The Donnelly Automotive Group installs more than 6,000 tires a year on all makes and models of cars, trucks and commercial vehicles. This volume sets us apart from smaller shops, and allows us to negotiate directly with the tire manufacturers. Our sales network even reaches into Northern Canada because our volume pricing and personalized service is what they need to navigate in their harsh weather conditions.
In recent years most drivers have moved to owning two sets of tires, summer and winter. When buying new tires the most important factor to consider is whether you will use them for highway driving or stop and go city driving. This determines the tread for optimal performance.
Winter tires are designed to improve performance at any temperature less than 7°C. The soft rubber compound of winter tires provides better adhesion to road surfaces. As the temperature drops further, winter tire performance increases accordingly. For example, as much as 55% of a tire's performance in icy snow comes from the soft rubber compound adhesion and not from the tread.
We are often asked if the type of tire will improve fuel consumption. Although this has not been proven there are studies which indicate using Nitrogen gas instead of conventional air will save you money on fuel. Additionally Nitrogen gas ensures your tires maintain consistent pressure which means safer driving and less wear and tear on your tire investment. We recommend this for a few dollars more.
Summer tires have a firmer rubber compound and different tread designs which deliver improved dry and wet payment performance. Many people choose to install sportier tires and rims in the summer to enhance the look of their vehicle, while in the winter practical and sturdy rims can handle the salt and snow.
When you purchase and install your new tires with us, whether they be summer or winter, we can store your off season tires. Who really needs them taking up space in the garage anyway?
When choosing tires it is best to compare pricing on a good, better, best scenario since sometimes a small increase in price per tire can make a big difference in performance.