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What is mobile tyre fitting?

Mobile tyre fitting is when a mobile mechanic comes to visit your vehicle at home to remove your old tyres and fit new ones. 

If you know your car needs new tyres, and you’re not confident that you can do the job yourself, a professional can perform the service quickly and easily. What’s more, a mobile tyre fitting will allow you to avoid the hassle of having to drop off and pick up your car from the garage as a mechanic will come to you.

Mobile tyre fitting is not only convenient, but they’re beneficial in an emergency. If you’re stuck with a flat tyre and cannot drive your car, a mobile mechanic will visit you at home or even the roadside to remove your damaged tyres and fit your vehicle with brand new ones.

How much does mobile tyre fitting cost?

The average cost of a mobile tyre fitting booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £101.79.

However, there are a couple of factors that impact the price you’ll end up paying. The main one is the make and model of car you have, and therefore the type of tyres you will need. 

Common problems requiring tyre fitting

Car tyres are designed to be strong and sturdy, but it’s not unusual to experience issues with them at some point in their lifespan. Here are the most common problems you’re likely to experience with your tyres.

Bulging tyres

If you see bulges or cracks in the sides of your tyres (known as the sidewalls), your tyres will need to be replaced. These symptoms can occur because of overinflating your tyres or hitting holes in the road at speed. Bulges and cracks render your tyres unsafe, so book a tyre replacement as soon as you notice them.

Worn tread depth

Over time, tyres become worn and will eventually need to be replaced. If your tread depth is below 1.6mm, your tyres are no longer legal to drive on, and you will need a tyre replacement. You can expect this to happen roughly every ten years. To check your tread depth, insert a 20p coin into the shallowest tread and see if the coin’s outer ring is visible. If it is, it’s time for a mobile tyre replacement.

Punctured tyres

Minor punctures can be easily repaired with the proper technique. If you’re booking a mobile puncture repair, make sure to ask the mechanic which method they will use. You should aim to get a patch/plug combo, which is the industry standard. This way, you can be confident that your mobile repair is a permanent and safe solution to your punctured tyres.

Misaligned tyres

If you notice that your tyres pull either left or right while driving, you may have misaligned tyres. Often, this doesn’t require a tyre replacement, as the mobile mechanic will be able to realign your wheels and therefore your tyres. However, if you have driven for too long on misaligned tyres and one is worn more than the other, you may need a replacement for your tyre.

Top warning signs that your car tyre needs to be changed

There are a few things that can go wrong with your tyres and cause you to need a replacement. A professional will be able to diagnose the issue and recommend the right repair. However, the crucial symptoms to look out for include:

  • Your car pulls to one side while driving
  • You see bulges or cracks in your tyres
  • There’s a tyre pressure warning light on your dashboard
  • Your steering wheel vibrates
  • Your car is difficult to steer
  • Your tyre tread depth is below 1.6mm

Is mobile tyre fitting necessary?

If there’s damage to your tyres that affects your ability to drive then yes, replacing your tyres will be necessary. Changing old tyres and fitting new ones is essential to keep your car safe on the roads. 

If you notice any symptoms of tyre trouble, it’s important to get yourself booked in for a fitting as soon as possible. However, this doesn’t need to be a mobile tyre fitting. If you’d prefer to go to a garage to get your new tyres, there are plenty of options for you to do so.

What impacts the cost of mobile tyre fitting?

The main factor that impacts the cost of tyre fitting is the type of car tyre you need. More expensive models often require more costly parts, meaning that the cost to change and replace them goes up too.

For example, the average cost of a mobile tyre fitting on an Audi will be higher than that on a Volkswagen Polo.

Often, mobile tyre fitting can be cheaper than visiting a garage as a mobile mechanic won’t have the overheads associated with working from a building. You can compare the two options online to figure out which one you would prefer.

Mobile tyre fitting costs versus mobile tyre repair costs

Mobile tyre fitting will generally cost more than a mobile tyre repair. 

This is largely because you’ll need to pay for parts as well as labour. Mobile tyre fitting will usually require more parts than a mobile tyre repair, as you’ll need to budget for the new tyres themselves. 

As repairs don’t usually require as many parts, they tend to cost less. However, this isn’t always the case. If the repair is a trickier and longer job than a replacement, you’ll pay more in labour time.

It’s worth taking the advice of a professional to understand which type of service will be most effective for you in terms of vehicle health and cost.

Find mobile mechanics near you to fit your tyres

You can explore your options for both mobile and garage-based mechanics easily online.

Usually, mobile mechanics will cost you less, as they don’t need to cover any overheads for their body shops or garages. And that’s not to mention the fact that using a mobile mechanic will save you a trip to the garage.


How often should you change your car tyres?

On average, you will need to change your car tyres every ten years. However, if you notice damage or experience a puncture, you may need to get this done sooner.

How do you check if a car tyre needs to be changed?

If your tread depth is less than 1.6mm, your tyres need to be changed. You can check this by inserting a 20p coin into the shallowest tread. If you can see the outer ring of the coin, your tyre needs to be changed.

Can a mechanic change a tyre at home?

Mobile mechanics can visit you at home to change your tyres. You can compare quotes and book a mobile mechanic easily online.

What are run flat tyres?

Run flat tyres are a type of tyre that many modern vehicles are fitted with. These tyres have reinforced sidewalls, which means if you get a puncture, you can continue driving on them for a little while at a reduced speed (normally for a maximum of 50 miles at no more than 50 mph). This should allow you to get to a garage without having to change your tyre at the side of the road.

What causes a tyre blowout?

Overinflating your tyres and hitting a hole in the road is the most common cause of a tyre blowout. Be careful to read the gauge when adding pressure to your tyres, and look out for potholes to avoid this happening.

Does tyre fitting fall under warranty?

Mobile tyre fitting is not covered under most warranties, and you will need to pay for it yourself. 

Is tyre fitting covered by insurance?

Mobile tyre fitting is not covered under most insurance policies. Instead, you will need to pay for it yourself. However, if you have specific tyre coverage, you may be able to claim the cost of mobile tyre fitting. It’s essential to check your documentation to understand when you can and can’t claim.

How much does mobile tyre fitting cost?

The average cost of mobile tyre fitting booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £101.79.

Are mobile tyre fitters expensive?

Mobile tyre fitters are often less expensive than garage-based tyre fitters because they don’t need to pay to run their venue, meaning they can charge you less.

How far can you drive on a flat tyre?

The distance you can drive on a flat tyre depends on the type of tyres you have. If you have run flat tyres, you can drive for around 50 mph at a reduced speed with a puncture to get yourself to the nearest garage. If you don’t have run flat tyres, you’ll need to slow your speed right down and drive carefully to the safest stopping space before calling for help.

Is mobile tyre fitting good?

Mobile tyre fitting is an excellent option for those looking for ease and convenience. Be sure to research mobile tyre fitting options online and read reviews before booking one.

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