Why used tyres are a bad idea
WHEN money is tight, you might be tempted to buy used tyres instead of new ones. They can be much cheaper and might even look practically new.
It’s tempting to go that route and giving a used tyre a new lease on life even seems eco-friendly. Consumers are trying to pinch pennies anywhere they can nowadays, and buying new replacement tyres can be unexpected and costly. Steeper and more frequent tyre price hikes, reflecting the higher cost of petroleum-based raw materials, will only add to the purchase pain. Some consumers might opt to look for a cheaper alternative by buying partially worn used tyres. Is this a good way to save money?
But we recommend against it. After all, you don’t really know the history of that used rubber. And because tyres affect your car’s safety, we don’t think it’s worth the risk to save a few bucks. What could go wrong? Here are some concerns. Misuse. If a tyre was driven while it was underinflated or overloaded, which is very common, it may have sustained internal damage that’s not visible to the naked eye.
Defects that aren’t obvious. Most consumers probably aren’t skilled enough to detect problems that a tyre expert would spot immediately, such as a torn mounting bead, probably caused by removing the tyre from the wheel, or badlydly executed repairs.
In spite of the fact that secondhand nd tyres may look ok okay, they could d be five or moree years old. Unlikee fine wine, tyress don’t improve e with age. Instead, , they become wornn and susceptible e to malfunctionn or puncture. Youu usually can’t tell ll how much a tyree has aged just byy looking at it. Whilee a tyre might look fine on the outside, the rubber compounds inside may oxidize, causing the tyre to deteriorate from the inside out. In some cases, used-tyre deale dealers paint their prod products black in order to make them loo look new.
Unlike with the sa sale of new tyres, th there’s little qualit ity control in the used-tyre industry. Used tyres may come from scrap heaps or salv vage yards. They may not even get a safety inspecti tion before they’re so sold again. It’s al also important to note that used tyres are not subject to federal standards. This means that having such tyres installed on your vehicle goes against RMA- and automobile-manufacturer-approved practices for the repair and replacement of tyres. These standards were established so that people can use public roads safely. Unknown effects of aging. Tyre compounds degrade over time. Some automakers recommend against installing tyres that are 6 years or older. And some tyre makers recommend replacing any tyre that’s 10 years or older. Because you can’t see how aging weakens the tyre’s internal structure, an older tyre, whether or not it has been used, shouldn’t be trusted.
Some used tyres for sale at the less honourable used tyre shops can be practically worn out with prior patching, bubbles or thin spots. Some of these tyres are almost like seives. –– Practicalmotoring