Novemver 30, 2021
Your Guide to Original Equipment Tyres
When you buy a new car, it naturally comes fitted with a brand new set of original equipment tyres.
But are they really the best tyres for your vehicle? What if you want to change them? Are they the same as aftermarket tyres?
Check out Tyroola's ultimate OEM tyre guide and find out all you need to know about them.
What Is An Original Equipment Tyre?
Original Equipment tyres are the tyres that came with your car when you first bought them. They come standard on a vehicle, already fitted and ready for you to use.
How are OEM Tyres Chosen?
Vehicle manufacturers work in close collaboration with top tyre brands, including Pirelli, Michelin, Hankook, Goodyear and more when choosing OEM tyres for their new models.
They choose tyres that complement the vehicle's performance characteristics and functions. Examples include:
- A comfortable and quiet high quality tyre for a luxury vehicle.
- An eco-friendly, low petrol consumption tyre for a hybrid vehicle.
- An ultra-high-performance tyre that can hit maximum speeds for a sports car.
Also, not all tyre brands are original equipment manufacturers. Only the best names in the market are usually chosen.
Don't be surprised to see your car fitted with Continental tyres, though, since it is probably the most popular OEM tyre of choice.
Are OEM Tyres Always The Right Choice?
The following factors impact the choice of OEM tyres:
1. Manufacturer intended tyre usage
2. Your particular driving style
3. The partnership between the car and tyre brands
4. The tyre's price point
While car manufacturers usually select OEM tyres that are a good fit for the vehicle, this does not always mean they are the best option.
Though some tyres are specially made for a specific car model, this is not always the case. Often, car brands choose from existing tyre patterns, which might not be the perfect fit you are expecting.
This is also why there is robust aftermarket and replacement tyre sales. While many choose to stick to their OEM tyres, many want new tyres when the time comes to replace their current set.
Should I stick to my OEM tyres if I need new tyres?
If you are unhappy with the performance of your original equipment tyres, then, by all means, get new replacement tyres.
We advise you to evaluate your current tyres and do some major research as well on similar tyres and to always follow the car manufacturer's tyre replacement guidelines. Look at the information on your tyre sidewall and make sure you get the right tyre size and load and speed ratings.
However, remember that new tyres may change the way you drive and how your ride feels. If your original equipment tyres were built specifically for your car model, we recommend sticking with them when you need new tyres. Or at least get a set that is almost the same performance-wise.
However, consider that new tyres may change the way you drive and how your ride feels.
If your original equipment tyres were built specifically for your car model, we recommend sticking with them when you need new tyres. Or at least get a set that is almost the same performance-wise.
What are the benefits of replacement tyres?
Replacement tyres can provide the following changes and/or improvements from your OE tyres:
- Increased fuel efficiency
- Improved handling
- Quiet & more comfortable ride
- Enhanced wet / all-weather grip
- Lower (sometimes higher) tyre price
- Longer tread life
To wrap it up
Your original equipment tyres have already gone through the wringer via a battery of tests and research and development to meet your vehicle's particular specs and standards.
This means they are - more often than not - the almost best - to the best choice for your car - especially if you take care of them.
If you choose to stick to your OEM tyres or switch to a new pattern, make sure you maintain your tyres to keep them as reliable as possible.
If you do need new tyres, check out Tyroola's wide range of tyre patterns to choose from!
All the tyres offered to you by Tyroola are brand new and sourced from the tyre manufacturers too.
We don't sell second hand or refurbished tyres. You can reach out to our team right now for tyre advice or to get answers to any queries you might have.