Hardly any vehicle owner looks forward to the inevitable day when they have to buy new tires for their car. The whole process is confusing and involves a number of different factors that need to be considered. Tire buyers have to determine what weather, climate, and season they will be driving in, the proper size, speed rating, tread design, and life expectancy or mileage of the tire, all while sorting through the many brands and prices that fit their needs. Proper tires are essential for safety and getting the most out of your vehicle, but brand new quality ones can cost around $150-200/tire on average.
The high cost of new tires is why so many people often buy used ones that sell for much less. Every year in the US alone some 30 million used tires are sold. Most often they end up replacing a single tire that was damaged or went flat. The problem with buying used tires is that they are not subject to any industry oversight. There are no legal standards set for them, or even a universal method of inspection that ensures consumers receive safe, quality used tires.
This has led to many scam artists taking old, worn out tires and re-grooving them into newer looking ones that they can sell as used for more money. These con artists re-condition tires by cutting new grooves into the tire, then they pull out the old rubber, and they even shave down the grooves on the edges or shoulders to make it look all the more unused and uniform. The video shows how easy and quick it is to make an old tire, that should be scrapped as junk, into one that can be sold second-hand to an unsuspecting buyer. These stripped tires are completely unsafe and are much more likely to blowout or be punctured. The scam artists selling them don’t care if the buyer gets hurt, kills someone, or dies, they are only concerned about getting more money.
If the price of those used tires you may be eyeing sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t jeopardize your family’s health and safety, not to mention everyone you encounter on the road, for the sake of saving a few dollars. It’s just not worth it. Instead, buy from a reputable dealer or an authorized used tire retailer, and make the best, most informed, and safe decision possible.
Source: Sun Gazing