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When Should I Buy Used Tires For My Car?

Sep 17, 2008
Taking care of our automobiles is a very important and expensive enterprise. One aspect of that care is buying tires when necessary. While it can be easy to ignore this particular maintenance issue, letting tires deteriorate or grow bald to save a dime can be a costly error.

If money is a true concern, the fugal can save by purchasing used tires. Although these tires may not have the longevity of new ones, they are safe and can be found rather easily if you know where to look.

When to Buy

Government regulations stipulate that tires have to be replaced when they have become dangerously worn. What constitutes wear?

Well, if the things are bald or showing rot from non-use, then one wouldn't have a doubt as to the tires unsuitable nature. Problem is, some wear is not so easily discernible.

Experts in the field advise placing the head of a dime in a crack in the tire. If you can do this, it will indicate the tire needs to be replaced. Another thing to look for is potential rubber degradation. The lowest part of the tire is the place where most tires show wear first. Check this area periodically to look for places that are staring to lose their tread or show steel.

Where to Buy

Many people have begun to buy used tires online which can be a bit foolhardy.
You can of course buy them online if you want to, but one should really look at tire purchase as a hands-on thing, as car tires are too important to leave to chance. If you have to buy used rubber, buy where you can physically inspect what you're getting.
One can find used tires at local automotive chains, discount and regular local tire shops. Again, this is the safest bet for obtaining quality used tires.

Longevity of Used Tires

The question of how long tires may last, whether used or new, can depend on a number of variables.

Even the best of tires, for example, won't last long if you are prone to speeding or skidding on pavement, gravel or asphalt. Severe climates and atmospheric conditions can also affect the life of the tire.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acknowledges that tire maintenance and rotation will increase the longevity of the tires, but the heaviest factors of consideration will always be how often the car is driven.

In many cases, with great care, most may last between 30,000-50,000 miles.

Tire care and maintenance

Used tires can be maintained and kept to government regulation by keeping them inflated, checking them routinely for leaks, and wiping the tires down with soap and water. The latter is very important because you will be able to check for cracks, leaks and wear.

Now, in regards to tire inflation, you should know that it is possible to both over inflate and under inflate your tires. Manufacturers usually have specified instructions for how often their tires should be inflated. If the tires are used, you may have to call the manufacturer or ask the seller about these particular specifications.

The lifespan of a tire decreases when they are not inflated the way they should be. Buy a usable tire gauge and check for leaks as often as you can.

The Value of Transportation

Vehicles are essential to our livelihoods and independence, so we mustn't take any aspect of auto care for granted.

If you wish to purchase used tires, make sure they are reliable and the right kind for the make and model of your car. Observing these tips alongside other simple tire care rules will keep you and your car safe and on the road for a good long while!
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