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Buyer's Guide: Used Tires

Buying Used Tires

Many consumers look at tires different than simply the complicated internal components in and on the car. They see them more like an investment, a way to help the car last. Clearly, the biggest reason that consumers consider purchasing used tires is probably the price.

The majority of vehicles, even the newest high tech ones, typically have tread depth that is less than optimal. This translates into a lack of traction, which results in poorly controlled, and unsafe driving. As stated previously, this can be dangerous to the consumer's safety and the stability of the vehicle itself. Therefore, it is imperative that any potential buyers of used tires look into the tread depth.

If you are interested in saving money, consider shopping at a reputable tire manufacturer. You can typically find a reputable tire manufacturer by asking friends what tire manufacturers they may recommend. Additionally, there are numerous online tire retailers that offer competitive prices on used tires. Make sure to do your research before making a purchase to avoid being ripped off or purchasing unsafe tires. In addition, it is recommended that you do your research regardless of whether you are interested in buying used tires or new tires.

When you purchase new tires, you get brand new components. However, many people are willing to let used tires sit for months because they assume that the tires have already been properly repaired. It is important to remember that if you purchase new tires and the tread is not properly maintained, you will be risking the safety of your vehicle and those with whom you travel.

How can you tell if the tread on a vehicle has been improperly repaired? First, you must determine how old the tire is. If you see black streaks on the tread left after you have properly inflated the tire, then the repair was done improperly. If the tread left is green, meaning the air is still suctioning, then the repair was done correctly. To tell the difference, push the tread a few inches outward or slightly inward while listening for any scratching or softening sounds. If you hear no sounds of rubbing against the edges of the tread, then the repair was done correctly.

Another indication that the tread has been improperly repaired is if the tread is peeling. As cars age, the rubber wears down. As cars age, the rubber also thins out. If you purchase used tires that are in good condition and are still experiencing peeling, it is likely that the rubber has been thinned out due to improper maintenance and possibly poor upkeep. For this reason, it is advised that you purchase new tires and avoid buying used tires that are in good condition.

The next thing to look at is tread depth. When tire is laid flat on the ground and you take a vehicle off the ground, it should not have much of a difference in the tread depth. If the tread depth is noticeably different when you roll the tire over, then you may want to purchase new tires. In addition, if you notice the tread depth is lower on new tires, it is more likely that the rubber starts to wear faster due to the increased traction.

If you are not sure where you are purchasing your tires, try a local dealer's or an online retailer. While you can probably find quality used tires at a local retailer, especially if you live near one, purchasing them online provides you with the ability to compare prices and choose from a large variety. When purchasing new tires, remember to get a couple of sets of measurements so you have an accurate length. You will find that buying two sets of measurements is most convenient as you will be able to buy the exact size you need at the dealer's sale price or order online. If you know you will be using the tires for a long time, it is important to purchase high-performance tires as they typically last longer than regular ones.