Tips for Buying Second Hand Tyres
Many people ask us if they can sell used tyres to lower the cost of new ones. Although it’s legal to sell used tyres, and many tyre shops do so, we avoid it.We will explain why you shouldn’t save money by purchasing tyres from someone else or taken off a vehicle that has been written off.
To be roadworthy, a tyre must have at least 1.5mm tread (new tyres should have between 6-8mm tread depth). A tyre that has not been approved for re-cutting and re-grooving cannot be used. ADR23 guidelines must be met before a tyre may be sold. However, this does not cover the sale of second hand tyres in auckland. Road transport associations across the country will tell car owners to check the age and condition of their vehicle’s tyres, but they do not specify when the tyre should go.
It depends on many factors, such as where the tyres came from (hot or cold), how long they have been sitting around, whether they have been exposed to the elements, and so forth. In some countries, it is a requirement that a second-hand tire be clearly marked as part-worn. However, this requirement is not applicable.
WHY BUY USED TYRES
It is almost impossible to justify buying used, part-worn, or second-hand tyres. This is due to the introduction of tyres made by ‘new’ Asian brands. Premium brands are now able to offer budget-friendly rubber.
You might argue that your budget is the primary reason you buy used tyres. This is likely to be a false economy. Used tyres will last less than new ones, so you’ll have to replace them more often. You’ll also end up spending more over the long-term. You are putting your safety and that of your family at risk if you don’t know the history of the tyres.
You’re also buying something with a lower safety profile, which is really absurd. You’re decreasing your car’s grip on both dry and wet roads by putting less tread around your tyres’ shoulders and faces. TyreSafe in the UK tested new and used tires. The results showed that the new tire had 8mm tread, while the used one had 1.6mm tread. It took 37.8m for the new tire to stop.
SHOULD YOU BUY USED TYRES?
Although most sellers of used tyres will claim that they have been inspected by experts before being sold, many don’t. For example, in the UK, part-worn tires must have passed several tests such as an inflation test and have had their structural integrity evaluated. They also need to be marked Part Worn. This is not true.
This issue is not being discussed. There are no checks for part-worn tires that are required in other countries. However, if your tyres are less than the minimum tread depth, you may be issued a defect notice. This can, depending on where you live, cost you more than $100 per tire and can result in a loss of one demerit point for each defective tyre.
It’s worth not buying a second-hand tire. There are no safety checks for part-worn tires in this country. For the best deal on a new set of tyres, go to your local Motorama Tyre & Service.