Used Tires: What to KnowUsed Tires: What to Know

The Hidden Cost of Used Tires

We understand that used tires can seem cost-effective. Let's review considerations so that you can make an informed, safe, and cost-effective decision.

Faster Wear Out: The Lingering Cost

Even if they appear to have decent tread at the time of purchase, they will degrade quicker than new tires, leading to more frequent replacements.

Used tires have already undergone significant wear from previous usage. They start with less tread depth and may have uneven wear patterns due to improper maintenance, alignment issues, or inconsistent tire rotation practices, according to a 2023 study conducted by the University of Naples. This prior usage reduces the remaining effective life of the tire.

Purchasing used tires often means acquiring tires with uneven tread depth, which leads to 25% faster wear. Wear out is further accelerated if the tires were not properly maintained by their previous owner. Used tires may also have been previously repaired making them prone to damage that can't be repaired.

New tires at Belle Tire come with the enTireLife Package which includes free tire rotations, free repairs, alignment checks and other services to help extend the life of the tires so you do not have to disrupt your budget and schedule by needing new tires more frequently.

Reduced Fuel Efficiency: The Silent Cost

Another hidden cost of used tires is reduced fuel efficiency. Tires with uneven wear patterns can cause an increase in rolling resistance. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration worn tires can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 2%. Worn Tires are prone to under inflation which can lead to 3% reduction in fuel efficiency for every 1 psi drop in tire pressure. Over time, this decrease in fuel efficiency can add up to hundreds of dollars wasted at the pump.

Lack of Regulation: The Unknown

The most concerning hidden cost of used tires is the uncertainty surrounding their history. Without strict rules and regulations, it is difficult to know how the tires were stored between uses. Unlike new tires, which are designed to meet stringent safety standards, used tires come with unknown histories. They may have been driven underinflated, overloaded, or damaged in ways that are not immediately visible.

Consider the Potential Hazards:

Tire Failure:

Used tires might have hidden structural damage that can lead to sudden tread separation, which is a leading cause of blowouts. Imagine driving at highway speeds when your tire suddenly fails, causing you to lose control of your vehicle. The cost of an accident can be catastrophic financially and physically.

Poor Traction During Wet or Icy Conditions:

Worn tires don’t provide the same level of traction as new ones. This can mean the difference between a safe stop and a dangerous skid.

Improperly Fixed Puncture or Hidden Flaws:

Used tires might have been patched or repaired in ways that aren’t immediately visible and cause a seemingly good tire to fail at any moment.

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