Think You Need New Tires? Some Tips to Consider

Need New Tires Mesa Arizona

Are your tires looking a little worn? Have you been feeling you might need to update or upgrade your existing vehicle tires because the tread looks worn, or the car is not handling as well as it used to? Another common issue to tell if you need new tires is if the side is cracked, rot. Or has your auto dealer recommended new tires as part of their maintenance plan?

Tire replacement can be handled by your local car dealer, your favorite privately owned local Phoenix auto shop, or a large automotive retailer. There’s nothing wrong with doing a little research to find the most competitive pricing for your next set of performance, off-road, winter, or all-season tires. There are over ninety brand names of tires and vehicle accessories to choose from, and each type of shop charges differently according to their partnerships, and overhead.  At All Brands Auto in Mesa, AZ, our prices will almost always be lower than other shops.  We are not interested in gauging our customers’ money – its why our customers come back year after year (look at our reviews, and you might believe this blog!).  Our costs are low, so we, in turn, will charge you less for your tires!

When researching tires before you call, find and write down the code on your existing tires. The letter and number code may not seem important, but your service center can decrypt it for you. Once they know what you need, you should discuss tire replacement options (brands and types) since every situation and care is unique.

What to Consider When Choosing Tires

Choosing the right tire should depend on what’s right for your driving habits as well as your location. Especially in climates with harsh winters, snowy mountains such as Flagstaff or the White Mountains in Arizona, changing over to winter tires will make driving safer and more efficient.  But if you live here in the Phoenix area mostly year-round, this is a different story.

Need New Tires Mesa Arizona

Ask yourself these questions so you can best communicate to your tire shop

  • Will you be driving in an area that is mostly dry year-round? Will you primarily be driving on pavement that may be prone to occasional rain or snow?
  • Do the roads in your location ice up early and stay iced all winter long? Do you live in an area where road maintenance crews are able to clear snow and melt ice quickly?
  • Do you plan to venture onto more rugged terrain like dirt, rock, mud, or gravel? If so, you may want a more resilient tire product suitable for off-road activity.

So, based on these questions, we suggest that you discuss options with quality auto techs (like we have at our shop) who will guide you to the best replacement tires for your expected driving conditions.

Winter Tires in Arizona

Unless you have all-season tires (most cars here in Arizona have all-season tires), you’ll want to replace your summer tires with winter tires in the fall. If you live in a climate where harsh winter conditions are a concern, you’ll need to choose winter weather tires with good friction. There’s nothing worse than spinning your tires on icy roads, or sliding into a snowbank and getting stuck as you drive back home from your wonderful stay here in Arizona!

Winter tires are more robust than summer tires resulting in better grip and traction. Why are winter tires stronger? They are designed to stay pliable at lower temperatures and then conform to the micro irregularities created by ice or snow when it arrives. But they should be changed over again when warm weather returns.

To prolong the tread life of your tires, you should change winter tires over to summer tires once the temperatures remain consistently above 7C in your area.  

All-Season Tires

All-season tires come in sizes to fit a wide range of popular cars, minivans, and crossover utility vehicles. The advanced tire technology of today’s all-season tires delivers solid traction, making them suitable for all types of weather. The wide footprint technology of all-season tires contributes to a quiet and comfortable ride.

Even so, all-season tires can be chosen based on the terrain you need them for. Choose your new tires based on whether you’ll spend most of your time on paved roads, or if you’d like a tire with slightly more traction to powerfully grip the ground in the mud, rain, snow, or dry weather.

Truck Tires

The off-road-ready tread of truck tires provides tough handling, making it okay to get down and dirty. With the right truck tire, you’ll enjoy smooth handling and maximum grip response no matter if traveling through mud, water, or snow.

Look for a truck tire with self-cleaning channels and deep lateral grooves that will clear away mud and snow for optimized all-terrain traction.

Performance Tires

Need something sportier? You might choose a high-performance sports car tire for your vehicle. Rain or shine, performance sport tires command traction. The top-rated even wear tread of performance tires delivers precision steering and consistent handling with ample control on every turn. Our shop makes sure to carry a lot of these on hand since many Phoenix drivers love their sporty cars and fast driving!

