Here are some useful tips for owners of vehicles and drivers to consider when purchasing used tyres:

  1. Know the brand, model, size and type of your current tyres.  If in doubt check the sidewall of the tyre which would be marked with this information or consult with the owners manual for the vehicle.
  2. Know the purpose and application of the tyre, for example:
    What kind of tyre best suits the vehicle? Will the tyre be used on a car or a mini-bus?

    Note: that the load limit for passenger car tyres is different from that of mini-buses and other heavy duty vehicles

  3. Check the sidewall of the tyre which would state relevant information such as the DOT rating, the size, designation and the maximum permissible load range.
  4. The minimum tread depth should be 4mm.
  5. There should be no broken, damaged or exposed bead wires, no ply or tread separation and no sidewall scuffing: and, do not purchase tyres:
    1. that were stored in the sun for long periods because this causes damage to the tyre:
    2. that are deformed (bent out of shape);
    3. that are dirty, greasy or has any other foreign matter;
    4. that have kinks;
    5. that show any visual evidence of belt damage;
    6. that have loose cords on inner ply;
    7. that show evidence of having been run under-inflated or over loaded;
    8. that have sidewall separation; or
    9. with nail hole(s) or other damages of sufficient sizes and numbers that cannot be repaired using acceptable commercial practice.

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