Firstly, take a look at your existing tyres and make a note of the tyre size, speed rating and load index (you will find this information written clearly on the tyre itself).
Ensure the tyre you buy is the one recommended by the car manufacturer, as fitting a different tyre to your car could affect your insurance, handling and the safety of your car.
If you bought your car second hand, check the recommended tyre details in your car’s handbook or contact the car manufacturer as the previous owners may have fitted the wrong tyres.
Check if your car needs a specific marking:
When the manufacturer develops a car, some put special markings on the tyres to indicate that they are specially developed to use on that car, you should replace these like for like. For example, M0 is marked on Mercedes tyres, * is marked on tyres for BMW, J for Jaguar tyres. Ask your tyre retailer if you’re not sure.
Call your local dealer to check whether they stock your tyre brand and type.
Choose the best tyre for your lifestyle:
Have a look for some independent tyre tests or check tyre manufacturer websites to see what tyres would best suit your driving style and car.
Many manufacturers do the same tyres sizes, but with different tread patterns to suit different needs, such as wet braking performance for shorter stopping distances in the rain, longer wear rates meaning the tyre last longer or lower rolling resistance for better fuel consumption. Think about what is best for you and your car.