Car tyres

Looking for new car tyres for your Vauxhall? Our network of over 400 Vauxhall Retailers have access to one of the largest stocks in the UK and can help you find the best tyres for your Vauxhall. We work closely with tyre manufacturers to find tyres that work best for your specific model, so you can enjoy the best ride and handling of your Vauxhall.

To find new tyres, just choose your Retailer, set up an appointment and they will order and fit the tyres for you. And if you already have booked a visit with us, you can sort out everything at once.

Vauxhall tyre expertise

No one knows your Vauxhall better than us. To make sure you get the best tyre replacements for your model, come straight to us. Here’s why:

 

With the Vauxhall Tyre Programme, our Retailers have access to one of the largest stocks of tyres in the UK, so even if a tyre isn’t on-site, it can be within a few hours. Then, our expert technicians can remove and re-fit your Vauxhall tyres, balance them and set the pressure to what is exactly specified for your model.

 

For tyres fitted with tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), which are the standard on new cars since November 2014, there are specialist tools that are needed to ensure the sensor is fitted and calibrated correctly. Our technicians are fully-trained and use these tools each time they replace a tyre with TPMS.

Choosing car tyres

When it comes to choosing your tyres, your tyre size will be determined by the specific model you drive.

 

When we build your car at Vauxhall, we review the tyres available across all existing brands. Then, we select a make that gives optimum performance for your model for factors like safety, wear and road handling.

 

While tyre size is fixed based on what fits on your wheel and is best for your car, you can choose the brand or make of the tyre, typically between premium or budget tyres.

 

Budget tyres are typically cheaper and offer a lower performance. They don’t have the same research and investment behind them as premium tyres, so they can be less efficient and of poorer quality.

 

Premium tyres include most of the tyre brands you may already know. They’re considered superior in terms of grip, safety, performance and lifespan, but can be more expensive as a result.

 

Key things to consider when choosing tyres include:

  • How often would you use them?
  • Where do you usually drive?
  • What is your driving style?

 

We recommend using the same tyre that your car originally came equipped with, since that was the best fit your model. If you’d like to find the best tyres for your Vauxhall, just talk to one of our experts.

Car tyre law

Tyres are the only point of contact between your car and the road, so it’s essential that they’re in good condition to protect you and other road users. Obviously, the law reflects this.

 

  • Car tyres must have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tread, around the entire circumference.
  • Tyres must also be correctly inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s specified tyre pressure.

 

Tyres that don’t meet these legal requirements can incur fines and penalty points – up to £2,500 and three points per tyre, or £10,000 and 12 points if all tyres are illegal.

 

A bald tyre, one with less than 1.6mm of tread, is dangerous as it will struggle to grip the road’s surface and keep your car on the road.

Do I need a spare wheel to pass an MOT?

The law doesn’t require that you carry a spare wheel to pass an MOT. And if you do, it doesn’t need to meet the same legal requirements state above when it’s not in use. However, carrying a spare wheel and keeping it in good condition will come in very handy if you happen to puncture or damage another tyre.

Checking your tread depth

Tread depth is the amount of tread on the tyre. It affects its ability to grip the road and is important for dispersing water when you drive on wet roads. Wear of just one millimetre can extend your braking distance and reduce grip on wet roads. That’s why there are laws in place to keep you and other road users safe.

 

The legal limit of tread depth is 1.6mm – anything less than this is known as a bald tyre and can make you face fines of up to £2,500 and three points for each tyre. That’s up to £10,000 and 12 points if all four tyres are below the legal limit!

How to check tyre depth

Most new tyres come with 8mm of tread. To stay safe on the road, we recommend that you replace your tyres at 3mm of tread.

Most tyres come with Tyre Wear Indicators, which are pieces of raised tread that sit in the main tread on your tyres. When the main tread wears down to this level, you know your tyres will be at the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm.

 

The 20p Tyre Test

When your tyres are cool, put a 20p against the tread of each tyre.

 

  • If the 20p coin’s outer border is covered by the tyre groove, the tread depth is above the legal limit.
  • If the 20p coin’s outer border is not covered by the tyre groove at any point around the tyre, the tread depth is below the legal limit and you need to replace your tyres.

 

Repeat this test a few times around each tyre.

 

Is your tread depth below 3mm? Just find the closest Vauxhall Retailer and our experts will sort it out for you.

Finding your tyre size

Your Vauxhall requires a specific type of tyre for maximum safety and comfort. So before you start looking for new tyres for your car, make sure you find out what tyre is right from a trusted source.

 

Here are three easy ways to check your tyre size:

 

1- Look at your tyres. On the outer sidewall of your tyre, which you can easily see standing next to your car, you’ll see tyre size. It’ll look something like this: 195/55 R16 95.

 

2- Check your owners’ manual, which gives tyre sizes for each body style available for your car.

 

3- Visit your local Vauxhall Retailer, and they can check your tyre size using your registration number.

To make it easier in the future, take a photo of the tyre size or keep a written note of it in the glovebox. Write down the make of tyre, so when you need to replace one, it will match the quality of the other three tyres.

 

What does a tyre size mean?

 

Tyre sizes, shown on the sidewall of a tyre, show different information such as the width and maximum approved speed.

 

Let’s take an example tyre size and look at what the numbers mean: 195 55 R16 95 H

 

  • 195 is the width of the tyre (mm)
  • 55 is the height of the sidewall as a ratio to the width (%)
  • R is the how the belt was constructed, R is a radial construction
  • 16 is the size (diameter) of your wheel (in)
  • 95 is an index of the maximum load the tyre can take
  • H is a code for the maximum speed the tyre can do

 

All of these are set for your car, based on the model, engine and wheel size, to provide the optimum safety and performance for your car. So remember, the easiest way to find the best tyre replacements for your Vauxhall is to visit one of your local Retailers.