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A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Used Tires
Replacing your tires regularly is an expected cost of owning a car. But that doesn’t make it any easier to hand over several hundred dollars every time your tires need to be replaced. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, you might consider buying used tires from cheap junkyards in Florida. Of course, when buying used car parts of any kind, it’s important that you buy with care and ensure you’re getting tires that you can still safely rely on. Keep reading to get tips on finding used tires that are still reliable and safe.
Always Check Tread Depth
The first thing you should check on any used tires you’re considering is the depth of the treads. In the United States, a tire is considered safe to drive on if the tread depth is 2/32 of an inch or more. The popular way to check this is with a penny. Place a penny, with Lincoln’s head pointed downward, in the tire’s groove. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, the tread is not deep enough and is not safe to drive on.
If a part of his head is covered by the tire tread, then the tire is safe; however, give careful consideration to just how much of his head is covered. If it’s barely passable, you probably don’t want to buy the tires, as they won’t be safe to drive on for much longer.
Check the Age of the Tires
Even if a tire hasn’t been driven on much—and thus, still has a decent tread—its age can still impact how safe it is to drive with. Check the rubber of the tire. If it feels dry or if you notice small cracks by the flex points of the tire, it’s probably too old, and you shouldn’t buy it. You can also check the tire’s age by looking at its identification number. Look for the letters DOT or TIN on the tire’s sidewall.
A sequence of numbers will follow those three letters. The first 2 represent the manufacturing plant. The next 4 show you the week and the year that the tire was manufactured. So, if you see the code DOT211019, the tire was manufactured at plant 21 in the tenth week of 2019. If the code shows you that the tire is more than six years old, don’t buy it.
Look for Surface Defects
Obviously, you don’t want to buy a tire that’s already damaged. Inspect both the inside and outside of the tire for any punctures or patches repairing previous punctures. Even if a puncture has already been repaired, it’s not a good idea to buy a used tire that’s been patched up. You should also check for bubbles in the sidewall or any dings or holes in the rubber.
Look for Damage to Liner and Beads
If you notice stripes of wear and tear on the tire’s sidewall, this can be a sign of liner damage. Take a closer look at it, and see if you can spot a stripe of material on the sidewall that’s soft and has rubber dust on it. If you find an area like this, you can pass over that tire and look for a new one.
You should also check the two thick rings of rubber where the tire on the car meets the wheel. This is the tire’s bead area. If you notice large portions of rubber missing from the bead area of a used tire, don’t buy it. That tire won’t run well.
Many junk cars we buy have nearly new tires on them, and if you know what to look for, you can get quality tires for a lot less than you’d find at an auto shop. Whether you’re looking to buy salvage parts or sell your own junker, we’re a quality salvage yard who buys junk cars in Fort Myers, FL. So give U Pull N Save a call today!