Dont forget to check your tyres when buying a used car

Posted by: Cal on 5/03/2013

Category: Tyre Information

There are lots of great used vehicles on the market at any one time, and many make great affordable options for buyers keen on some savings. Safety should be just as important as price, however, so it is imperative that you check that the vehicle is in safe driving condition - and make sure you start with the tyres.

Taking a good look at car, 4wd or truck tyres on a used vehicle is important because tyre safety is critical to overall vehicle safety - they're your only point of contact with the road!

Check the tread depth - the minimum legal tread depth is 1.6 mm, but at 3 mm you should be planning to replace tyres, and once you hit 2 mm depth you need to take action.

Have a look at the pattern of tread wear on the tyres. If you can see evidence of uneven tread wear, this can indicate problems with wheel alignment, suspension or steering. If you were to get a great deal on a used vehicle and then find it had these types of problems, you would not likely be happy!

That's why safety is just as important as price - if you don't check first, you'll feel it in the wallet in the end.