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TIRES

At Import Auto Service we value the safety of our customers above all else. We want to ensure that you get to where you're going every time with a reliable and safe vehicle. A major problem area for the cars and trucks that come into Import Auto Service, are tires. Your tires are your connection to the road, and without them doing their job properly, all the handling development and safety testing that went into your car may not keep you safe. Here is some basic information on your tires and how to know when the time has come for replacements.



Why are old or bad tires dangerous?

As stated above, your tires are an extremely important component of your car or truck. If you've ever been out of control in a vehicle, you'll know how scary being a powerless passenger inside a two ton metal box can be. Driving on tires that are too old, improperly inflated, out of balance, or not suited to weather conditions can spell disaster for your safe journey. Your tires were designed with a very specific task in mind. Using them improperly can have sudden and catastrophic consequences.



Signs your tires need air

This issue can be fairly simple to spot. If your tire seems to be wider at the part which contacts the road, they probably need to be topped up with air. Driving on under-inflated tires wears them out faster due to uneven pressure on the sidewall and can lead to full-on flats and even end up shredding the tire off the wheel! Low tire pressure ruins your vehicle's fuel economy. If you've ever ridden a bicycle with under-inflated tires you know how much extra effort you have to put in to get moving and stay rolling. On the flip side of this, driving with too much air in your tires is also unsafe. While it's unlikely that hitting a large pothole would cause the tire to burst (remember they're built to last for thousands of miles) having too much air pressure in a tire reduces the size of the contact patch, or the area where rubber meets road. This can lead to less grip and control over your vehicle. Every tire manufacturer prints the correct tire pressure on the side of their tires, so it's easy to find out the perfect pressure for your ride.



Signs your tires are out of tread

As with having over-inflated tires, a lack of tread can lead to less control and worse handling for your car or truck. Your tires' tread patterns help them to hold the road as well as channeling mud and water away from the areas that need to do the gripping. Without enough tread depth, your car can ride up on top of water on the road and cause you a complete loss of control. There are a few common methods of measuring tread depth, such as using a penny to gauge whether or not it's time to replace your tires, but we recommend coming into Import Auto Service in Alexandria, VA for a professional opinion on the matter. Not all tires are created equal and must be replaced at different times.



Signs your tires are damaged

Signs that your tires are damaged can come from a few sources. A visual inspection can catch potential problems before they become major issues such as nails or rocks embedded in the tread grooves. Always remember that there's a great deal of pressure contained within your tires. If you see any gashes, bubbles or hear the hiss of air escaping it's best to stay away from that tire and enlist the help of a professional. Believe us, you don't want a tire exploding anywhere near you.


You can sometimes feel tire damage while driving. If your car begins to make strange noises as it goes down the road or the handling suddenly becomes worse you should pull over as soon as it's safe. Driving on a flat is a bad idea, and can often lead to more severe damage to your vehicle.



What can and cannot be repaired

Tires are expensive and we take any opportunity we can to repair them safely and save you money. Small punctures can often be plugged and patched (it should always be both!) but sometimes the tire's day is done. If the puncture is on the outer edge of the tire (outside the tread) it's probably unsafe to repair. The same goes for a tire that's been driven on while flat. In this case the sidewall has become weakened and the tire is no longer safe. As with recommended pressures, each manufacturer has guides for what can and what can't be repaired.


At Import Auto Service, customer safety is our number one priority. We hope you'll be a little safer with this information. If you'd like to talk about whether your tires may need inspection or replacement, call us at 703-569-2332 or visit us at 6540 Edsall Rd in Alexandria, VA. Happy travels!



We offer most major brands of tires. These are a few of our preferred brands.




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What People Say About Us


  • -Maseh G.

    Amazing business and great customer service my whole family has been going here for years and we will continue always reasonable with prices and always convenient. Any issue with your vehicle bring it here, your in good hands.


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  • -Richard M.

    I have been a loyal customer of Import Auto Service for more than a decade. They are professional, responsive, courteous, and, most importantly, honest. Their work is of the highest quality and I have also found their service charges to be significantly lower than their competitors. I would strongly encourage anyone to get an estimate from the professionals at Import Auto before they decide to have work done by someone else. I have never been disappointed and what I value most, as a military veteran, is their integrity and and commitment to service excellence.


  • -D. Henley

    These guys know European Autos. I found them using the Open Bay app. If I hadn't used it, I'm not sure I would have found them otherwise. I needed an oil change for my Audi, and the dealer didn't have any openings for almost 45 days! I needed someone who worked exclusively on German or European automobiles and these guys fit the bill. All the other patrons I met there were there for service on their Mercedes, BMW, Audi or Volkswagen. Some had been loyal customers for some time. Based on my experience, I will be back.


  • -Amarjot V.

    Best shop ever, super professional and very reliable work and very friendly, if you need good work done, come to these guys.


  • -Ellen F.

    Absolutely awesome service! They got me in for routine maintenance on my vehicle. I was a little skeptical because it was in the back of a gas station, but the people were so friendly, did a great job and when I picked up my car they gave me gift bag with reusable shopping bag, mug, key chain and cloth to clean glasses. I was very impressed. Definitely going back here and recommending to all my friends!!


  • -Puneet S.

    Great place, they know their BMW's and prices are very reasonable!


  • -Maria M.

    The auto service is fantastic. I am so happy I found them. They initially helped me with my tire pressure as a result of a nail. They are precise, ethical, clean, and polite. I can trust them with my vehicle. The prices are fair, and the work done by them impecable. They know how to work on Ranges.


  • -Jujhar S.

    I really love this place. I have been going since it opened. I had the hugest crush on the son of the owner and I would come in after class when I was in high school and tried to talk to him. Then he moved and I never saw him again. Oh yea, the work is good and they usually hook you up with a free car wash.


  • -Maseh G.

    Amazing business and great customer service my whole family has been going here for years and we will continue always reasonable with prices and always convenient. Any issue with your vehicle bring it here, your in good hands.

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