The time has come for you to replace your tires. You have a lot of options.
There are specialty tires, generic tires, new tires, and old tires. Sometimes, the old tires are the cheaper option and are better financially in the short term.
But the new tires will likely last longer and cost more upfront. Here’s everything you need to know about new and old tires so you can make a well-informed decision.
Pros & Cons of Buying New Tires
New tires will always start out in the best condition. They’ll have the best tread and traction, will be safe to drive on, you’ll get better gas mileage, and purchasing new tires will ensure you have warranty coverage in case anything goes wrong.
These are all great advantages, but there are some cons as well.
New tires can be fairly expensive upfront, the production of brand new tires and disposing of old ones harms the environment, and usually, the replacement of just one tire is not a common service–typically, you’ll have to replace at least two tires at one time.
Pros & Cons of Buying Used Tires
Used tires are not quite as straightforward. They can be an economical and environmentally-friendly option.
They’re cheap, you’ll reduce your environmental waste, and you can buy any number of tires, not a set of two or four.
This is an attractive option for those who technically only need one tire replaced, don’t see the monetary value in replacing all four tires when they don’t technically need to, want to do their part to save the environment, and want a cheaper alternative.
Just make sure you inspect the tires thoroughly before you purchase them.
Buy Used Tires put together a guide for checking out new tires that you can read for more information. Best Ride also has a blog with more wisdom on used tires.
However, there are some disadvantages to buying used tires. There will be wear and tear on used tires, it can be difficult to know whether the tires are actually safe to drive on, especially when looking to purchase online, and it can be impossible to know for certain what those tires had actually experienced.
This lack of knowledge can lead to some serious issues that no one can predict at the time of purchase. While most shops don’t offer a warranty on used tires, we can provide a thirty-day limited warranty on used tires. Check out what we do with used tires here.
Ultimately, the cost of new tires would likely pay off since the maintenance of the used tires would add up.
Otherwise, the choice is entirely up to you. If you’d prefer to have the security of a lifetime warranty with brand new tires, then that’s the best choice for you.
If used tires are a more appealing option because you want to reduce your carbon footprint, or because you simply can’t justify paying for four brand new tires when you only need one replacement, then used tires are the way to go.