Used tires and rims are best to purchase online. Just as with all types of online shopping; however, you need to make sure that you find a good place to shop from so that you don’t pay too much and actually get good quality merchandise. Because these are used tires, you should be able to get a good deal as opposed to buying new. However, you also need to make sure that the deal isn’t too good to be true. The following five key things to investigate before making a purchase.
1. The Tread Depth
Before you buy any used tires and rims, ask the seller how deep is the tread on the tires. If the seller is located within driving range, ask if it is allowed for you to pick up the tires and have an auto parts store check on it. That way, you will have an accurate reading.
2. The Tread Measurements
When you check the depth of the tires, or ask the seller to check them for you, always make sure that the reading is lower than 2/32″. Between 3,000 and 6,000 miles, front tires see their tread wear down around 2/32″. It is possible to drive with 3/32″ tires before having to replace them, but you should never go for anything lower than 2/32″.
3. The Tire Pressure
In your conversation with the seller, you should also ask about the tire pressure. Of course, you could be lied to at this point. However, when you ask a lot of questions, sellers will realize that you are really serious and that they are unlikely to get away with a substandard tire as well. It is important to note, however, that even if the pressure is low, it doesn’t necessarily mean the tires are bad. Rather, it means that you need to check into what has caused the pressure to become low.
4. Watch Out for Leaking
When you purchase used tires and rims, particularly online, you need to make sure that the tire’s sidewall doesn’t leak. If there is a leakage, then the tire should not be used anymore. In fact, it can usually not even be repaired. Often, it is due to a bent rim, and that is a definite no-no.
5. Look Out for Wear and Tear
Because you’re buying used tires, some wear and tear is normal. However, if it starts to get too obvious, for instance, you spot a crack in the rim, then the tires are no longer good. Also look for signs that the tires have hit the curb, such as bulges, scratches, or dents.
It can be difficult to purchase used tires and rims online because of the fact that you probably won’t have the chance to really inspect them yourself and to take them to a professional to have them checked. However, if you ask the seller about the five things above, then you are a long way towards getting a good deal. You could always ask the seller to take some pictures from every angle and send them to you as well.