The Best Tyre Shops in Canberra

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Who are the best tyre shops in Canberra? Photo: File.

Even the most sophisticated car is hamstrung when fitted with poor tyres. When it comes to tyres, pay attention to where the rubber hits the road. These mere centimetres will make all the difference to ease of handling and importantly safety.

Tyre effectiveness decreases substantially as they are worn, leading to reduced traction, weakened grip, and ineffective breaking. Add some wet weather and fog to the equation and what results is a real safety hazard.

All car owners appreciate that well fitted, properly maintained tyres are key to avoiding this scenario. Finding a reputable and dependable tyre stockist in Canberra however can be cumbersome.

Do they know what tyre is needed; do they stock it; can they fix it; can they do it quickly; what if there are problems? No one wants to be stuck on Tuggeranong Parkway frantically searching the web with such questions when their tyres have given way.

This is where great tyre specialists come into play. Tyre specialists are not only expert retailers, they are skilled mechanics well versed in tyre fitting and maintenance. They will ensure you get the most mileage out of your tyres and are prepared to help you out when things don’t go as planned.

Where can I find these gems you say! Well I’m glad you asked, read on below to find our pick of the best tyre shops in Canberra.

What makes a great tyre shop?

Great tyre shops are conveniently at hand, stocking the best quality products, fitted by skilled technicians who are equipped to handle any tyre emergency. With so many options available, we suggest you keep an eye out for the following when shortlisting a tyre shop in Canberra:

  • Experienced Technicians. With but a few centimetres of tyre hitting the road while driving having your tyres fitted by a skilled and experienced mechanic is crucial. The best tyre shops employ qualified staff to assist with tyre selection based on your make, model, and driving style. They will also ensure they are fitted correctly by mechanics who know what they are doing. A proper installation will go a long way to prolonging the life of your tyres.
  • Large Range. With a plethora of brands covering all budgets sourcing the right tyre independently can be tricky. Great tyre shops make light work of this task by stocking a broad product range, with the ability to source out of stock items quickly. A larger range will provide you with more options, particularly when it comes to cost, so it pays to shop around.
  • Quality Products. Given the considerable investment made to purchase a car, taking shortcuts on lesser quality tyres is risky. With the market awash with second rate products, seeking the best quality your money can buy will help maximise your investment. Look for tyre shops that sell reputable brands and leading products. The best will offer warranties on not only the tyres, but the fittings as well.
  • Swift Servicing. To avoid the nuances of the drop off and pick up shuffle, look for tyre shops that offer swift servicing. Fully fitted tyres in a short time frame allows you to avoid extra arrangements, while giving you a moment to relax over a coffee while you wait. With some tyre shops offering 60-minute fittings this level of convenience is hard to miss.
  • Convenient Location. While that space saving tyre can go quite the distance, emergency auto situations easier to deal with closer to home. Look for a tyre shop that is conveniently located to your base, bet it home or work, to make the transit hassle free. Positioning close to public transport facilities is also helpful should the need arise to leave your vehicle longer than anticipated.

The best tyre shops in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Translate Tyres and Suspension Services Tuggeranong

If you’re looking to nestle all of your tyre and suspension needs under the one roof you simply can’t go past Translate. Servicing Canberra and surrounds for over four decades Translate are known for stocking a comprehensive range of the best brands in tyres.

Conveniently located in Tuggeranong, Translate provides a raft of specialist services, from brakes and suspension to wheel alignment and balancing along with a complete car service. Look to Translate for top notch service that is also kind to your wallet.

Mark McDonald had this to say about Translate Tyres and Suspension Services via Google, “Highly recommend having visited several times , was able to squeeze our car in before closing time Saturday morning, service was very good.”

Tyreright Fyshwich

A part of Tyreright’s national network of independent dealers, Tyreright Fyshwick specialises in supplying and fitting a large range of private, commercial, and industrial use tyres.

Stocking top quality tyres, brakes, and batteries for all manner of road vehicle, they can also assist with heavy trucks, forklifts, and farm vehicles.

Tyreright also boasts a handy online service allowing clientele to purchase and pay for tyres ahead of time all while scheduling in the fitting.

Stephanie Lowey had this to say about Tyreright Fyshwick on Google, “Great, fast, efficient service. Thankyou Tania and the team.”

