What You Should Know Before Buying Used Tires
Used tires can be an affordable way to replace your current tires. Whether you need a single tire or a full set, finding used options can save you hundreds of dollars. However, before you purchase used tires, there are several factors you need to consider. Learn more about what you should know before buying used tires from Bessler’s U Pull & Save.
Some used tires are better than others.
Before you purchase used tires, you have to make sure that there are no visible signs of wear and tear. A high-quality used tire should not be banged up, scratched up, or show any other signs of damage. If the tire looks undamaged in any way, you can more thoroughly inspect it for other red flags.
One of the first things you should inspect is the tread. The average new tire has about 12/32” of tread, and once it gets down to about 4/32”, it can no longer be safely driven upon. The thicker the tread, the more life you’ll get out of the tire!
The easiest way to check the tread it to take a penny, flip it upside down so the top of Lincoln’s head is facing the tire, and insert it into the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you should pass on it.
Next, check the tire seams for bubbles, splits, or any signs of patches or plugs. If it appears there has been damage to the seams, you could run the risk of blowing out your tire, which can cause an accident and injury.
Finally, take a look at the age of the tire. After 6 years of consistent use, the rubber in the tire starts to break down, which can lead to damage. Tires produced after 2000 have the date the tire was manufactured at the end of the tire identification number. If the tire is over 6 years old, you may want to pass on the tire.