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Choosing the Right Tires for Your Vehicle

When the time comes to purchase new tires for your vehicle, there are a number of factors to consider to ensure that your car, truck, or SUV is running at peak performance. From the tread to the load capacity to the usual driving conditions, you will want to make sure that you get the best tire to fit your vehicle and your budget.

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Do I need new tires?

If you’re not quite sure whether you need new tires, you can always bring your car to your local tire shop and let professionals like those at D&R Car Care take a look. Regular maintenance such as rotation and balance is key to getting the best performance from your car or truck.  If you’ve been putting off service, and you notice increased road noise or your vehicle isn’t handling well, check out our Tire Repair Page for some quick tips.


Yep! I need new tires!

Once you’ve determined that you need new tires,  you can use the following helpful hints to decide what fit is best for your vehicle.


Driving Conditions:

Determining the weather conditions you are usually driving in will go a long way in helping you decide what type of tires you need to buy for your car. Factoring in extreme weather conditions, you can look at your typical drive and the weather you’ll be traveling through to determine the best tire for you.

  • All-Season  – All-season tires, tires with S- and T- ratings, deliver decent, well-rounded performance, but do not perform well in extreme weather conditions. These are typically chosen for standard cars and SUVs. Brands like Continental have consistently high performance reviews in all weather conditions.
  • Summer  – These tires are great for dry/wet braking, but can’t hack it in snow.
  • Winter  – If you’re frequently driving in snowy conditions, these tires offer wonderful handling, but do not perform nearly as well braking on clear roads. Always buy winter tires in sets of four in order to optimize for braking.


Performance Ratings:

Figuring out what type of tire you need, in large part, comes down to what type of vehicle you are driving and what you are using that vehicle for.  Beyond just knowing the size right size, the following list can help you determine what the best performance and speed rated tires you will need for your vehicle. If you’re looking for something more than the standard all-season tire, companies like NITTO, BF Goodrich, and Continental all offer a wide variety of performance levels. 

  • For Performance All-Season tires, look for the H- or V- speed rating. These are especially great when looking for better cornering grip. Be aware, however, that these, as well as other performance tires, usually do not wear as long.
  • For sports cars and perforance sedans, ultra-high-performance all-season or summer tires are the best option. These tires typically come with W-, Y-, or ZR – speed ratings. As always, whether you get UHP All-Season or UHP Summer tires depends on what type of weather conditions you’ll be driving through. All-Season tires will have a M&S designation on them indicating their handling in mud and snow.
  • If you’re looking for even greater performance on any surface, all-terrain tires such as NITTO Tires’ Mud Grappler and BFGoodrich’s KO2, with there aggressive tread pattern and larger size, are made for off-road action and are fantastic tires to meet the needs of light-duty pickups.


Whatever your tire needs, D&R Car Care is here to help you determine exactly what tires will fit your needs and your budget. Our experts are on hand to answer all of your questions. We will work to get you the best price, whether you are buying tires for a ATV, SUV, Car, Pickup, RV, or minivan. Give us a call today, or come in and talk to our friendly staff, and see why D&R Car Care is the best choice for you.

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Continental Tire Reward Yourself Promotion

Receive a $70 Continental Visa® Prepaid Card with the purchase of four new Continental passenger or light truck tires from 3/15/2017–4/15/2017.

D & R Intensive Car Care in Statesboro, GA is excited to bring you rewards from Continental Tire. This rebate, combined with our FREE ALIGNMENT CHECK with any tire purchase, will ensure that you get great value on new tires, and stay safe on the road.

Not sure what kind of tires you need for your car or truck? Let us help! Click below to let one of our tire experts help you find the right tires, for the right price.


Submit Your Claim Online

Rebates submitted online are processed faster.  To submit your rebate online go to and follow the easy step-by-step instructions.

  • -No mail in form required
  • -Processing updates available online
  • -Rebates must be submitted online by May 15th, 2017.