Beaurepaires Braddon

With over 250 retail outlets across Australia, Beaurepaires Braddon adopts the same mantra of best advice, best products, and best service when it comes to tyres.

Stocking a range of superior tyre brands for both private and commercial use; Beaurepaires Braddon caters well to most road vehicles.

Additional offerings include including fitting, balancing, and alignments with a speedy 60-minute tyre fitting service to help you get back on the road quicker.

Zena Hassan-Johnson shared her experience with Beaurepaires Braddon on Google, “Fantastic service, with such helpful staff. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for honest customer service.”

Bob Jane T-Marts Belconnen

Bob Jane T-Marts have been looking after Australians tyre needs since 1970. Locally their Belconnen store offers a range of the highest quality tyres all at competitive prices.

In addition to their expansive product range, Bob Jane T-Marts offers ancillary tyre services including wheel alignment and balancing, puncture repair, along with a monthly tyre check program.

Boasting an impressive range of guarantees spanning product, price, and satisfaction; Bob Jane T-Marts Belconnen is hard to beat.

Andrew Lockie had this wonderful feedback to share on Google, “These guys are always helpful and such a friendly bunch. Give plenty of options and value is excellent.”

ACT Tyrepower

Run by Canberra local Neville Leonard for almost thirty years; the experienced team at ACT Tyrepower are well placed to assist with auto tyre needs for vehicles great and small.

Stocking all the best brands and an impressive product range; ACT Tyrepower is well equipped to cater to the needs of private, fleet, agricultural, and truck clientele.

Further services include wheel alignments, wheel balancing, puncture repairs and batter replacement all under the one roof.

Gregory McBurney shared his experience on Google, My go to tyre place for new and repairs. Always fast, efficient and give good advice. Quality work. Friendly staff and open convenient hours.”

Jax Tyre and Auto Fyshwick

With more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, Tony Megalli, owner of JAX Tyre and Auto Fyshwick, is proud to bring some of the best tyre and auto services to the Canberra region.

Staffed by qualified and experienced mechanics they specialise in tyres of all shapes and sizes, wheels, brakes, and suspension servicing.

Stocking some of the world’s leading tyre brands, JAX Tyre and Auto Fyswick offers a comprehensive selection to suit all budgets.

Anastasia Sim share this glowing feedback on Google, “Marcus and Todd do a terrific job. Best tyre store in the area in my opinion.”

If you’re looking for more auto related services in Canberra, you might like our article on the best places to get your motorcycle serviced or the best mechanics Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with tyre shops in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the tyre shops listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should a set of tyres last?
Tread wear is affected by many factors such as driving style, level of maintenance, and of course varying road conditions. Generally speaking; a new set of tyres driven in regular conditions can last an approximately 40,000km.
When is a tyre worn out?
The legal minimum tread depth for tyres in Australia is 1.6mm, however tyres can wear well before reaching this depth impacting handling and safety. To help assess tread depth tyres contain wear indicators positioned across the tread. When the tread is level with the 1.6mm wear indicator the tyre is at the legal limit. Ensure to check these indicators regularly, and when in doubt consult a mechanic or tyre specialist.
Do I need to replace more than one tyre at a time?
Front tyres and rear tyres generally exhibit different wear patterns. As such some suppliers recommend that at a minimum, tyres be replaced in pairs. This ensures balanced performance is achieved by wheels on the same axle, leading to better traction and longevity. If there is major wear on all tyres then look to replace all four.
What is the right tyre size for my car?
To determine the right tyre size for your car check the owner manual or tyre placard located on your vehicle. These will contain all relevant specifications including size, speed, load, and pressure along with a specified tyre manufacturer.
Is wheel alignment required after changing tyres?
Many tyre suppliers recommend that a wheel alignment is performed after a tyre change. This will ensure the tyres are angled correctly providing the best performance and of course in doing so extending the tyres mileage.

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TarasBulba TarasBulba 10:35 am 24 Aug 15

I have a 4×4 and was quoted $1250 for a set of 5 from the local distributor here in Canberra. Ended up buying the same set from Tempe Tyres in Sydney for just under $800.

