even good quality performance tires are not “good enough”
for some people. We often hear of cases in which great tires
on a brand new vehicle are removed and replaced with a more
expensive set of ultra-high performance tires. These tires
make a great bargain – also consider Used, Exchanged,
or “Take-off” wheels (wheels that were taken off
along with nearly new tires) as economical quality alternatives
to new tires or new wheels. If a tire has been ridden at all
it is classified as a Used or a
“Take-off” Tire. Both
are good choices to buy; here are the differences.
must have been driven less than 5,000 miles. These tires have
almost all of their tread (even the high-performance or ultra-high
performance tires). The usual way in which a tire dealer gets
Take-off tires is when someone purchases a new vehicle and
wants to upgrade the tires or the tires and wheels.
Used Tires have
been driven for more than 5,000 miles, but still have substantial
tread left. The amount of tread left should be reflected in
the price and warranty you will get.
If you are in the market for Winter tires
(also referred to as Snow tires), consider getting a set of
Used Winter Tires or Take-off Winter Tires, instead of new
Because Used Tires and, in particular, Take-off
tires are usually in limited supply,
you should check websites of various tire dealers or wheel
dealers for availability. Contact dealers by phone or email
to see if they will put you on a waiting list - this will
help you get the size and type you want.
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