It might be tempting to try to save money by buying used tires, but it’s risky. Consumer advocates advise against it.
You’re considering taking a road trip in the near future. Perhaps a ghost town trip to explore many of Kansas’ supposedly haunted locations. But before you get on the road, you know you need some new tires. And you’re wondering if it’s safe to buy used tires.
Consumer Reports says that’s a no – don’t buy used tires.
“Don’t buy used tires: you don’t know where they have been or how they’ve been used. The tire could have been driven overloaded, underinflated, or to excessively high speed. Any one or a combination of these factors could lead to internal damage not visible from the outside. In short, the used tire could be unsafe,” Consumer Reports says.
Consumer Reports adds, “It’s true that some tire dealers sell used tire take-offs, and a lot of individuals sell tires online and through local newspapers. But you’re taking a risk not knowing anything about the tires’ past history. All new tires are registered to the buyer for direct notification in the event of a recall. That link is broken if you buy used tires. You may not even know if the tire has been or will be a subject of a recall.”
It’s true that, if you buy a used car, you’re also going to be buying the used tires that come with the vehicle. But that gives you a chance to see the possible condition of and care the tires received because you can see the vehicle itself and can ask for records showing the maintenance, if any. Without that, Consumer Reports says, you could be buying a dangerous problem.
“Tires age and can degrade over time,” Consumer Reports says. “An old, unused spare tire can be past its prime and unsafe to drive on, as well. Don’t risk buying a tire without a known history.”
A better way to save money is to visit a trusted WIchita tire dealer like Tracy’s Automotive and ask about coupons, sales, or specials. That way, you end up with the best tire for you, your car, your driving style, and your wallet. You also get a new tire that will last a lot longer than that used tire you were thinking of buying.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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