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Tyre Information

The size of your tyre can be determined via the side of the tyre (also known as the sidewall). The size is made up of a combination of numbers and letters as outlined below.

How to find your tyre size

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We advise that you check the health status of your tyres at least once a month and also before a long journey, ensuring that your safety on the road is not compromised.

Checking your tyres for signs of wear and any wheel alignment/inflation issues is highly important, with drivers risking fines of up to £10,000 and losing their driving licence.

Tyres that are not inflated to the correct pressure are simply not safe! An under inflated tyre is the most common reason for a tyre blowout, something that nobody wants to happen. If you do experience a blowout, you could lose control of your car, which may result in an accident. You are significantly less likely to have a blow out, if the pressure of your tyres is correct.

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Finding out the correct tyre pressure for your car may not be as straightforward as one would like. It often involves locating the information in your car manual or referring to a complicated chart on the Internet.

Pressures sometimes vary according to the type of tyre you have on your car. Click on the link below to find out more information about getting the correct tyre pressure for your tyres.

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In order to know whether your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, you will need to measure them. This can be done either by using a portable tyre pressure device or the tyre machine at your local petrol filling station. A good tip is to make sure that the tyres are cold in order to get the most accurate reading (pressure increases as tyres warm up). Remove the little cap on the tyre valve and push your device on hard until the hissing sound stops. You can then read the pressure on the gauge.

Since November 2014 all new cars in Europe are fitted with a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Advanced TPMS will show you your tyre pressures on your dash, others only warn you when the tyres are under or over inflated. Even with a TPMS, it's still worth checking your tyre pressures regularly and especially before any long journeys.

The legal limit for minimum tyre depth in the UK is 1.6mm. This must be in a continuous band around the central ¾ of the tyre.

Generally, tyes with over 4mm depth are deemed safe for driving. Anything below this and we recommend that you closely monitor the tyre wear and possibly check for any cause of additional wear such as poor wheel alignment.

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Our Network

The star ratings for each individual tyre fitter uses a review average from multiple sources (where possible) via genuine customers whom have ordered tyre fittings through our services.

The specific calculations for the star ratings can be read in-depth by clicking on the link below.

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CompareTyrePrices.com works with hundreds of independent tyre retailers in the UK to provide you with first class service.

To find your nearest fitters, either use the vehicle registration or tyre size search on our homepage using your postcode, or see a list of available tyre centres in our tyre shop locator.

If you are interested in joining CompareTyrePrices.com as a tyre fitter and/or partner of the service, please use our contact form detailing your enquiry. We will respond as soon as possible.

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Legal

Only when your tyre fitting has been completed by your chosen fitter will you need to make a payment. Your fitting date and time can be booked at a time convenient to you, with all CompareTyrePrices.com tyre retailers allowing date and time slot booking for tyre fittings.

The prices shown on CompareTyrePrices.com are fully fitted and include a new valve, wheel balancing and casing disposal unless stated otherwise.

If your vehicle tyre size options do not appear when searching with our vehicle registration lookup, we recommend that you double check that the vehicle registration entered is definitely correct e.g. entering the letter 'O' rather than a zero.

In some cases for Light Commercial Vehicles, there may be insufficient vehicle data to supply available size options. At present, we do not offer any motorcycle tyres.

If you have recently transferred a personalised number plate, it can take several weeks for the DVLA to update their records.

If your vehicle's details are substantially incorrect we recommend that you contact the DVLA directly.

If you have placed an order via CompareTyrePrices.com but need to cancel it, we advise you telephone the tyre fitter the booking was made with directly. You can find a list of all independent tyre retailers within the system on our tyre shop locator.

You can find our terms and conditions here and our privacy policy here.

Miscellaneous

Depending on the tyre retailer you choose when booking your tyres, you will be able to book additional services as part of the process.

CompareTyrePrices.com lists the available services for tyre retailers where possible, highlighting MOT and servicing on the search results with a list of full services on offer when a customer selects to read more information about a given retailer.

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A selection of our tyre fitters offer same day fitting for specific stock, however, this is wholly dependent on the tyre retailer in question and is subject to other factors such as the time of booking and available stock. For every tyre price compared, we show the earliest available fitting date for all of our tyre fitters.

Emails are sent out to confirm all tyre bookings, so we recommend checking your email's spam filter to check it hasn't been filtered. If the email isn't there, we advise that you contact the tyre fitter that the booking was made with directly via telephone or if you use our contact form, we can sort out emailing you a copy.

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