IS IT SAFE TO BUY USED TIRES?
Updated: Aug 13, 2022
Every year one billion tires end up as waste, a huge environmental issue. It begs the question, can tires be reused? Can you help the environment by buying used ones?
The answer is yes, but there are some precautions to take. If you are considering purchasing used tires, it’s important to know the pros and cons and what to look for. Here are a few things to remember before buying used tires for your vehicle.
The Benefits of Buying Used Tires
If you replace your tires with used ones, the biggest benefit is that they cost significantly less than new ones. If the tire is from a recent car model, it likely has more life left in it too.
You can often find used tires with the same tread pattern as your current tires, which can be helpful if you're looking for a specific type of traction or performance. Used tires also lessen your carbon footprint, which has a positive long-term effect on the environment for generations to come.
The Disadvantages to Buying Used Tires
It's difficult to ascertain the true condition of a used tire. Tires can look good on the outside but be worn on the inside. Worn tires can lead to decreased handling, fuel efficiency, and increased blowout risk.
It’s important to have a professional inspect any used tire before you purchase it. If you decide to buy used tires, make sure they come with a warranty or guarantee in case of any issues.
What To Look For When Buying Used Tires
Make sure to inspect the tire tread. It would be best if you had a professional inspect the depth and look for any signs of wear and tear. The minimum legal tread depth in Canada is 1.6mm.
Next, check for cracks in the sidewall. Any cracks in the sidewall could mean the tire is structurally unsound and could fail while you’re driving. Look for uneven wear patterns as it could signify that the tire was not properly inflated or overloaded at some point during its life.
Check for exposed cords and belt separation. Belt separation means the rubber has come loose from the steel belts, likely because of an impact. These are signs that the tire has been damaged and is no longer safe to use.
Leave It to the Experts
Bodyline Auto Recyclers is the place to find quality used tires in Hamilton. With over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, we know a thing or two about tires.
We have a massive inventory of used tires for many makes and models of vehicles. These tires have gone through rigorous testing to meet our quality standards.