Whether you’re looking to switch to a set of winter rubber to get through the cold weather, or thinking ahead to the spring with the latest summer pattern, buying new tyres is a pricey business. So it pays to do your research and find the best deal around.

Yet while you shouldn’t choose new tyres on price, once you’ve selected the right design for your car, you can save a small fortune by shopping around. And, as with most things these days, one of the easiest ways to do this is to log on to the Internet. Online tyre retailers offer great deals and tasty discounts on some of the finest tyres out there. www.GetaGrip.co.uk compares over 30 retailers, Majority of them on this list and more.

Many provide a choice between delivery to your house, leaving you to sort fitment (direct service), or delivery to a nearby fitting centre which will put the tyres on for you included in the price (partner fit). Some websites also offer a mobile fitting service, which you book to come to your home or place of work. Which should you use to save while staying safe?

With so many sites online, we’ve narrowed it down to a top 10.

How they were tested

The sites all operate in a similar way, with the user entering tyre size or car registration to bring up a list of available options. The services that scored best in the test were those that had the best search functionality and were the easiest to navigate.

Marks were given to those that let users filter results for price, brand and season, plus the ability to see live stock details. Testers searched for the top summer, winter and all-season designs, giving bonus points to those with every one in stock. Prices were also compared so users could see which sites had the best deals.

Verdict

New Comer www.getagrip.co.uk has surprised and come out on to of tree. Not only is its website easy to use, it also offers impressive tyre availability and great pricing. Blackcircles comes in at second and gives www.getagrip.co.uk a run for its money while Newly over-hauled Asda Tyres comes in third.

E-tailers

  1. Getagrip.co.uk
  2. BlackCircles
  3. Asda Tyres
  4. Oponeo
  5. Protyre
  6. MyTyres
  7. Tyreshopper
  8. Just Tyres
  9. Tyres on the Drive
  10. Love tyres
  11. Value tyres

Retailers

  1. F1 autocentres
  2. Kwik Fit

GetAGrip.co.uk 

Type: Comparison Website Delivery and Partner Fit

Rating: 5.0

Gone are the Days of checking individual websites to see who has the cheapest prices, Getagrip.co.uk compares over 300,000 Tyre Lines from 300 Brands and 30 Major Retailers. GetaGrip.co.uk also has 18 different tyre types, from small wheel barrow tyres to large earth mover tyres. This website is first of its kind. The Website is easy to use, and well displayed. Enter your Tyre size or Reg and off you go, It shows the best budget, mid range and premium tyres then the option to see more Tyres in the range, the list is endless. There are many Filters to choose from and comparing is easy. The website shows the Cheapest option and the Quickest option, or the option to select from any other retailer that has your tyres. Select the retailer and finish the checkout process of the retailers website. This is where you will have the option to enter your delivery or select a fitting partner.

Black Circles

Type: Delivery and Partner Fit

Rating: 5.0

The great selection of tyres and keen prices are the secrets of BlackCircles success down the years, and that rings true again, and if it hadnt been for the newcomer GetaGrip, it would be unrivalled. It had all the test tyres for sale at great deals. The site may not be the best of the bunch to navigate, but it’s still easy to use and intuitive, with tyre search filtered by vehicle reg or size. Results are packed full of info, although this can be daunting at first, and there’s no stock indicator. Still, it remains in the hunt for our number one spot.

Asda Tyres

Type; Partner fit

Rating: 4.0

Following a major overhaul of its website, Asda Tyres has catapulted itself up the standings and runs group test winner Black Circles close for second place. Search is done by car registration or tyre size, as is standard with most online tyre retailers’ sites these days, but where Asda Tyres really excels is with its results page. It provides a list of recommended tyres, with info on each product clearly laid out. The filters are responsive and useful, and the site is one of the easiest to navigate around of all tyre retailers tried.

When you’re ready to order, you can use your postcode to find a nearby fitment centre and it’ll provide you with the next available slot for your chosen tyres. The options on offer were impressive, with four out of our six listed for sale at competitive prices – although slightly more expensive than Black Circles overall.

Oponeo

 

Type: Delivery and Partner Fit

Rating: 4.0

As soon as you log onto Oponeo, you’re met by a very detailed search that makes finding the right tyres for your car a breeze. This includes a graphic to show how to get the right measurements, as well as the ability to search by make and model. The stock level indicator on each tyre, which gives you a colour-coded view of how many are left. Oponeo had all the test tyres hunted for in stock as well, but once you account for fitting, its prices were slightly higher than those of Black Circles.

Protyre

 

Type: Partner fit

Rating: 4.0

Owned by the UK’s largest tyre wholesaler, Protyre has a network of fitting stations and the site let’s you find your nearest by postcode. Searching for tyres is easy, with reg or size look-up, but cluttered results make it hard to find what you want. Still, brands can be filtered into premium, mid-range or budget, to suit your pocket. Tyre availability was good, too, with four out of the six test tyres on sale at fair prices, and there were several special deals and offers to be had.

 

My Tyres 

Type: Delivery and Partner Fit

Rating: 4.0

My Tyres has made big improvements. The site has been upgraded with a new search function that offers make and model, tyre size and vehicle reg. The results page is simple, so scanning through to find the tyres you want is easy, and filtering options are better than before. This site had more tyres in stock than most on test, too. During the search it offered all six tyres and listed whether they were in stock, plus they were competitively priced.

 

Tyre Shopper

Type: Delivery, Partner fit, Mobile fit

Rating: 3.5

Long-established site again performed admirably. It’s a decent alternative to top-tier services, with a good filtering system to find the tyres that suit you best. The layout is basic, but that makes it easy to use. However, there’s no stock indicator, and Tyre Shopper loses out most with the number of tyres it lists. It only returned four of the six we searched for.

Just Tyres

 

Type: Delivery and Partner fit

Rating: 3.5

A strong debut puts Just Tyres in the midfield. A graphic makes it easy to fill in tyre size and you can search by reg. Filtering options allow you to quickly update results without the page reloading and it compares prices between fitted and delivered – this is harder to find on most websites. There’s no indication of stock, but all our tyres were competitively priced.

Tyres on the Drive

 

Type: Mobile fit

Rating: 3.5

A new entry in the test and a strong debut performance from a site that only offers mobile fitting at home or work rather than the delivery or partner fitting options of most rivals. The menu system is probably the best on test, with searches carried out by registration or size. It groups tyres into budget, mid-range and premium, so you can shop based on what you want to spend. Once you’ve found the tyres you want, it lists stock and fitting availability. During our test it had four of the six tyres, although prices were a little bit steep.

 

Love Tyre

Type: Delivery and Partner fit

Rating: 3.0

Best Buy five years ago and runner-up in our last test, Love Tyres has now been overtaken by rivals. There’s no vehicle reg search and the tyre size search is a series of dropdown menus; others have slicker graphics. The simplicity carries over into the text-heavy results. Still, it does list whether the tyres you want are in stock, with a wide range available – including all of our six.

Value Tyres

 

Type: Delivery and Partner fit

Rating: 3.0

Another newcomer, Value Tyres focuses on providing rubber on a budget. But the page layout is erratic and there’s no reg lookup. Searching for tyres also involves lots of scrolling and the results are messy. Even so, it offers huge stock and shows how soon you can get them fitted. If only the prices lived up to the website name; they were middle of the pack for cost.

 

 

F1 Autocentres

Type: Partner fit

Rating: 2.0

 

 

Kwik Fit

Type: Partner fit and Mobile fit
Rating: 2.5