you may wish to upgrade to a tire with a
longer expected life. The added cost may save you money in the long
run as the greater durability extends the life of the tire.
At times tires are advertised at a warehouse club, department
store, etc. Why should I buy from Nikolaou Tires?
Nikolaou Tires location offers tires for all budgets for all vehicle
Nikolaou Tires offers competitive pricing with a variety of service extras,
along with expert advice. Guaranteed after-sales service means peace
of mind regardless of where you are travelling in Europe.
Purchasing snow tires for my front wheel drive vehicle, the tire
technician suggested that I install them on the back if I only
BUY TWO. Why?
As a matter of fact, this is very good advice. If you install a high
traction tire on the front drive axle, you are leaving the lighter end of
the vehicle (the rear) with no traction improvement. Most tire
manufacturers recommend that front wheel drive vehicles have all four
tires of equal traction. There have been situations where vehicles have
spun out of control because, either the driver became overconfident
with the traction of the front tires or the rear tires were worn. This
surprise spin-out effect has caused accidents in the past. Having all
four tires of equal traction helps ensure that this situation does not
happen. Ask your tire technician for details.
May I install a less expensive passenger tire on my pick-up or
The answer to this is most likely NO! Unless the vehicle originally
came with a passenger tire size, it is not recommended to switch from
a light truck tire size to a passenger tire. The reason is mainly load
ratings. If the tires you install do not have the same or a greater load
rating, they will not only affect the handling capabilities of the vehicle
but also have rapid or uneven wear. This, in turn, could cause a
dangerous ride condition. Your Nikolaou tire specialist is qualified to tell
you which tires are best suited for your style of driving.