What kind of tires should you buy?
The Pros and Cons of Used Tires
Many people turn to used tires as a way to save money. It’s logical that if you take two tires of the same brand and model that the new one will last longer than the used one under the same conditions. So why opt for used tires?
The Price of Tires
Probably the biggest reason people buy used tires over new tires is that they are inexpensive. If you are in a bind and need a tire that will get you through till your income tax check comes or you get that raise then a used tire has a lot of value to you. If you are purchasing a whole set of tires it is probably best to buy new tires so you know that each tire has the same amount of tread and wear. However if you are just needing one or two tires due to a wreck or flat then a used tire might be the way to go.
Is there a downside to buying used tires?
By nature used tires are a little more risky because you don’t know what they have been through. Here are a couple of tips to check the tires for yourself before you make a purchase:
- The penny test – Simply flip the penny upside down and place it inside each of the tire’s tread grooves. If the top of Lincoln’s head can be seen from any of the grooves then the tread is too low
- Look for uneven tread wear.
- Make sure the tire isn’t too old. While the tire may look good the rubber components in the tire are deteriorating. There is no firm number in regard to how many years a tire can still be good. Some tire companies say their tires last for 10 years. It is best to research a little and find the brand of tire and see what its lifespan is. A good way to tell the age of a tire is to check the manufacturers date stamp on the tire. The sidewall of a tire is littered with numbers and letters. They all mean something, but deciphering them can be a challenge. This Edmunds article about reading a tire’s sidewall goes into greater detail, but for the purposes of determining the age of a tire, you’ll just need to know its U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number. Tires made after 2000 have a four-digit DOT code. The first two numbers represent the week in which the tire was made. The second two represent the year. A tire with a DOT code of 1109 was made in the 11th week of 2009. Tires with a three-digit code were made prior to 2000 and are trickier to decode. The first two digits still tell you the week, but the third digit tells you the year in the decade that it was created. The hard part is knowing what decade that was. Some tires made in the 1990s — but not all — have a triangle after the DOT code, denoting that decade. But for tires without that, a code of “328″ could be from the 32nd week of 1988 — or 1978.
Only the best used tires for Apison
At Aaron Auto we make sure that every used tire we sell is in drivable condition. We do not sell any used tire before it has undergone our own thorough inspection. We ensure that it will be a value to you no matter if you are in a tight spot or if you simply looking to save some money.