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The Truth About Buying New Tyres (a.k.a. Tires) | Auto Expert John Cadogan | Australia

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Before we kick off on this: I’m in ‘Straya. We spell it with a ‘Y’, like, I dunno, everywhere on earth except Retardistan, which is also called ‘Merica. Knock yourself out in the comments feed, on this, Jethro. Say hi to Jim-Bob and Ellie-Mae. Enjoy the spit roast. And all the other hillbilly fun. There’s a whole world outside the USA. How long has that been the case. I’m John Cadogan, from AutoExpert.com.au - the place where Aussie new car buyers save thousands off their next new cars. Hit me up on the website for that. Welcome to another ‘What the FAQ’ - which oxygenates your more common questions and (I hope) equips you with the facts you need to jump these vexatious hurdles. There are about 12 million cars on Australian roads, which means - ballpark - 50 million tyres. And that means replacement tyres, even in a global backwater such as this, are big business. I get several recurring questions on this, which all boil down to: Which tyres should I buy? The basics are: They have to be the right size - and the right load rating. You can choose a tyre with a load rating greater than the minimum, but not less than that. That’s a detail the tyre retailer usually looks after. I’m kinda passionate about tyres because for five or six years I ran all the Wheels Magazine annual tyre tests. We conscripted the assistance of a lot of local tyre engineers to get the testing protocols right for those tests, and as a result, I learned a lot more than I ever thought I would about tyres. So the first thing you need to know is that the manufacturers of quality tyres all have a real problem: Tyres are all black and round, so the really good ones look exactly the same as the really shit ones. It’s a marketing challenge par excellence. If you’re a non-technical person, it can be quite hard to believe a good tyre that looks exactly the same as a shit tyre, but costs maybe $100 bucks more is actually that much better. But - trust me on this - it is. There are a great many urban myths on various tyre brands - like some are allegedly quieter. Some are allegedly better at grip in the wet - whatever. Having stood on the side of the track, set up the timing beams, briefed the race driver, consulted with the expert engineers, I can tell you those brand-based myths are bullshit. The number one thing to remember when you’re buying replacement tyres is that all the known, quality brands: Pirelli, Dunlop, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Continental, Toyo, Michelin, Yokohama - et cetera - you know the ones I mean - all those quality brands perform about the same as each other, for a particular size and category of tyre. Obviously a Pirelli on a Porsche is very likely to out-perform a Yokohama on a Yaris. We’re talking apples-for-apples here. I’d include Hankook and Kumho on that ‘quality brands’ list, too - they are definitely up there, at least they are today. And I say this on the basis of trackside measurements - testing - that I actually conducted. There’s no doubt. And FYI - I have no commercial affiliation with any tyre manufacturer. The number two thing is: Don’t ask for brand-type advice at the retail coal face. Retailers are incentivised by different manufacturers - so there are different agendas at play. The retailer invariable recommends the tyre that’s right for him, commercially, not necessarily you. I’d get three different quotes on three different quality brands, over the phone, and go with the cheapest one. It really is that simple. But asking brand advice from a tyre retailer is like walking into a Mazda dealer and asking him if Toyota is any good. It’s not a place where unbiased advice is forthcoming.
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Randy Cox (10 days ago)
I have found that many of the New Cars come with tires that do not rate good in wet, dry ,sound & mileage.
Randy Cox (10 days ago)
What do you think of tire rack they test the different tires and sometimes the cheaper tire performs better.
Randy Cox (10 days ago)
I appreciate your knowledge, sounds like you think all Americans are Hill Billies.
Tracey Meek (14 days ago)
Dude, Retardistan is in Murica, not Merica. 😁
David Viner (14 days ago)
That was a really good video John, many thanks
forzanerazzurri (15 days ago)
There's a whole world outside the USA like...Canadastan where they also spell it with an "i". Maybe this Aussie twat should take his own advice and get outside.
joey kennedy (17 days ago)
well aren't you a little bigot.
Victor V (17 days ago)
What exactly did Australia invent that the whole world benefits from? Lol
Peter Engles (19 days ago)
Sorry John. Some years ago when i had a Peugeot 504 and not much money, I had four Bearepairs retreads fitted which had a locally formulated tread compound and the Olympic 100 pattern. In terms of steering response (directional stability) they were excellent tyres and were really good (unlike some earlier European tyres like Michelin) in the wet. At the time in the early '90's, I paid about $45 each for them. I understand that this may not be the case today - Beaurepairs no longer make retreads, and retreads seem to be difficult to source now. But I also doubt that Beaurepairs wouldn't have sold retreads (which they did for years) if they were geniunely unsafe. I suspect that Beaurepairs stopped making them during the '90's recession because so many people were buying them as they had trouble affording new tyres.
