When you’re living on a budget, the last thing you want to hear is that you need to change the tyres on your car. Depending on what you drive, new car tyres can be mighty expensive, and that doesn’t include the cost of getting the outside help needed to change them. Though what if you decided to just buy the tyres and fit them yourself? Would it be worth it to save the money, or should you just leave this kind of stuff to the experts? If changing your own tyres is something you’re seriously considering, there’s a few things you’ll want to be aware of first.
Do You Need to Invest In Extra Equipment?
If you’ve decided that you want to change your car tyres using your own wits, you’ll need to remember that there’s a chance you’ll need to purchase some extra equipment. Though not the case for everyone, this one off cost could be high as you’ll need a variety of tools such as something to maybe raise the car as you swap out the tyres. Even if you’re happy to buy extra tyre equipment needed, you might want to make sure you ask a friend if they have what you need before you buy your own equipment. If you have to buy your own, take the time to find the best deal on the equipment you’re buying, and always read product reviews before making your final decision.
Do You Know What You’re Doing?
Even though you might have watched a few youtube videos, and maybe even read a few books, when it comes to the reality of the situation, changing car tyres can be a challenge. No matter how easy you think it’s going to be, if you’ve never done it before, it can be hard to know if everything is going to go right on your first attempt. If you can, find a friend who knows how to do these kind of things, and maybe try and convince them to change your car tyres for you. You might be surprised to find out that they’re more than happy to help you out in exchange for a beer!
Are You Sure You Can’t Afford it?
The cost of changing car tyres might seem high, even after you’ve tried to haggle with the mechanic for days on end. Though what is it you’re actually paying for? For most it’s the peace of mind, knowing that they can drive around safely without having to worry about a misaligned bolt on their tyres. If you fail to install the tyre properly, you’re risking much more than the cost of replacing your tyres with the help of a mechanic. If you find that the first mechanic you speak to is too expensive, at least see what kind of prices other mechanics are charging, and see if you can get one of them to give you a great deal. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, it might be best to pay for the certainty of knowing the job’s been done properly, rather than risk doing things the wrong way and having to live in fear as a result.
Better Safe than Sorry?
Changing your own car tyres might seem like an easy thing to begin with, though like those flat-pack DIY cupboards from Ikea, it can be a different matter once you’re faced with the pieces in front of you. Failure to do the job properly could risk the safety of you, and anyone else who drives in the car you worked on. Because of this, it might just be a good idea to call the professionals in if you’re not a 100% sure you’re able to fit the tyres properly.