Advantages & Disadvantages of Used Tires

January 27, 2012

Lots of drivers who need better tread on a car or truck might be looking at the viability of going with used tires, or they may be choosing between the options of getting a new or used set. Each choice has its own pros and cons: here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of buying used tires.

Advantages

Best pricing - Used tires come with much lower prices than a new set, even if the used set is in great condition. This leaves the driver free to pursue paying for extras like alignment and balancing that will make tires last even longer on the road.

Waste not, want not - Buying used tires well is part of a greater plan for some drivers. Economical and thrifty drivers will often get good at inspecting used tires to make sure they get great deals that won't compromise their safety on the road. Buying used also helps cut down on waste; if everybody simply bought new, there would be a glut of perfectly good tires laying around.

Disadvantages

Uneven wear - If the previous owner of the vehicle was not conscientious about maintaining their tire sets, you may find some bad wearing conditions on used tires. Some of these can be evident, but others can be pretty hard to spot. Look for "scalloping" or wear in the inside or outside grooves of a tire to be sure it is in good condition.

Previous Patches - Some used tires for sale at the less honorable used tire shops can be practically worn out with prior patching, bubbles or thin spots. Some of these tires are almost like seives. Check out tires thoroughly and use visual practice to get good at spotting second-hand damage.

Tough Purchasing Conditions - The above tips are great when you are able to physically visit a store location to look at your used tires, but in an online sale, such as an eBay sale, it's not possible to really thoroughly inspect the tires prior to buying, so it's a good idea to avoid any used tire sale where the goods are not on display for you to take a look at. In this case, it's much better to go with a lower-rates (and hence cheaper) set of new tires, and rely on good miantenance and warranty protection to get more mileage out of one set, so that you don't have to spend all of that money all over again.

Keep the above in mind when looking for used tires. Remember that used tires can be a great bargain, but they are only as valuable as the safety that they provide on the road. Used tires that are free of wear problems and have lots of tread can be real money savers, but always educate yourself on howtp spot wear, and take a look at any relevant recall information.

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