Should we be Purchasing New or Used Tires?

When the time comes to purchase winter or summer tires, it can be difficult to make a decision with all the different brands available. A set of new tires can also be very expensive. Should we prioritize saving money by purchasing used tires, or should we be focusing more on the security provided by new tires? Should we be purchasing new or used tires? Keep reading to discover a few things to keep in mind when making your purchase.

What Differences are there Between New and Used Tires?

Aside from the price, the main difference between new and used tires is of course their wear. Don’t panic; tires that are slightly worn can still be used for several thousand kilometers. We just need to know how to measure the tires’ wear. The law allows tires to be used up until their tread depth is 1.6 mm or 2/32 inch, but ideally they should be changed if their tread depth is less than 4 mm or 5/32 inch. Be careful, tires that have a tread depth less than 4.8 mm or 6/32 inch will not last the season and are not worth the investment.

The second major difference between new and used tires concerns the rims. New tires often come with their own rims in order to make it easier to change your tires in the winter, or simply to change the look of your vehicle. They can be included in the price of the tires or available for an additional fee, whereas people who are selling their used winter tires often prefer to keep their rims. It is a detail that could possibly be important to you.

Purchasing New Tires: Pros and Cons

Do you want to invest in new tires for your vehicle? Purchasing new tires is a good way to ensure quality and durability. New tires also always come with manufacturers’ warranties. Certain brands even offer a 30 day warranty during which you can try out your new tires and change them if they don’t live up to your expectations. Most manufacturers also provide limited warranties on tire tread wear. In this way, you can be sure you are purchasing quality tires, and if there happens to be a problem you can exchange them under certain conditions.

Purchasing new tires will also ensure that you buy the right tires for your vehicle. Not every size of tire will fit on your vehicle, and it is important to find out which size tires are appropriate. Don’t forget to factor your driving habits into your decision. People who drive long distances all week on the highway do not have the same needs as people who drive short distances in the city. If you are hesitating between several different brands of tires, use our Point S personalization tool; you will only have to answer 4 questions in order to discover 3 tire models recommended for your vehicle.

The only downside to purchasing new tires is their price. Changing your tires (it is preferable to at least change them in pairs) requires a certain budget. However, there are still ways to save money when purchasing new tires. Visit your local Centre Auto Point S to find out about our discounts, as well as the possibility of receiving manufacturers’ coupons through the mail. You could save anywhere between 40$ and 100$ at purchase!

Purchasing Used Tires: Pros and Cons

If you have a small budget, it might be more affordable for you to purchase used tires. By purchasing bargain tires, you are sure to save money short-term. But is it worth it long-term? As explained above, it is important to check the tires’ wear in order to ensure that you will be able to use them for several seasons. If you find tires in good condition that are adapted to your vehicle, perfect! Just remember to keep in mind that these tires do not come with a warranty.

Avoid purchasing tires on websites like Kijiji. The people selling the tires will not always be able to help you know if they are right for your vehicle. Visit your local Centre Auto Point S; some of our locations have used tires for sale.

Finally, it is better for the environment to choose used tires. Instead of ending up at the garbage dump or waiting for months to be recycled, these tires will stay on the road for several months or even years to come. Reusing tires instead of always purchasing new ones is definitely a good gesture for the planet.

Are you still hesitating between new or used tires? Sometimes second hand tires can be perfect to use for a few years, but it can also be a good idea to invest in new quality tires that are more durable. Don’t hesitate to ask our experts for advice at your local Centre Auto Point S. They will be able to find the safest model for your vehicle at the lowest cost.

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Traction - dry road

Dry-road traction is a tire's ability to brake effectively and respond well to the steering wheel on dry roads.

Traction - wet road

Wet traction is a tire's resistance to hydroplaning and its ability to provide safe driving in wet conditions.

Traction - snowy road

Snow-covered road traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely snow-covered pavement.

Traction - icy road

Ice traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely ice-covered pavement.


Durability refers to how many kilometres a tire can go before it stops performing.


Comfort refers to the ride quality of a tire and the noise it emits on the road.