If you are budget-minded and value getting a good deal, getting a used tire is a great way to save a lot of money as long as you do it the right way. But if you do not, you might stand to regret the purchase and probably end up paying more in the long term. Often, used tyres with more than half the tread life left, go for prices as low as 1/5th of their original price, which honestly is a steal of a bargain. Let’s explore some tips while buying used tyres.
Check Tyre tread depth
Getting a tyre tread depth gauge for around $5 is well worth it as it helps determine the life remaining on the tires. The gauge measurements are typically given in 32ndths of an inch and a new tire would have between 10/32” to 12/32” of tread depth. Measuring the tread depth enables you to predict how much life is left on the tyre as well as what price to offer for it (If the used tire tread depth is at 50%, you should offer no more than 50% off MSRP). You can get the tyre tread depth measurements done at Dunlop tyres Manchester or at a local mechanic while doing an oil change.
How age affects tyre purchase
You can determine the age of the tyre by knowing the tyre tread depth and the driving habits of the driver. It is recommended that you replace the tyre every 5-6 years, even if the tread depth is adequate, as the material degrades over time. Since changing a tyre requires you to pay between 80 – pounds to 120 for mounting the tyres, balancing, and installing, it is prudent to not waste money buying tyres that are older or going to go bald pretty soon.
Check for Defect and Patches
Once you have evaluated the tyre age and tread depth, check thoroughly to see if there are any visible defects. For instance, never purchase a tyre having bubbles in the sidewall region. Such tires could blow out without any warning at any instance. Visible patches on the inside of the tyre is generally an indication that it might not hold air and can lead to potential issues. Always check for any holes, dings, missing chunks, or anything that stands out.
Sometimes uneven tread wear might happen, especially if the previous vehicle had a bad alignment, leading the inner edge to wear out while the outer edge looks new. This is bad for the life of the tyre and you should be on the lookout for this. At any cost, avoid getting used tyres with uneven tread wear.
Retail Price and Tyre Brands
Before making a purchase, always research the tyres you are planning to get – what is its retail price? How are the reviews? For getting a good idea of similar tires out there, visit Cheap Tyres Manchester and use it as a baseline when comparing the used tyre prices. Sometimes, it makes more sense to get a new tyre especially when there is a great promotion or when there is no quality used ones available.
Haggle and Negotiate
Used tyres are usually sold by people who work at an auto repair store or a tire store and hence have plenty of them. Most likely they got these tyres for free from customers who have recently upgraded their tires. It is always in the customer’s best interest to haggle and ask for a lower price. The main tip for negotiation is to wait until you are physically at the store to negotiate and to always be willing to walk away if the seller does not budge on the price. Coming with cash into the store lets the seller know that you are serious about the purchase and since used tyres are difficult to sell, sellers are usually willing to give you a better deal.