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Dangers of Used Tires

There are many reasons why you should not put used tires on your vehicle. First reason is that it is not the safest tire. Many states are now beginning to ban or implement legislation as to what is considered a “sellable used tire”. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and Tire Industry Association (TIA) over the past few years have been purchasing used tires from tire stores across the country and found that each tire had some sort of minor or major issues such as excessive wear, severe dry rot and improper repairs.

Another concern of buying used tires is that the tires could have been recalled and other damages might have been missed during the inspection that can cause accidents. Every tire that is sold used is void of all warranties and tire registrations so if the tire is recalled, the owner of the used tire will not be notified, and the recall would not apply to the used tire.

Another reason to put into consideration, one will end up paying more for a used tire overall than to purchase a new tire. For example, if one is to purchase a used tire that is estimated to go for 20-30,000 miles, and a new tire generally lasts for about 60,000 miles, and if the driver makes 20,000 miles on the used tire, the driver would pay for another tire and the labor for installation and balancing 2 times verses once.

One of the bigger concerns is that most if not all used tires are considered old as rubber ages especially from the sun, dirt, and so forth. Tires generally can last anywhere between 5-10 years depending on if the tires have been properly maintained, does not have much dry rot and so on.  

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