The autumn tire change period begins on 1 October. The storage and repair of pre-ordered tires has started at our contracted partners also they opened their web platforms for pre-registration.
In the event that the stored winter tyre set is in a ready-to-install condition, the appointment can be made smoothly via the web platform.
After that, all you have to do is show up at the service center to have the tyres or assembled wheels fitted. If you receive an error message from the system or they indicate during a telephone consultation that the tyres are not yet ready for replacement, please be patient.
If a repair or tyre ordered in storage is already in progress, however, one of the conditions required for sign-in is not provided: Please try to reach the service provider again at a later time, or our colleagues via tyre administration phone menu option.
Please make an appointment in time!
If you are still planning to travel abroad, please note that the use of a winter tyre is mandatory from 1 November in many neighboring countries.
Mandatory winter tyres in neighboring countries
From November to mid-April, winter tyres with a tread depth of at least 4 millimeters or a snow chain mounted on the driven wheel are mandatory on all wheels under winter road conditions. Snow chains are mandatory, but should only be used where a continuous layer of snow or ice covers the road surface and the snow chain does not damage the asphalt.
There is no mandatory use of winter tyres, but between 1 November and the end of April there may be a sign on certain sections of the road that you can only drive there with winter tyres. There must be a snow chain in the car.
If the road surface is covered with snow or ice thicker than 5 centimeters, you should not use your car without a snow chain, but you do not have to install it at all costs as long as it is not necessary; it is enough to keep it in the car.
In winter road conditions, winter or four-season tyres are mandatory, at least on the drive axle. In some parts of Croatia, it is mandatory to keep a snow chain in the car, regardless of ice or snow.
In Romania, the use of winter tyres is mandatory between the beginning of November and the end of March. Anyone who are proven to cause an accident or congestion due to a lack of winter tyres can even face punishment in addition to reimbursing the cost of rescue and compensation. In Romania, snow chains are not mandatory, however, there may be road sections where its use may be required.
From 1 November to 1 April, if weather conditions warrant, the use of winter tyres or snow chains is mandatory. Snow chains are a mandatory winter accessory.
Regardless of the date, if the road is covered with a continuous layer of snow or ice, the use of winter tyres with a tread depth of at least 4 mm on all wheels is mandatory for passenger cars. In the absence of winter or a suitable four-season tyre, a penalty of € 60 can be expected. The use of snow chains is not allowed in Slovakia.
From mid-November to mid-March, the use of winter tyres is mandatory on at least one axle on Slovenian roads. In the case of snow thicker than 5 centimeters, the snow chain is also mandatory, the existence of which can be checked at the border crossing. Drivers traveling to the country must have a snow chain, the use of which is regulated by signs.
From November to April, a winter tyre is mandatory on all wheels of the car
Some important information:
The wheel guard adapter, bolts, nuts, rim covers (if any) must be prepared in the passenger compartment (in front of the right front seat in the case of chauffeur service) before installation.
Removed wheel accessories (aluminum hubcap, bolt, nut, wheel guard, rim cover) are not stored with the sets by the service department. These are returned at the end of the assembly or placed in the trunk.
Please note that the wheel bolts should be checked 50 km after installation for proper tightness!
For cars with a wheel pressure sensor (TPMS), the service will perform the training. For some cars, the fault disappears after 10-50 km. If the fault signal still indicates a difference in tyre pressure, return to the service center (within 3 working days).
In case of any problems after replacement, please return to the same service center (within 3 working days).
Due to increased transport demands, longer delivery times are to be expected in the autumn period. For tyres requested to the countryside, this can be 3-6 business days. This must always be taken into account when booking the appointment.
It is important that the car arrives on time (10-15 minutes earlier) for the appointment. The waiting time may increase, or there may be a delay compared to the booked appointment.
The number of available appointments decreases over time. It's harder to find an appointment nearby. The waiting time can be up to 3-4 weeks.
Punctures and damage can also occur during the autumn tyre replacement period. In this case, the services can serve cars arriving without an appointment with a longer waiting time.
It is possible to order a chauffeur service in Budapest to change tyres. For our contracted partners, this can also be ordered at the same time as booking an appointment.
In the spring, during the pandemic, the tyre service shops received our cars uninterrupted in compliance with the regulations in force. If restrictions also apply during the autumn tyre change period, the tyre service shops will ensure continuous operation, taking into account the regulations in force.
According to the current virus situation, our Partners will do everything possible to protect the health of You and its employees. Please wear a mask in the Service area for your benefit and that of the service staff. Thank You!
We wish you a trouble-free tyre change! If you have any questions, please contact our staff.
Author: Anita Lukácsné—ALD Tyre Service Team Leader