Mann Automotive Ltd Units 1-3 , Old Mart, Laurencekirk, AB30 1DG 01561 378500
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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.

Technology

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.

Performance

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.

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

Stranded in the Scottish Highlands during a two week road trip by my Landrover's suspension failure and gearbox issues , we thought our holiday would have to be cut short and get transported back to Lancashire by the AA. Having contacted the main Landrover franchise in Inverness to explain our plight, they informed us that it would be 3 weeks before the repair could be assessed, then some time before it could be repaired. We only had 5 days to go! Cue Mann Auto, and Barry Cruikshank. Our Landrover was collected for us on Sunday 2nd July, taken to Mann Auto (120 mile trip) work started Monday 3rd July and repairs complete on Tuesday 4th. A new suspension compressor, front cross valve and a gearbox flush, in addition to some other minor issues had all been done and our holiday was saved. This is incredible customer service, they are extremely busy and certainly not short of business yet they pulled out all the stops for us,an unknown customer. Many thanks Barry, from myself and the rest of my family.

Phil Cooper - July 2017

After spending lots of money at different garages and my Land rover still not fixed, we were recommended this garage . They found the fault and replaced the part within an hour, Although not local to us its worth the travel and we will be using them in future. They are Honest friendly and professional. And come highly recommended by ourselves

Annemarie Milne - March 2017

Very quick efficient service on both my recent visits for tyre and Haldex pump issue.

Alan Baxter - December 2016

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Opening hours
Monday: 07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday: 07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday: 07:30 - 17:00
Thursday: 07:30 - 17:00
Friday: 07:30 - 17:00
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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Areas served around Laurencekirk:

Aberdeenshire, Brechin, Edzell, Laurencekirk, Montrose, Stonehaven

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