Buying quality used tires
1. Determine what size tires your vehicle requires. This best and easiest way to determine this is to open the driver side door and look for the tire placard. This placard will give you all the info on your vehicle’s original tires, including size e.g 215/55/r17 speed, load rating, respectively, and recommend inflation for both front and rear tires.
2. Figure out how many used tires you need. A quick inspection of each tire can help you get the right number of tires. If any of the tires are bald, unevenly worn, damaged, separated, or dry rotted, it’s imperative to replace them.
3. Find a reputable business that sells and installs used tires.
The easiest way to do this is to Google the term “Used tires near me” This search results will usually have several local shops.
They will be rated from by users highest to lowest rating, one to five stars. Select the top three or so.
3. Locate a shop with the size and quantity of tires needed by calling the shops you found in the previous step.
Ask if they have the size you’re looking for in stock. If they do, do they have the amount of tires you need to replace all of your troubled tires? If so, how much? Does this price include mounting, balancing, and installation? (Used tires prices can typically range from $25 to $75)
Finding out what kind of condition the shop believes the tires are in can save a ton of time. Great questions to ask are: Do you have matching pairs? (If you’re looking for 2 or 4 tires) How much tread is left on the tires? Are they pretty evenly worn ? How old are they? Are they dry rotted or cracking?
Does the shop warranty the used tires for any period of time?
If the tire shop can answer these questions quickly and honestly it may be worth taking a trip to check out the tires in person.
4. Physically inspect the used tires before purchase. This step can also save a ton of time, money and frustration. Inspect the outside of the tire. Is there much tread left on the tire? Is there uneven wear across the tread? Is there any noticeable damage? Nails, screws or other punctures? Are there signs of separation, Dry rot?
Is there damage to the side wall of the tire? Punctures, Slits, Cracking?
Inspect the bead ( this is the part that actually makes contact with your rim and seals the tire on the wheel. The bead should be smooth and undamaged.
Inspect the inside of the tire with proper light this can be done quickly by holding the tire vertical as if it was on a vehicle, look at the inside of the tire while rotating a full revolution. Look for any plugs, screws, nails, questionable patches, or signs the tire may have been driven on flat; fine rubber dust or a worn areas. Inspect all the tires you plan on buying and having installed in the manor.
5. Installing used tires on the vehicle. Before the shop that you have chosen mounts the tire on your wheel, they should do an inspection of their own. This inspection should be similar to the one you performed earlier. At this point any punctures or plugs that are in a repairable area of the tire should be properly fixed using a patch from the inside of the tire. At this point the wheel will be ready to be balanced. Things to look for during balancing include bent rims, heavy movement in the tire both up and down, side to side. Any major structural problems should become obvious at this point.
After leaving the balancer each tire should be submerged in water to check for any air leaks with special attention to ant areas of tire repair.
Once inspected the wheels should should be placed on the vehicle, lug nuts started by hand, snugged down with an impact, and torqued to spec.
Following all the steps and processes can get you a great deal of money on a set of quality used tires. If you’re looking for quality me or used tires in palm coast, Flagler Beach, or Bunnell Florida check out The Tire Pit or call 3865174922