The New Zealand Secondhand Tyre market is un-regulated and un-policed and the public have no way of knowing about the safety of any Secondhand tyres they fit to their vehicles or even about the tyres on cars they buy or taxi’s they are passengers in. These tyres could have been salvaged off accident wrecked cars and could be any age, condition and possibly have been subject to illegal, poor quality or dangerous repairs.
And, many Kiwi consumers who would never fit Secondhand tyres to their vehicles, are unknowingly exposed to the potential dangers of untested part worn tyres when they hire a taxi or buy a secondhand car.
Our Secondhand tyre market is in crisis. Importation of quality Secondhand tyres from Japan by reputable importers, who used to safety test every tyre, largely ceased in 2011 and since then has been sustained by some poor quality imports and maximum utilisation of poor quality and dangerous tyres off wrecked and accident damaged vehicles.
Sure, these are hard times, and Taxi operators and Consumers are having a hard time and are looking for the lowest priced possible source of replacement tyres. And sure, the apparent low price of part worn tyres seems very attractive, but the low price comes at a high cost. The small and finite supply of Secondhand tyres has resulted in almost every tyre being put up for sale no matter how low its quality. And the shortage of supply has caused the retail price to creep up to uneconomic levels and the tyres price per mm of tread is calculated and compared to that of new tyres.
Bettertyres recommends that Businesses and Consumers should insist on new tyres being fitted to their vehicles. Even Budget Tyres are a better proposition than Secondhand tyres; their cost per mm of tread is almost always lower, and they are a known quantity without the possibility of a history of hidden abuse, poor repairs and accident damage.