Submit Your Claim by Mail

  • 1. Only complete the mail-in form if you are not submitting online.  Offer form must include a valid email address and current, residential street address of the purchaser only.
  • 2.  Download the rebate form here.
  • 3. Complete ALL information on the form
  • 4. Include paid invoice and/or credit card receipt along with the rebate form
  • 5. Submissions must be postmarked by May 15th, 2017. Mail to:

Continental Tire Offer: 56012
PO Box 6809
Mesa, AZ 85216

Track the Status of Your Claim

You may track the status of your rebate anytime online at Please allow 8-12 weeks to receive your Prepaid Card by mail.

Questions: Call 1-877-292-9411

Please be aware that the reward card you receive from the rebate with the given amount of $50/$70 & will expire within one year of the date it was issued.


Promotion Terms and Conditions

Mail-In Rebate gift with Purchase OFFER: Valid only with qualified purchase made in the forty-eight (48) contiguous Continental U.S. States, Hawaii, D.C., and Puerto Rico between 3/15/17 and 4/15/2017 or while supplies last.Void where prohibited by law. No rain checks. Valid with the original, dated, paid receipt for the purchase of four (4) new Qualifying CONTINENTAL TIRE PASSENGER or LIGHT TRUCK tires from a participating retail dealer. Offer may not be combined with any other offer, discount, rebate, or promotion. Tires must be purchased in a single transaction. Offer form must be postmarked or submitted online by 05/15/17. Offer not valid on purchases by wholesalers, dealers, fleets, OEM customers, or other commercial entities. Requests from those with an invalid or undeliverable mailing address will be denied. Limit two (2) Continental Tire Visa® Prepaid Cards per household. This card is issued by CC Financial Trade Productspursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Cards will not have cash access and can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Not responsible for late, lost, stolen, misdirected, illegible, mutilated, or postage due mail or inability to connect to website. Any taxes, fees or costs are sole responsibility of recipient. Allow 8-12 weeks for fulfillment. Prepaid Cards will not have cash access and can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Each time you use the Card, the amount of the transaction will be deducted from the amount of your available balance. Card will be issued in the name on the redemption form only. Card expires after one year, subject to applicable law. Card is non-transferable and non-refundable. Terms and conditions apply to the Prepaid Card. See Prepaid Card for details. 

Visit WWW.CONTINENTALTIRE.COM for redemption form and complete offer conditions and restrictions. WARNING: Tampering with, altering, or falsifying purchase information constitutes fraud and could result in state and federal prosecution.

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Free V-Safe Roadside Assistance

Valvoline is offering even more protection for your vehicle! Get FREE V_SAFE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE when you purchase a Valvoline Full Synthetic or MaxLife oil change, or VPS Powerline Service at D & R Intensive Car Care between February 1st, 2017 – December 31st, 2017.

Coverage Includes:

24-Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance
Coverage for emergency road service throughout the United States and Canada.

24-Hour Towing Service
Emergency towing service at no out-of-pocket cost for any tow up to 15 miles. Greater than 15 miles is available at customer’s expense.

24-Hour Necessary Fluids Delivery
A service truck will deliver emergency supplies of gasoline, water, oil, or other necessary fluids. Customer pays only for the cost of the supplies at the time service is rendered.

24-Hour Jump Start
Jump Start or boost a dead or weakened battery.

24-Hour Lock-Out Service
If keys are locked inside registered vehicle, customers will be assisted in gaining entry to the vehicle’s passenger compartment only. Locksmith services may be dispatched as needed at customer’s expense for labor and key making.

So be sure to schedule your next Valvoline Full Synthetic or MaxLife Oil Change, or VPS Powerline Service online today, and let D & R Car Care help you get back on the road, FAST!

Limits apply. Coverage provideded by Nation Safe Drivers. See for additional terms and conditions.

Please note – this service is ONLY available with purchase of a Valvoline Premim Oil Change OR VPS Powerline Service at eligible/participating locations between 2/1/2017 – 12/31/2017. Not available with purchases at Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations. You must submit your request online at before 1/31/2018. See store for additional details.

Continental Tire Total Confidence Plan

Searching for the right tires that provide comfort, durability, and top quality performance seems like a difficult task at hand, but the Statesboro tire experts at D & R are here to help you through the process.  One of the best tire plans that offer an additional measure of safety and confidence is the Continental Tire Total Confidence Plan. When you purchase Continental brand tires, you also receive the support and benefits of the Total Confidence Plan.