Also have a popular make/model sedan and for that I have used KTAS in Manuka for a set of Goodyears. Pricing wasn’t too different from Sydney on those.

madscientist madscientist 3:38 pm 12 Oct 14

+1 for Jax in Fyshwick – they fixed a hole in one of our tyres last week – $26, no fuss, no muss. Pleasant and efficient service.

emmsy77 emmsy77 10:22 am 18 Nov 13

Antagonist said :

Johnno (whom I absolutely trust with any of my cars) works for himself out at Hume. Best prices on the good tyres, brilliant service, and absolutely trustworthy. 6260 2945.

+1 Johnno @ Hume

Leon Leon 9:16 am 18 Nov 13

ACT Tyre Brake & Mechanical in Dickson recently sold me a Continental tyre for under $140, and repaired a trailer tyre for no charge.
They are not always the cheapest, but they offer good tyres and service. Using them saves me travel time and costs, because I live nearby.

Rawhide Kid Part3 Rawhide Kid Part3 11:23 am 15 Nov 13

poetix said :

If you’re that tired, have a nap.

This spread of Americanisms may seem trivial, but the first time someone says ‘howdy’ to you, seriously, all will be lost.

Ooops

Deref Deref 8:06 am 15 Nov 13

poetix said :

If you’re that tired, have a nap.

The Australian spelling is tyres. This spread of Americanisms may seem trivial, but the first time someone says ‘howdy’ to you, seriously, all will be lost.

+1

And I hate it when some Australian calls me “buddy”.

Deref Deref 8:05 am 15 Nov 13

Damn! I wish I’d read this a few days ago! I just got 4 tyres fitted at Costco – not a bad deal, but still…

Roundhead89 Roundhead89 7:26 am 15 Nov 13

Costco has a big sign on their car servicing bay saying Tyre Centre. You know they really wanted to spell it Tire Center. A good fit with the “Gasoline station” attached to their new Sydney store.

liability liability 6:19 am 15 Nov 13

Northwest Tyres can be reasonably cheap if you know a bit about tyres and don’t take the first thing they throw at you.

I notice that they will never give a receipt unless you specifically ask for one, and then they do so begrudgingly.

If you know what tyres you want spend 15 minutes on the phone ringing around, you can nearly always get what you want on special somewhere, assuming they are a common size.

I can normally get a name brand, such as Dunlop, Goodyear, etc for around $110 each fitted for standard 15 inch Commodore/Falcon without to much trouble.

c_c™ c_c™ 12:50 am 15 Nov 13

EvanJames said :

North West TYRES is a useful source, but be aware. The owner imports second hand tyres from asia and the middle east. Most are from known brands HOWEVER the build standards for tyres sold in those jurisdictions are lower.

The standards aren’t automatically lower, for example, the new Michelin Primacy 3 ST are a regional specific variant, built for a unified Australia/Malayisa/Thai market. But definitely need to research it. Even if built to the highest standard by a well known brand, tyres in different jurisdictions can have differences in tread pattern and compounds to suit local conditions, particularly true of European tyres.

Personally I’d never touch a second hand tyre, and particularly in Canberra where it’s the outer edge that is likely to go below the legal depth long before the main width tread does (thanks to our roundabouts).

Antagonist Antagonist 11:18 pm 14 Nov 13

I took my BA XR8 ute (not white!) to Tyrepower in Tuggeranong in April – NEVER AGAIN! I had been going there for nearly 10 years and asked to speak to the owner ‘Johnno’, only to be told that ‘he was out at the moment’. Turns out Johnno had gone into business for himself in Hume and had not been working there for quite some time.

I had just bought the ute and the previous owner had fitted dodgy Chinese imports that were downright dangerous (Nankang?). They had plenty of tread, but SFA grip even in dry weather. I got a reasonable deal on Mickey Thompsons in 245/40/18 at $220 per corner and I am very happy with them.

BUT … the next day I noticed that two of my FPV GT rims had severe gutter rash. Much worse than the little scrapes they had when I bought the car. And I also had a new wobble coming from the right rear wheel, which has since been diagnosed as a bent axle. So they got $880 out of me for new tyres, and caused over $1000 of damage to my car in the process. And naturally, they deny knowing anything about it.

Don’t go near them if you value your car! They lied to me to get my cash and damaged my car while they had it. Those dodgy bastards will never get another cent out of me, and I will tell the whole world about my experiences with them at any given opportunity.

Johnno (whom I absolutely trust with any of my cars) works for himself out at Hume. Best prices on the good tyres, brilliant service, and absolutely trustworthy. 6260 2945.

