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Buying Premium vs Budget Tyres

We’re often asked “what’s the difference between premium and budget tyres?”

There are typically three main reasons for the differences between premium and budget tyres; enhanced technology, improved all round performance, and greater safety characteristics.


Premium tyres will use the latest technology and research, not only in materials but also in test methods, industrial procedures and research and development (R&D). Premium tyres are developed to give the best performance in safety, grip, rolling resistance and endurance that's available on the market at any time.

Premium manufacturers, like Michelin, use computer modelling, fluid dynamics and simulation tools that budget manufacturer don't necessarily use. As a guide, many experts suggest that the technology behind a budget tyre can be as much as 10 – 15 years old.


Budget manufacturers tend to make products to a price point, whereas premium manufacturers strive to make the best tyres they can, using their best technology, developed and tested throughout the markets where the tyre is going to be used.

Many people may think they are saving money by buying budget tyres, and maybe they are in the short-term but in some cases any savings made by purchasing a budget tyre can be lost with lower fuel economy over the life of the tyre, or the loss of mileage, and that's before you consider safety.


Premium tyres are expected to offer enhanced safety on the road and premium manufacturers work extensively with original equipment vehicle manufacturers, to give their cars the best possible performance by optimising the relationship between the tyre and the car togive the driver the best safety, grip, comfort, noise, longevity and rolling resistance.

When it comes to tyre performance in the wet, each labelling grade in wet braking is equivalent to one car length in braking at 50mph. So a saving of £X per tyre could easily result in far longer braking distances in the wet. When you need that grip, we suspect you would happily pay that extra money as you’re sliding along the road.

Whilst we know that tyres are often a distress purchase, your car is often your second biggest purchase after your house and your tyres are the only thing between your car and the road and even more significantly ‘your family’ and the dangers of the road. – Is the cost you’ll save by buying a budget tyre really worth the compromise on safety? Would you buy a budget child car seat for instance?

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What our customers think

excellent service. polite staff. they checked tyre pressure on the rest of my tyres without me asking. will recommend to everyone.

sue - March 2018

My wife and I have used Teddington Tyres for our tyres for several years now. We have always found them to be trustworthy, friendly, knowledgeable, reliable, efficient and competitive. If you cannot find what you want on the website give Andy in the office a call and he will sort you out an alternative. From personal experience we highly recommend them.

Keith - October 2017

Fantastic service, my car was stranded in Teddington with a torn tyre wall from a broken kerbstone, as I am self employed, no car - no business, but with their help I was soon back on the road. Quick, friendly, polite, informative, go above and beyond to help what more could you ask for? Thank you, will be recommending Teddington Tyres to everyone who lives and works locally!

Debby Morris - June 2017

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Areas served around Teddington:

Hampton, Hanworth, Kingston, Teddington, Twickenham, Feltham, Fulwell, Hampton Hill, Hampton Wick, New Malden., Strawberry Hill

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