Should I buy used car tires?

06-May-2020

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Should I buy second hand car tyres? Are second hand tyres worth it?

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Yes, we being mechanics of all people, definitely get this question a lot. And hey, we understand - The times are tough and everyone is trying to save those few extra bucks.

Your kid’s school fees are increasing at a rate faster than Kohli’s strike rate; you have had no choice but to push that Singapore trip year after year, your wife has reminded you for the hundredth time that she really would like to change the décor of your living room.

On top of all this, the no longer brand-new tyres of your car have worn out and a fresh set of tires are necessary. Abbe yaar! The new CEAT ad sums it up nicely – we think about so many random car accessories, touch-ups and modifications when it comes to beautifying the car but do we think about buying tyres! Not a chance. The most crucial car parts are your tyres labouring day and night, be it winter, rain or summer and are usually subject to utter neglect. So, it is not difficult to understand why many people think of going for used tyres or second-hand tyres in Mumbai.

You’d rather focus on prudent financial savings and cut a few corners by buying a used product especially when you don’t want to buy it in the first place. Coming back to the question: Should I buy second-hand tyres? Well, let’s go to CMO - Mechanics Central for expert mechanics advice and see the 4 major points to be considered.

One of the biggest cons of buying used tyres/second-hand tyres is that you as a buyer know very little about history. It is very important to know the following:

 

1)      Tyre rotation:

The car tyres need to be rotated evenly or else they may not have worn out evenly. Indian roads are famous for potholes and any hard impact of a pothole would reduce the life of tyres very quickly. Used tyres / Second-hand car tyres are generally sold in loose (pairs are separated). So, checking the true condition without inflating the tyres is not a good idea. It’s a known fact that most of the tyres are sold loose and you would have seen heaps of them lying at the repair service centres at almost every intersection. In this situation, it can be difficult to see the actual Tyre damage such as sidewall bulges or small leaks. A small saving could be a red flag for the safety of your loved ones. Used tyres may look fine to the naked eye only to reveal safety issues once they are mounted on a set of rims.

 

2)      Age of Tyres:

Customers in India expect their original tyres to run for about 50,000 km before having to replace them, according to the JD Power 2019 India Original Equipment Tyre Customer Satisfaction Index study. The study, however, finds that customers who replaced their original tyres have done so at about 26,000 km mark, almost half the expected mileage. Small car owners replaced their original tyres at 23,919 km, on average, while utility vehicle owners did so at 30,910 km. At 30,000 km or more, 27% customers report having had at least one tyre problem as compared to 22% customers whose mileage is at 15,000 km or less.

 

3)      Technology compliance:

Needless to say, a lot of tech in the car today is aimed at increasing the safety of those travelling in it. Electronic braking system (EBS), Automatic Braking Differential (ABD) and anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are only as good as your tyres. Good tyres will keep you safe on the road. You must remember that no other part – not the brakes, the fog lights, nor the fancy automatic braking system – is in physical contact with the roads. Any kind of advanced safety technology is only as strong as their weakest link, your tyres ladies and gentlemen. Click here to get a tyre inspection test done by us at Car Mechanics Online.

 

4)      Local Factor:

A good car mechanic near you in Mumbai whom you can trust plays a big role. A professionally inspected second-hand car from a trusted mechanic makes a lot of difference. It is way cheaper and economical as compared to the official company service centre. However, if the vehicle is given the green light from an experienced mechanic, it is highly likely that the second-hand tyres are good to buy. You’re much better off buying brand new tyres, a set that will be able to provide the greatest level of safety while enhancing your car’s safety systems. After all, the brand-new woofer and amplifier can wait until next year. Click here to get the full list of services provided by us at CMO.

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