Tyre troubles-“They were sitting in the guy’s warehouse for three or four years before he sold them as brand new tires,” said LaPan.
Probably, this problem could have raised its ugly head again ! So, in the past, tyre wholesalers have being buying tyres at a cheap price . Hence, saving them until they can get a higher price. Probably when the pound loses value ! Consequently, the market price goes up. Of course, this is also common in many other industries. However, tyres have a certain shelf life . Meaning some tyres are out of date. By two and three years and even more.
This all kicked off, coming from one of my customers. While he was away on holiday he had a puncture and because his spare tyre was flat? He had to buy a new tyre from the local tyre depot, somewhere in Devon.
Tyres bought on holiday !
He had no need to tell me really, but he just wanted to warn us of what was going on. The tyres that he had on his car were Bridgestone Potenza S02 tyres. The guy at the tyre centre did not have them in but he said that if he returned the next day, then he
would get one in for him.
The guy was at the start of the holiday so he left his car and carried on with his holiday. The guy went back and the new Bridgestone tyre had been fitted and the puncture repair to the spare had been completed.
My customer is a fussy kind of guy and had recently been reading an article about “how to age a tyre, by the coding on the tyres sidewall”. He could not believe that the tyre was made in the year 2000 and was in fact 12 years old.
The life limit of a new tyre is 6 years. All tyres that have been kept in storage should not be sold or put to use if they are over 6 years old, from their date of manufacture. Also, when a tyre has been in use, on a vehicle, then the effects of ageing will be lessened to a degree, but these tyres should be replaced after 10 years. This is the tyre manufacturers recommendation and there does not appear to be a law against it. Tyre troubles are imminent.
The consumer does not know this?
There are ways of reading a tyre so that you know what age it was, see the attached post ...https://www.pellonautocentre.com/outdated-car-tyres/