Fastfit Stellenbosch, now a BestDrive dealership (a Continental brand), offers a wide-range of tyre brands and automotive components from all leading manufacturers. We have been chosen as a BestDrive dealership because of our extensive tyre knowledge and technical expertise.
The BestDrive tyre fitment experience allows you to enjoy the comfort and seclusion of a tranquil lounge while your car is taken care of. And because providing access to Wi-Fi and a quality coffee bar is simply part of the service, you are able to use your time productively or simply relax. When you entrust your vehicle to us, you also put your life and those of your loved ones, into our hands. You can rest assured that you and your family’s safety is always our first priority. We won’t try and sell you what you don’t need or charge you the earth for it. Quite the opposite, you will drive away with the safest option, at a reasonable price.
Tyre brands sold include Continental, BFGoodrich, General Tyre, Matador, Bridgestone, Firestone, Goodyear, Michelin, Maxxis Tyres and Pirelli. Our tyre fitment centre offers wheel alignment, wheel balancing, fitment rotation, nitrogen and puncture repairs. Our fitment product offering includes Rancho & Monroe suspension & shock absorbers, supply & fitting of exhaust pipes, batteries, disc pads, disc and brakes, Redback towbars, bull bars & sidesteps, Bosal & Thule towbars and number plates. We now also stock a fully comprehensive tyre and product range for the 4x4 enthusiast. Call us or visit our store for the latest tyre specials.
As a BestDrive dealership, we aim to make South African roads safer by providing more South Africans with quality tyres that are so much safer! We do this through:
- High-quality, trusted tyre brands
- Excellent service
- In-depth knowledge
- Professional advice
TIP: A smooth driving style contributes decisively to gradual, uniform tyre wear. The conditions of use, vehicle load, average speed, road condition, tyre pressures, tyre maintenance cycle and features specific to the vehicle have an impact on tyre wear and in turn on the tyre’s perceived mileage expectation. It is recommended to consult a professional tyre dealer regularly to assist you in getting the best possible mileage from your tyres.
Apart from checking and maintaining your tyre pressures correctly, there are 2 additional and equally important tasks required by all motorists in the tyre maintenance life cycle:
- Tyre rotation – even though this is not possible on vehicles that have different tyre sizes on the rear of the vehicle to the front, on the majority of vehicles on South Africa’s roads, tyre rotation is important. We recommend that your tyres get rotated every 10,000 to 15,000 km’s, and if this is too much of an inconvenience, request that your vehicle dealership rotate the tyres each time your vehicle goes in for a service, with the average service intervals currently sitting at 15,000kms.
- Wheel Alignment – This must be checked every 10,000 to 15,000 km’s. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend every 10,000 km. Wheel alignment is a sensitive setting on your vehicle and all it could possibly take to upset this setting, is hitting a curb. If you hit a curb or pothole it is recommended that you have the alignment checked as soon as possible, as this could have misaligned the wheel(s), it may not pay to wait for the next planned maintenance check. There are several different parameters of alignment on a vehicle, some are adjustable and others not, some will affect tyre life and others not. These parameters are in fact designed into the vehicle as a means of reducing stresses and strains on the vehicle suspension components. In order to preserve the wheel alignment on a vehicle, avoid pot holes, climbing curbs, and parking up against curbs. Just because your tyres are wearing off smoothly does not mean to say that the alignment is correct. Alignment should be checked every 10,000 to 15,000 kms or 6 months, whichever occurs first, unless you know that you have hit a pothole, or some other object, in which case it should be done immediately as a precaution.
Tips for Longer Tyre Mileage and Safety
- Do check your tyre pressures when they are cold. Don’t bleed the tyres (let the pressure out) when they are hot.
- Do have an accurate tyre pressure gauge. Don’t rely on the gauge at the service station – a lot of them are inaccurate.
- Do have tyres inspected if you notice regular pressure loss. Don’t just re-inflate the tyre and hope that it will be alright.
- Do use the Vehicle manufacturers recommended tyre pressures. Don’t use 200 kPa unless it is the manufacturers recommended tyre pressure. 5) Do check tyre pressure before going on a long trip, and reset to the recommended pressures for the full load. After the trip, reduce to those recommended for normal driving conditions.
- Do use valve caps to protect the valve core.
- Do have wheel alignment checked in line with the manufacturers specifications – don’t just have the front wheels aligned.
- Do have the alignment checked if you know that you have hit a ‘pot hole’ or the curb. Don’t climb curbs to park the car – this is one of the greatest causes of putting the wheel alignment out on a vehicle
- Do have the wheels balanced when you feel the slightest sign of vibration on the steering. Don’t just balance the fronts – balance all of them.
- Do inspect for remaining tread on a tyre.. Don’t drive on tyres where the tread depth is below the legal limit.
- Do have wheel alignment checked when you see irregular wear on the tyres.
- Do rotate tyres in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation – they will last longer. Certain car models have different tyres front and rear. Under these circumstances it will not be possible to rotate tyres.
- Do inspect your tyres every second week for damage and objects that may be penetrating the tyre. Don’t pull nails out of the tyre treads – go to a dealer who will repair the tyre correctly.
- Do have a “combination plug/patch repair” for punctures. Don’t use plug repairs – they are temporary, only designed to get you home.
- Do use tyres that are in good condition. Don’t risk your life, and those of other road users on tyres that are ‘suspect’. Take the advice of professionals as to whether a tyre is suitable for continued use, even after repair.
- Do have a spare wheel in good condition. Don’t have a spare that is suspect – you never know when you will need it.
- Do replace tyres with those that are approved for the vehicle. Don’t fit tyres that have a lower performance capability than those that should be fitted to the vehicle.
- Do have snap-in valves replaced when new tyres are fitted – the valve base does get damaged and will last for one tread life only.
- Do reduce vehicle speeds when it starts to rain, there will be a lot of road grime on the surface that will make the roads very slippery.
- Do reduce vehicle speeds on gravel roads, particularly if there are sharp rocks and stones on the surface – you may get shoulder damage on tyres.