myths about used tires

Five Common Myths About Buying Used Tires For Your Vehicle

Buying used tires

Smart buying is practiced by many today. Car owners should have a winning strategy especially in buying and maintaining a set of wheels. If you’re driving a used car in Alberta and you’re looking to save some money during your regular maintenance and service appointments, you might be interested in used tires.

While used tires may be cheaper than new ones, it’s important to keep in mind that they may not last as long. A standard all-season new tire can cost anywhere from $120-$350, depending on the size of the tire, the type of car or truck, and the brand selected. Used tires may be a more budget-friendly option, but you may have to replace them more often.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective and eco-friendly option for your car, consider buying used tires. Used tires are made of recycled rubber, which reduces the harmful environmental impacts of rubber waste. Buying used tires also helps to free up landfill space. Thanks for doing your part to help our planet!

Used tires get a bad rap, but oftentimes they’re just as good as new ones, if not better. Drivers may stay away from them because of some misconceptions. But if you take the time to learn about used tires, you’ll see that they can be a great option for anyone looking to save money.

What Is a Used Tire?

A used tire is a tire that has been previously driven on and is no longer new. These tires are often from cars that have been sold, junkers that have been destroyed, or any other source. Used tires are often called “aging tires.”

Common Myths

Listed below are the more common myths about using and buying used Tires

1. Used Tires Are Unsafe

Used tires are not inherently unsafe. It all comes down to the quality of the used tire. When you buy from a reputable source, there should be no issue with safety. Used tires can often be rated just as high as newer tires because they have been checked for safety measures such as tread depth, wear and tear, air pressure, and more.

2. Used Tires Are Always Damaged

Just because a tire is used doesn’t mean it is damaged. Many used tires are in great condition and are simply being sold by someone who upgraded to new tires. Depending on the source, the used tires you buy may have never been driven on or have minimal wear and tear, meaning they can be just as reliable and safe as a new tire

3. Used Tires Are Always Cheaper Than New Tires

This is often the case, but isn’t always the case. While used tires can be incredibly cost-effective, the cost fluctuates depending on the quality and brand of the tire, as well as the retailer. When shopping for used tires, it’s important to research the brand, style, and condition of the tire and compare it to the available pricing options to determine the best value.

When purchasing tires at the Tire Source, we always thoroughly review the tires used and new with our customers so they feel comfortable with their buying decisions or have minimal wear and tear, meaning they can be just as reliable and safe as a new tire

4. Used Tires Can Only Be Purchased In Sets Of Four

Did you know that used tires can be sold individually or in pairs? If you’re only looking for two tires, it’s best to install them on the front axle to maintain control while driving. However, it is always recommended to purchase a set of four used tires in order to evenly distribute wear and improve safety when driving.

5. You Can't Check The Age Of a Used Tire

The U.S. Department of Transportation adopted a “code system” that’s in use in Canada, and can be used to check the age and date of manufacture of any used tire.

You can recognize this on the sidewall of the tire. There will be an 8-14 character code preceded by the word “DOT”. An example of a tire code would be “DOT U2LL LMLR5107”.

Dot codes mean the tire has numerical characters in which the last 4 digits are what refers to the age of a tire. “51” refers to the week of the year in which the tire was manufactured – in this case, the 51st week of the year. “07” would refer to the year in which a tire was manufactured – in this case, 2007. This information will give you a clear idea about the age of the tire or whether it is already worn-out tires or still safe.

This system makes it easy to see if tires are safe or are relatively new, which can be very helpful if you’re shopping for high-quality used tires.

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