Great White7 (21 days ago)
I bought "cheap" tyres for my car, drive it sensibly, and the fronts were done in about 7000kms. Hankooks I had on before lasted around 25,000 and only cost $50 more.
Joshua Nagel (21 days ago)
Mud tyres vs all terrain tyres off road. Please.
trident3b (22 days ago)
I think the times are changing. There is nothing like personal emperical evidence. For years and years I spent tons of money on Pirellis, Dunlops, Continentals and tried some Bridgestones (that were SO loud (howling tread) I thought I was driving a military Land Rover). In Winter I used Pirelli Asymetricos winter tyres and couldn't get up some hills. I then tried some cheap Nankangs. I got up the hills with those where the Pirellis failed. I then decided to try Nankang summer tyres and proceeded in my normal way to hammer up and down the Autobahns at 150+ No difference. Grip, feeling braking all just as good... and quiet. Smae rate of wear. The Nankangs cost a third of the others. I now use them all the time.
don hezca (22 days ago)
So helpful video.
Fred Ralph (23 days ago)
This geezer is an A Class Cunt. Listen to him and take his advice and you’ll never buy anything in your life or leave the house.
John Claiborne II (23 days ago)
rdennis (23 days ago)
i prefer Michelin all season with treadwear 840...great grip too...
Rob Watt (24 days ago)
Toyo open road are the best for Highlanders.
Local 223 (24 days ago)
Not sure why retreads are legal in your backwater country.
jjk087 (24 days ago)
i have an s2000 and for wear, cost and grip combo sumitumo treadwear 300 was great. goodyear eagle f1 great for grip, only lasted 5k and cost a lot. i think michelin and bridgestone are nice enough, felt heavy and let go at high performance level
Sakqia (24 days ago)
America says f*** you too love your videos though tires is spelled with a f****** "I"
Robert Smith (25 days ago)
If you use retreads do you think the insurance company would say " on you bike" if you had a nasty?
Bill Ski (25 days ago)
As a proud American I am forced to say, I am sexually attracted to dinosaurs!
rick holster (26 days ago)
Can't look at Hillary the same way again , Thanks John lol
Subaru Pro (27 days ago)
Bridgestone RE003 for my WRX Stick like shit on a fan all day long - wet or dry
Ryan Farmer (27 days ago)
All directional tyres should point down, no matter what side.
Bigbore400cc (28 days ago)
Retreads should be illegal. I was driving my dad's van and unknown to me on a retreaded front tire which exploded at 50km/h and nearly made the van flip in heavy traffic. The van also had no insurance. I could have been paying off the reoair bill for hitting a porche for the rest of my young years before I even understood the importance of insurance. Thanks mum and Dad.
Daniel Gibson (28 days ago)
Except when “reputable” brands are squeezed by the car manufacturers ala “mate I need some cheep tyres for my Navara” as original fitment.
All Noyz (29 days ago)
You are the matrix l(y)ing to me....
Keith Gray (29 days ago)
I would rather be from a country that kicked out the english, than a country that was created to kick out the criminals of england. all hail retardistan!
Tun Izmir (29 days ago)
We spell it in Malaysia 'tayar'...
Dana Henshaw (1 month ago)
Steven Foot (1 month ago)
What about speed rating mate? Does it need to match or exceed the tyre placard?
Derek A (1 month ago)
Thanks for the humor mate.
Boot Lick (1 month ago)
Yes we spell it ‘tires’ but we also have LOTS of guns. You shouldn’t have given yours up.
MrDaymee (1 month ago)
Just in case this helps anyone. I drive the compact Lexus SUV nx200. Tyres came with the car brand new (Bridgestones Dueler HT33). I simply do highway mileage (950km/wk). I got 90K out of the tyres. I just changed the tyres today to.a Pirelli Scorpion Verde
DAVID EVANS (1 month ago)
I buy part worn tyres . People change the set often when 2 tyres are bald , without need. Providing the date and tread is good ,balanced with the right pressure.
Kolin Stallman (1 month ago)
Once you go michelin pilot sport you never go back. Even though you would only use it once in a while, you should make a name for canada. We spell it "tire" too. My local shop wanted $430 per tire for the pilot sport 4s. Tire rack had it for $218. Dont buy the cheapest tire. Find the cheapest seller.
Dellacondan (1 month ago)
When i get asked 'which one should i get?' I say 'buy the absolute best you can afford'
Gerald Clay (1 month ago)
Tire is a ring or band of rubber, either solid or hollow and inflated, or of metal, placed over the rim of a wheel to provide traction, resistance to wear, or other desirable properties. BTW, do they make your shirt for men or is it just for pussies like you.
