Part two of a series on replacing your tires explores how to avoid blowouts by getting the right tires for your vehicle.
Should I Get New Tires or Retread Tires?
Get New Tires if Your Tread Depth is Getting Low
A lot of people swear by retread tires, and make no mistake, they are considerably cheaper than buying new tires. Generally retreads are about 1/4th the cost of a new tire, so essentially, you can get a set of four tires for the price of one. However, when you buy new tires, you’re getting a lot better chances of the tires lasting, as well as a warranty on each tire. Some retread places offer warranties too, however, be cautious. Some of the warranties have so many loopholes written into them that you have a better chance of winning the lottery than actually getting your tire replaced for little to no money. We had a customer who we’ll call Mortimer come in after replacing his retreads for the fourth time that year finally break down and get a set of new tires instead. His tires lasted way longer.
You do need to be aware that if you buy new tires it carries some risks as well, however. There is a tendency among people to go cheap when they’re buying brand new tires, and it’s not hard to see why. New tires are a bit expensive if you’re getting good quality ones that is, however, you want to focus on the words good quality, not on the word expensive. Would you rather pay $160 for a brand new tire that will last a couple of years, or spend $100 on a tire that you’ll have to replace three times a year. Regardless of whether you opt for new tires or retreads, the key thing to remember is that you want good tread on all of your tires.
Tread Depth on Your Tires and Replacing Your Tires
If your tread is really deep on your tires, you’re in a good place, but as tires start to wear out, your tread get’s smaller and smaller. According to Arizona laws, your tires are legally worn out when they are below 2/32″ of tread depth.
A good way to test your tire tread depth is to put a quarter into some of the grooves. If you have Washington’s head at least partially covered by the tread, then your tire is at 6/32″ tread depth. So remember, you have a lot riding on your tires. Keep yourself and your family safe by getting new tires.
This concludes part one of our series on tire replacement. Be sure to read part one and part three as well