Whether you're looking for a budget or premium set of tyres, winter tyres or all-season tyres, or specialist tyres like run flats, extra-load and studded, you can be sure to find the right tyre at the right price at Anthony Betts. We have a fantastic range of tyres for all makes and models at competitive prices. All our prices are fully inclusive and we wont charge extra for fitting, balancing or disposing of your old tyre (unlike many fast fit operations). In many instances we are cheaper than other organisations. Click below to get a quote.
If you have a tyre puncture or a have noticed visible damage to your tyre, you may not need a new tyre. At Anthony Betts we WILL NOT sell you a new tyre if your current tyre is good and repairable (unlike many fast fit places). We can repair tyres at a fraction of the cost of a new tyre. Why not take advantage of our free tyre check.
Contact us for a free tyre check. We'll check the pressure, tread, condition including uneven wear of your car tyres and provide expert advice for peace of mind. Better be safe than sorry and remember an illegal tyre could cost you 3 penalty points and up to a £2500 fine per tyre!
When the tyre pressure warning light becomes illuminated on your car’s dashboard, it’s probably a sign that one or more of your tyres has become underinflated and fallen below the ideal pressure. This could be a sign that you need to replace a tyre, or they just need re-inflating. The TPMS system lets you know so that you can address the situation as soon as possible, as failure to do so may result to you driving in dangerous conditions. To read more about your tyre pressure monitoring system and the recommended pressures for a Suzuki car take a look at our dedicated TPMS page.
Although we can determine by your registration number the size of the tyres fitted on your car by the manufacturer, sometimes we find that a different size has been fitted at some point during the vehicles life. So it good to always check that we are quoting for the correct tyre. The size of your tyre can be found as a marking on the tyre sidewall and is a series of a letters and numbers that not only measures the tyre dimensions, but also how much weight it can take, what surfaces it can be used on, and the maximum speeds it can travel.
With our tyre size guide you’ll know what the markings on the sidewall of your tyre actually mean and how you can use this information to find replacement tyres. You can also find vital information about the size of your car tyres, including their load and speed capabilities, in the vehicle handbook.If you think your tyres are not the right size for your car, have been fitted incorrectly, or have any other faults, book in for a free tyre check at Anthony Betts. We can check your tyre size to make sure the tyre ratings are sufficient for your vehicle, together with the overall condition of the tyres.
Tyre Width: The tyre width rating is a number given in millimetres and is measured from the maximum width of the tyres midpoint of its sidewall to the same point on the opposite sidewall. Wider tyres can offer better grip but can create excessive amounts of road noise.
TyreAspect ratio: Also known as the tyres profile, the tyre aspect ratio relates to the depth of the sidewall. The height of the tyre’s sidewall is expressed as a percentage of the tyres section width. It can be worked out by dividing the height of the sidewall by the width and multiplying it by 100. In the example above, the tyre aspect ratio would be 55%. Lower profile tyres can offer better handling. However, this can often be at the cost of slightly harder ride quality. Low profile tyres are often fitted on performance vehicles.
Radial Construction: Most tyres are of a radial construction which is marked on tyres by a letter ‘R’. In radial construction tyres, the cord plies are arranged at 90 degrees to the direction of travel which allows the sidewall and the tread to function as two independent features. This makes them stronger and more flexible which makes them better at absorbing shocks, impacts and bumps.
Rim Diameter: The tyre rim diameter is taken from the wheel flange where the tyre is seated to the same point on the opposite side. The tyre rim diameter measurement is given in inches.
Load Index: An index used to determine how much weight each tyre can carry and is displayed as a number. The index starts at 62 for cars weighing 265kg and ends at index 126 for vehicles that weight 1700kg. A tyre with an insufficient load index for the car increases the chances of a blowout.
Speed Rating: Your tyre is given a maximum tyre speed rating for when it is operating at maximum load-carrying capacity. It is represented on the tyre by a letter and measurements range from A1 to Z and cover maximum speeds of 5km/h to 300km/h.
Using the wrong size tyres on your car can invalidate your insurance and cause your car to fail the MOT test. Section 5 of the MOT inspection process relates to tyres, as well as axles and suspension. All vehicles that take the MOT test will have the size of their tyres tested, with class 5 and 7 vehicles also tested on their tyres load and speed ratings. All vehicles also have their Tyre tread and the tyre pressure monitoring system tested.
Speedometers, traction control, torque and gear settings are all engineered in align with the size of the tyres. How far a tyre travels in a full revolution, which depends on the outside diameter of the tyre, affects how each of these separate parts work. Fitting the wrong tyres can alter the full revolution of a tyre, which, among other issues, can cause the speedometer to display incorrect readings.
Thankfully, finding the right tyres for your car is straightforward at Anthony Betts. All you need to do is enter your vehicle registration or tyre measurements from the markings on the sidewall of your current tyres, and we’ll recommend a set of tyres based on the make and model of your car, or from the tyre measurements and ratings you’ve provided.
This gives you complete peace of mind that you’re getting the right size tyre with the correct ratings for your vehicle.
