The Road Ahead : December January 2009
TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF A CAR ACCIDENT… Ever been in a car crash or know of someone who has, and found yourself scratching around for a pen and paper? Or due to the anxiety and stress of the situation, you didn’t get all the information required for insurance? Keep in your glovebox – the simple and inexpensive safeguard. Available at “Test reveals best value 4WD tyre” Advertisement YOU may think that replacing your original tyres with the same tyre or a cheaper brand will save you money. In fact, if you are like many owners of 4WD’s, and expect your original tyres to need replacing after just 40,000 or 30,000 kilometres or even sooner, you could end up spending hundreds of dollars more. The reason for this is original tyres fitted to new vehicles are made to the vehicle manufacturer’s price. The result may compromise on the tyres’ performance and life. Yet the companies making aftermarket tyres exclusively for vehicle owners like you are still providing performance and longer life. Drivers choosing quality American made aftermarket tyres are finding they are getting a lot more mileage and better value for money than original tyres. Australia’s leading 4WD magazine, 4WD Monthly, tested 14 top selling 4WD tyre brands. Tests uncovered that the manufacturer making the strongest, most puncture resistant tyre is America’s Cooper Tires. The result rated Cooper ahead of Goodyear, BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Michelin and How much could you save with Cooper tyres’ deeper treads? Vehicle Cost of one set of Coopers with 60,000 km mileage Cost of two sets of original tyres over next 60,000km How much could Cooper tyres save you? Subaru Outback $1,097 $1,924 $827 Nissan X-Trail FordTerritory Toyota Prado Nissan Patrol $1,010 $2,100 $1,090 $1,285 $2,700 $1,415 $1,381 $2,644 $1,111 $1,421 $2,372 $951 Guaranteed mileage: Larry Waters has used Cooper highway tyres for 15 years and recommends them to all his mates. eight other leading brands. “It’s Cooper’s stronger construction and overall tread depth that is up to 30.3% more compared to many original tyres that give you safer grip, more resistance to punctures and more mileage,” explains Terry Smith of Exclusive Tyre Distributors, importer of Cooper Tires. “And that’s why Cooper are the only 4WD tyres in Australia with a mileage guarantee in writing that ranges from 50,000 to 90,000 km, depending on size and tread pattern.” Toyota LandCruiser $1,397 $2,772 $1,375 Land Rover Discovery 3 $1,680 $3,591 $2,191 Toyota Hilux $1,065 $1,580 $515 With Australia’s largest range of AWD and 4WD tyre sizes and tread patterns, there’s a Cooper tyre to suit most AWD’s and 4WD’s, including the popular examples shown in the chart that all come with a 60,000 km mileage guarantee. The chart shows how much Cooper tyres could save you over your next 60,000 km, compared to the cost of original tyres that may need replacing a second time. To find out how much Cooper tyres could save you, call 1300 COOPER (1300 266 737), or visit www.coopertires.com.au, for a free info pack. Cooper tyres are only available at selected Cooper Tires dealers. www.coopertires.com.au *Chart is guide only and based on estimates of retail survey. Includes $45 fee for balance and alignment service every 10,000 km. Prices & savings may vary. *Cooper’s mileage guarantee is available in capital cities only as country road surfaces vary too greatly. Cooper credits any shortfall.
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