Tire Check Assessment in Mesa

Vehicle tires often need to be replaced every three to five years, depending on the amount of driving to do and the amount of wear they endure. If in doubt about timing your tire replacement, have your auto shop inspect your tires for signs of aging, dry rot or uneven wear.

If your auto shop recommends new tires during a checkup, don’t put it off. Your tires have the greatest effect on the way your vehicle handles, brakes, and manages on ice, snow, rain, gravel, or mud. Your safety and driving confidence depends on having top-notch tires on your vehicle.

How to tell if your car or truck needs a brake job

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What is arguably even more important than your car or truck running well? Getting it to stop correctly during rush hour, on our freeways or at one of our crazy Phoenix stoplights! If your brakes don’t work properly, you are putting yourself, your passengers and everyone you encounter on the road in big danger.  –

And with summer road-tips right on the horizon to get away from the Phoenix heat, it’s even MORE important right now to make sure your brakes is up-to-snuff!

Over time, car and truck brakes always gradually deteriorate and require service to repair them for efficient performance. 

What are the symptoms that you need your car brakes looked at ASAP?

The brakes will feel mushy and unresponsive, or harder than usual to push. You may even hear annoying squeals or grinding noises when you use your brakes.

Don’t ignore any of these indicators, please make an appointment promptly for a brake inspection.  (Please note: When you call a shop, make sure the mechanic does a free courtesy brake check before doing any repairs or replacements!  A dishonest or expensive shop, will not do free courtesy checks)

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What Are the Most Common Brake Problems We See?

  • Brake fluid inspection – ALERT!!! We WON’T top the brake fluid inspection because low brake fluid is one of the indicators that you need new brakes. If a repair facility just refills your brake fluid, it may lead to an inaccurate diagnosis of your brake’s condition, which could be dangerous!
  • The Brake Fluid needs flushing (by the way, the normal cost is r$110 but on sale right now so call for details!)
  • Brake hose needing replacement
  • Brake pad(s) needing  replacement
  • Brake disc resurfacing or replacement
  • Loose brake caliper mounting bolts and,
  • Faulty rotor surfaces, which is a common cause of brake pulsing, a complaint we hear frequently.

When do you need to get a Brake Inspections or Repair Work?

We highly recommend that you get your brakes checked REGULARLY.   How often depends on how much you drive your vehicle as well as how hard you drive it.  Here are our recommendations for the normal mileage driver who puts on 12-18k miles per year:

  • Brake fluid replacement- replaced AT 30k Miles or 2 years
  • Brake system inspection: at 15k miles or every year

Why Choose All Brands Auto Repair Shop in Mesa, AZ for Your Brake Service Work?

  1. Not only can count on us to inspect your brakes for FREE, but also we are KNOWN for only recommending the services that you need!

—We won’t soak you for new brake pads or discs if all you need is a brake hose replacement!

We pride ourselves on our reputation for honesty, loyalty, fairness, affordability, education —and want you to become a happy customer who returns to us for all your car repairs. (FYI: that most of our customers stay with us throughout their lifetime!!)

  1. We do complete high quality brake work for All Makes of cars and most trucks!  It’s right there in our name – we work on All Brands! Our experienced brake specialists can fix your car, truck or RV, with top quality replacement parts.
  2. We offer an unbeatable service guarantee! Our affordable repairs are backed by the TECH-NET Professional Nationwide Warranty program, which covers most parts and labor for 12 months or 12,000 miles / 20,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.
  3. Cheap Affordable yet top-of-the-line Quality without paying the dealer’s prices! Yes, we use the same parts, and have the same expensive tools found at dealer shops. The difference is we are able to charge less because our costs are less, and we want to treat customers more fairly!  
  4. We run specials!!! Check our home page for specials on brake services and gets the pros at All Brands Auto put a stop to your brake troubles today.

Call us at (480) 962-6117 to speak with our long-term service techs for you in person appointment! Our wonderful guys: Jerry, Ralph or Steve, are standing by to book your brake or regular service appointment.

