Beyond Boundaries towards New Horizons

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Utyre has been busy and to date we have had some pretty cool things happening. Widening our horizons and overcoming our own boundaries are our priorities.

First step is our new site: Utyre 0.2. We are working hard to launch it soon and will keep you posted as to when we flick the switch.

We are adding an exciting new feature with regard to the search methods. Our clients will be able not only to search via their car tyre size but also via the car’s Make, Model and Year.

The Make and Model search function will make it stress-free for anyone on our site to get the correct tyre for their car.
This new feature was born out of customer frustration and feedback. Having just the tyre search option was no longer good enough. It has taken a lot of late nights and a couple of U-turns, but we finally have a viable product that we are very excited about.

 

Building our community

To create a better service and ensure that Utyre continuously pushes the boundaries of innovation and keeps our service relevant, we have partnered with a mobile technology accelerator: mLab. It aims to supporting innovative startups and unlocking the mobile apps economy.

Demola is their award winning Global co-creation platform for companies and universities to build a new innovation culture. Through this platform, Utyre is accomplishing to unlock interesting and new technologies that will enhance our service to our clients and could disrupt a longstanding Industry.

To date, there are 14 international Demola centres in 11 countries. Also, they are integrated with 50 universities and more than 600 company partners.

 

Getting you to your destination

Another epic partnership that we have been able to foster for you is with JumpIn rides. A safe and cost-effective carpooling platform, that has been operating within South Africa boundaries. Their funky and user-friendly site allows you to either offer a ride in your car or search for an open seat in a car that is going in a certain direction.

Have a look at their site www.jumpinrides.co.za. To make sure you experience a safe ride, Utyre offers a cash discount* on new tyres bought through our website.

*t&c apply

101 of Tyre Wear

 

Q: How do I know when my tyres need to be changed?

A: First check if there is visible exterior damage. This can be tricky, some damages are easy to see while some are not.This blog will help you understand what to look for before you change your tyres, when to call for help. Furthermore, we will provide you with tips on how to maintain your tyres to ensure longevity.

Some of the damages to look out for are:

 

Bulging:

 

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If you notice a lump then the tyre will more than likely need to be replaced or repaired immediately. Bulges in tyres can occur when the sidewall becomes damaged. Driving over objects (like kerbs or speed bumps) at excessive speed and/or at the wrong angle is always the reason for this. The structure of the tyre is weakened and the air pressure creates a visible bulge. The extent of the damage depends on the speed and angle of impact and on the size of the obstacle. Motorists are usually able to prevent this type of damage themselves. It is inevitable only in very exceptional cases – when an obstacle suddenly appears in front of a vehicle.

Tips: Kerbs and similar obstacles should only be driven over at a 40° angle and at an appropriately slow speed.

 

Cuts:
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Tyre rubber is tough and cut resistant, but occasionally sharp objects such as glass, sharp stones, or steel will cut it. Bad road conditions, protruding car parts are also some of the external factors that can cause tyre cuts. You should avoid driving aggressively on unpaved roads. If you discover a cut damage on the tyre surface, you should visit your local tyre dealer and get your tyres checked by an expert immediately.

Tips: Rubber is cut easily when wet: take great care when driving in wet conditions.

 

 

Punctures:

 

Driving through potholes or hitting a kerb hard are two of the possible causes for punctures. They can also be caused by sharp objects like glass, nails, bolts, etc… If you feel the steering wheel shuddering or becoming difficult to steer when driving or when your vehicle swerving strongly left or right there’s a possibility that your tyre has deflated. Find a safe place to pull over to start the following inspection:

  • Look for an obvious puncture, such as a nail or other debris that may have punctured the tyre. These are much easier to find.
  • You can also try to listen or feel using your hand for the leak, which will sound like air escaping from the tyre and feel like light air.
  • Fit your spare tyre or call Road assistance. If you have “Run Flat” tyres you can drive for a further 80km/h to the nearest garage or safe place.
  • Tips: Here is a quick life hack to easily find the holes and leaks on your tyres:
    1. Fill a squirt bottle with a vegetable base soap and water solution.
    2. Ensure that your tyre is inflated, spray down the tyre with your soapy water.
    3. As the soapy water runs down the tread of the tyre you should notice a small volcano-like eruption of bubbles right where your puncture is.
      Now that you’ve found the puncture in your tyre, we recommend having a qualified tyre professional inspect the tyre. He will either plug or patch repair the puncture according to industry standards.

 

Worn tyre:

 

As a tyre wears down, there is less space for air to flow between the grooves of the tread to cool the tyres. Hence, it heats up. Heat is the enemy of rubber and a major cause of tyre failure. A thick tread protects the tyre casing from punctures. If the tread is worn, it is easier for a piece of glass or metal to break through to puncture the tube. If the puncture causes a sudden tyre burst, the driver could lose control of the steering, which could cause an accident.

There is no way to tell exactly how long a tyre lasts. The lifespan and mileage of a tyre depend on a combination of factors: its design, the driver’s habits, the climate, the road conditions and the care that’s put into the tyres.
Every tyre has a tread wear indicator (TWI) moulded into the grooves of a tyre.

 

Tips: To monitor your tread depth you can use this easy hack:

Insert a R1 coin into one of the tyre grooves near the middle of the tyre. The base of the grass is about 2mm from the edge of the coin. If you can see all the grass, it’s time to replace your tyres.

             

Tyre rubber starts breaking down the moment you start using it, as a general rule you should replace your tyres every 5 years. You can also increase your tyre’s longevity by maintaining the correct air pressure, performing regular tyre rotations and vehicle maintenance.

