Tires Key To Improving Gas Mileage

fuel economyGas prices are dropping across the U.S., but there are several things you can keep an eye on to maintain your vehicle – and get the most out of your gas mileage.

Your tires play a key role in how your car uses gas.

Keep your tires properly inflated. Fueleconomy.gov reports this that can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.

Note: To find the correct tire pressure for your car, check for a sticker in the driver’s side door jam or the glove box or in your owner’s manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on a tire’s sidewall.

Do not drive on worn tires. Besides being unsafe because they do not handle wet or icy conditions well at all, worn tires with uneven tread pattern will cause your car to use more gas than necessary.

For information on how to quickly check tread levels, click here.

Increasing the size of your wheels and tires impacts gas mileage. Bankrate.com says that when engineering your vehicle, the manufacturer invested time and money determining the ideal wheel size and tire type. Replacing the original-equipment wheels and tires can affect handling and fuel economy. If you want to use plus-size wheels, find out how to compensate for the change.

If your tires aren’t keeping pressure or have low tread, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem.

Champtires can help you get affordable, high-quality used tires with good tread levels – in any brand name or quantity that you need.

Champtires also sells new tires at the lowest prices you’ll find anywhere.

Call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com or shop in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122.

For more tips to keep your car in shape and get the most out of your gas mileage, click here.

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Winter Driving Tips

winter driving tipsDriving in winter weather conditions is not fun. To help ensure your safety as well as your passengers and others on the road, here are a few tips to follow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Increase the pavement following distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Understand what kind of brakes your car has.
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated.

Having the correct tire pressure is essential for proper handling. A temperature change of just 10 degrees can cause a ten percent reduction, or constriction, of air in tires. So tire pressure can be affected from day to night temperature – not to mention when temperatures drop severely.

Check the optimal tire pressure of your vehicle on the label inside the driver’s door frame or in the owner’s manual.

Worn tires—especially bald ones—can be deadly on wet or snow-covered roads, where the grooves aren’t deep enough to channel water or snow out from beneath the tread and affects control of the steering wheel. Wet-weather braking and snow traction also decrease as tires wear.

ConsumerReports.org has said about tire tread levels that, “Unfortunately, 2/32 of an inch may be too late if you drive in rain or snow. Based on our tests of new and half-tread-depth tires, you may want to consider shopping for new ones on your car or truck closer to the 4/32-inch groove depth.”

For information on how to quickly check tread levels, click here.

If your tires aren’t keeping pressure or have low tread, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem. Champtires can help you get affordable, high-quality used tires with good tread levels – in any brand name or quantity that you need.

Champtires also sells new tires at the lowest prices you’ll find anywhere.

Call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com or shop in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122.

For more winter driving tips from AAA, click here.

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Sale Through July 31: 20% Off All Used Tires At Pittsburgh Location

saleThe following offers will run through July 31, 2014 and are available for local pick up only at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122:

  1. All used tires are 20% off the listed website price when installed at Champtires. No restrictions on brands or tread levels.
  2. All 225/65/17 tires are 50% off the listed website price.
  3. Email offers on single tires or sets to support@champtires.com. Offers will be responded to within 12 hours. We will entertain offers on tires.

If you live outside of the Pittsburgh-area, do not worryChamptires’ prices are the lowest anywhere! Plus, we offer free shipping. So, head on over to www.champtires.com.

Installation prices at Champtires:

  • Installation 14-17 inch tires: $14.99 per tire.
  • Installation 18-26 inch tires: $19.99 per tire.
  • Run flat tires: $24.99 per tire.
  • Low profile tires (Aspect Ratio 45 and below ): $24.99 per tire.
  • Disposal Fees: $3.00 per tire.

All tires are installed on our state-of-the-art Hunter Revolution Tire Machine. Installation includes laser balancing. Schedule an appointment by calling 412-462-3000. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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We Asked, You Answered: Why Buy Used Tires?

We Asked, You Answered: Why Buy Used Tires?

Why Buy Used Tires?
Photo by Loren De Marco: http://lorendemarcophoto.com/.

Recently on the Champtires Facebook page, we held a contest. For a chance to win a $25 gift certificate, our Facebook friends just needed to comment with one reason why buying used tires is a safe an affordable option for drivers.

[Read more: Why Buy Used Tires?]

Using a random number generator, Vickie won the gift certificate for her answer, “It’s an environmentally friendly option.”

Some of the other responses included:

“Because buying your used tires supports a local business,” said Heidi.

Buc wrote, “The reason why they’re a safe option is because buying them from Champtires Pittsburgh they are tested and approved right there on the spot and the cost of the tires are very affordable because they go by the 32nd of the tread and sometimes when you can’t get tires that are brand new, you can go and get tires from them that are just as good and might last just as long to get the job done for vehicle to keep you on the go in your everyday venture.”

