There are three main categories when choosing tyres – premium, medium range and budget tyres. If you are living in Australia, you can find cheap tyres in Brisbane if you do not have the money to spend on premium ones. Each of these types has advantages and disadvantages. For a company fleet, it is important to consider all options not just to save money but to find the most cost-effective option in the long run.
For premium tyres, there are many brands to choose from such as Gooodyear, Bridgestone, Michelin, Continental and Pirelli. According to Peter Lamber who is the fleet director for Kwik Fit, majority of van operators used to choose premium tyres but they are now favouring the medium range ones.
He added that most of these van tyres are changed not because of wear but due to damage. Unlike in the case of company cars, the majority of tyres are replaced because of wear. Fleet customers under Kwik Fit have an average tyre consumption of 1.65 tyres annually for each vehicle.
Lamber said that replacement is not the same for all vehicle types but light ones usually change tyres as often as five new ones every year.
He also explained that damage is making managers think that the premium fleets they are purchasing for their vehicles are not worth the investment. This is why they are moving onto medium range tyres to limit the cost they are spending on tyre replacement.
Michelin’s head of fleet, Andy Fern, said this is not the case for every fleet because there is no known solution that is applicable and beneficial to all companies. Decisions should be based on each specific fleet and should be done with the guide of manufacturers.
There are many things that should be considered when choosing tyres such as the price, supplier support, safety, how often the tyre damage occurs and longevity.
Falken Tyres UK’s director, Matthew Smith, said that safety should be the priority. For those who want more options, there is premium, medium range and cheap tyres in Brisbane but the decision is still up to the buyer.