What You Need to Know About Buying Used Tires

Where Do Used Tires Come From?

  • The majority of used tires are salvaged from vehicles that have been in accidents and are totaled.
  • Most vehicles that were totaled do not have damaged tires. These Salvage yards sell their best tires to us.

Of course, salvaged tires that are damaged are not purchased by Hicks Tire Service. Luckily, there’s a plentiful amount of used tires that are still in great condition, so finding a single tire, a pair or even a full set at a decent price isn’t too difficult to find.

Why Buy Used Replacement Tires?

Low-Cost & Affordable

Purchasing new replacement tires are often double the cost of the same used tire. If you only need to replace 1 or 2 tires, you’re better off getting a tire that matches the tread wear of the other tires. Many manufacturers & auto repair shops will try and talk you into purchasing new tires even if your other tires are still in good condition. But why spends hundreds more on new tires. Save money and keep running today.

If you are on a tight budget or you are just looking for a way to save more money, consider replacing your worn tires and choose used tires that are still in great condition. Purchasing used tires at Hicks Tire Service will save you up to 50-60% more than you would probably be spending on new tires.

Reliable & Safe

Not only are used tires a rational option in terms of saving more money, but it’s a safe alternative as our Hicks Tire Service technicians ensure that each used tire is put through an extensive quality check to make sure there is no damage or defects.

Quality Performance

Our tire technicians are dedicated to selling used tires that are durable and have up to 90% of tire tread depth, so you will be able to use it for much longer than you would expect. Purchasing quality used tires at Hicks Tire Service will provide the handling you prefer for your vehicle while saving you more and keeping you safe.

Great Resale Value

If you are planning on selling your car in the future, then buying used tires is an excellent and cost-efficient option! Most used cars are sold with used tires so it’s a rational decision to purchase used replacement tires.

Competitive Pricing

Hicks Tire Service provides competitive pricing on all used tires so you will have peace of mind knowing your tires are reliable and reasonably priced with up to 90% of the tread life. Our used tires have a 50-60% price differential in comparison to new tires.

Helps Maintain a Sustainable Environment

When you purchase used tires, you are essentially using them to their fullest potential and recycling them. This way you are keeping them out of junkyards and helping us all maintain a more sustainable environment.

What to Look For When Purchasing Used Tires

Tire Date Code

You can find the tire date code or the tires age—the four last numbers—on the sidewall of the tire after the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The first two numbers are the week they were made and the last two number are the year they were manufactured. For example, if the last four digits on the sidewall of the tire is 1208, then the tire was made during the 12th week of the year 2008. Some manufacturers state that after at least six years of frequent usage, the tire rubber begins to break down and excessively dry. The DOT recommends up to 10 years max for tires that are maintained in great condition. Beware of the rubber deteriorating, which may occur in its seventh year.


Some tire sellers will keep a record of where the tires came from, what vehicles they were used on, weather and storage conditions as well. Be sure to keep these in mind and ask about any repairs it experienced or lack thereof as it could potentially affect the overall condition of the tire.


The Uniform Tire Quality Grade Standards (UTQG) code will show you how quickly the tire will wear down. The smaller the treadwear, the more it will accelerate the wear down. Tires that are under UTQG 100 tend to wear fairly quick, while tires with over UTQG 400 will last much longer depending on how frequent they receive routine maintenance.

Tread Depth

Tire tread depth can be checked with the penny test, a tread depth gauge or the tires tread indicator. Use a penny and insert it into the grooves of the tread with Lincoln’s head down. If you are able to see his entire head, then that means the tread is too worn.

Uneven Wear

In certain cases where the tire is under or over-inflated, it may cause an imbalance in wear. Uneven wear can eventually result in the tire collapsing as it will uncover any cords and cause damage to the liner.

Tire Bead & Sidewall Details

The condition of the tire bead or the edge of a tire that sits on the wheel or the sidewalls will hint at any potential damage. When sidewalls have bumps, this may mean that there’s internal damage such as belt separation.

Insufficient Repairs

If you are experiencing frequent tire repairs, then it may be possible that you are receiving insufficient tire repairs. While the tire may look in tip-top shape, it may not have gone through the proper repairs necessary as they must be done with the utmost caution.

Start Saving & Choose the Right Used Tires at Hicks Tire Service Today!

If you know what to look for when buying used tires, then it’s an excellent option as it will save you half or more than you would get for new tires. Hicks Tire Service is proud to serve the Richmond, VA area with top-quality used tires. Our mission is to provide stellar customer service and cost-efficient tire solutions suited to your precise needs. No matter what used tire size or brand you are looking for, you will be able to find it at Hicks Tire Service.

Contact us today at (804) 232-7255 to schedule an appointment! We look forward to helping you save more with the best used tires!