New Tyres Vs. Old Tyres

Is it advisable to buy old tyres? Are we really supposed to be having this conversation? Well, tyres prices in Dubai are not affordable for everyone. Especially the premium quality tyres like Continental tires Dubai. Good quality product does cost money, true, but it does last longer, and it more trusty than older tyres. A single tyre can cost from about AED 3300 for the high quality brands of an SUV tyres to AED 109 from unknown brands.  This is just for single tyre, now multiply that by 4, not everyone can afford these tyres prices in Dubai

Buying old tyres do save you some money, the question is how safe is it actually, how long will it last you. However, if you look on the flip side, even a new tyre will one day get old and the same experience which the now old tyre is experiencing, the new tyre will one day experience.

Let’s face it, not very new tyres does have its attractiveness and that’s the fact that you do save money when you buy it.

So how do you make the best of the choices available when you buy an old tyre?

There are certain things that you have to do.

First you have to check the manufacture date of the tyre.

The code is something like this XXX4618. The four last digits are what you need to ascertain the age of the tyre. The first two of the 4 digits represents week number and the 2 last one represents year.  This tyres interpretation would be that it was manufactured on the 46th week of 2018.

Certain tyre makers advice that a tyre should not be used for more than 6 years. Some say 6 to 10 years depending on the usage. Even if it’s still good, it should be disposed for some time within this range.

When buying a used tyre, this should give you an idea of how long your tyres are expected to last.
Early Signs of Tyre Failure You Should Look out For

Before buying a used tyre, make sure you inspect the tyre, visually and by touch also.  Check for cuts or cracks in the sidewalls.

Excessively Worn Tread

 Majority of modern car tyres have indicator bars across the tyre tread. This indicator bar shows the minimum depth your tyre tread should go, 1/16th of an inch. If the tread is below this please don’t buy. Usually tyres tread are 8mm, when they come from the factory, when it 3mm, you should know there’s not much life left in the tyre.


The appearance of this on the sidewall or your tyre should not be overlooked. These are regions through which the tyre could fail.

Uneven Tread Wear

These tyres have not been used properly, they’ll not serve you well, so it’s better you don’t buy them.


Ideally you shouldn’t buy second hand tyres, but if you’re looking to save money, then the tips above can help you snag the best used tyres out there.


As a mechanical engineer turned blogger, Charlie provides readers with a technical, yet accessible look into the world of automotive engineering and design. His insightful posts make complex car technologies understandable.