Jack Class (1 month ago)
7:57 chip your paint much?
Aussie Shane (1 month ago)
I'm running Falken Azenis Fk510 225 x 40 x 18" on my awd Forester Turbo... My Subaru Sticks too the Road, like shit too a Blanket.
Jason Kresock (1 month ago)
Fantastic Video Man! THANKS!
Shaun Sprouse (1 month ago)
cheers from ameryca
JNAS (1 month ago)
how many times did you say "sh!t" lol :D
Garth (1 month ago)
so much wasted time about spelling...who cares?
gjmob (18 days ago)
Hillbillies do.
Aussie Shane (1 month ago)
Bloody Hell. You forgot to put a "Capital Letter" at the beginning of the Sentence. And also after the 3 silly Full Stops. Just joking, I would not have clue. English and Grammar sux.
nantucketjeep (1 month ago)
Fuck you mate
d4rk0v3 (1 month ago)
This video was very helpful. We're about to buy new TIRES (lol) for our car. Have you done a video on which kind of winter TIRE to buy for a run of the mill sedan? Any advice from anyone?
Adubs (1 month ago)
Oh god that hillary picture. Cannot unsee.
Mark Valente (1 month ago)
Fuck this guy.
Aussie Shane (1 month ago)
Shit John, you beat me to it....
AutoExpertTV (1 month ago)
Yeah - fuck him. He's such a tool.
Mako Rayo (1 month ago)
Yeah we like everything big in america like your mom. Aussie kangaroo fucker
Patricio Abello (1 month ago)
Haha love yt mayn but you do realyze you're in an American vydeo platform ryght mate? Riiiite... But that was funny as, because you sound like a Leprechaun.
Shane Dykes (1 month ago)
U smart ass! Lol👍love man
gormdragan (1 month ago)
I am from the USA and I approve this message (I.e., Retardistan)
James Lim (1 month ago)
8:52 holy fuck, my eyes someone help
Spinner Tools (1 month ago)
Another great video mate! I'm American as well but I've been living in Brisbane for the past 17 years. In the age of Trump, your geopolitical comments are particularly true!
mark kcuf (1 month ago)
Yeah but the only part of the world that really matters is in the USA and most people know that
Steve S (1 month ago)
Wow, what a friggen DICK.
c5back9 (1 month ago)
A boringly long video of a pompous ass-wipe midget rambling on as if he’s an authority on something. How the fuck does his husband cope with such a wanker?
Sherab Namdhak (1 month ago)
Love your directness. Perhaps you should be in politics. Say it like it should be not how it is.
Spark 124 (1 month ago)
Your right!, remember that time Australia won world wars, landed on the moon, invented things the entire world relies on? Yeah me either...
clockworkbike (1 month ago)
Careful John, here in the Commonwealth of Canada we spell it TIRE. Probably a result of influence from the south of us.
porkyo123 (1 month ago)
You forgot Cooper
10in65 (1 month ago)
Complex Mate
Louis Freris (2 months ago)
Very good info John, I've been driving for 40 years in Shitsville and didn't know many of the facts you mentioned. No more cheapies for me,
HereIgoAgain (2 months ago)
Mate, it's "Retardystan." Aussies never get it write. BTW, too bad Hilldog didn't hit the campaign trail in her glamsuit: she may have won the Billy Bob vote.
Salmon RushDie (2 months ago)
I thought Straya was the national anthem Boy do I feel domb
Rhett Butler (2 months ago)
what about Coopers? Are they as good.
Joe mariconadas (2 months ago)
Hey John, you forgot to mention that it's NORTH AMERICA that spells it with an I. USA and Canada in this case spell it TIRES. So, seeing this "from MERICA" it's weird to me to see it with a Y
Izzy So (2 months ago)
Hahaha you are a clown.eeeeeeeeeh putoooooo
Al13n1nV8D3R (2 months ago)
Well said!
Doug Vigano (2 months ago)
I'm betting that there are more Jim-Bob's and Ellie-Mae's in 'Straya than there are in the U.S. And lose the beard. It makes you look like a queer, bald Santa Claus.
AutoExpertTV (2 months ago)
Stop breathing and don't breed, for the sake of the gene pool
Doug Vigano (2 months ago)
Your attempt at french reference is pitiful. It might be your "shtick", but it doesn't work. Give it up.
AutoExpertTV (2 months ago)
Hey Doug - thanks for the feedback. Now, go fuck yourself, arsehole.
Dawid Ptak (2 months ago)
Love it
wtongtube (2 months ago)
I noticed that Hillary has lost her two spare tyres around her waist.
Em Christobal (2 months ago)
Retardistan? America will avenge our honor! Just as soon as we can find Australia on a map.
