Often, many people call in to ask if we sell used tires. While the initial purchase price of a used tire can be attractive, there are a variety of reasons why a used tire can be more trouble than it's worth.
Even if the used tire you are considering appears to have plenty of treadlife remaining, there is no way to be sure of its overall "health." The previous owner of the tire may not have maintained proper air pressure or otherwise overloaded the tire causing internal stress or damage to the tire that can't be seen from the outside. This stress or damage could cause the tire to fail with little or no warning. The inside of a damaged tire may look something like this:
Another concern with purchasing a used tire is the design of the tire itself. Using a tire that has a different rubber compound, construction and/or speed rating, can cause handling and performance issues that could result in unpredictable handling. For more information on using different types of tires, read "Mixing Tires."
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