Tire Buying, Care & Maintenance

We Service ALL makes and models at Dorian Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center



  • Monday 7:30AM - 8:00PM
  • Tuesday 7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Wednesday 7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Thursday 7:30AM - 8:00PM
  • Friday 7:30AM - 6:00PM
  • Saturday 8:00AM - 3:00PM
  • Sunday Closed
Tire Buying, Care, & Maintenance

Why should I buy tires from Dorian Quick Lane?


If you're looking for the best price on a new set of tires for your car, truck, CUV or SUV, Dorian Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center is here to help. Upon purchasing a new set of tires, our expert-trained staff with provide you with a complete tire inspection. This inspection looks for proper inflation & wear and includes a tire rotation, new tire installation, and tire mounting and balancing.


No appointment necessary.

When should I buy new tires?


Learn about your tire wear through the penny test.


Place a penny upside down in your tire's tread grooves. If you can see Abraham Lincoln's hair, it is time to start considering new tires. If part or all of Lincoln's face is covered, you still have more time with these tires on your vehicle. Be sure to use the penny to check your tire tread in several locations on your tire to see if your tires are wearing unevenly.

What does uneven and irregular tire wear look like?


Even with regular driving habits and appropriate tire maintenance, all tires will wear out. Having improper inflation, poor alignment, and other external factors may expedite this process. When having your vehicle inspected at our Quick Lane facility, our factory-trained experts can point out any unusual wear patterns on your tires and show you how to fix the problem causing this unusual wear before you have to prematurely replace your tires.

Recognizing uneven wear:


Toe Wear
Tires have a thin inner/outer edge, meaning the vehicle is out of alignment
Camber Wear
Tires have exaggerated inner/outer edge wear, meaning the vehicle is out of alignment
Center Wear
Tires have thin tread wear in the center of the tire, meaning the tire is overinflated
Edge Wear
Tires have thin tread wear along tire edges, meaning the tire is under-inflated

How do I choose the right tire?

Your vehicle should have an owner's manual that contains the correct tire size information and potential combinations for your vehicle. Only utilize the tire combinations outlined in the owner's manual to ensure top performance. It is also recommended that you equip your vehicle with the same four types of tires containing the same tread designs, preferably try to only utilize the same type of tire as what was originally equipped on your vehicle.


If your owner's manual is unavailable to you, you should be able to find your tire size information on the driver's side doorjamb.



There are different types of tires?

Yes, there are many types of tires including:

  • Broad Market Passenger
         • Long tread-life
         • Quiet, smooth ride
         • All-season traction
         • High aspect ratios
         • Passenger car, SUV and light truck applications

  • Performance/Touring
         • Long mileage
         • Smooth ride
         • Higher speed ratings
         • Medium aspect ratios
         • Passenger and luxury car applications

  • High Performance
         • Enhanced handling under demanding circumstances
         • Typically uses Z or ZR in size description
         • Highest speed ratings
         • Low aspect ratios
         • Sports car and high-performance sedan applications

  • Light Truck
         • Designed to carry cargo & heavier loads
         • LT designation followed by size in description
         • Requires higher tire pressure
         • Load index typically designated by character C through G
         • SUVs, vans and light truck applications


Does this mean there are different types of spare tires too?

Yes, spare tire sizes vary per vehicle. Make sure you are aware of what type of spare tire you have in case of emergency. The different types of spare tires are:

  • Full-size spare
         • Large storage required
         • Most versatile

  • Temporary full-size spare
         • Lighter-weight
         • Shallow tread depth
         • Easier to install but should be replaced as soon as possible

  • Temporary mini-spare (also known as the doughnut)
         • Smaller than full-size tires
         • Low speed rating
         • Limited-distance tire
         • Not intended for highway use

  • Inflation kit
         • Fills tire with substance to temporarily allow the flat tire to be used

What kind of tire maintenance needs to be done?

Rotating Tires?

Having your tires rotated as recommended helps you get the most out of your tires because it helps to distribute the wear more evenly. Regularly rotating your tires also helps to uncover any unknown issues with your vehicle or tires through the wear patterns including improper alignment, over-inflation and under-inflation.


Proper Tire Air Pressure?

Maintaining the correct recommended tire pressure is important for both safety reasons and getting the most miles out of your tires. Check your owner's manual to determine how much air your tire needs. If you have misplaced your owner's manual, check the driver side door jamb or inside the fuel cap door (newer model-year vehicles only). It is recommended you check your tire pressure at lease once every month!


Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG)?

The Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) system was created to provide customers with useful information to help them purchase tires. Thsi system is made up of tread wear, traction, and temperature. While the ratings are established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire manufacturers perform the actual validation testing resulting in some inconsistencies in results.

  • Tread Wear Grade: comparative rating based on wear rate of tire when tested under controlled conditions on a government test track. Tread wear grades cannot be utilized to project tire mileage due to the large number of variable that affect tire wear. The higher the grade, the longer the tread will last.

  • Traction Grade: represent the tire's ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on a government test surface of both asphalt and concrete. Testing does not take into account cornering, hydroplaning or acceleration. Grades range from AA, A, B and C going from highest to lowest.

  • Temperature Grade: represent the tires' resistance to the generation of heat. Grades range from A, B, and C from highest to lowest.


Load Index & Speed Symbols?

Federal law requires tire manufacturers place standardized information on the sidewalls of all tires. This information identifies some of the basic characteristics of the tire and provides safety certification in case of recalls. Click here to read more about load index and speed symbols.

TireCARE Road Hazard Coverage

What is TireCARE Road Hazard Coverage?

Coverage extends to all 13-name brand tires we carry including: BF Goodrich, Bridgestone, Continental Tire, Dunlop, Firestone, General Tire, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly, Michelin, Pirelli, Uniroyal, and Yokohama.

TireCARE Road Hazard Coverage includes:

  • No deductible repair or replacement*
  • Protection from glass, nails, potholes, and other road hazards
  • Up to 3-year protection
  • No mileage limit
  • Mounting and balancing
  • Damaged tire disposal
*Up to one actual tire replacement per covered tire. Minimum tread depth applies. See Dorian Quick Lane Manager, Chris Mousseau, for details and coverage limitations.

Why buy the same tire twice?

Protect your wallet with coverage that includes no-deductible repair or replacement of your tires! With our Michigan roads this three-year protection with no mileage limit seems to be a no-brainer decision.

The Dorian Quick Lane is committed to helping you! We service all make and model vehicles including, but not limited to: Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Lincoln, Mazda, MercuryMINI, Nissan, Pontiac, Ram, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, and VolkswagenOnly at your local Clinton Township Quick Lane.