Checking Tyres on a Used Car

Posted by Motorama in Buyer Advice

If you're shopping for a used car, it's important to take the time to read up on the warning signs and red flags that can indicate a particular vehicle might not be in safe condition to drive. After all, there aren’t many things in life more important than the safety of you and your family.

As the only actual point of contact between your car and the ground, your car's tyres serve a key role in ensuring that you can drive safely and smoothly at all times. That's why you will want to take extra care to ensure that the tyres on the car you are buying are in good condition and don't show excess signs of wear and tear.

Here are a few key things to check for on the tyres of a used car.

Tread depth

In Queensland, all cars are required to have a minimum tread depth of 1.5 mm across the face, so this should be one of the first things that you check for. What is tread depth you ask? 

Well, tread depth essentially refers to the depth of the grooves in your tyre. These grooves are important for ensuring your tyre grips the road properly and doesn't lose traction. 

There are professional tread depth measuring devices available, however you can also check this by looking to see whether the tread wear indicator bar has become exposed at any point on the tyre.

Wear and tear​

You should also take the time to check for any obvious signs of wear and tear on the tyres that could indicate they haven't been taken care of particularly well.

Check for any marks, scuffs or gauges which might have occurred when a driver parked too close to the side of the road or drove over a sharp object of some kind.

While not necessarily a deal breaker, any serious signs of damage should be taken into account when deciding whether you want to buy the car. After all, you don't want to have to buy a new set of tyres a few months down the line if you can avoid it!

Mismatched tyres

A serious warning sign to look out for is whether or not all the different tyres match, as all the tyres on the car should be of the same type and size. It's also a good idea to make sure that all the tyres on the car are worn evenly, so take the time to inspect each one carefully and conduct a tread depth check on all four tyres.

You'll also want to ensure that all the tyres on the car are full tyres and not spares or spacesavers. Most spare tyres and spacesavers are only designed to be driven short distances and at low speed, so are not a permanent option.

Have some peace of mind and buy from Motorama!

Of course, you could avoid all of this hassle by simply opting to buy your used car from a dealership who cares about safety on the road and selling cars that meet the standards set for safety. The great part about buying a used car from Motorama is that all of our cars go through a comprehensive 110 point safety inspection to ensure that they are safe to drive.

This inspection includes a thorough examination of the tyres, so you can be confident that any car you buy from us will boast wheels that are in excellent shape.