Buying Used Tires? What You Need To Know
Why Gambling On Used Tires Is a Bet You Can't Afford to Make
Keeping an automobile in good working order isn't cheap. Anyone who's been responsible for maintaining the tires and wheels on a car understands just how expensive it can be. When it is time to replace them with something more reliable, you have two choices: purchase brand new tires, or buy used tires.
Used Tires Are Cheap and Risky
The need to replace tires often occurs out of the blue. Perhaps you ran over a nail or suffered a blowout on the freeway. In any event, the hefty price combined with the urgent need to get back on the road makes used tires appealing. The used tires can be found in junkyards and auto repair shops for $25 to $40 each. Despite being the less expensive path, this route is beset with hazards and not recommended.
The age of a tire can be determined by its DOT number, a four-digit code that represents both the week and the year the product was manufactured. For instance, the code “DOT 3313” would be found on a tire produced on the 33rd week of 2013. Making sure the code is included on the side wall of every new product that rolls off the production line has been a requirement of the U.S. Department of Transportation since 2000. While estimating the age of a tire is easy, researching other critical facts is another story.
A DOT number may tell you when a given tire was made, but it won’t provide insight into what that tire experienced during its life. The code won't tell you about the potholes and curbs the tire collided with week in and week out. Or how many times it was punctured, plugged and patched at a service shop. Unfortunately, it's impossible to know the full extent of the wear and tear a tire endured over the years.
Automobile and tire manufacturers suggest replacing the tires on a vehicle every 5 – 10 years. Such a wide gap is given because their condition is impacted by a variety of factors outside of wear and tear. For instance, prolonged exposure to sunlight, heat, and salt, as well as extreme weather conditions can cause the rubber to erode faster than expected. Tires that are rarely used or unused entirely can even be dangerous due to simple deterioration over time.
There are few things you can do to maximize the tread on tires. Keeping the tires inflated to the manufacturer recommended pressure levels, checking vehicle alignment, and minimizing your hard stops on the road are simple steps that come to mind. While these tricks may afford you a few extra miles, there will come a time when those wheels need to be upgraded. When the time comes, you want to invest in tires you can count on to keep you safe.
Don't gamble on used tires. At RNR Wheels, we offer rent to own tire solutions that give you the power to upgrade your vehicle with custom wheels from brand name manufacturers on flexible terms. With no credit checks to slow the process, we make sure you're out the door quickly and riding off on wheels that provide the performance, reliability, and safety you demand.