****Also, be sure to mention A WEB SPECIAL when you call so we can save you even EXTRA money!

Buying a Previously Flooded or Salvaged Car from the Experts

Experts’ Advice On Flooded Cars

In the aftermath of many extreme weather events such as hurricanes or heavy rains and forest fires, in Arizona, we inevitably find a number of “flood cars” or salvaged vehicles entering our pre-owned vehicle market.

Though some states have laws and regulations that mandate these cars be given a flood designation on their titles, many other states do not have any such rules.

This gap in regulation often leads to unscrupulous sellers relocating flood cars from states where the flood designation is required to states where they can sell the vehicle without disclosing its issues with flooding.

Used Cars Should be examined to Determine if Salvaged

Experts say to use caution when buying a vehicle that may have been stuck in flooded waters. Cars that have been flooded in the past are likely to have ongoing mechanical and electrical issues that can potentially cost many buyers thousands of dollars to repair, not to leave out distress and anger.

Buying Flooded or Salvaged Cars Mesa - get checked out by car repair shop in advance!

As such, if you live in a state that doesn’t require a flood disclosure or you live in Arizona which gets a lot of illegal sellers, it is a good idea to know what steps to take to avoid purchasing a formerly flooded vehicle.

“The widespread floods caused by Hurricane HarveyI n Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida could soon be affecting car buyers in Arizona. 

The Arizona Department of Transportation is cautioning those in the market for a used car to keep in mind that many vehicles damaged by flooding in those states can easily end up in Arizona and be put up for sale. 

 ADOT advised that anyone buying a used car through a private sale should especially keep a close eye out for water damage. Buyers should note that if a car does have previous water damage the title would say “salvage” or “flood damage,” according to an ADOT press release.

And even if these rules exist for salvaged vehicles (like they do in Arizona), many of us still get conned when buying used cars.  As the ADOT press release goes on to say, “Scammers can easily remove flood history from the title of the vehicle.”

4 Steps to take before Buying a Salvaged used Vehicle in Arizona

1) Vehicle History Report

Thoroughly inspect the vehicle history report before you ever even look at the car in person. If you notice anything strange at all on it, you may want to consider this to be a red flag. In particular, you want to pay attention to things like the odometer readings, title issues, and any salvage history the vehicle may have. Put simply, the more you know about the vehicle, the better.

2) Visually Inspect the Vehicle

One of the best ways to diagnose flooding in a vehicle is to simply look at it. Check for water staining or mold growth in places where most people may not think to clean. This could mean checking out the underside of the dashboard, the spare wheel well, or underneath the floor mats. Of course, any sign of water damage could be due to previous flooding.

3) Smell the Vehicle

Though it may seem a little silly at first, giving the car a quick sniff test can be a great way to uncover potential water or flood damage issues. If the car just smells like old gym socks or the previous owner’s pet dog, everything is probably normal. However, if the vehicle smells moldy, you may want to reconsider purchasing it. Similarly, if the vehicle smells like a doctor’s office, it may be a clue that the seller is trying to cover something up.

4) Ask a Mechanic experienced in used-salvaged vehicles to Inspect It

Though you can do a relatively thorough inspection of the vehicle yourself, there is often something hidden and more to know. It is recommended by ADOT that hire a professional mechanic who has experience in working on and repairing salvaged vehicles to do a complete under the hood diagnostics. They will be able to give you a full report on the status of the vehicle and whether they believe it has even been subject to any flood damage.

As example, at All Brands Auto in Mesa, the mechanics have discovered many vehicles which were incorrectly labeled. And several of the vehicles were able to be fixed easily so cost the customers less in the long-run because they found out in advance the costs to repair the care before giving the seller the asking amount.

Since buying a new vehicle is one of the biggest financial moves that most people will ever make, it is always a good idea to be 100 percent confident in your decision. Or you believe that there is any chance your prospective new vehicle has been subject to flooding in the past, it is probably a good idea to simply walk away and keep searching.