Searching for a car model by the size of the tires?

We went to a local U-Pull-It parts yard. We needed a tire and wheel for a 1996 vehicle. Their website has their inventory and we had a list of three 1995's, five 1996, and five 1997. As we went from row to row to see these cars a pattern developed. All these cars, Honda Accords had 15 inch tires. Ours has 14 inch tires. I doubt the previous owner of our car scrapped 15 inch just to go to a smaller size.
The Accord we have was not their most expensive model in 1996. Ours has no power windows or door locks. Car after car and we only had 4 left to look at and finally one had a 14 inch tire same as ours. 195-60-R14. However even on this car that had our size the other three tires on that car were not 14's.
Since (13) 1995-1997 Honda Accords, with a total of 52 tires, only had one that we needed we'd like to know how to search for cars using tire sizes.
We can not search all makes of cars hoping to stumble onto the right tire.
I can use the make and model to locate what part we might need.
Any way to search tire size for the makes and models that have that size tire?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Assuming your car came with 14 inch wheels and was calibrated with 14-inch wheels then use the 14-inch wheel you found (finally one had a 14 inch tire same as ours. 195-60-R14). Purchase this wheel (assuming it is the same physical size and width as your other 3 wheels.  

Then get a tire from your local automotive dealer.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Possibly this chart

You can go down the right hand side and find your tyre/wheel size and the look at the left for the corresponding car.  I'm presuming you are just interested in Honda Accords.

It appears that the base Honda and the DX model had the 14" wheels.  When you go to the higher levels you get the 15" wheels and tyres.  Note that it is quite possible that some owners may have specified 15" wheels from the dealer when bought but I'm not sure if Honda would have allowed that option.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Tire size alone will not get you the rims you need. Tire Sizes are pretty much a standardized item. Tire Sizes by popularity: P235/75R15, P205/65R15, and the P215/70R15.  For Passenger Cars there are approximately 40 standard tire sizes. Within just one product line there may be several tire sizes available as optional items.

 Honda used to use 13" at one time.  Any tire with a 15" diameter hole will fit on a 15" rim. But one has to consider the aspect ratio or you have to recalibrate the speedometer/odometer

Rims come in different hole patterns, # of lug nut holes, hole spacing and the tire offset.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes so that is why I suggested getting the matching wheel first. Then get tires after
nickg5Author Commented:
I may have stated it incorrectly. The wheels we have do not need to be replaced. We wanted a 5th one as a spare. The rim is identical and the tire we got on that rim has excellent tread.

In the future we may need another tire or two from this parts yard.
I wanted a way to look up 195-60-R14 and see "what makes and models" use that tire size. To prevent me from having to walk down dozens and dozens of rows of import cars looking for that size tire. And there could be American cars like Ford that might use that size.

No matching of wheels is needed.

dbrunton: Interested in all make and models (Honda or otherwise) that came with the same size tire as we use when that car was sold off the showroom floor. We now have a 5th wheel that fits. We may want additional tires the same size and if only 1 out of 52 tires we looked at yesterday had our size, then surely 195-60-R14 is not so rare that other makes and models do not come built with that same tire.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
So get the wheel- you said you found one. Then get a tire for it . Easy to do
nickg5Author Commented:
My question was what other makes and models build their cars with the 195-60-14 tires so when I need one I go to row X and locate the car and get the tire.
Each row contains about 20 cars of all import makes and models and they have 100 rows of imports. Knowing if a 1997 Toyota Corolla has the tire says me from searching hundred's of cars.
I thought there might be a reverse lookup.
We can take a make and model and search for something.
Can we take the tire size and use that as a search term. Maybe not.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Your vehicle is about 2 decades old. Why do you need all this information? Get a wheel that is the same and purchase a tire for. Easy to do so what am I missing?
RaminTechnical AdvisorCommented:
Some important things you should know about second hand RIM and Tire:

There are some R14 RIMs with different offsets.

More important than RIM / Tire size is RIM's offset.  make sure you are using the correct offset (take the rims from the same car with the same make and model or make sure the offset is the same).

Honda Insight 2005 1.0i (AAA-ZE1)
RIM: 5.5Jx14 ET45
                                                               // as you can see there are different Offset but both RIMs are 14"
Peugeot 206 2006 1.1i
RIM: 5.5Jx14 ET34

Four years  after Tire's production date it  is unusable (the risk of tire explosion), even if it was kept in the store (no use) and with full tread.

The Tire in this picture could work only to March o1, 2011 even with full tread.


if you tell us the exact make and model of your car and production date,  we can help you more.
nickg5Author Commented:
I want to find some source and in the search box and enter 195-60-R14 and see all the makes and models that came with that tire off the showroom floor. The make and model of the vehicle we have has nothing to do with it. We do not need to match rims because we have 5 matching rims. What we may need in the future are those sized tires, USED tires, and we'll just have to walk down all 100 rows of imports and search for the make and model other than what we have that has those sized tires.
nickg5Author Commented:
The link dbrunton gave appears to be the answer or the closest thing to a tire search by using the tire size and not the make and model. Quickly I found that 2000 Toyota Corolla can come with the same tire as we have.

If anyone has a better search by tire size to get "car" results please post it.

John: as your other 3 wheels.  
We did not get one to be the 4th, we got it to be the 5th.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The model of car has zero to do with the tire brand. I have used Goodyear, Michelin, Pirelli and Gslavid on the same cars. I wonder if this is part of your issue.
nickg5Author Commented:
Yes so that is why I suggested getting the matching wheel first. Then get tires after.........

Yes but the question was to find an enter tire size and search for matching vehicles search site.
nickg5Author Commented:
Question was not stated correctly. I want to locate all makes and models that use my tire size with some such search site.
I need no rims and we always use used tires. Income is about 10-12% below government poverty level.
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