Fuel Efficient Tyres – What they are and what they are not

There is a lot of buzz around at the moment about saving petrol costs by buying fuel efficient tyres. It’s important to know though exactly what that means.

What are the benefits of fuel efficient tyres?

According to recent studies done by the EECA potential savings of between 3 and 7.5% can be achieved by using tyres that have a low rolling resistance. Its important that you crunch the numbers on this, although it doesn’t sound like a great deal of money. Over a year 5% can add up, especially if you do a high mileage.

Normal weekly gas spend: $80
5% of $80: $4
52 weeks in a year x $4 = $208

Savings over a year for an average motorist could work out to be around $200. I don’t know how this affects you but to me that would mean a couple of weeks of not paying for petrol at all.

Comparison of low rolling resistance tyres with standard tyres on New Zealand roads

What are the disadvantages of fuel efficient tyres?

There are claims that fuel efficient tyres cause static electricity however that is certainly not a proven fact.

In the past fuel efficient tyres earned a reputation for having poor handling characteristics in wet conditions, and also for sacrificing tread life for low rolling resistance. With the advantages and gains made in technology over the last few years, these issues appear to no longer be the problem that they were yesterday.

What makes a tyre fuel efficient?

Over the last two decades tyre manufacturers have been using ingredients like silica to reduce the rolling resistance of tyres. Silica is not cheap however so if your fuel efficient tyres come in at a little higher price point that the cheap ones you find on trademe and other sites, that is part of the reason.

Should I buy fuel efficient tyres?

If you could save between 5 and 15% on petrol without doing anything except choosing fuel efficient tyres, and there are not the drawbacks that there were in the past then we would have to say yes, you should buy them. If you are not worried about saving a few dollars and are looking for other things in tyres however it may not a wise choice for you.

What do you think?

What is the difference between Tyre and Tire?

tire-or-tyreI have always wondered why in the USA and Canada they insist on spelling the word tire, whilst the rest of the world spells tyre. Why must they spell it in such a different manner? Does it mean something different to them, or did it just happen that way and the practice stuck?

My studies have found that before the rubber tyre came along metal versions were called “tires”, it was only once the pneumatic rubber tyre was invented in the 19th century that the word morphed into “tyre”.

I also learned on this quest into the depths of Google, that Canada normally follow the British versions of spelling, rather than the US. But not in this case, it’s one of the few words where they also have gone along with the US spelling.

Apparently the word may have originally come about because of the word “attire”, with the tyre being the dressing on the wheel.

Interestingly when the first tyre was patented by Robert W Thomson the spelling was “tire”.

Who invented the Tyre?

Accredited with inventing the first pneumatic Tyre is Robert William Thomson. I wonder at times why I as an eager young Tyre fitter back 25 years ago was not shown this information as it seems so important when you are embarking on such a career to be shown the inventions that made such a career possible.

The original documents can be viewed here.

First Diagram

first tyre1

Robert talks about the tyres being created in several distinct air proof compartments. That may have made sense back in 1847 however it is hard to think of today’s modern tyre split up in such a manner.

Robert Thomson died at a young age, barely 50 years old. But his inventions live on today in so many ways. Even after his death his wife Clara was filing patents for elastic belts, seats and cushions.

Most think of John Boyd Dunlop as being the inventor of the Tyre however his patent was actually officially termed invalid two years after it was awarded due to the earlier patent submitted by Robert W Thomson.

215/45 17 Duruns for sale at super cheap prices

Durun 1Hi everyone, we have sets of 215 45 17 Duruns for sale at never seen before prices.

If you are looking for Tyre performance, road handling and don’t want to break the bank, these tyres are for you.

Durun’s Tyre manufacturing equipment has been imported from many countries around the world including the US, Holland, Japan and Germany.

Successful certifications by E-MARK, the US DOT, INMETRO (Brazilian) and others has helped Duruns achieve ISO9001:2000!!

Durun’s are becoming a major player in the European market and helping to bring down Tyre prices world wide.

You can click through to our trademe listings below if you like or for an even better deal message us through the comment form on this article.

Get some.

