When it comes to buying used tires, we have all heard plenty of myths. They aren't safe, they aren't reliable, they aren't good quality-- but that is all far from the truth and we thought that we could help you learn how to separate a good tire from a bad tire!
You want to purchase tires from a known re-seller with a reputable history and good customer feedback such as The Tire Pit Stop in Palm Coast, FL! When purchasing used tires and we think you should do the same when purchasing from us, we follow these guidelines! Here is a quick guide to help you learn how to purchase used tires the 'right' way!
Inspect the Used Tires Tread
The 'tread' is the part of the tire that makes actual contact with the road surface!
You want to look at the depth from tread to tire ratio. This is typically measured in millimeters (mm) and you want to see at least 50 % of the tread in great shape and still present. If you are unsure what 50 % looks like, go take a peek at a new tire and inspect that tire first so you can see the difference when you look at the used version. In looking at the tread be sure to spot general wear and tear, strange markings significant damage to the edges or if the tread surface is uneven. These factors can indicate that there might be an issue with the tire or can cause other problems while driving that could affect the longevity of that tire.
Inspect the Used Tires' Sidewalls in Palm Coast
Inspect the edge of the tread to the center section where the wheel is sealed to the tire. This area should be looked at for general damage. Are there gouges, cuts, or burns in the sidewalls? Look inside the tire as well, do you see cracks or darker markings along the circumference? The tire might be compromised in someway and might be unsafe unless they have been cleared by a technician if any of these things are present.
Inspect the Used Tires' Bead in Palm Coast
This part of the tire will have the tell tale signs of whether or not a tire is a good buy or not. This is (where the wheel and the tire meet) one of the most important areas of a tire that can determine it's history and longevity. , if this area is damaged in any way it can easily result in a tire that will deflate on you.
When considering buying used tires and we hope you find it useful, using this simple check list will help you. We will be happy to answer them and help in any way we can if you have any questions.
Keep in mind, these are just a few of the things about used tires we inspect before we ever sell them to a customer of ours. For more helpful advise and quality used tires, visit Steve's Tire Pit Stop in Palm Coast, FL.
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