Used Tires

Buying Used Tires? What You Need To Know

Why Gambling On Used Tires Is a Bet You Can't Afford to Make

Keeping an automobile in good working order isn't cheap. Anyone who's been responsible for maintaining the tires and wheels on a car understands just how expensive it can be. When it is time to replace them with something more reliable, you have two choices: purchase brand new tires, or buy used tires.

Used Tires Are Cheap and Risky

The need to replace tires often occurs out of the blue. Perhaps you ran over a nail or suffered a blowout on the freeway. In any event, the hefty price combined with the urgent need to get back on the road makes used tires appealing. The used tires can be found in junkyards and auto repair shops for $25 to $40 each. Despite being the less expensive path, this route is beset with hazards and not recommended.


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Tire Fax (Facts)

The age of a tire can be determined by its DOT number, a four-digit code that represents both the week and the year the product was manufactured. For instance, the code “DOT 3313” would be found on a tire produced on the 33rd week of 2013. Making sure the code is included on the side wall of every new product that rolls off the production line has been a requirement of the U.S. Department of Transportation since 2000. While estimating the age of a tire is easy, researching other critical facts is another story.

A DOT number may tell you when a given tire was made, but it won’t provide insight into what that tire experienced during its life. The code won't tell you about the potholes and curbs the tire collided with week in and week out. Or how many times it was punctured, plugged and patched at a service shop. Unfortunately, it's impossible to know the full extent of the wear and tear a tire endured over the years.

Automobile and tire manufacturers suggest replacing the tires on a vehicle every 5 – 10 years. Such a wide gap is given because their condition is impacted by a variety of factors outside of wear and tear. For instance, prolonged exposure to sunlight, heat, and salt, as well as extreme weather conditions can cause the rubber to erode faster than expected. Tires that are rarely used or unused entirely can even be dangerous due to simple deterioration over time.


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Rental Tires: A Viable Alternative to Used Tires

When all is said and done, used tires are just too unreliable. Consumers who want the reliability and safety that comes with a new set of wheels can find peace of mind in rental wheels and tires. Tire rental offers several unique and compelling advantages:

  • Brand new tires. With the price of rubber and petroleum steadily rising, the retail cost of new tires is at an all-time high. Tire rental gives you immediate access to brand new tires that require a fraction of the retail price upfront. If you choose rental, you'll find products from leading tire brands such as Bridgestone, Dunlap, and Goodyear are within reach.
  • Immediate service. Many retail outlets allow consumers to fund new rims and tires via layaway, which has long been a practical option for consumers who can't afford the full expense immediately. Unlike layaway, you don't have to wait months to reap the reward with tire rental. This method allows you to drive home with new wheels on your vehicle today.
  • Convenient payment plans. Renting is a viable alternative for consumers shopping for cheap tires. By offering plans with low monthly payments, rental companies put leading brand names within reach for people who are short on cash. This arrangement is ideal for both short-term and long-term needs.
  • Simple credit terms. When cash is limited, some consumers have the luxury of relying on their credit to make purchases. Many consumers don't have the benefit of either cash or credit. The beauty of rental tires can be found in the fact that credit doesn't matter. No matter if you have good credit, bad credit or no credit, you can obtain a brand new set of wheels on terms that suit your personal situation.
  • Affordable purchase options. Tire rental typically comes with an option to rent to own the tires. In this case, there may be an option available that allows you to purchase your tires at a reduced rate. For instance, with the “same as cash” program, you can unlock rental tires for a price that isn't too far removed from what you'd retail. Whether it's 90 days or 120 days, same as cash is a great way to obtain discount tires.

Making An Investment in Reliability and Safety

There are few things you can do to maximize the tread on tires. Keeping the tires inflated to the manufacturer recommended pressure levels, checking vehicle alignment, and minimizing your hard stops on the road are simple steps that come to mind. While these tricks may afford you a few extra miles, there will come a time when those wheels need to be upgraded. When the time comes, you want to invest in tires you can count on to keep you safe.

Don't gamble on used tires. At RNR Wheels, we offer rent to own tire solutions that give you the power to upgrade your vehicle with custom wheels from brand name manufacturers on flexible terms. With no credit checks to slow the process, we make sure you're out the door quickly and riding off on wheels that provide the performance, reliability, and safety you demand.


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