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Questions to Ask Used Tire Dealers
If you need to buy new tires for your van, truck or motorcycle, you may need to ask a few questions before you begin your search. What type do you need? What's your budget? New or used? With a little research, you should be able to find dealers or warehouses that offer cheap wholesale prices or bulk discounts. Search for a commercial auto store on-line or consult your local business directory. Here are some further car questions.
Are retreads safe?
Yes. These are not the same as used, instead the rubber has been re-coated to extend its service life. As long as they have been re-coated to meet industry safety standards, they are safe.
What are custom rims?
These rims feature designs that add flare to the vehicle. They are not important for function, but they can add style. Some people enjoy having spinning parts that rotate as their wheels turn. It isn't hard to locate a company that sells them, although they can get quite expensive.
What are the best types of wheels for driving your car off-road?
All terrains have specially designed tread blocks that provide the best traction on dirt and gravel. They provide a superior grip which makes this activity enjoyable. Ask your auto dealer about which companies manufacture and distribute these parts.
What are radials?
These have a weave of fabric and rubber which provides strength and traction.
How often should I rotate my tires?
You should rotate every 6,000 miles. Rotation is important because they wear down differently depending on their position. Rotating ensures more even wear.
TIRE-DEALERS-USED IN/NEAR PORTLAND
Used tire sales have a number of associated safety concerns. Tires can only be retreaded a certain number of times. Tire specialists that work at used dealers have to first assess whether any given tire can be returned to service.
Unsafe tires should be sold as scrap tires. They can be used whole as planters or barriers or cut up into rubber pieces that are sometimes used as playground flooring. Storing tires in a warehouse or yard also has safety issues. Tires are flammable and tend to burn very slowly, with fires sometimes lasting for weeks, months, or even years. For this reason, dealers, especially those who handle wholesale and bulk quantities, need to submit a fire safety plan.
Some dealers sell all kinds of used tires. Others specialize. The largest quantity come from cars, but motorcycles and commercial vehicles such as trucks and vans are also important. Off road tires are very specific. Dealers may specialize in any of these. They may work with auto dealers in both buying and selling tires and in swapping worn tires for retreads.
Manufacturers may also deal in used tires of their own brand. The company or may not distribute them through the same channels as new stock.
Dealers may also sell wheels and rims, including custom designs that may be for appearance or to match the other wheels of a vintage vehicle. Antique tires are sometimes bought and sold for this reason. Commonly, dealers buy from garages and from used auto salesmen. They often buy them in bulk.
Used tires are cheap, and buyers have to be careful. A reputable dealer will ensure that they do not sell unsafe goods, and make sure that dangerous tactics such as mixing radial and cross ply treads do not happen.