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Best Tires in Bay City MI

Tires in Bay City MI

About 16 years ago I had just moved back to Michigan from Austin, TX.  At the time I was driving a VW Jetta GLI.  This was a pretty hot performance car at the time, especially with a turbo chip installed.  Winter time was approaching and my tire tread was low and wouldn’t be safe even with a light snow.  Truth is they probably weren’t safe on wet roads.  Because this was considered a high performance car the recommended tires were expensive.  The mechanic that I went to had a different set of wheels and offered to swap out my wheels (both sets were factory) for the ones he had that would accommodate a much lower priced tire.  Seemed like a good deal.

I put the new wheels and tires on my car a felt pretty good for saving money.  The next day as I was going to work I noticed while entering the highway on-ramp, that I used to be able to got about 40-45 mph on, I could only take at 30 mph.  I thought that perhaps there was some gravel on the road or something.  The more I drove the car the more I realized that I couldn’t take corners as fast, wasn’t braking as quickly and overall car performance wasn’t what it used to be.  I called the auto mechanic and asked if there was something wrong with my suspension.  He explained that the car is fine and the performance difference I was noticing was the wheels and tires.  This was my first lesson in how important tires are for overall vehicle performance.

Like most consumers I didn’t know enough about tires to make an educated purchase. Like many, the choice came down to price.  I found out the hard way that educated consumers purchase tires based on safety, quietness, road-holding ability, and wear.  It is necessary that drivers understand why tires are so important.  Just like shoes are your contact with the ground, tires are your vehicle’s only contact with the road. Even the most powerful engine, strongest brakes, or most advanced anti-skid system, is at the mercy of the tire’s grip on the road. Every move a driver makes with the steering wheel, brake, and gas pedal is transmitted to the road through the four notepad-sized contact patches of the tires.

As with everything else about automobiles, tire technology changes every year.  How do you, as a consumer, keep up?  There are many guides and few are as trusted as Consumer Reports.  And in the April 2013 Annual Auto Issue they have a section on tires.  Consumer Reports recommends that you buy tires with the same size and speed rating (such as T, H, or V) that originally came with your vehicle to preserve the performance the automaker intended.  Don’t know what tire is recommend for your vehicle.  Check the owners manual or visit the Labadie Tire Finder.

So what does Consumer Reports recommend?

  • All-Season Gas Saving T Rated = Michelin Energy Saver AS
  • Performance All-Season Gas Saving H Rated = Michelin Primacy MXV4
  • Performance All-Season Gas Saving V Rated = Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
  • Older Cars All-Season = Michelin Defender
  • Winter Tires = Michelin X-ice Xi3
  • SUV & Truck All-Season Light Truck = Michelin LTX M/S2
  • SUV & Truck All-Terrain = Cooper Discoverer A/T2
  • SUV & Truck Winter = Continental Extreme Winter Contact
  • Sporty Car Ultra-High-Performance = Perelli P Zero Nero All Season

All of these tires and more can be purchased and installed at Labadie Cadillac Buick GMC in Bay City Michigan.  Visit us online for more information at or stop into our GM Certified service center.

This blog post was written by Labadie Internet Marketing Director, David Defoe.  This is a true experience and was not embellished.