Buying used tires and rims?

All you need to know!

Buying used tires and rims can be an inexpensive and convenient way to change tires or improve the look of your car.

However, there are a few things you should consider before buying used tires and rims to avoid making a bad purchase or causing problems.


The first and most important consideration is the size and rim types of the tires you are using. Make sure they fit your car. You can find this information in your owner’s manual.

Tire size is measured in inches and consists of two numbers indicating the diameter and width of the tire. Rim size is also measured in inches and consists of three numbers indicating the diameter, width and offset of the rim.

If the size or rim type of the used tires do not match those of your car, they cannot be mounted. In this case, you must purchase new tires.


Tire tread depth is a critical safety factor. The tread depth should be at least 1.6 mm to ensure good grip on wet roads.

The tread depth of a tire can be read from the grooves in the tread. If the grooves are no longer visible, the tread depth is too low.

Tip: You can also measure the tread depth of your tires with a one-euro coin. If you insert the coin into the tread and the gold edge is still visible, the tread depth is too shallow.


Tires have a limited life. Tire life depends on several factors, including the type of tire, riding conditions, and tire maintenance.

You can tell the age of your tires by the DOT number on the sidewall. The DOT number is a four-digit code that indicates the date of manufacture. The first two digits indicate the calendar week in which the tire was manufactured, and the last two digits indicate the year.

For example, a DOT number of 2217 means the tire was manufactured in the 22nd calendar week of 2017.

Most manufacturers recommend changing tires after six years, regardless of tread depth.


Look for signs of wear on the tires, such as cracks, dents, or scuff marks. These signs may indicate that the tires are no longer safe.

Tip: Inspect used tires for damage caused by potholes, curbs, or accidents. Such damage may affect the safety of the tires.

Scratches on the tread are normal. However, they should not be too pronounced.


The origin of the tires and rims is another important factor to consider. Only buy your used tires and wheels from a reputable dealer who will provide you with an invoice or sales contract.

Tip: When buying used tires and wheels, look for certificates of origin or certificates that can prove the origin and quality of the tires and wheels. Such proof may include:

  • The previous owner’s registration document
  • The TÜV report
  • Expert report
  • The ECE mark
  • The DOT mark
  • The ABE mark
  • The parts certificate.


  • Compare prices from different dealers.
  • Ask for discounts or special offers.
  • Consider the time of year. Summer tires are often cheaper in the winter.


Used tires with rims can be a cost-effective way to buy new tires for your car.

However, there are a few things you should consider before buying to make sure you get quality tires that fit your car.