Bettertyres is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of correct tyre pressures, Eco Tyres, and the dangers of defective and worn tyres. When replacing tyres, Bettertyres strongly recommends the fitment of new tyres.
Why? Well there are many reasons:
Many motorists buy Secondhand tyres (part worn tyres) in the belief they offer better value. Ok, the initial cost may seem less, but calculate the cost per mm of remaining tyre and you will usually find that Secondhand tyres are much more expensive than new tyres on a per km basis.
And then there is the issue of safety. Adequate tread depth is crucial for safe wet road driving. The tread grooves help to remove water between the road and the tyre, which is essential for effective acceleration, cornering and braking.
A tyre with lower tread depth is less effective at removing water from the road. British Tyre Manufacturers Association tests reveal that braking distance in wet weather for a tyres of 1.6 mm of tread is almost 12 longer than a new tyre at 80 kph.
And then there are the fundamental questions about quality:
– is the tyre free of large cuts, bulges and lumps. Are there and plies of cords exposed?
– has the tyre passed an inflation test prior to sale?
– is 2 mm of tread clearly visible over the entire width of the tyre?
– is there evidence of the tyre having been run with very little air pressure?
– are the unrepaired punctures in the tyre? are there poorly repaired punctures and are there any illegal puncture repairs?
Value Tyres Ltd in Christchurch had an international acclaimed Secondhand Tyre import program, and as such were New Zealand’s only ethical and professional importer of part worn tyres, closed down their multi million dollar import operation earlier this year. Why? Well post the Japanese Tsunami and earthquake last year, it has been impossible for them to source tyres of sufficient quality and reasonable price to warrant their import.
Think about this for a moment, Value Tyres closed down a multi million dollar business because they could not source product good enough to sell.
Sure there are still Secondhand tyres for sale in New Zealand, off wrecked and accident damaged cars and some imports of dubious quality and value too. And there are outlets that sell “WOF Tyres” i.e. tyres with 1.5 to 2 mm of tread over at least 75% of the tyre. These tyres help you pass your WOF today but they would not pass in one or two months. These tyres are a poverty trap, they have a very high per kilometer cost.
In conclusion, we can only earnestly suggest you buy new tyres. Maybe there was a time when Secondhand Tyres were better value, but cheap Chinese new tyres have revolutionised the tyre market. Avoid the poverty trap; Buy New!