“They always look new to me, I can’t tell the difference which assures me safety with the tires at a good price,” Sabrina shared.

Shacoya said, “It’s safe because you get tires from trusted brands that still have plenty of life left in them, and it’s affordable because you get them at a great price in comparison with buying brand new tires from a store.”

And, Brian said, “Because they get the job done at a wayyyy cheaper price!!!! I recommend CHAMPS to all my friends and family!”

We loved reading these responses! If you want to participate in our next contest, be sure to send us a friend request.

To find out if Champtires has the size and brand of tires that you need, call 412-462-3000, stop in at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122 or visit Champtires.com. If you’re in the Pittsburgh-area, Champtires offers tire installation.

If you’re not in Pittsburgh, Champtires’ website prices are rock bottom – plus we offer free shipping on all orders!

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Front or Back: Where Should Newer Tires Go?

rotateMany factors – from front-wheel drive to braking – cause front tires to wear faster than rear tires. If the tires aren’t rotated on a regular basis, this will mean the front tires will wear out well before the rear tires.

If your front tires are worn (click here for how to quickly check), there is no need to buy four new tires. At Champtires, we can match the tread level and brand name of your remaining tires – which will result in you saving hundreds of dollars.

However, the question remains: should the newer tires go in the front or the back?

For ultimate safety and performance, newer tires should always be placed on the rear of the vehicle. The back tires should not be more than 2/32 of an inch lower than the car’s front tires.

Why is this? Studies have shown that cars not following these guidelines can have serious control issues. All major tire manufacturers recommend that the best two tires should be installed on the rear of the vehicle, with no exceptions. Champtires adamantly stands behind this recommendation.

If you have any questions, Champtires’s staff is happy to assist you.

To find out if Champtires has the size and brand of tires that you need, call 412-462-3000, stop in at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122 or visit Champtires.com. If you’re in the Pittsburgh-area, Champtires offers tire installation.

If you’re not in Pittsburgh, Champtires’ website prices are rock bottom – plus we offer free shipping on all orders!

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How To Have A Happy and Less Expensive 4th of July Road Trip

flagtiresPlanning a road trip for the Fourth of July?

USA Today’s Gary Strauss is reporting that gas prices are the highest they’ve been since 2008. But don’t let that worry you – you can still have a fun, safe and affordable holiday vacation with high-quality used tires from Champtires.

Make sure your tires are ready before you start packing up the car. Not only is driving on tires with adequate tread much more safe for you, your passengers and others on the road around you, taking care of your tires before you leave will likely save you money and headaches if any problems arise while you’re out of town.

Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow.

To learn how to quickly inspect your tires, click here.

Not sure if used tires are a good option for you? Read why buy used tires.

To find out if Champtires has the size and brand of tires that you need, call 412-462-3000, stop in at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122 or visit Champtires.com. If you’re in the Pittsburgh-area, Champtires offers tire installation.

If you’re not in Pittsburgh, Champtires’ website prices are rock bottom – plus we offer free shipping on all orders!

Safe travels, and Happy Fourth of July!

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Summer Tire Safety Tips

beachTire safety is important all year long, but the warmer months present a few unique challenges to tire quality.

Long road trips, higher temperatures, hauling heavy loads and driving faster all put additional stress on your tires. Here are a few summer tire safety tips:

  • You should check your tires regularly for wear and tear, but if you’re planning any driving vacations or weekend trips away, it’s imperative to inspect your tires before you leave. Finding any potential problems before you head out will increase your safety and could save you a lot of money in the long run. For tips on how to quickly inspect your tires, click here.
  • Check your tire tread. Worn tread can cause a myriad of problems from unexpected blowouts to hydroplaning to your brakes not functioning properly. Click here to learn how to check your tire tread levels. If your tire tread levels are low, do not worry, Champtires can get you the tread levels you need in the brand name you trust – all at a very low cost.
  • Also check your tires’ sidewalls for any imperfections or bulges.
  • Find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle in your owner’s manual. Check the pressure often, preferably when the tires are cold. And, don’t forget to check your spare tire! Note that the tire pressure listed on your sidewalls is the maximum pressure and is not intended to serve as notification of the correct pressure.
  • Do not overload your car or truck. Your vehicle and tires are designed to only operate safely up to their hauling limits. Carrying too much weight creates excessive heat inside your tires, which can lead to tire failure and an accident.
  • If your tires are not inflating properly, are worn or have low tread level, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem. Champtires can help you get affordable, quality used tires with good treads – in any brand name or quantity that you need. Find out why buying used tires is a great option.

In the Pittsburgh area? Shop in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122 – Champtires also offers tire installation.

If you’re outside of Pittsburgh, visit Champtires.com for the lowest prices on used tires on the Internet – plus we offer free shipping!

Questions? Call 412-462-3000 or email support@champtires.com.

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