As your only contact with the road surface, your car tyres are an incredibly important aspect of your car. The correct maintenance and care of your car tyres is essential to keep you safe and your car running efficiently.
Tyres wear over time, so it is normal to have to replace your tyres. However, if your tyres are wearing abnormally, it may indicate more serious problems and could put your safety at risk on the roads. In this article, we take a look at what can cause excessive or uneven tyre wear.
What causes uneven tyre wear?
Uneven tyre wear can be caused by a variety of issues. It could be something simple like under or overinflated tyres or could be a more serious issue such as suspension or alignment troubles or an internal tyre fault.
Tyre wear patterns
Different issues can result in different tyre wear patterns. However, this can be useful as it means you can get a good idea about the potential issue just by keeping an eye on your tyres and how they are wearing.
Common tyre wear patterns to look out include camber wear, tyre wear on the outside edge, cupping tyre wear and patchy tyre wear. To ensure you know what you’re looking for, we’ve taken a look at these common tyre wear patterns and what could be causing excessive or uneven tyre wear.
L-R: Camber wear, Feathered directional wear, Cupping tyre wear, Centre tread wear and Outside tyre wear
Look out for:The inside edge or outside edge of the tyre will show considerably more wear than the rest of the tyre if your tyre is suffering from camber wear. You will usually see a gradual slope from one side of the tyre to the other, so it is easy to identify.
Possible causes:Camber wear can be caused by suspension misalignment, a bent strut, a dislocated strut tower, a weak or broken spring, a bent spindle or a collapsed or damaged control arm brushing.
What to do:The causes of tyre camber wear can be fairly serious and affect the safety and performance of your car. It is important to get your vehicle checked at an approved garage to determine the cause of the issue by checking the suspension and its alignment.
Feathered Directional Wear
Look out for:Feathered directional wear tyre pattern can be difficult to see, so you must feel the tyre when you are checking it. Feathered directional tyre wear feels smooth when you rub your hand over the tyre one way but feels rough when rubbed in the opposite direction.
Possible causes:Feathered directional wear pattern can be caused by toe misalignment, worn tie rod ends, worn idler arms, bent steering linkage or a bent steering arm.
What to do:It is important to get your car checked at an approved garage to determine the issue so that they can fix the underlying cause of the uneven wear.
Cupping Tyre Wear
Look out for:With cupping tyre wear you need to look out for cups or dips around the edge of the tyre tread. Cupping wear doesn’t follow a specific pattern, so you must check the entire tyre for signs of cups or dips.
Possible causes: Cupping tyre wear is often caused if one of the tyres is out of balance with the others, however, it could also be due to weakened struts or shock absorbers.
What to do:Cupping can indicate a problem which could be fairly serious if left untreated, which is why you should take your car to an approved garage to get the tyres checked. A technician will be able to advise whether your tyres need re-balancing, or if you have weakened struts or shock absorbers, in which case these may need replacing.
Centre Tread Wear
Look out for:Excessive wear down the centre of the tyre with less wear visible on the tyres outer edges.
Possible causes:Centre tyre wear is usually caused by overinflating the tyres. This causes a bulge in the centre of the tyre, this causes the centre to take more pressure and thus wear more quickly than the outer tyre edges.
What to do:Make sure you check your tyre pressures regularly and if you do have to inflate your tyres stick within your manufacturers recommended tyre pressure guidelines which can be found in your manual.
Outside Tyre Wear
Look out for:With outside edge tyre wear, the outer edge of the tyre will wear more quickly than the centre of the tyre.
Possible causes:Outside tyre wear is usually caused by underinflated tyres which causes a dip to occur in the centre of the tyre. This dip has less contact with the road so does not wear as quickly while putting more of the weight of the car on the outer edge of the tyre causing more wear.
What to do:You should make sure you check your tyre pressures regularly and always pump the tyre up to the manufacturers recommended tyre pressure. If you are not confident checking your own tyre pressures, you can always contact us.
You may also find your tyres susceptible to patchy wear, i.e., just random wear of the tyre that has no clear pattern. This can indicate a tyre is out of balance, so you should head to the garage to get your tyres balanced.
Tips for checking for abnormal tyre wear
It is a good idea to inspect your tyres checking the tyre depth, pressure and general condition at least once per month as well as before setting off on a long journey. You can take a look at our tips on how to check your tyres for abnormal tyre wear.
Checking Tyre Depth
A good way to check your tyre depth is to use the 20p test. Place a 20p into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when inserted, then your tyre has a tread depth above the legal limit. If the outer band is still visible, then the tread depth may be illegal and should be checked. You should test at least three different locations on the tyre to make sure the tyre is wearing evenly.
Checking Tyre Pressure
You should check the pressure of every tyre, including your spare wheel using a pressure gauge. If you don’t have a pressure gauge most fuel stations have one available for a nominal fee. You can find the recommended tyre pressure in your car handbook and you should always stick within the recommended limit.
Checking General Condition
You should also make sure you check the condition of the entire tyre by both looking and feeling its condition. You should check the tyre initially before driving forward slightly to enable you to check the rest of the tyre.