Deciding to go with used tire(s) instead of a brand new tire(s) will save you money. Make sure you are in making your decision. There are some criteria you should have in coming up with your final decision.
To start, check out the used tire(s) quality. There should be a significant amount of tread left and there should not be excessive wear on the corners. If the tire you purchase does not have enough tread, it will be difficult for your car to handle well on a wet or slick road. We mentioned the Lincoln trick last week, but in case you missed it, we have a trick for you in how to check the tread! If you put a penny inside the tire’s tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and you see all of his head, the treat is too worn.
It is also recommended that you take a look at the pattern of the tire wear. If the wear of the tire does not seem to be even, that means that the vehicle it was on was out of alignment. To avoid any future issues, make sure the used tire you purchase has even wear.
You want to make sure that you know the age of the tire as well. There is always a date stamp on the side wall of the tire. The date stamp is composed of four numbers together. The first two numbers is the week and the last two numbers are the year. It is recommended to not purchase a used tire that is more than five years old. Tires at that age usually develops dry rot.
Dry rot can cause tire failure. Take a look at the side wall of the tire and look for small cracks.
Another good idea to be on the look out for is tire repair. If it looks like the tire has been repaired in the past, we would recommend you purchase a different used tire. If you do not have a choice due to an emergency, it can’t hurt to ask for a discount.
If you are purchasing a single tire and not a set, try to purchase one that matches up properly to the one you are pairing it with. It is easier to purchase a matched set because you have less to worry about and it is generally easier.
If you have any questions or need assistance when purchasing used tire(s), do not hesitate to ask for help!