The Total Confidence Plan is an all-inclusive package of warranties and services including: Limited Warranty, Flat Tire Roadside Assistance, Customer Satisfaction Trial, Mileage Warranty (if applicable), and Road Hazard Coverage.

The Total Confidence Plan Includes:

  1. Flat Tire Roadside Assistance:

Receive up to three years of courtesy flat change or towing up to 150 miles at no charge. To obtain the roadside assistance, your tires must be registered online at within 45 days of purchase.  Once registered your Flat Tire Roadside Assistance Card along with program terms and conditions will be emailed to you.

  1. Road Hazard

The Road Hazard Coverage applies to all Continental passenger and light truck tires that are purchased as replacement, and provides a similar replacement tire within the first 12 months.

  1. Customer Satisfaction Trial

Continental passenger and light truck tires purchased as replacement bearing the Continental name and D.O.T. serial numbers are covered up to 60 days (30 days for winter and select marketing lines).

  1. Limited Warranty

All Continental passenger and light truck tires are eligible for the Limited Warranty for a maximum of up to 72 months from the date of purchase. The Limited Warranty also permits free replacement within the first 12 months.

  1. Tread Wear Out Coverage

Receive coverage on select replacement products up to 90,000 miles.


If you are shopping for tires, please stop by or schedule an appointment online. We have a team of tire experts ready to serve you and help you find the perfect brand to meet all of your tire needs.

For more information on the Continental Tire Total Confidence Plan, check out this article

Download the Total Confidence Plan Brochure



What To Do In Case Of An Accident in Brooklet

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it’s an accident! If you’ve ever been in a car accident in Statesboro, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do.

Let’s review what Statesboro car owners should do in case of an accident:

When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Statesboro is considered a crime – even if it’s not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your GA driver’s license or even jail time.

Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other Metter and Oliver motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Brooklet emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.

Statesboro drivers should always file a police report. It’s tempting for Statesboro auto owners to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you’ll not have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don’t. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the Statesboro police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy is responsible.

Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as “I was going thirty miles an hour” not “I wasn’t speeding”. Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you. Also get the officer’s name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.

Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number and expiration
  • Insurance information

Also take down a description of the other Statesboro vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number. Most GA auto insurance companies don’t record license plate numbers, so the VIN number is the best way to track a vehicle in GA.

Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can’t wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call D & R Car Care at 912.871.4111

Contact D & R Car Care to learn more about what do do in case of an auto accident.
You can find us at:
811 South Main Street
Statesboro, GA 30458
Or call us at 912.871.4111

D & R Car Care and AutoNetTV hope that you never have to use this information and wish you happy Statesboro travels.

Fuel Saving Tip: Statesboro Tune Up

Have you ever gone to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other. That’s why they tune up together.

Fuel Economy Now this is no surprise; I’m going to relate the orchestra to your car. Your engine has many component systems that each need to be working properly. And the components need to be working in sync, all timed up together in order for the engine to work efficiently.

We call this, (ta-da) a tune-up. When an orchestra’s out of tune you get a bad concert. When your vehicle’s out of tune you get bad performance and bad fuel economy.

So check your owner’s manual for recommended tune-up intervals. Or ask your Statesboro service advisor at D & R Car Care what they think. If your vehicle is due for a 30,60, or 90,000 mile service, click here to get a coupon for 20% off your service!

…Just be careful not to say you want to make beautiful music together – that kinda makes us uncomfortable.

2015 Great Winter Rebate

Come to D & R Intensive Car Care before December 20th, 2015, and purchase a set of (4) qualifying Hankook passenger or light truck tires, and get up to $80 back!!

As temperatures begin to fall, Hankook is offering consumers a hot deal with the launch of its 2015 ‘Great Winter’ mail-in rebate promotion.  Consumers who purchase a set of four qualifying Hankook passenger or light truck winter tires from D & R Intensive Car Care between October 19th and December 20th, 2015 will be eligible for a mail-in rebate of up to $80.  Consumers can download rebate forms here. Qualifying products that are part of the 2015 ‘Great Winter’ mail-in rebate offer include:

Hankook Winter i*cept evo2 (Pattern Code: W320, W320A) ($80 rebate)

Hankook Winter i*cept iZ (Pattern Code: W606) ($50 rebate)

Hankook i*Pike RW11 (Pattern Code: RW11) ($40 rebate)


Tires must be purchased between October 19, 2015 & December 20th, 2015 to qualify. For full details, visit Hankook Tire Website, here.