Holger Otto ANDRé (2 months ago)
Sorry man, but what you call symmetrical in the video are not just symmetrical (cuting in the longitudinal axis line both sides are not a mirror reflexion of each other) they present rotational symmetry instead. The directional ones in your video are real symmetrical indeed. And the ones you call asymmetrical well are really asymmetrical. Take it with fun ok. BTW, the "directional" ones (real symmetric) should have a legend saying "left" in the left face and "right" in the right face avoiding confusion. So if you put one on the left and it says right then you are wrong: hahaha.
yumpladukfoo (2 months ago)
You spelled "tyres" wrong, dumbass!! It is spelled T-I-R-E-S.
David B (2 months ago)
Hi John, i was hoping you would have covered the age of new tyres in this video, if you have any advice on this i would appreciate it. how old to too old eg. 6 7 or 8 years? thanks
John Steel IV (2 months ago)
read and watch tire rack . com videos and stats on stopping and wet track and buy a good tire. General AltiMAX RT43 is one of the best all around tire!
WaffenHerMuff (2 months ago)
Wakes up dead 🤣🤣😂😁
Kanti123 (2 months ago)
I was told that the red dot on the tire (tyre) has to align to the tire valve stem is this true?
Mark Miller (2 months ago)
12million cars in Australia! My God we've got that many cars up on blocks in back yards in Texas😎
Francesco Calle de rivas (2 months ago)
My only complaint is- language was invented to communicate and did not require unnecessary punctuation aka expletives. Knowledge and able to share knowledge is a privilege that should not be restricted to people who think swearing and bad language is just a way of life and must be accepted. John you are an expert and grateful you have a channel for free sharing a wealth of knowledge. Can't thank you enough. But as a Christian family with kids listening in the completely unnecessary expletives were a downer. I could perfectly abuse idiots without using one gutter phrase. My polite request is - yes I chose to listen to you because you chose to share your knowledge- can we please keep it G rated so everyone can share the wealth of knowledge, be grateful and keep tuning in?
Kimmie Lame (2 months ago)
Dam killary looked pretty phkable
Kimmie Lame (2 months ago)
Tyres go round thank you sir
Marcus Taber (2 months ago)
I dont say retardistan but "land of freeDUMB" And the reason for the spelling differences between the US and the rest of the anglosphere is because right after the spanish american war the US public became extremely xenophobic, the president at the time asked the Merriam-Webster dictionary company to americanize a bunch of words. Y became I, labour, odour etc lost their Us etc. Remember though, if it wasn't for the US you Strayans would be speaking Japanese and the home worlders would be speaking German. Touche!!! Cheers from the land of freeDUMB.
R F (2 months ago)
fuck me thats a proper beard!
MB4LUNCH (2 months ago)
My car has been "retired."
MB4LUNCH (2 months ago)
This video left me really "tired."
corey Alexander (2 months ago)
I like how he’s talking shit on the USA. While he sits in one of the lamest countries in the world. You fools can’t even protect yourselves with a firearm while all the Muslim immigrants attack you 🤣
Sushil Shrestha (2 months ago)
What dose ATT 825 means in Eurogrip Tyre 110/80-17 Att 825 Tubeless
Alejandro Flores (2 months ago)
nup michellin performs way better than anything and last more, pirellis self destructs quickly
CanadianDerwood (2 months ago)
F*$kn Love it!!!
AutoExpertTV (2 months ago)
Thank you
Johnny Shin (2 months ago)
Thank you for the video! Helped a new driver trying to change my tyres for the first time!
AutoExpertTV (2 months ago)
Glad it helped, Johnny.
Paul Schofield (2 months ago)
I can listen to this guy talk all day about car stuff!! The honesty is fantastic!!
Greg M (2 months ago)
Heeanday and tyres? I'll see if I can work that into my hillbilly vocabulary LOL
AutoExpertTV (2 months ago)
Wait for your balls to drop.
smokinhalf (2 months ago)
I am waiting for him to say "shit"
DeadOnTarget (2 months ago)
What about off name tiii... tyres made by quality manufacturers? For example Goodyear makes Douglas tyres, should Douglas be considered a cheaper alternative to Goodyear being manufacturer by them? Lately I been partial to Hankook due to being extremely affordable for what they are just curious on off names by brand names.
Subourban 3030 (2 months ago)
Dont go to Richards tyre power....absolute criminal....
And Roid (2 months ago)
I got retreads when I had no money but my car was a 1.3L KA Laser so I was never going to go too fast in it. Ones income can determine how high they are willing to let their new tyre bill be. But with shopping around and careful research I think even those on the poverty line could find a decent tyre.

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