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Old 07-05-2015, 04:37 PM   #1
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Default I've never bought 'new' tyres before.

But, I've just ordered two new Firestones from tyresonthedrive.com for 85.96, cheaper, I think, than the Uniroyals I was going to order a month or three ago. Just had the confirmation phone call and email from them. Oooo, I'm all excited.

http://www.tyresonthedrive.com/search/choose/
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The feeling of security you get from new tyres is second only to that you get from watching the needle of your fuel gauge swing all the way up when you brim the tank.

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I've never bought s/h tyres unless they were already fitted to rims either on or off a car. Mostly I have discarded part worn or aged tyres.

I buy new tyres mostly from My Tyres and mount them on my own rims, which has proved to be a very convenient and cost effective system
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I wouldn't buy second hand tyres unless I knew their history. Apparently the vulcanisation process continues after the tyre is made, hardening the rubber over time. Some suggest that as little as six years is the reliable life of a tyre from manufacture, and they could potentially be stored at the dealers for that long?!
How many of us check the 'made date' on our tyres? For a daily driver, you'll probably wear out your rubber in just a year, no worries, but what about your fair weather only, summertime classic, how old are the tyres on that I wonder? It would certainly make me want to cry to bin good tread! I guess it's less of an issue if all you do is gentle motoring in good conditions, but I would be much more concerned about someone who drives hard in all weathers.
We keep our old tyres now for growing potatoes in, guess it's one way to get your moneys worth out of them?
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I wouldn't buy second hand tyres unless I knew their history. Apparently the vulcanisation process continues after the tyre is made, hardening the rubber over time. Some suggest that as little as six years is the reliable life of a tyre from manufacture, and they could potentially be stored at the dealers for that long?!
How many of us check the 'made date' on our tyres? For a daily driver, you'll probably wear out your rubber in just a year, no worries, but what about your fair weather only, summertime classic, how old are the tyres on that I wonder? It would certainly make me want to cry to bin good tread! I guess it's less of an issue if all you do is gentle motoring in good conditions, but I would be much more concerned about someone who drives hard in all weathers.
We keep our old tyres now for growing potatoes in, guess it's one way to get your moneys worth out of them?
I agree about buying part worn tyres. I've seen some terribly kerbed rims on which the tyres looked outwardly reasonable. When quizzed the woman driver said she regularly bumped up the kerb at home! If the rims took that damage (chunks missing) then what state the tyres?
Tyres actually last a lot longer in a cool, dry, dark environment. I have a set of 165/80x15s that were 944 spares that are looking good without cracks although they are 29 years old! (I only use them for manoeuvring) Others, notably some Kumhos were cracked and scrapped at 5 years old!!

BTW I do look at the date stamp on new tyres and my tyres invariably last 40,000mls or about 5 years when swapped with winter tyres.
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I believe it's the UV in sunlight that accelerates the inherant deterioration process, so yes, keep your car in a dark garage most of it's life and the tyres should do much better. I imagine rubber quality is also a factor?
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