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Old 11-17-2006, 11:56 PM   #1
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So, I realized the other day that one of the tires on SWMBO's car is showing the steel belts. I need to replace it tomorrow, but we're looking at trading in the junker on a newer something or other in the not so distant future. I don't want to put a bunch of money into 2 tires, so how common is it to buy just one tire? Do places sell used tires? I don't think it'll have to last more than about 2 or 3 months, so a new tire is kind of a waste. What do you all think?

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Old 11-18-2006, 12:31 AM   #2
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Check an auto wrecker. They'll probably sell you the tires you want with the rims. Buy 'em and bolt 'em on.

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Old 11-18-2006, 12:56 AM   #3
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A lot of tire shops around here sell used singles. Sure they'd rather sell new, but a buck is a buck. I'd say call around.




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Call around and ask it they have any "pull offs" in your size. These are tires that were sold with a car that the buyer did not want...wanted something else.

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Just reading a new set of tires for the Bugatti Veyron runs $14,000. And it needs a new set every 15000 miles or less depending on driving. It will make me feel lucky when I pay $200 for new tires on my car, or $600 for my truck.

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Old 11-18-2006, 03:45 AM   #6
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If you plan on keeping and driving the car for any length of time after installing the used tires, I would check into what is wrong with the front end that would cause the rubber to wear down to the steel belts! It may be a safety issue.

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If you plan on keeping and driving the car for any length of time after installing the used tires, I would check into what is wrong with the front end that would cause the rubber to wear down to the steel belts! It may be a safety issue.

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Excellent point. And if SWMBO is hauling a kidlet, then IMO buy a cheapie NEW tire that you're SURE will last til you unload the vehicle. No sense in running the risk of the "I've got a FLAT on the road with YOUR son/daughter" phone call. Or worse.


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all good points. No kiddies yet. It's actually a big part of the reason we're looking at something bigger to replace her car. We've only been married about 4 weeks now, but we're looking at having kids. I'd hate to have her stranded on the side of a road, but think that it won't be too long before the car is replaced anyway. Regardless of what I put on it, I'm not sure the car will last anyway. It could die, or be replaced so soon, that I am really just needing a band-aid repair for the moment. She and I have agreed to not put much money into it from now on. We're more focused on getting the entire auto replaced.

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the tire place I usually go to has a tire pile out back of all the used tires from when they replace them... the guy only charges me for mounting & balancing which works out fine for a beater car... But definately find out why the threads are showing...

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I think the steel is showing because they're simply that worn. In hind sight, I really should have had them replaced some time ago.

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