The Differences Between Budget and Premium Tyres

At EAC Telford our focus is on keeping you safe whilst offering great value. We are asked a lot of motoring questions, a common one of those being “which tyres should I buy for my car?”

The range of tyres that EAC Telford can offer is extensive so we thought it would be a good idea to let you know our thoughts on what’s hot and what’s not.

There will be a time when you’ve got to replace the tyres on your car. Of course, most of the time, you’re going to have a choice, which will depend on your budget. Namely, there will be different types of budget and premium tyres. In particular, big brands such as Continental and Michelin cost more than other less well-known brands, so the big question is; are they really worth it?


At EAC Telford, there is a clear winner in our minds. Let’s have a look at budget and premium tyres to see what the best option is for you.

Always Think About Safety

Don’t jump to conclusions and think that budget tyres mean they are not safe on the road. It doesn’t matter what type of tyre they are, they have all been tested and quality checked before being sold for vehicles. This means that you don’t have to worry about general safety of budget or premium tyres.

But the main difference you’ll find between budget and premium tyres is their performance in bad weather, particularly during the winter months.


Budget tyres could have a longer stopping distance in wet weather than premium tyres. This could be the difference between being involved in a collision or not.

There Is a Difference with Durability

Another difference that you’ll notice between budget and premium tyres is how long they last. It’s common knowledge that premium tyres will last longer than budget tyres due to being more thoroughly tested and being constructed from quality materials. They’re definitely more durable over different terrain. So, this is going to save you money, as you won’t have to replace them as quickly as you will with budget tyres. Of course, the downside is that you’ll have a bigger initial outlay.

Again, we’re not saying that budget tyres aren’t a good choice for some people. If you don’t drive a lot of miles and you’re only traveling around the town every now and again, budget tyres will probably be fine for you. But if you drive every day and for a lot of miles, this is going to be when you notice the difference with premium tyres.

Fuel Efficiency Matters

We all want to get as many miles out of our car as we can before we have to go back to the petrol station. Well, it turns out that premium tyres may help you when it comes to fuel efficiency.


They tend to be constructed from higher quality materials and compounds than budget tyres, as well as having low rolling resistance. This means that you can push your car for more miles on the same tank of petrol. So, while you pay out more money to begin with than you would for budget tyres, it seems that premium tyres actually pay off in the long run according to experts.

Who Wins?

So, who is the winner between budget and premium tyres? At EAC Telford, we’d have to say that based on our research into safety, durability and fuel efficiency, it’s got to be premium tyres. Driving in the UK during the winter time can be difficult when it comes to wet and snowy weather. Premium tyres are going to be able to stop faster than budget tyres, which could make the difference between being involved in a collision or not.

In terms of durability, premium tyres are typically better made and this means that they’ll last longer. You may also be able to save some money when it comes to fuel just by choosing premium tyres.

Of course, for some people, budget tyres will do just fine. If you don’t have a big budget to play around with, these are going to be the most affordable choice for you. They’re still safe in dry weather and they will also last a long time if you don’t drive a lot. The best thing you can do is think about your driving habits and what you need.

Don’t forget that it doesn’t matter what type of tyres you choose, you’ve got to look after them. This means driving responsibly and caring for your tyres. When you do these things, this is going to help prolong the life of your tyres.

We’re keen to help you make the right tyre choice for your vehicle. So if you’re looking for the right mix of durability, performance and value then give our team at EAC Telford a call today on 01952 980566