High housing costs and rapidly rising fuel prices combined with low wages growth are stressing many families budgets, causing some folks to try to save money by fitting second hand tyres to their vehicle.
Unfortunately fitting second hand tyres is almost always the most expensive tyre replacement option. New tyres usually have 8 mm of tread whereas part worn tyres tend vary from 2 to 5 mm. And of course second hand tyres suffer from all the abuse of previous drivers and all the suspension and alignment faults of preceding vehicles. New tyres can be dramatically cheaper on the cost per mm of usable tyre.
A recent government backed survey in Britain brings us the shocking news that 34% of part worn tyres being offered for sale had dangerous, potentially life-threatening, defects. And it should be remembered that when braking from 80 kph to rest a new tyre with 8 mm of tread stops a car in 25.9 metres whereas a second hand tyre with 1.6 mm of tread takes 37.8 metres!
Even worse though is the fact that fitting, balancing and tyre disposal charges have to be spread over a much shorter mileage which further racks up the cost of second hand tyres on a per kilometer basis. Some motorists are paying $28.00 every say 10,000 kms for these services whereas new tyre buyers usually pay no extra.
The Campaign for Better tyres urges motorists to always fit new tyres; sure the financial outlay may seem higher than with secondhand tyres, but going new is the economical and safety conscious choice.
Tyresales has many good quality new tyres which are as cheap or even cheaper than than part worn tyres.