Many motorists debate over whether it’s a good idea to buy used tyres or not. Second hand tyres are certainly less expensive. But, tyres play a significant role in bringing the best performance out of your vehicle. So, if you are thinking of giving used tyres a shot, you should be well informed.

Advantages of second hand tyres

  • Cheap. Comes in handy at a moment when on a limited budget or at a remote location without new tyre options. However, unseen risk could cost you a fortune.
  • Mitigation of waste. Resell of used tyres prevent aggregate waste and strain to the ecosystem.

Disadvantages of second hand tyres

  • Used tyres are costly in the long run as they tend to yield low uninterrupted service life. And will have to be replaced much sooner than new ones.
  • Hard to identify risks. Apart from the visible tread wear, used tyres could have other faults unidentifiable by the naked eye. Specialized equipment used to check tyres for defects and failures in the new tyre industry are not available in the second hand tyre market, therefore is it virtually impossible to identify some issues.
  • Tyre history is unavailable. Unaware of previous driving and road conditions, there is no way of telling if the tyre will fail prematurely or wear at the same rate as each other due to how it has been treated in the past.
  • It is a time consuming process searching for the right used tyre.

The bottom line

In the event that you really need to purchase a second hand tyre, then you should: - find out the tyre age, check tread depth, thoroughly inspect for damages and defects, and lastly know the brand.

We strongly discourage the use of second hand tyres because, it is difficult to notice significant damage to the tyres, making tyre failure and remaining lifespan hard to predict. Most of the damages resulting from previous use will only show when you are running the tyre on a highway, the risk of failure under this circumstance is not a good prospect.

We encourage the use of retired tyres elsewhere like in building furniture, gardens, children playgrounds, water buckets, Maasai shoes, etc.