Ouch! Your tires are worn and you think about the new tires you’re going to have to buy and the hole in the wallet that this will create… Even if car centres and Internet retailers make promotional offers, you still have to take out a ticket and the bigger your tires are, the higher the price is too!;) The solution that some people choose is to buy used tires. On sale at very attractive prices, you can find some on the internet, in the shops… But is it really a good plan?
There are several things to look at and consider before buying used tires:
– Load and speed dimensions/indices: each vehicle has tires with particular characteristics. It is very important to respect them, it is important for your safety. You can find this information on your current tires or in your car’s service manual. For information it is forbidden to mount a tyre with a lower speed index than the original one, but you can opt for a higher index.
– The wear indicator: of course, it’s the basis! There must be a real difference between the level of the wear indicator, which is 1.6mm, and the surface of the tire. Feel free to run your finger through the tread to see it.
– The general condition of the tire: There should be no cracks, signs of a flat tire, hernia or more pronounced wear at any location – The
year of manufacture: In addition to
tire size, make and type, you can also find the year of manufacture on a tire.
See my article “ how to read a tire? “». It is preferable to choose a tire that is not too old, less than 5 years old. It should be noted that even a tire that has not driven much is damaged over time.
– Storage: see my article “how to store your tires? “A well stored tire in a dark place and in the right position will increase the tire’s life.
– The brand: Choose from well-known brands such as Michelin, Continental, Goodyear, Bridgestone… and
The disadvantage of used tires is that you don’t know what they have been hit and how they have been maintained before. Here are the main problems:
– Tire deformation: this happens when the shock absorbers are worn, it is the tires that suffer all road defects – The
direction of rotation: once removed, it is not easy to know if the tire had been mounted on the right or left before – Abnormal wear:
it could have come from a geometry defect on the previous vehicle, a pressure defect (underpressure or overpressure)
That’s it, you can now make your choice in any case. If you have a tight budget and don’t drive much with your car, used tires can be a good idea. However, I will recommend new tires for those who have a powerful car and/or drive a lot. And don’t forget the balancing even on used tires!)