Drivers in a lot of countries have the choice between buying new or used tyres when the existing set is worn down to a dangerous level or when the vehicle won’t pass inspection because of insufficient tire tread.
Used car or truck tyres usually come at a lower price than new ones but only if they are in good condition. Here are a number of important tips that can help you get the best value for money on used tyres.
Look For Patching
If you are buying used tyres, ensure you inspect them very thoroughly for bubbles, ‘scalloping’, or uneven wear. Uneven wear patterns drastically reduces the lifetime and having tires with different patterns will make your ride less smooth.
Also look for possible excessive wear conditions around the edges, for example, on the inner sides.
Inspect The Side Wall
You may also want used tyres that have sidewalls that are in good condition. Some drivers routinely scrape the curb or hit other objects with them. As a result, some used ones can be pretty bad.
Examine For Sufficient Tread
The standard for tread in tyres that pass inspection is 2/32. You can test the tread depth by making use of a coin. If the head side image of the coin is partially obscured by the tread when you fit the coin head down into the groove, there is still enough wear on the tire.
Figure Balancing and Alignment Into The Cost
It’s not enough to just pick up a set of tyres and drive away. If what you buy are not aligned and balanced properly, they will just wear away quickly, and you’ll be back at the counter for another set. Make sure you get the extra calibration and learn about the necessary tire rotation for getting the maximum life out of your purchases.
Compare The Prices With New Ones That Have Warrant
Some buyers like to purchase the ones that come with warranties or lifetime guarantees, but a good set of used tires can be priced a whole lot lower. Evaluate the difference between new and used offers to see if it’s worth taking the risk on a used set.
Analyse Your Overall Situation
In a situation where you are simply trying to keep a vehicle on the road for one or two more years, it doesn’t often make sense to purchase new ones. However, in other situations, for example, when a family invests in a vehicle for the long-term, it may not make sense to take a chance with used ones.
Consider all of the above when shopping for used tyres to make sound financial decisions that will also protect your safety on the road.