Parents, give the gift of tires

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Your kids are probably the most difficult people to shop for – especially if they are in their teens. The generation gap between adults and their teenage kids is a near impossible one to bridge. Although it might seem like a bit of a curve ball, try giving your kids a set of new tires this Christmas. Bear with me for a second, here. Hankook Tire America claims that 35% of Americans surveyed would “love it,” and while tires have no flash or real entertainment value, they ensure the safety of your loved ones and are a necessary part of automobile maintenance that many people overlook.

One of the issues with young folk and car ownership is that they simply don’t recognize the importance of regularly maintaining a vehicle. If your teenager is in college, it’s already a stretch to expect him or her to change the car oil on a regular basis. The likelihood that the air filter, oil filter, coolant, windshield wipers, and tires are being maintained is minimal at best.

When your kids come home to visit this holiday season, forget about spending countless hours at the mall trying to pick out an outfit or DVD they might like – those are things that they’d much rather pick out for themselves. Instead, do something practical for them, and take their car to the auto shop. Have it tuned up, and buy them some all-season tires for the winter. Here are some fitting options:

  • Michelin Primacy MXV4 205 55r16 Tires – The perfect all-season tire for comfortable sedans like the Honda Accord or the Toyota Camry. These carry a 60,000 mile warranty.
  • Michelin Energy MXV4 S8 205 55r16 Tires – The energy MXV4 S8 are the default tires on sedans like the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. You can’t go wrong replacing tires with the set they came in. The only point of difference between the Energy MXV4 and the Primacy MXV4 is that the Energy set only has 50,000 miles of warranty.
  • Michelin Defender 205 55r16 Tires – The best all-season tire for passenger cars and minivans. The Defender has excellent wear life with 90,000 miles before they need to be replaced.

Be sure to ask your mechanic for advice and suggestions on which tires will be the best for your car – he will have experience with a variety of cars and know the nuances for each tire. Also, be sure to shop around online and at local shops because tire prices will vary by region and shop. It just might be the case that you find the best tire prices at the smallest shop.

You’ll find that, by buying new tires for your child’s car, your mind will be at ease knowing that their vehicle is as safe as it can be. And don’t worry that they won’t like the gift, as soon as they hit the road with the new tires, they’ll immediately notice the increased traction and performance of the car.

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