Do you know when it’s time to replace your car’s tires?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 1:35 pm
A stock photo of a person picking out a new tire.

How long should car tires last? 

Most vehicle owners don’t think about their vehicle’s tires until they are stranded on the side of the road with a flat. If you’re wondering, ‘How long should car tires last,’ the automotive experts at Third Coast Auto Group have some answers for you. Like any other automotive component, a set of tires will take care of a vehicle owner as well as they take care of their tires. That means keeping up with regularly scheduled maintenance procedures, like having the tires rotated on time as well as demonstrating good driving habits. Our team wants to be a total automotive resource for current and future Third Coast Auto Group customers. Let’s take a closer at a few things you might be interested in knowing. 

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When should I get new tires for my car? 

Unfortunately, there are really no hard and fast rules about when a vehicle will need a new set of tires. A lot of the math surrounding the formula depends on how many miles are driven each year and how hard a driver is on their tires. However, tires do have what could be charitably called an expiration date. Owners should really start paying close attention to their tire’s tread depth at around the six-year mark and, even if you don’t put a lot of miles on your vehicle each year, tires should probably be swapped out after 10 years of service.  

How can I tell how old my tires are? 

Most of the information you need to know about your tires is actually printed on the sidewall. Every tire has a 12-character alphanumeric code on the side that starts with DOT. The tire’s birthday code will be contained in the last group of four numbers. For instance, if those numbers are 2613, that means those tires were manufactured in the 26th week of 2013. A tire that doesn’t have this code was made before 2000 and should definitely be replaced immediately.  

If you want a new-to-you vehicle to go with a new set of tires, make an appointment at the nearest Third Coast Auto Group location today.