You must have heard from many people that when you need to replace a part of your vehicle, it’s best to buy a used part instead of a new one. The reason is obvious: used parts are way less expensive and, most of the time, nearly as good as the new ones.
However, this won’t apply to all car parts. Some are better bought new, while some are better bought used. Knowing which is which can take you far down the financial road. So what about tyres? That’s exactly what we are going to be explaining in this article.
Before we dive into the pros and cons of buying used tyres. I would like to remind you that we have yards in Hamilton and Auckland and warrantable used tyres.
Pros of buying used tyres
Generally speaking, new tyres can cost you hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars. Compared to that, you can buy used tyres for only tens of dollars. The used tyres that are sold are always warrantable and have enough tread.
Tyres are all made to be highly durable. They can last 5 years or 40,000 kilometres if not punctured. Many cars that come to salvage yards or are wrecked by wreckers have fully intact tires, especially if it’s a fairly new car that’s been damaged in an accident.
It’s also generally a good practice to buy used auto parts instead of new ones. Because auto production consumes a large number of limited resources and creates a lot of pollution, buying used parts can be your small contribution to reducing that.
Taking both into account, buying used tyres is both economical and safe. But there are two sides to every coin.
Cons of buying used tyres
Despite the financial benefits, many people are still wary of buying used tyres, and there’s a good reason behind that. In fact, there are some considerably serious risks associated with buying used tyres. For example-
There are often internal damages in tyres that cannot be detected from outside. Old rubbers can deteriorate from the inside, which the naked eye can’t notice.
The dealer might be dishonest about the tyre’s history and sell you an old and damaged one. They might claim that they’ve gotten it checked by experts, but the truth is, most of the time, they don’t.
The tyres you think look shiny and new might be painted to look like so.
If you are caught driving a car with a tyre below the minimum tread depth, you will be fined or issued a defect notice. For this, depending on where you live, you might have to pay around $100 for each tyre, which makes the whole money-saving thing completely useless.
Considering all these, it’s clear that while buying used tyres is a good idea, you also have to be very careful about who you buy them from. You should only buy from a trusted, reputable, and long-standing company. And you should get the tyres thoroughly checked before buying them and demand proof of history. That way, you’ll be safe, and so will your money.