Find the right tyre size with Utyre.

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You are not very sure about how to find the right tyre size of your car, since you visited our page.

Hence, this is probably the number one question I get asked – “how do I read my tyre markings?”. It’s confusing, isn’t it?

All numbers, letters, symbols, mysterious codes. Actually, most of that information in a tyre marking is surplus to what you need to know.

So here’s the important stuff:

Starting from the left…

Width:

This is the width in mm of the tyre from sidewall to sidewall when it’s unstressed and you’re looking at it head on (or top-down). This is known as the section width.

Profile:

This is the ratio of the height of the tyre sidewall, (section height), expressed as a percentage of the width. People known it as the aspect ratio.

Rim:

This is the lenght of the diameter of the wheel in inches, on which the tyre will fit.

R or Z:

“R”: This letter indicates radial tire construction; nearly all tires sold today are of this variety.

A preceding “Z” is simply a reference to an outdated and vague speed rating of more than 240 km/h, or 149 mph (the specific rating can be found in the service description).

 

 

10 Tips to increase your car value before selling!

Here are 10 easy tips to spruce up your car value.

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Are you thinking of selling your car?  You may not think minor fix-ups are worth doing now, but they send potential buyers the message that you didn’t take care of the car they are about to buy.

1) Waxing lyrical

If your car’s paint has become faded, try opening the door and looking inside the door frame that rarely gets exposed to sunlight and harsh chemicals so it will be close to the car’s original colour. Furthermore, you should use a quality car polish and with small circular movements, polish one panel of your car before moving on to the next. Do not leave the polish on your car for extended periods of time. Best is to polish and remove and shine with a new clean soft cloth all excess polish.

Keeping things sparkling: When washing your car, experts advise against using household detergents, like dish soap. Use the product that will not strip your cars paint from wax.

2) Bright eyes

Nothing says “worn out” like dusty old looking head lights. There are a number of headlight cleaning products on the market that can make those plastic headlight covers bright and clear in a matter of minutes.

3) Polish your metal

Shiny wheels look new and can add to your vehicle’s potential value. Clean out dirt, dust and grime from the wheels. Also, swap a tire shine product on the tire sidewalls to make them look new, too.

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4) The inside job

Remove all the old protective carpets, If they’re cleanable, clean them. If they’ve got big holes in them or permanently stained, you’re just going to have to buy new ones.

Once that’s done, clean the rest of the interior. Clean and treat the leather, if there is any, and vacuum and clean the carpeting.

5) Win with your VIN

Sure, you say you’ve had your car maintained regularly and the battery is practically brand new. But can you prove it?  This is why you should keep a folder of maintenance and repair records on your car. Besides providing evidence, an orderly folder packed with repair and maintenance records shows you really cared about your car and that’s what a potential owner wants to know.

Check your  vehicle identification number (VIN) report is like a car’s credit report. It is the first document a prospective buyer often pulls, before even looking at the car. The report usually discloses the full history of a vehicle from the day it lands on a dealer’s dock up to current ownership and includes changes of ownership, accidents, servicing, etc.

6) Don’t dodge the dents

Some simple scratches and parking dings can be repaired with minimal outlay. Many minor paint scratches and scuffs can be polished out. For dents, there are reputable firms that specialise in dent removal.

7) Spend wisely

Adding expensive equipment to a car does not necessarily increase its value. Each potential buyer has their own liked and dislikes. Many vehicle owners think they will be able to recoup the cost of after-market products they have installed at the resale time, only to be disappointed when a prospective buyer isn’t willing to pay for the after-market accessories, so be wary of installing products you like, but that others may not.

8) An apple a day

Regular maintenance is paramount, the schedule depends on driving conditions and other factors. Manufacturers used to suggest changing your oil every 15 000km or even 20,000km, depending on driving patterns and conditions.

Tire pressure is an important maintenance item. If neglected, low tire pressure can affect tire performance and safety. Properly inflated tires can improve consumption by about 3%. Keep tires properly inflated according to manufacturer recommendations.

9) Keep Km on the low

An important determinant of a car value is the amount of Km it has for its age; insurance companies also take Km into account when setting premiums. Technicians believe that an annual mileage of roughly 25, 000Km a year is average. If you drive more than that it will detract from your car’s value; if you drive less than the average, your car is likely to depreciate at a slower rate

10) Respect is key

Prevent excessive wear and tear by avoiding extreme start-and-stop driving.

Accidents, can negatively impact a car value and jeopardise personal safety. No matter how short the trip, avoid excessive speeds and erratic or irresponsible driving and always pay attention to the roadway and weather conditions.

 

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First to market with Utyre

Utyre will be the first e-commerce mobile tyre site!

 

In a society where people continue to waste their time inside repair shops, e-commerce mobile tyre site are finally coming: a new fresh air is blowing through the Table Mountain carrying to the beautiful city of Cape Town a new disruptive way of thinking.

Utyre has already taken a stale industry and turned it on its head by removing the middleman, eliminating stock holding and removing the cost of inner city rental.

Anyway, a new site is also under construction which will improve a lot our business. Indeed the customers will be now able to look for the best tyres available not only seeking for the size needed, but searching directly their own type of car. So the process will be know easier and faster, according exactly to our philosophy and vision.

We want to make things that way. In a dynamic society where people don’t have time to spent anymore on boring things, we aim to create a new system, where customers needs are top priorities. Therefore, we look for customer satisfation in a monotonus market. Take a look at all our clients’ reviews if you’re skeptical.

Have you ever wonder “How can I save my time doing however what I need to do?”.

We are the answer. We come to you.