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I had a flat tire on the road and had to have it replaced. I know I should get another one so that I have two new tires. How important is it that they be the same brand? I feel I was overcharged and that company is the only one who sells the brand of tire (Kelly). Please help.

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Dear Denise, Yes, it is important you have the same brand tire on the left and right of the front of the vehicle or rear of a 2 wheel drive vehicle. But you really want to have the same brand, same size, same tread on all 4 tire. Different brands have different tread patterns, etc. and will handle differently. If you have a 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive you need to have all 4 tires be the same brand, size and tread wear, etc. If one tire is different it can ruin the 4 wheel drive train of your vehicle. If you feel you paid too much for your tire, check online to see who else in your area sells Kelly tires. You could even purchase the tire online and have it shipped to you and then you take it to a shop to get mounted and balanced and put on your car. All My Best, Amy Mattinat

Mary Aichlmayr, Managing Editor at Tire Review Magazine Dear Denise As a general rule, you should avoid mixing tire brands, types, sizes, speed rating and wear levels on your car. For best overall performance, all four should be the same brand and size. If your tires don

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