Budget tyres versus brand tyres

A One Tyres - Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Everyone wants to make the most economical tyre purchase possible.  But economy may not always come at the cheapest price.  When considering which tyre to purchase there are multiple factors to consider:
  • How many miles do I do?
  • What kind of driver am I?
  • Do I use the brake a lot?
  • What are the road conditions like? – do I need winter or summer tyres?
  • What price do I put on safety?

The answers to these kinds of questions can be different for everyone.  The tyres we would recommend for commercial drivers who do lots of miles might be different from the driver who uses the car for short runs around town, to school or the shops.

The experts have spent plenty of time and money considering just these questions.  Tyre manufacturers like Continental, Michelin and Pirelli spend millions carrying out all sorts of tests to establish what difference it makes when you buy a cheap budget tyre in preference to the more expensive brand name tyres. 

What do the experts have to say?

In tests on cheap tyre imports from the Far East, tyre manufacturer, Continental said “we were expecting the bargain tyres to fall short, but we weren’t prepared for just how wide the gap was”.


Continental invited journalists to test budget tyres on a completely wet surface against Continental branded tyres.  In her blog, Continental’s Laura Hardy writes “The verdicts were unanimous:  the dangers posed by the cheaper tyres on a soaking surface were far greater than any benefits derived from any potential savings they offer.”  See the full story in her July 2013 blog article:


Pirelli tyres have also been tested by the top auto magazines.  Check out the results.


For many people purchasing tyres can be a stressful experience.  We at A One want to take the stress out of this for you.  For free advice on the tyre most suited to your needs simply call in at our Dromore depot, or ring us on 028 9269 9107, or complete an online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  We won’t insist you buy brand name tyres, we have both premium and budget tyres in stock, but we will present the options for you to make an informed decision on your tyre purchase.

We look forward to helping you make the right tyre purchase for you.