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My 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Sport needs 2 tires. Is it OK to buy used tires as opposed to new? Kinda strapped for cash right now and the quotes have been $90 and higher for 1 tire.

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Denise Koeth, Managing Editor at Tire Review Magazine There is always a risk involved when buying used tires. You never know how well the original owner treated them, and no matter what the outward appearance of any tire is, there could be a problem with the internal construction that you can*t see. Look at buying tires as an investment: will saving money buying used tires now be worth it, or would it be better in the long run to invest in new tires, which will last longer? You should only consider buying used tires from a reputable tire dealer you trust or you*ve dealt with in the past. Research any warranties or other policies the dealer offers in case there is a problem with the tires.

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Becky, Yes, it is ok to buy used tires, make sure you keep them rotated and an eye on the wear pattern and condition.

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto As long as the tires are in good shape*adequate tread, NO sidewall or tread bulges (indicating cord separation) or visible cracks either inside the tire case or anywhere on the outside (commonly referred to as "weather checking) used tires are acceptable. If possible, find tires of a high quality brand*Goodyear, Goodrich, Michelin, Bridgestone, Uniroyal, Pirelli and Nokian (exceptionally good in snow) are some of the best. Hope this helps. Super Girls Auto

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