What to Look for When Buying Used Tires

If you really must buy used tires, there are a few things you need to look for in order to make sure you are buying ones that are in good condition.

There are pros and cons in buying used car tires. But the bottom line is, buying used tires can be risky not only to your car but also to your life and the life of those who ride with you. Nevertheless, with the present unstable economic situation, people are left with no choice but look for the cheapest tires for sale. They go to tire dealers and tire shops that sell used tires.

Since buying used tires has become somewhat of a norm, concerned citizens have come up with a guideline that will help consumers get the best out of a used tire. Below are some of the things to look for when buying used tires:

  • Check the size of the used tire you are buying if it corresponds to the same size of your existing car tire. You should refrain from buying used or even new tire that is not of the appropriate size.
  • Another issue is the tire tread. The acceptable tire tread is 2/32. How can we measure the depth of a tire? By using a penny. If the penny is covered by the tread – as in the whole penny – then it tells you it has enough wear. Most people would consider buying used tires with 6/32 so they can still use the tire for quite some time.
  • Check for car patching. Patching or scalloping can drastically reduce tire life span. If the used tire has patching or similar issues, chances are you can only use it for a limited time. Be warned, this may lead to accidents as well.
  • Examine the insides of the used car tires for wear and tear conditions. Sometimes it is not easy to detect or see the wear and tear, so you have to be doubly careful.
  • Make sure that the used tire can be balanced and aligned. If the used tire cannot be aligned or balanced, you will not be able to use it properly and will have to change it after some time, making you spend more rather than save money.
  • Check the tire sidewall. There are motorists who keep on hitting the curb or other objects with the tires, thus scraping happens. Avoid buying used car tires with scrapes around the sidewalls.

These are just reminders of what you should consider when buying used car tires. Most consumers will not even inspect or check the condition of the used tire they are buying, leaving them with more money spent than saved. Not to mention, this puts their lives and the lives of others at risk.

Before buying used car tires, you can check out tire stores for discounts on new tires or if they have tire brands that are less costly. It is still better to purchase new tires than buying used ones that have to be changed after a year or even less.