When it comes to tyres, pay attention to where the rubber hits the road, no matter what vehicle you drive. The right tyres are essential for safety. They also make the world of difference with the ease of handling your vehicle no matter what type, style or age.
Understandably, tyre effectiveness decreases with use. Wear and tear can lead to reduced traction, weakened grip, and ineffective braking. Add wet weather, fog or other challenging weather conditions to the mix and you may face a real safety hazard. It’s therefore important to make sure you have the right tyres, and that they are well fitted and properly maintained.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a tyre shop, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great tyre shop?
Great tyre shops are conveniently located. They stock the best-quality products, fitted by skilled technicians equipped to handle any tyre need. These specialists will ensure you get the right tyres for your vehicle. They’ll also ensure you get the maximum value and most mileage out of your tyres. Last, but not least, they’ll take the stress away when life doesn’t go according to plan and you’re faced with an emergency.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a tyre shop:
- Experienced technicians. Only a few centimetres of tyres hit the road while you’re driving, so having your tyres fitted by a skilled technician is crucial. Ask whether the tyre shop employs qualified technicians experienced with your vehicle make, model and driving style.
- Large range. Choose a tyre shop with a broad range of tyres and price points so you get the best value for money. It pays to shop around. Also, ask whether the shop has what you need in stock should you need your tyres right away.
- Quality products. You invest a lot in buying a car. Taking shortcuts on lesser-quality tyres can be risky as a result. Let’s face it, plenty of second-rate products are on the market. Ask the folks at the tyre shop about quality. Also ask whether they sell reputable, leading brands. Don’t forget to ask about warranties too.
- Swift servicing. It’s smart to choose a tyre shop that offers swift servicing so you won’t be off the road for long. Check how long it will take and remember that some tyre shops offer 60-minute fittings. Some are even open on Sundays.
- Convenient location. While your space-saving tyre can go some distance, emergency auto situations are easier to deal with closer to home. Look for a tyre shop that’s conveniently located close to where you are to make matters hassle-free.
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 maintained a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Canberra Tyres, a family-owned business conveniently located in Fyshwick, specialises in all-things tyres (new and used). With over 15 years’ experience and with knowledgeable, experienced mechanics, Canberra Tyres provides advice on the best tyres for any vehicle, backed by high-quality service. The team also offers full-service auto repair and maintenance.
Major tyre brands are available at a range of price points to suit all budgets. Five tyre classifications are covered and the team at Canberra Tyres recommends the best type depending on multiple factors. This includes the vehicle’s make, desired performance for how the vehicle is driven, and driving conditions involved.
To help customers get the most out of their tyres, Canberra Tyres maximises use of its modern alignment system. With existing tyres, the team checks tread depths so they meet legal minimum regulations. They also examine overall tyre condition and check pressure, to ensure alignment with vehicle manufacturer settings. When changing tyres, the team of specialists inflates to manufacturer recommended pressure to improve fuel economy.
Canberra Tyres also supports customers with spare tyres. Last, but not least, tyres are disposed of and recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.
Open Monday to Saturday. Free online quotes. Competitive prices.
On Google, Bahaa El Kilani wrote, “I had my tyres changed and a wheel alignment with brakes service and oil. The team is extremely professional, friendly. The service and prices are excellent for the high range of tires. I highly recommend that anyone looking for a professional team and great prices go straight to Canberra Tyres.”
JAX Tyre and Auto Fyshwick offers some of the best tyre and auto services in the Canberra region. Qualified and experienced mechanics specialise in tyres of all shapes and sizes. The shop stocks a comprehensive selection of world-leading tyre brands, with something for every budget.
On Google David Olley wrote, “I’ve recently had a great experience having new tyres fitted at JAX Tyre and Auto. Moving to the ACT from a regional area, I’m used to businesses that treat you as a valued customer. The guys at JAX were exceptional at this.”
For over 30 years, the experienced team at ACT Tyrepower has helped with auto tyre needs for all types of vehicles. The shop stocks the best brands and has an impressive product range. Services include wheel alignments, wheel balancing, puncture repairs and batter replacement.
Josh Peters wrote on Google, “These guys saved us when we had a flat tyre on the way to Melbourne. Fit us in instantly and had the puncture fixed in less than 10 minutes, with an excellent price.”
Clients are in safe hands with Bridgestone Service Centre Fyshwick. Whether driving down the open highway or twisting through busy city streets, Bridgestone has a quality tyre for every vehicle type and need. Bridgestone is trusted for its tyre range and quality tyres.
On the Riotact, Mike Hurley wrote, “Bridgestone Fyshwick is a good tyre store to add to your list. Craig was really helpful. I found a deal on a set of Bridgestone tyres at his store from Autohero.”
Translate Tyres and Suspension Services Tuggeranong offers full tyre and suspension needs under one roof. For over 40 years, the shop has provided services like brakes, suspension, wheel alignment and balancing.
On Google, Jason Thomas wrote, “My wife and I have been getting our tyres from Translate Tuggeranong for years. Great staff, great prices, great service. Blew my trailer tyre on the way to a job today. They squeezed me in and had me back on the road 30 minutes later.
Award-winning ACT Tyre Brake & Mechanical, with workshops in Braddon and Mitchell, provides new tyres and repairs for all models of vehicles. It deals with all brands of tyres and offers all-terrain, new, off-road 4WD, and performance tyres. Services include puncture repairs and tyre rotation.
On Google, Lauren Williams wrote, “We found a bolt in our tyre which was causing a slow leak. We were told we could bring it in right away. Two hours later it was all fixed and for a reasonable price.”
If you’re looking for more information on tyre or auto services in general, you might like our articles on the best tyre shops in Canberra and Belconnen and the best towing services in the capital. We also have tips on the best car service centres, the best mechanics and the best European car mechanics Canberra has to offer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long should a set of tyres last?
Tread wear is affected by many factors. These include driving style, level of maintenance and road conditions. Generally, a new set of tyres driven in regular conditions could last about 40,000 km.
When is a tyre worn out?
The legal minimum tread depth for tyres in Australia is 1.6 millimetres. However, tyres can wear long before this, impacting handling and safety. Check your tyres regularly and, if 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 the balanced performance of wheels on the same axle, leading to better traction and longevity. If there is major wear on all tyres, however, look to replace all four at the same time.
What is the right tyre size for my car?
To determine the right tyre size for your car, check your owner manual or tyre placard on your vehicle. These will contain 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 a wheel alignment after a tyre change. This ensures tyres are angled correctly, which, in turn, ensures the best performance and the most mileage out of your tyres.