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Australia’s car culture is an important part of our past and present, but it might be slowly changing. more Australians are choosing to drive smaller cars, live in the city, use public transport or ride a bike.

in recent years there has been something of a “democratization” of cars as people with modest budgets can afford them. this is not only changing the way we use cars but also, potentially, how much we pay for them.  The most competitive in the market price wise is autocraze, you can check them out at – https://www.autocraze.com.au/store/wheel-tyre-packages/

So are tire and wheel packages still expensive? are car servicing costs too high? what about the price of brand new tyres at discount prices?

let’s face it, buying a new set of tyres on the internet – on an eCommerce site – is not exactly “new”. but for some reason I found myself wondering today if tyre purchasing habits are changing.

so here are a few facts about tyres, which might answer these questions.

Most road accidents are caused by driver error or bad driving conditions. however poor car maintenance, including worn tyres, is one of the top 5 causes of road accidents. also, tyre debris (pieces of rubber) on roads can be deadly to motorcyclists and cyclists – so definitely something to watch out for.

In 2014 there were 1,537 lives lost in Australia because of an accident involving a car. this equates roughly to 8 deaths per day.

in 2014 there were 13,343 road fatalities in the world.

in 2012, tyre-related accidents accounted for around 1% of all car crashes in Australia (that’s around 5,500).

Most drivers replace their tyres every 6 to 12 months. however, this varies depending on several factors, including vehicle type, the number of kilometers driven, and your budget.

The wholesale price for a mid-range tyre is around $100 (AUD). that’s what it would cost to buy tyres if you went into a supplier and asked for their best prices on some tyres. however, many different online suppliers sell new tyres at discounted prices – sometimes even much lower than the wholesale price – because they’re buying in larger volumes.

The best way to tell if you’re getting a good deal when buying tyres online is to shop around and compare prices before making a purchase. you can usually find some great discounts and special offers, especially when it comes to off-brand and budget tyres.

In 2015, Australia’s annual budget for road safety was $500 million.

The popular tyre size in Australia is 185/60R14.

car mechanics can charge upwards of $100 just to fit a new tyre, which means you’re looking at an extra minimum of $200 or so with any tyre purchase and repair or replacement.