I recently bought a set of (4) new tyres for my car. For the first time ever, I didn’t just drive in to my local tyre fitters and choose from their stock.
Instead, I ordered the tyres from an online website – mytyres.co.uk – and had them fitted at a local garage.
I chose the fully-fitted option, so the fitting cost was included in the cost of the tyres and the tyres were delivered to my local garage, which fitted them and disposed of the old ones.
I’ve never bought tyres online before, and I suspect a lot of you might be considering it for the first time, too. So how was it?
mytyres.co.uk is part of Delticom, a very large tyre retailer based in Germany. As a German company, it has access to a wider range of tyres than are imported into the UK and as a big retailer, it can offer pretty competitive prices. It especially has a better choice of winter and all season tyres than most UK tyre sellers.
Although the mytyres.co.uk website is not the latest word in web design, it is perfectly usable and works quickly and reliably. If you know the size and type of tyre you want, you can specify it on the home page, otherwise you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter you car’s registration number.
The mytyres.co.uk website will then use your registration number to work out what type of tyres your car uses and will ask you to confirm this. I tried this method with a couple of cars and it came up with accurate results both times – but never buy without checking either your car’s current tyres or its user manual.
Prices & Fitting
I had already done my shopping around and knew that the tyres I wanted were cheaper on mytyres.co.uk than anywhere else – the other place that came close, for me, was blackcircles.com, which has an increasingly good range of tyres and is generally well priced.
As I mentioned, I chose the fully-fitted option, which I would recommend. This meant that all fitting costs were included in the tyre prices shown on the website, giving me an all-inclusive price. If you don’t choose this option, your tyres will be cheaper but you will have to find a local garage to fit your tyres. Not all tyre fitters are keen on fitting tyres if they haven’t supplied them, but you should be able to find an independent garage that will do it.
After selecting my tyres, I went through to the checkout section of the mytyres.co.uk website. Here, I was asked to select a fitting centre and given a choice of local garages – the nearest of which was only about 1 mile away (I live in a town).
I paid with my credit card and received a confirmation email. The next working day, I received another email confirming the tyres had been dispatched and giving me a link I could use to track them on the DPD (courier) website. Three days after ordering, I received a phone call from my local garage asking me when I would like to have the tyres fitted.
The fitting was done without problems and having checked the manufacturing date on the tyres, I was happy that they weren’t old stock (another advantage of a big retailer).
The whole experience was seamless and very easy, leaving me a happy customer!
Please note: This is a genuine review and I bought the tyres with my own money.