We carry several different wheel and tire lines at Nichols Automotive
Service Center. We are very competitive on our prices and will compete with
the "big box" retailers and chain stores on price, while there is no
competition when it comes to our service. Stop by and see how we compare
next time your car, truck or SUV needs tires.
Nichols Automotive also has professional mounting, balancing and
alignment services. If you notice your car, truck or SUV is not riding as
comfortable as it once did or it is pulling to one side putting pressure on
the steering to keep it in line with the road, stop by Nichols Automotive
and let us check your balance and alignment and make any suggestions that
will give you a comfortable, safe ride.
We also carry a large variety of custom wheels. While we may not have the
in-house selection that larger wheel shops carry, we can special order most
any style and have them delivered in 24 hours. We take care to install
wheels and tires on your vehicle that not only look good, but will be safe
for you and your family.
We have listed some questions
and answers about purchasing tires for your vehicle that may help you in
choosing your next tire.
What should I look for in a tire?
You should look for a tire which best suits your driving requirements. Tires
are manufactured for most requirements; wet or dry traction, high mileage,
high-speed control, steering response, ride comfort, etc. Nichols Automotive
will be able to advise you of product features and benefits.
There are so many brands and models to choose from.
How do I know which one is best for me?
Discussing your needs with a tire professional will help establish a tire
product that best suits your requirements and your budget. Nichols
Automotive staff will ask questions regarding your expectations of the
product, the type of driving you do, how long you expect to keep your
vehicle, etc. A salesperson just asking you what size you want is not
ensuring you receive the best tire to suit your needs and expectations.
Aren't all tires the same?
This is a common misconception. Like many other products in the marketplace,
science and technology play a large part in the design and manufacture of
tires. Tires may feature, in differing configurations, various materials
such as polyester, rayon, nylon and steel. Manufacturers use these materials
along with others in varying combinations. In addition, different rubber
compounds are used in the sidewall, bead and tread areas of a tire.
I've heard tires have speed ratings. Is this
important for me to know?
Yes, tires do have speed ratings and it is recommended that all tires on
your vehicle be of the same speed rating. It is also important that you
replace your original (O.E.) tires with equal to or higher speed rated
tires. Replacing your O.E. tires with tires of a lower speed rating may lead
to inferior handling performance of your vehicle.
Speed ratings were developed to standardize the safe
performance of tires at sustained or continuous speeds. The most common
speed ratings, other than for high performance automobiles, are:
S = 180 km/h
T = 190 km/h
H = 210 km/h
How can I tell when it is time to replace my old
Most automobile tires have a built-in tread wear indicator in the tread area
of the tire. This wear indicator will show when there are 2/32" remaining on
the tread. Depending on your driving habits or road conditions, you should
replace the tire no later than when the wear indicator is visible. Be aware
of the provincial regulations that may govern tire wear and may vary by
province or state. Consult with Nichols Automotive professional to ensure
that not only are your tires are safe to ride on, but that you are also
within any laws or safety requirements pertaining to your tires.
The wear on my tires looks strange. What causes this?
Wear problems could have a variety of causes. The problem could be caused by
over-or-under inflation of the tire, mechanical problems, or the need for an
alignment (caster, camber or toe). Talk to a Nichols Automotive professional
to get an assessment as to what is causing the irregular wear.
How much should I pay for a tire?
Costs for a tire will vary depending on many factors. Most professional tire
stores will offer tire products in economy, mid-range and premium
categories. In some cases, consumers may find very low priced tires,
however, these tires may have been built using older technology or not carry
warranties the same as other available products. Nichols Automotive offers
several different levels of pricing of tires for your vehicle, while making
sure you are getting a tire that meets your needs, while maintaining safety
What's this I hear about rotations? Do I really need it?
Having your tires rotated at regular intervals will help to ensure you
receive the maximum mileage from your tires. Stop by Nichols Automotive and
let us check the tread on your tires and make a recommendation to you about
rotating your tires.
Does it make any difference where I buy my
There are many qualified professional tire retailers to choose from. You
should select a supplier in whom you have confidence, who will be there for
you in case of any problems that might arise. Get to know the retailer and
let them get to know you and your car. Granted, Nichols Automotive Service
Center would be grateful for your business, but if you don't choose us,
choose a tire retailer you can trust.
Can you suggest a specific tire for my vehicle?
The answer to this is "Yes, we can!". However, the most accurate way of
determining your tire needs is to stop by and let us ask you a few questions
about how you use your vehicle and check the manufacturer recommendations.
At times tires are advertised at a warehouse club, department store, etc at
very low prices. Why should I buy from Nichols Automotive?
We offer tires for all budgets for all vehicle applications. At times it
appears that you are getting a good deal from a warehouse club or department
store, however, when shopping these locations you should consider some very
- Who will service your tire should a warranty situation occur?
- Read the warranty carefully. Is it a rating or an actual warranty?
- Are there any extra hidden charges?
- Where can you go for service?
- Did you get any assistance at all?
12. May I install
a less expensive passenger tire on my pick-up or utility vehicle?
The answer to this is most likely NO! Unless the vehicle originally came
with a passenger tire size, it is not recommended to switch from a light
truck tire size to a passenger tire. The reason is mainly load ratings or
carrying capacities of the tires. If the tires you install do not have the
same or a greater load rating, they will not only affect the handling
capabilities of the vehicle but also could lead to rapid or uneven wear.
This, in turn, could cause a dangerous ride condition.
We are conveniently located near the corner of
Washington Rd and Bobby Jones Expressway and open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.