Tires are just like your cat’s feet. They must support the entire vehicle’s structure and help the car grip the road.
If you have low-quality tires, your vehicle may lose handling, and you will experience a lot of road noise. To top that off, you must buy new tires every few thousand miles as the old ones will wear out quicker.
There are hundreds of tire-manufacturing brands out there but not every brand makes good tires. Some tires are cheap, but their low price often means they are not reliable.
The only thing between the road and the car are the tires – Therefore, it’s wise to invest in a good pair of tires for your own and your family’s safety.
That’s why it’s important not to get fooled by flashy tire deals and attractive prices. Invest in well-known manufacturers only.
6 Worst Tire Brands to Avoid Purchasing
- AKS Tires
- Compass Tires
There are thousands of different tire brands to choose from out there. Some you should avoid at all costs.
A lot of Chinese manufacturers are developing a lot of brand names for almost the same tires. One big manufacturer from China is Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Company. They are selling a lot of cheaper tires without good safety-checks or tests before they leave the factory.
Cheap Chinese Tires
China exports 65 million tires out to the world each year. Therefore, most of the cheap tires you will find on markets will be Chinese-made, which are the worst overall.
Without good safety checks and bad materials before leaving the factory, it’s already set up for a disaster.
Take a look at them, and you won’t be able to differentiate them from more expensive branded tires made by Michelin or Dunlop. But that’s the thing. These tires look good to an untrained eye but are not good in quality, safety, or durability.
However, there are some reliable Chinese tire manufacturers out there. But the majority do not perform well.
Why you should not buy cheap tires
If you are thinking you should save some money by buying cheap tires or by continuing driving with old tires, you should consider some things.
The biggest concern with cheap tires is safety. What happens if your tire explodes just by a small nail in your tire while driving at 75 mph? It can cause a serious accident and nothing you want to happen, even though this is much more likely with cheap tires than more quality tires.
2. Longer Brake Distance
The brake distance and the grip between good and bad tires differ greatly, which can be the difference between life and death. This is something you really should consider before buying cheap tires.
Another aspect to look for is quality with durability. Cheaper tires will most likely have a much shorter life. If you buy cheap tires, you must replace them more often, and you may not save as much money as you think. Cheap tires also have weaker sidewall, which can easily lead to replacing the tire because of sidewall tire damage.
Cheaper tires are often bad for the environment. This does both apply to the manufacturer environment and the road wear environment. Tires that wear out more quickly release more particles into the air, which will destroy the environment eventually.
What tires should you buy instead?
Now when you know which brands are the worst on the market, you probably also want to know which brands are better to buy instead? We do usually recommend buying tires from known brands, often made in the US or Japan.
Here is a list of the best performance tire brands we do recommend to buy instead:
- BF Goodrich
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