205/65 15 New Tyres at a very cheap price


We have just managed to secure some fantastic stock, these tyres, 205/65 r15 Minervas have the following features

  • Continuous center pattern rib can improve stability and direction-sense
  • Big shoulder pattern block ensures enough contact area under all driving conditions
  • Three longitudinal straight grooves provide maximum water evacuation and strong anti-wet and skid capability

To purchase these you can either buy them through our trademe listings here or leave us a comment on this article and we will make contact with you. (normally within a couple of hours, unless your asking in the middle of the night!)

Wheel Alignment Cost in 2014

Following up from our previous Wheel Alignment Article we decided to update the costs now that we are well into 2014.

Exactly how much is a wheel alignment (also occasionally called tracking) going to cost us this year?

Beaurepaires Wheel Alignment Cost Price:

From their website as at 4-June-2014 the team at Beaurepaires state the below pricing structure as the “average price”.

For a car – $89.00 (includes GST)
For a RV – $99.00 (includes GST)
For a Truck – POA

If you live in Auckland, I can highly recommend the Manukau City branch, the other branches I am not so familiar with.

Firestones Cost Price for Wheel Alignment

Firestone don’t actually list a price for their wheel alignments, so your going to have to call them to find out. Their website link is here. If you find out how much Firestone charge, or if someone from Firestone would like to tell us that would be fantastic.

Discount Tyres Price for Wheel Alignment

Well following the Firestone theme these guys also don’t list a price for their wheel alignment services, however on their website they state they will beat ANY price. So I guess you can just call around and find the cheapest deal, then ring Discount Tyres and they will beat it! (Please let us know if you get a price from them.)

Tyrepower Wheel Alignment Pricing

Once again, you guessed it no price offered.

Well I would like to put something out there – if you are a Tyre Shop in New Zealand and would like to offer our site visitors a discounted price on alignment please contact me by leaving a comment on this post (it won’t be displayed unless you want it to be) and we can sort something out. These days people really like to do their research online, however a lot of these Tyre stores seem to be keeping their prices close to their chests, presumably so that people will call them.

Who wants to break the trend and offer a great deal to the Tyres For Sale community?

If you are someone that has recently had your alignment done, please share the cost and experience with our site visitors by leaving a comment below.

255/70 16 Bridgestone Four Wheel Drive Tyres on SALE NOW!!!!

We have excess stock in this size and want to get them out the door. If you are after a set or a pair of 4WD tyres we have Bridgestones that have done delivery km. (ie from the car yard to the tyreshop) for a fantastic price.

Leave me a comment on this post with your contact details, prefer email, but will call you if you want. And I will give you a special deal. Let me know how many you want, we have more than 20 in stock right now and are looking to liquidate this stock so don’t delay.

In summary

Tyre size: 255/70 16 BRIDGESTONE HT684 111T
Price: Fantastic price, depending on how many you are looking for. Leave a comment to be contacted ASAP.
Vehicles: These have come off brand new Ford Rangers, but suit many other 4WD vehicles, just check your size.
Availability: After purchase these tyres can be picked up from our supplier in Manukau City, Auckland. We also have delivery options around most of the North Island, but please talk to us first.

Check out our testimonials, we have done more than 250 trades on NZ’s most popular trading site without a single negative comment or remark. We know how to look after our customers and supply the best tyre deals in New Zealand right now. You can get them even cheaper by bypassing trademe and dealing with us direct, as we can reduce the price by the amount of the auction fees.

Talk to you soon!


265/65r17 Dunlop AT22

We have one pair left of these at a fantastic never to be repeated price. You can find the tyres on trademe here or leave us a comment and we will get in touch.

These tyres are as new and are factory fitment on Ford Ranger / Will also fit Toyota Hilux SR5.

It’s currently heading into the winter months and a timely reminder to be looking at your tyres and checking they have enough tread to drive safely on wet roads.

Here is a short and useful video that explains the best way to handle your vehicle in the event of a hydroplane.

255/70R16 BRIDGESTONE HT684 Tyres for Sale!

We have a set of these tyres in stock right now at the amazing price of $690 for the complete set through trademe. Or if you contact me directly I can drop off another $30 which are the listing fees if I sell them through trademe.

Desert Duellers are rated as one of the best four wheel drive tyres in the world. Normally these tyres retail at over $900 a set but we managed to get a special on this set, which we are passing straight along to you.

Please leave us a comment if you are interested, this price was valid as at January 2013, so if its changed we can let you know.