New Tires VS Tire and Wheel Sets

It’s Spring and time to swap out those winter tires for a new summer set. If you’re looking to buy new tires, first thing is where to buy them? Our Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centre stocks a range of brand name tires for every make and model of vehicle. Our Price Match Promise is your assurance of the best tire deal in Central Alberta and with FREE OFF-SEASON TIRE STORAGE, where to buy is an easy decision. To request a quote click here.


Here’s another decision you’ll need to make – whether to buy new tires or a set of mounted tires and wheels, typically called a tire and wheel package. Purchasing a mounted set saves the time, effort and expense required to replace the tires on your current wheels. Many drivers prefer to keep a summer set on the fancier, higher-end wheels that came with the vehicle while the winter set is installed on basic, less expensive steel wheels. A tire swap is then a simple, straightforward process and less expensive than a full tire and wheel change-over because you don’t have balancing charges.


Having two sets of tires and wheels dramatically extends the life of your tires as neither set is being used year ‘round. A great option if you’re planning to keep the vehicle for more than a couple of years. The right decision will depend, of course, upon your specific situation.


Some do-it-yourselfers like the fact that they can easily switch between winter and summer sets themselves, right at home. If you’re not the handy type, don’t have the tools or the time, we’d be happy to swap your tires for you right here in the Quick Lane, and free tire storage means that second set of tires and wheels isn’t taking up valuable room in your garage. To book your tire swap appointment click here.


Of course, owning two sets of tires and wheels isn’t for everyone. For some drivers, they prefer to run all-season tires all year ‘round, despite winter tire recommendations. If you do have two sets of tires, always remember the Rule of Seven. Below 7 degrees Celsius, the rubber compound in all-season tires begins to harden making the tires less pliable, thus reducing handling, braking and performance. Above seven degrees Celsius, the compound in winter tires becomes softer, more pliable, leading to increased tire wear and resulting tread loss.


Here at the Quick Lane, we’ll provide you with the right advice so you can decide which tires and which approach works best for you and your situation. You get the best advice, the best tires and the best price with our Price Match Promise. It’s win, win, win for tire buyers!


To ensure you get the right tires for your vehicle and the season ahead, visit our Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centre – your one-stop for qualified advice and affordable prices on tires, brakes, front-end and suspension components along with fast, expert repair. Right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering FREE pick-up and delivery of vehicles, using fresh gloves and seat covers and disinfecting all the high touch areas before returning the vehicle. Life really is better in the Quick Lane.