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mytyres.co.uk: Tyres for Passenger Cars very cheap, bargains, have a look and save
mytyres.co.uk sells tyres online and only tyres. The have many brands available and some of the cheapest, if not the very cheapest, prices.
The design of the site is straightforward and no-nonsense. Enter the site and enter your tyre size. Indicate additional parameters, if desired, such as tyre category or remoulds and quantity. On the list page, you can sort by price, brand, profile, size and speed. Click on 'price' to sort the results and on '50' to see more tyres per page.
If you don't know your tyre size, start on the Advice page, select your manufacturer, model and make to see suggestions and then search for tyres.
mytyres.co.uk also links to tyretest.com, also run by Delticom, where consumers can rate their tyres. A great place to rant or hand out kudos. We recommend you look up your prospective purchase here first.
mytyres.co.uk is a service of a subsidiary of Delticom AG, located in Hannover, Germany. The About Us page yields much information, including their sales volume. The language on the site sometimes belies its German roots, but is eminently understandable.
The only suggestion I would make is that it might be helpful to provide the ability to compare tyres to each other once you have a list of suggested tyres for your vehicle. It would also be helpful to have the site suggest a good, better and best choice within each list pointing the perhaps novice tyre buyer towards the best combination of quality and price for their vehicle's needs.
PermaBag storage bag for humidity controlled protection against rust, corrosion and humidity
If you live in a damp climate or are simply head-over-wheel-wells in love with your classic (or new) car the PermaBag may be for you. The PermaBag is a humidity control system that protects whatever it encloses from rust, corrosion and mould by reducing humidity to below 50%.
The beauty of the PermaBag system is that it doesn't require electricity but operates by removing humidity from the air within the bag by the use of a rechargeable dessicant that is supplied in stainless steel cylinders. A digital hygrometer (humidity monitor) indicates when the dessicant has absorbed all the moisture it can hold and you simply 'recharge' the dessicants drying properties by heating them in a normal household oven (the cylinders are 7 inches tall and will fit in a standard oven without too much difficulty).
The PermaBag is not cheap but then your classic car probably wasn't either and protecting it only makes sense. The company also makes the Auto-Pyjama (soft padding and extra protection) and outdoor storage accessories. All products are available in the US, Canada and the UK. You can order on their secure page from almost everywhere except Spain, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
eTyres.co.uk - lowest price on car tyres, van tyres, 4X4 tyres & car batteries
This site is good but loses points because it doesn't offer you the ability to choose tyres by providing details about your vehicle. The expectation is that you'll go outside and look at the tires on your car now and write down the numbers that are on them and then find those tires online. I guess this is okay but I prefer specifying my vehicle and having tyres recommended to me.
To get started go outside and note down the numbers shown on the tires presently on your vehicle! Then come back and input these numbers using the drop down lists and click on the Search arrow. You'll be shown a list of tires which you can arrange alphabetically or by price (either ascending or descending). To buy any tire simply indicate the quantity you want and click on the Arrange Fitting arrow.
The site is well-laid out, easy to use but earlier reviews found helpful add on information about tires that has now disappeared. Ordering is done on a secure page.
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This site doesn't do too badly in terms of allowing you to search by a variety of methods. You can search by category using the 'store sections' column on the left or you can do a quick search using the box in the top left hand corner of the page. Or you could click on the graphics at the top of the page (in the middle section) that indicate interior and exterior accessories as well as car care & protection. Finally, you could click on the Search link in the top right hand area of the page and search by keyword and price range. It would however be nice to be able to search by brand and by specifying your vehicle and seeing a list of appropriate products within a category (for example seat or steering wheel covers).
Once you are within a category (for example chrome styling) you can't re-sort the results in any way. Information on individual items is quite variable in length and detail and there is no ability to compare items to each other. When you go to check out you'll be asked to input some personal information (i.e. address and telephone numbers) on a non-secure form. Credit card information is supplied on a secure form but I would rather see ALL information gathering done on a secure form. There doesn't seem to be the ability to create a user account and thus have all shipping address and billing address information captured and kept on file (then you just log in when you return to the site).
There is a number you can call for assistance with sales questions and there is an email address as well. There is live chat indicated on the site but whenever I have accessed the site it hasn't been available - but they may be because I am accessing it from Canada at a time when there are no humans awake at the GBDriver end. There doesn't seem to be anything extra of any great interest or value on the site in terms of additional information for the car accessory shopper.
Car accessories, car security, spoilers, car seat covers, car alarms
This site could definitely use a few more methods to search for car accessories. There are only two ways to search - by choosing a category from the product list on the left or by putting a search term in the search box in the top right hand corner and clicking on Go. It would be nice to be able to sort by brand or by price range.
Once you are within a category (for example roof racks) you can't re-sort the results in any way. Information on individual items is sketchy and there is no ability to compare items to each other. When you go to check out you'll be asked to input some personal information (i.e. address and telephone numbers) on a non-secure form. Credit card information is supplied on a secure form but I would rather see ALL information gathering done on a secure form. There doesn't seem to be the ability to create a user account and thus have all shipping address and billing address information captured and kept on file (then you just log in when you return to the site).
There is a number you can call for assistance with sales questions and there is an email address as well. There doesn't seem to be anything extra of any great interest or value on the site in terms of additional information for the car accessory shopper.
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