Every day, there are great deals on used tires that can be found. If you know what to look for there are tires that would regularly cost $300 each brand new and could be bought used for only a fraction of the original price. There is however the ugly side to buying used tires – If you do not know what you’re buying, or what to look for when buying cheap used tires you can end up with a pile of junk tires and money wasted in vain. This article is intended to help you avoid any costly mistakes.

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Many people may consider used tires someone else’s inherited problem, just because they been previously driven on another vehicle. If you know what to look for in a used tire there are actually quality used tires that you can get for a bargain. These tires could have been on a car that was traded in, a car that was totaled from a wreck, or simply discarded from the previous owner because of personal preference of brand, season type or just simply wanting a better performance tire.

The business you decide to give your business to is also a very important factor to take into consideration. Luckily there are many reputable used tire retailers in Canada that have been in business for many years. They are experts when it comes to used tires and can inspect a tire inside and out for defects. Their tires will usually be mounted on a wheel and test with air for any leaks, belt separations, lumps, or uneven wear. Some of them may even offer a replacement warranty. You want to try avoid dealing with any companies that may have a bad feedback rating and always aim to work with companies that have been around and have a very good feedback rating.

The age of the tire is also another important factor to consider when purchasing used tires, if a used tire is any older than 6 years old you should probably avoid purchasing those tires as they can cause a blow out.

You also want to make sure you stay the with factory recommended tire sizes, speed ratings and load ratings intended for the vehicle. Not doing so will only cause your tires to wear faster than normal making you replace them a lot sooner, and may also cause a tire to blow out and cause an accident. One can always go with a higher load rating or speed rating but never lower. Installing a different tire size on your vehicle that what the factory recommends will more then likely cause your speedometer to be off and may cause clearance issues.

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Where to look for sizes:

Most cars will have a placard stamped on the drivers side door edge stating the factory equipped tire size(s), as well as the load rating and the air pressure the tires should be set at. You can also take a look at your owners manual. If you take a close look at your tires sidewall you will also see the tire size code, here is an example of what it would look like and what it means:

P205/60R16 89T M+S

  • P – Would mean the type of Tire, in this case P meaning Passenger, LT would mean Light Truck
  • 205 – Is the Width of the tire across the tread design in millimeters
  • 60 – Means the aspect ratio of the sidewall compared to the width of the tire
  • R – Radial Construction
  • 16 – Diameter of the Wheel measured in inches
  • 89 – Tires Load Rating, This is the load carrying capacity of that single tire. A Consumer must never put a lower load rated tire than what it came with from factory.
  • T – Tires Speed Rating or also the meaning how well the tire can dissipate heat. For a consumer doing lots of highway driving a higher speed rated tire is recommended.
  • M+S – Means its suitable for all season driving


Tire Longevity

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Tires have an enormous impact on the performance and safety of your vehicle. Quality tires in good condition will give you a smooth ride and allow you optimal vehicle control and stopping ability. By taking proper care of your tires, you can keep your car driving smoothly and avoid accidents while saving money at the same time.

When your tires are new, take a diligent look at the tread design and depth and make a mental note of their appearance. Periodically check your tires for any drastic changes, such as uneven wear, bald spots or exposed wire. Normal wear should occur evenly across each tire, and should not happen quickly or to only one tire. In the event that you have a flat tire, have the tire examined by a professional to determine if a repair is possible. Ensure that the tire is taken off of the rim and checked for internal damage.

Maintaining the proper tire inflation level is extremely important to the longevity and effectiveness of your tires. Tires are manufactured with their own precise inflation requirement, expressed in pounds per square inch, which is printed in the owner's manual and likely inside your vehicle's driver door panel or glove compartment. If you have replaced your car's tires with a different kind, make sure you are inflating the tires to the recommended level for that type.

Tires that are under inflated not only have a shorter life span, but can also cause your vehicle to use more fuel, hurting your gas mileage and generating excess pollution. Being inflated below or above the recommended level can cause a tire to fail, leaving you stranded. Maintain a regular schedule of checking your tire pressure using a quality tire gauge, even if it never seems to change. A puncture or leak can cause a tire to dramatically lose air and become dangerously under inflated in a short period of time.

Your driving habits also affect the progression of wear and tear that your tires will endure. Common sense will tell you that spinning your tires on pavement can harm the tread, but you can also damage your tires by starting, stopping, and turning quickly. To preserve your tread and get the optimum use out of your tires, drive conservatively and avoid hitting or scraping curbs.

Worn or damaged tires can cause your car to drive shakily, unsafely and with more road noise, and ignoring these symptoms will result in further tire damage. Do not postpone replacing tires at the right time, and make sure you dispose of old tires properly. An auto repair or tire retail store should be able to dispose of or recycle your old tires for a minimal fee.

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