Come see us at 811 South Main St in Statesboro to claim this offer, or contact us for more info. D & R Intensive Car Care is a full service auto repair shop in Statesboro, GA. Our mechanics are all ASE certified. We do quality auto repair on many different makes and models of vehicles, and our mechanics are qualified to work on both foreign & domestic vehicles. We carry many different brands of tires and wheels, and are a Bridgestone/Firestone affiliate.

Fall means it’s time to change your vehicles cabin air filter

Fall means football, tailgates, cooler weather, and changing leaves to many. To car and truck owners, especially in South Georgia, it also means it’s time to change your vehicles cabin air filter.

Before winter sets in is a good time to check your cabin air filter, after it’s been working hard all spring, summer and fall. Cabin air filters clean the incoming air and remove allergens, and according to the Car Care Council, should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, or per the owner’s manual.

So what exactly does the cabin air filter do?

  • traps pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases that may find their way into a vehicle’s air conditioning and heating and ventilation systems.
  • prevents leaves, bugs and other debris from entering the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system.

What is that smell?

A dirty or clogged cabin air filter can cause musty odors in the vehicle and cause contaminants to become so concentrated in the cabin that passengers actually breathe in more fumes and particles when riding in the car compared to walking down the street. A restricted cabin air filter can also impair airflow in the HVAC system, possibly causing interior heating and cooling problems, important for staying comfortable this winter. Over time, the heater and air conditioner may also become damaged by corrosion.

To have your cabin air filter checked out or replaced, stop by D & R Intensive Car Care and let one of our certified technicians inspect it for you.  You can schedule your appointment online.  To learn more about cabin air filters, check out the Car Care Council’s website.

Purchase 4 KUMHO tires, get up to $120 back!


Come to D & R Intensive Car Care before October 31st, 2015, and purchase a set of (4) qualifying KUMHO tires, and get up to $120 back!!

KUMHO tires eligible for the $120 rebate include:

KUMHO tires eligible for the $100 rebate include:

Tires must be purchased between September 1, 2015 & October 31st, 2015 to qualify. For full details, visit KUMHO Tire Website, here.


Come see us at 811 South Main St in Statesboro to claim this offer, or contact us for more info. D & R Intensive Car Care is a full service auto repair shop in Statesboro, GA. Our mechanics are all ASE certified. We do quality auto repair on many different makes and models of vehicles, and our mechanics are qualified to work on both foreign & domestic vehicles. We carry many different brands of tires and wheels, and are a Bridgestone/Firestone affiliate.



Pirelli Offering $60 rebate w/ purchase of 4 Tires

At D & R Intensive Car Care, we love saving you money! Here’s a great deal on the high-quality Pirelli tires.

Purchase four (4) new qualifying Pirelli brand Scorpion tires between August 28, 2015 and October 6, 2015 and be eligible to receive a $60 Visa® Prepaid card via mail-in rebate.

Pirelli Tires eligible for a $60 Pirelli Visa® Prepaid Card by mail-in-rebate include:



Mail-in rebate form must be postmarked by November 6, 2015. Please download and print your rebate form directly from the Pirelli website, here. Please see the Terms and Conditions for full mail-in rebate details.

To check the status of your rebate, visit or call 1-888-483-2469.

Visa Disclaimer: This card is issued by MetaBankTM, member FDIC, or CenterState Bank of Florida pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.

Come see us at 811 South Main St in Statesboro to claim this offer, or contact us for more info. D & R Intensive Car Care is a full service auto repair shop in Statesboro, GA. Our mechanics are all ASE certified. We do quality auto repair on many different makes and models of vehicles, and our mechanics are qualified to work on both foreign & domestic vehicles. We carry many different brands of tires and wheels, and are a Bridgestone/Firestone affiliate.