Many of our first time customers ask us quite a few skeptical questions prior to becoming a customer and purchasing our quality used tires. Used tires are tires that have been used and discarded—often the reason they are available varies and has little to do with tread life left so you may find a good deal.
Used Is Smart!
Used doesn’t have to be a bad word with today’s society focused on conservation, recycling, and reducing waste. In fact there are three excellent reasons to buy quality used tires.
- They Are Less Expensive Than Identical Counterparts That Are New
- They Can Be In Excellent Condition
- Good For The Environment
Used tires are the smart money bet over new tires with used costing 30-50% less than new ones of the same model and brand. Even if their condition is almost as good as new tires, used tires still get discounted because they have once been mounted to another vehicle. This works out great for those buyers who need to buy tires but not break the bank.
Used Tires Can Be In Great Condition
When you buy used tires, you can expect to easily get 40%-70% of tread left, at prices that won’t break your bank compared to a new set— which gives you quite a bit of mileage for the money you pay.
Some of the common reasons why used tires can be found in such good condition are:
- Salvaged Vehicle – Often, when a vehicle is salvaged there are plenty of parts that are in great shape with a lot of life left in them. Tires represent a majority of those parts.
- Discarded For Upgrades – Often, tires bought with a new car are discarded for upgraded rims and high end performance tires leaving a brand new set of tires ready for a new home.
- Overstock – A lot of used tires come from tire supplier’s older stock. While these tires may be 1 or 2 year styles behind, if stored right, they can last just as long and perform as well as brand new tires.
- Discarded Prematurely – Many drivers are talked by manufacturers into buying new tires even before theirs are totally worn out— such as when only one tire gets blown out, the manufacturer suggest buying two at a time instead of one. Repair shops also like to recommend changing tires prematurely—they charge a disposal fee for bad tires and resell the good ones.
A Few Things To Check Before You Buy Used Tires
Just because you may have heard horror stories about buying used tires, doesn’t mean that experience is the norm. In fact, if you know what to look for when purchasing a used tire, you can get a great deal on a long lasting tire.
- Find The Age Of A Tire
With a bit of effort you can find this information on the sidewall— it’s four last numbers after DOT. The first two numbers indicate the week of manufacture and the last two, the year manufactured. So, if a tire said 3017—that would mean it was manufactured in the 30th week of the year. While not scientific, the fact is, most studies show tires only last through about 6 years of frequent use before they go bad. The US Department of Transportation suggests that ten years is the maximum age at which one should drive on a frequently used tire. After that, dry rot can set in and the rubber can begin to crack. If you buy from a reputable supplier like Affordable Used Tires, you will get a high quality tire without the stress of worrying about dry rot damage.
- Check For Tread Depth
The easiest way to check the tread depth is to stick a penny into the tire tread with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see his whole head, the tread is worn beyond safe conditions. You can also get a tread depth gauge at most local auto supply stores.
- Every Tire Has A Past
Before you commit to buying a used tire, consider that whoever owned it previously has as much to do with the tires future performance as you do. The car they were installed on, the type of rims, the driver’s habits, and the road conditions they were used on all play a part in how a tire will hold up.
- Look For Uneven Wear Patterns.
Inspect the tire for uneven wear— if there is uneven wear it can mean several things have gone wrong, some of which include either bad alignment, or under/over inflation.
- Pay Close Attention To Beads And Sidewalls.
Pay close attention to the condition of the sidewalls of used tires as well as the beads. For example, bumps along the sidewalls means the belt has become separated or some other internal damage. Beads chunking up will not allow a good seal to form, which can lead to dangerous consequences.
Skip The Hassle And The Hunt—Buy Used From Affordable Used Tires!
All of this information is good to know as a consumer, especially if you are buying from another person. The likelihood of you finding a set of tires that match your vehicle in one transaction person to person is rare. Skip the hunting and inspecting of tires all over the city and make the smart choice—buy from Affordable Used Tires. We have two huge warehouses fully stocked with singles, pairs and full sets of quality inspected tires all from well respected brands. When you need tires you can count on, call Affordable and get your deal today!