The Hidden Risks Of Cheap Tires

The Hidden Risks Of Cheap Tires

Choosing a new set of tires isn't an easy task. There are so many aspects that you have to take into account. And even if it is more or less clear to you what type of tires you need, it is certainly difficult for you to decide where to buy them and how much to pay for them.
With so many online sources of tire deals, it is easy to get lost in the multitude of proposals. Most dealers emphasize maximum quality at a minimum price. But is this even possible for a tire to be both high-quality and cheap at the same time? Or maybe the dealers who offer expensive tires are simply artificially inflating the prices?
Let's find answers to these questions in this article. I have reached some conclusions about cheap tires I want to share, based on my personal experience and that of many drivers around me.
I know how tempting it is to decide in favor of a cheap set of tires. It seems to you that you save so much money and you don't understand those who pay almost double for them. Let's troubleshoot the topic and see who is right in such situations.

The risks of cheap tires

In order to better understand the tire pricing policy, let's first understand what exactly these prices include. Everyone knows the quote "You get what you pay for". Some agree while others will find counter-arguments for this idea. But the proverb is so true when speaking of tires and everything related to the parts of a vehicle.
If a manufacturer offers cheap tires, this means that the components he uses in their production are cheap. High-quality materials can only be expensive because quality costs money. Respectively, such a thing as "high-quality and cheap" simply does not exist.

In this regard, try to abstract from the aesthetic condition of the tires. Both the high-quality and the poor-quality ones look attractive at first. The question is what these tires are made of and how the materials in them will last over time.
If the manufacturer uses poor quality components, i.e. cheap, this means that their performance on the route will be terrible. The traction will not be stable enough, the handling of the vehicle will be poor, and the response to essential tasks (braking, cornering, etc.) will be compromised. And all this is directly proportional to the lack of safety while driving.

Further on...

Another impact of inferior quality (cheap, by the way) tires is their poor ability to deal with road challenges. I am referring to wet and all-terrain road conditions. The car will be less stable in such circumstances. Thus, it is very likely that the car will either start hydroplaning or lose grip on rough terrain. I don't think this is exactly what you want from your tires.

Needless to mention lower quality tires do not last as long as high-quality ones. I think you understand that quality tires also mean a higher price. But this is the price for your safety on the road. It is not excluded that cheap tires start to deteriorate much earlier than the dealers promise. And this is unforgivable, especially when it comes to drivers who run in off-road, all-terrain, muddy, or heavy snow conditions. You realize how much you need a reliable set of tires in these situations and they must never let you down. The problem is that you never know how cheap tires will behave in these circumstances. Maybe in their first year of life, they will perform decently. But starting with the second year, the security in them becomes more and more unstable.

In contrast...

Manufacturers who offer solid guarantees for their tires and ask for a high price for them opt for quality materials. They work with scientists from different fields such as chemists and physicists to find the optimal composition and design. And when I say "design" I don't mean the cosmetic look of the tire. I'm referring more to the treads that have logic behind them. The architecture of the tires is extremely important in reducing the sound, removing water and obstacles, and offering optimal ventilation between the road and the tire. So treads and snow/rain grooves are not just a design element. They have an explanation and a purpose when we talk about quality tires. Such tires serve their purpose in the most decent way possible. Yes, they are more expensive. But you pay not for tires, but for your safety.

Think long term

Opting for cheap tires means thinking short-term. It means to consider only a momentary saving of money without taking into account the long-term consequences. Even if you only need one tire, don't let the price take priority over the situation. The price must be a secondary element in the whole equation of finding the right tires. Emphasize the quality of the tire, even if it means paying more.

Long-term thinking means taking into account the additional costs that may appear along the way as a consequence of cheap tires. Do the math! Suppose you have a set of cheap tires. In the best case, they will perform decently for around 2-3 years (in mediocre driving conditions). Quality tires will perform for up to 6 years under the same driving conditions. Respectively, you will pay for another set of tires sooner than you would with a quality set.

Further on...

In a pessimistic scenario, one or two of the cheap tires will necessarily suffer a puncture or a blowout, because they are more sensitive to external factors. You will have to urgently buy new tires, which, again, is not exactly budget-friendly. Keep in mind that high-quality tires, even if more expensive, are not prone to punctures to the same extent as cheap ones. So if you save something with poor quality tires, it is only a momentary saving, and by no means a long-term one.

The most pessimistic scenario and the most expensive is the one in which the car suffers an accident due to cheap, i.e. low-quality, tires. Unfortunately, this scenario is as real as it gets. Sometimes the price of health is so high that nothing can justify the bad idea of opting for cheap tires.

Don't forget that the tires are what establish the contact of your car with the road. The more efficient and performant this contact is, the safer your way to your destination. Of course, not all expensive tires are of good quality. Certain dealers artificially inflate the prices for poor-quality tires.
In this context, you must be a wise and informed buyer. Compare dealers, read about materials, and talk to people in the field to find the best tires. But never, never let yourself be influenced by their low price.

 

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