EvanJames EvanJames 11:17 pm 14 Nov 13

North West TYRES is a useful source, but be aware. The owner imports second hand tyres from asia and the middle east. Most are from known brands HOWEVER the build standards for tyres sold in those jurisdictions are lower. And many aren’t compliant with the standards that are law in australia, namely, the standards set by the european union and/or the US department of transport. Most people don’t know this but if your car is wearing non-compliant tyres when it has a crash, depend on it your insurance company will know about it.

That said, I get my tyres there but have had some interesting go-rounds with them, like the time he sold me four nice-looking chinese tyres which turned out to have on their sides “trailer purpose only”. Researching what that meant led to my learning a LOT about tyres (after some bluster, I got two second hand and compliant tyres, and two new ones for the front).

I still have an illegal spare from them. Bridgestone, but not legal here. the magic codes and numbers aren’t on the sidewalls. but I’ll be visiting them for some newish tyres soon, it’s still quite a good lurk. Maybe I can get some more like the new ones, which are superb and were a good price.

threepaws threepaws 11:02 pm 14 Nov 13

Why on earth would you skimp on tyres? They’re kind of important, you know – being the only thing between your car and the road…

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:36 pm 14 Nov 13

Tooks said :

Holden Caulfield said :

You drive a Boxster and you’re cheaping out on tyres. Awesome!

Besides price comparisons are meaningless unless you tell us size and brand quoted at all three outlets.

Moreover, $1000 to buy something suitable for a Boxster is hardly expensive.

You can pick up a late 90s Boxter for around 22k. If he’s skimping on tyres, he probably doesn’t have a new model.

Awesome, I can’t wait for the next installment about servicing costs, haha.

damien haas damien haas 9:35 pm 14 Nov 13

Bob Jane let me drive away with poorly fitted wheels and nuts not fitted correctly. A pox on their house.

JAX have always been good for regular around town car sort of tyres.

Goodyear in Gungahlin did a very good deal on five 15 x 7 tyres for the Panelvan of Justice.

Antique Tyres in Melbourne are the place to go to for hard to find tyre sizes (like 15 x 10 with a 65 profile etc).

If you are cheaping out on tyres for a Porsche, I dont think i would ride in your car. The performance of cheap chinese tyres in wet conditions is known to be poor, and their durability is also not up to par with better tyres. In general, with tyres you get what you pay for.

c_c™ c_c™ 9:02 pm 14 Nov 13

Less the typical charge for wheel alignment, that means you spent around $115 a corner for tyres. Even on some cheap city car that’s pushing it.

Now that’s not to say you should go out and get some Michelins for $370 or so a corner, though if you can afford a Porsche I’m not sure why you wouldn’t, but least invest a bit. I put in about $200 a corner for a modest performance tyre and the difference between them the the mid-range Dunlops is night and day, particular in the wet, and Dunlops aren’t slouches.

JC JC 9:01 pm 14 Nov 13

What kind of nasty tyres did you get for $550?

It really surprises me the shit people put in their cars, or in the case of some bogan at Kippax the other day didn’t put on their car. This bogan had tyres that looked like racing slicks, saw her on Monday when it was pissing with rain.

For the average Camry, Commodore etc I wouldn’t touch a tyre that costs under around $200 per wheel. I like Michelin tyres myself had two cars where they were standard fitment and they were brilliant. My current car a Camry I have got around 70,000km out of them and they still handle the road as good as the day I brought them, will need to be replaced soon though, replacements are $250 per tyre which is reasonable.

I won’t touch Bridgestone after a bad experience 10 years ago, but Dunlop and Pirelli not so bad.

As for companies I have only dealt with Jax (transtate) tyres in Belconnen in the last 10 years, never had an issue with them, prices about the same as elsewhere.

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 8:48 pm 14 Nov 13

Do you run it on E10 too?

poetix poetix 8:45 pm 14 Nov 13

If you’re that tired, have a nap.

The Australian spelling is tyres. This spread of Americanisms may seem trivial, but the first time someone says ‘howdy’ to you, seriously, all will be lost.

jase! jase! 8:30 pm 14 Nov 13

hint for young players, bob jane at Campbeltown will price match tempe tyres. would be interesting to find out of bob jane locally will too

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