Many people ask us if they can sell used tyres to lower the cost of new ones. Although it’s legal to sell used tyres, and many tyre shops do so, we avoid it. We will explain why you shouldn’t save money by purchasing tyres from someone else or taking off a vehicle that has been written off.
To be roadworthy in Australia, tyres must have a tread width of 1.5mm. New tyres should have 6-8mm tread depth. A tyre that has not been approved for re-cutting and re-grooving cannot be used.ADR23 guidelines must be met before a tyre may be sold in Australia. However, this does not cover the sale of second-hand tires. Road transport associations across the country will tell car owners to check the age and condition of their vehicle’s tyres, but they do not specify when the tyre should go.
It depends on many factors, such as where the tyres came from (hot or cold), how long they have been sitting around, whether they have been exposed to the elements, and so forth. In some countries, it is a requirement that a second-hand tire is marked as part-worn. However, this requirement is not applicable in Australia.
WHY BUY USED TYRES
It is almost impossible to justify buying used, part-worn, or second-hand tyres in Australia. This is due to the introduction of tyres made by ‘new’ Asian brands. Premium brands are now able to offer budget-friendly rubber.
Some might argue that the primary reason to buy a set of used tyres is budget. This is likely to be a false economy. You’ll have to replace them more often than new ones and spend more over the long-term. You are putting your safety and that of your family at risk if you don’t know the history of the tyres.
You’re also buying something with a lower safety profile, which is absurd. You’re decreasing your car’s grip on dry and wet roads by putting less tread around your tyres’ faces and shoulders. Tyre Safe in the UK tested new and used tires. The results showed a significantly increased distance for wet road braking from approximately 90 km/h. The new tyre with 8mm tread was able to stop in 25.9m, while the used one with 1.6mm tread took 37.8m.
SHOULD YOU BUY USED TYRES?
Although most sellers of used tyres in auckland will claim that experts have inspected them before being sold, many don’t. For example, part-worn tires must have passed several tests in the UK, such as an inflation test and evaluated their structural integrity. They also need to be marked Part Worn. This is not true in Australia.
This issue is not being discussed in Australia. There are no checks for part-worn tires in Australia. However, if your tyres are less than the minimum tread depth, you may receive a defect notice. Depending on your location, this can cost you more than $100 per tire and usually result in a loss of one point per defective tyre.
It’s worth not buying a second-hand tire. There are no safety checks for part-worn tires in this country. For the best deal on a new set of tyres, go to your local Motorama Tyre & Service.