Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Are Used Tires Worth the Risk?

With the rising costs of auto maintenance, many Michigan residents are turning to used tires to save some money. But when it comes to used tires, as well as wheels and rims, what you don’t know could put you at risk.

Blowouts Can Cause Serious Accidents

Whether on their daily commute or a family vacation, Michigan drivers are putting more mileage on their tires in recent years. Old or worn tires increase the risk of a blowout. Over time, tires’ treads wear down and their rubber begins to crack. When a blowout happens on the freeway or in heavy traffic, it can cause a serious accident.

When You Should Replace Your Tires

There is no one magic number for when you should replace your tires. Different manufacturers say you should change your tires every 6 to 10 years. The more you drive, the faster you will wear down the treads. But allowing a vehicle to sit idle can also affect your tires. Over time, heat and the weight of the car can cause flat spots and uneven wear that damage the inside of the tire and make it unsafe. As your tires begin to age, it is important that you have them inspected and rotated as part of regular maintenance.

Why Used Tires Aren’t Worth the Risk

When it does come time to change your tires, you may be tempted to save some money by going used. But buying used tires creates substantial risks. Because you don’t know the tire’s history, you won’t always be able to see you are at risk due to:
  • Heat: If your used tires come from a warmer climate, sunlight and coastal elements will age tires faster than they would in Michigan.
  • Storage: If used tires sit in a garage or shop floor, it will age faster than if that same tire is in use on a vehicle. Keeping a tire mounted on a wheel can speed the process even more.
  • Use and Abuse: If the previous owner of your tires hit curbs or did a lot of highway driving it may have caused damage to the tires that aren’t visible on the outside.
  • Being Stolen: Michigan legislators have been working hard to fight against the theft of tires, wheels, and rims. Even so, if you buy your used tires from a scrap yard or other non-dealer you could be at risk of driving on stolen tires.
It is always safer to buy your tires new. You’ll get more use out of them and will be able to control their care and maintenance. If you do decide to buy used tires, make sure to have them inspected right away so that you know the risks.

Dani K. Liblang is a lemon law attorney at The Liblang Law Firm, PC, in Birmingham, Michigan. If you have been injured because of a defective tire, contact The Liblang Law Firm, PC, for a free consultation.

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