If you’re looking for car dealers in the Iowa City area that can fill you in about how to make the most of your vehicle, then you’re going to want to head out to nearby Cedar Rapids, where you’ll find Pat McGrath Chevyland. Lately, low-profile tires have been quite popular, showing up on everything from sports cars to family sedans. The question you should ask yourself is: are there benefits to switching, and should you do it? Read on for more information.

The Lowdown on Low-Profile Tires

As any of the car dealers in the Iowa City area can tell you, low-profile tires are inspired by motorsports, and, unsurprisingly, aim to enhance two things about your vehicle: performance and appearance. They have lower deck heights, which in turn makes vehicles equipped with them look a bit sportier, though they also have the practical benefit of enhancing handling on corners. They’re effective from the standpoint of your vehicle’s performance in part because they have fewer grooves and smaller void areas between the treads. Additional benefits include improved lateral stability, lower weight, reduced ground clearance, and improved tread wear. They often even cost less!

2013 Chevy Camaro

2013 Chevy Camaro

That being said, it’s not all rosy for low-profile tires. For one thing, your tires will rotate faster when overall height is reduced from the tires for which the vehicle is designed, which in turn can harm your vehicles fuel-efficiency — to avoid this, the drivetrain needs to be modified to deal with the change in RPM. Because this is controlled by a computer in modern vehicles, it will also cause your vehicle’s calculated speed to be wrong. Low-profile tires are also vulnerable to sidewall damage, making potholes particularly damaging.

Suffice it to say that these tires aren’t for everyone. You should, at the very least, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the recommend tire size and tire pressure. If you’re still unsure, it’s best to consult the experts, and we’re here for you at Pat McGrath Chevyland.

Come to Pat McGrath Chevyland

One of the things that makes Pat McGrath Buick GMC Cadillac one of the top car dealers in the Iowa city area is our commitment to our customers. We’ll be happy to advise you about your tires or anything else, in addition to handling all of your car sales and service needs. Visit our dealership today!