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Phobia
04-20-2006, 09:05 AM
Let's say you're buying a used car. Would you rather have new tires on that car or would you rather have the $500 to go select whichever brand of tires you prefer?

Poll in a moment.

jspchief
04-20-2006, 09:07 AM
I'd probably just sell it as is, and if they bring up the condition of the tires, take money off for it.

Hog Farmer
04-20-2006, 09:09 AM
I would take the 500 and go buy Quicksurfer a lifetime supply of condoms. Of course that would leave me with $495 in change to buy tires with.

Rain Man
04-20-2006, 09:10 AM
New tires. Not only do I not want the hassle of buying new tires, but bald tires also present an image of high mileage.

COchief
04-20-2006, 09:13 AM
Bald tires show that you have neglected maintenence on your vehicle, I would wonder how long its been since you changed the oil.

Not a good 1st impression in my eyes.

jspchief
04-20-2006, 09:14 AM
New tires. Not only do I not want the hassle of buying new tires, but bald tires also present an image of high mileage.Good points.

Iowanian
04-20-2006, 09:18 AM
I make sure a car or truck has decent to good tires on it when I sell them. I think it projects how you've taken care of the car while you've had it. I always make sure the oil is changed and pretty, the wiper blades are new or at least functional and the fluid levels are full.

I'd throw a set of tires on a car if it needed them.

StcChief
04-20-2006, 09:18 AM
Since I'm buying the car....

I'll pick my own tires....

Depending on how I'm using the car. may depend on what tires I get.

HemiEd
04-20-2006, 09:19 AM
I would rather see the car with worn tires. The worn tires tell a story about the condition of the car. If I wanted to sell a car with chassis problems, I would put new tires on it.

Conversely, if you are trying to sell your car, you can point out that the suspension is in good shape by looking at the evenly worn tires.

jspchief
04-20-2006, 09:21 AM
I would rather see the car with worn tires. The worn tires tell a story about the condition of the car. If I wanted to sell a car with chassis problems, I would put new tires on it.That's probably a smarter approach than most people would take.

Have you considered getting a decent set of used tires? A lot of places around here sell used tires that aren't too worn, but pretty cheap. It's kind of a middle ground to all the issues.

Phobia
04-20-2006, 09:25 AM
You guys aren't making my decision any easier. Heh heh.

The tires aren't actually bald but they're within a couple thousand miles of being replaced. They are clearly in need of replacement. There are several trains of thought here. If nothing else, I'll have some reasons to explain why I chose not to replace them if that's the route I choose.

Used is an option, jsp. I'm just not sure I want to go to the trouble.

jspchief
04-20-2006, 09:28 AM
I honestly don't think the tires will be that big of an issue if the buyer finds the vehicle he wants for the right price.

It might be easiest to be open about the condition of the tires amd admit you've adjusted the price accordingly.

Iowanian
04-20-2006, 09:29 AM
Split the difference....assuming its a front wheel drive...Throw 2 new ones on the front, and put the best remaining 2 on the back.

StcChief
04-20-2006, 09:30 AM
You guys aren't making my decision any easier. Heh heh.

The tires aren't actually bald but they're within a couple thousand miles of being replaced. They are clearly in need of replacement. There are several trains of thought here. If nothing else, I'll have some reasons to explain why I chose not to replace them if that's the route I choose.

Used is an option, jsp. I'm just not sure I want to go to the trouble.

If they are for Xterra....negotiate it in the price to the buyer.

Most likely will want M+S will be what is needed.

unless buyer is off road freaks and will jack it up anyway with their own tires and rims etc.

Rain Man
04-20-2006, 09:31 AM
Or maybe put two new ones on the left side and then park it so the right side is up against a wall.

Skip Towne
04-20-2006, 09:32 AM
You guys aren't making my decision any easier. Heh heh.

The tires aren't actually bald but they're within a couple thousand miles of being replaced. They are clearly in need of replacement. There are several trains of thought here. If nothing else, I'll have some reasons to explain why I chose not to replace them if that's the route I choose.

Used is an option, jsp. I'm just not sure I want to go to the trouble.
Do you still have that pic of Iowanian's sports car? I want to check the condition of the tires.

Phobia
04-20-2006, 09:33 AM
unless buyer is off road freaks and will jack it up anyway with their own tires and rims etc.

Which was another consideration I had prior to starting the thread.

I really wanted to put on new tires. I think it's a key selling point. I don't think too many people want to drop $10k+ on a vehicle and go spend a few hours tire shopping. But I can see the other side of the argument as well.

Phobia
04-20-2006, 09:35 AM
Do you still have that pic of Iowanian's sports car? I want to check the condition of the tires.

http://mikilo.image.pbase.com/u34/ethanbird/small/22448092.IMG_7959.jpg

HemiEd
04-20-2006, 09:35 AM
You guys aren't making my decision any easier. Heh heh.

The tires aren't actually bald but they're within a couple thousand miles of being replaced. They are clearly in need of replacement. There are several trains of thought here. If nothing else, I'll have some reasons to explain why I chose not to replace them if that's the route I choose.

Used is an option, jsp. I'm just not sure I want to go to the trouble.


Use the the worn tires a sales feature Phil. If they are worn evenly, show that to the perspective buyer. Then offer them the option of the discount or you putting on their choice of tire for them.
As far as used tires go, the cost of mounting and balancing in relation to the tire cost is high. You would also run the risk of adding a problem tire, one that is detrimental to the sale.

Phobia
04-20-2006, 09:38 AM
The tires have even wear patterns. I'll need to use that for sure.

Iowanian
04-20-2006, 09:41 AM
If its in that price range.....spring for the new set of rubber.

Daddy will want his baby girl to be driving something with good tires when he sends her off to be a LAX cheerleader at Duke this fall.

Baconeater
04-20-2006, 09:42 AM
Brand is important to me. I'll never own another set of BF Goodrich tires after my family got stranded when their shitty tires with only 12K miles on them fell apart when we were in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming a couple years ago.

Rain Man
04-20-2006, 09:45 AM
You can also tell the buyer that if they get new tires, they can use the old ones for many purposes, such as:


1. If you put the tire around a political dissident and then set it on fire, it's a great way to set an example. Just ask the South Africans.

2. Tree + rope + tire = hours of swinging fun

3. You can set tires on fire during a riot to create a lot of smoke and smell, and that really gets your message across.

4. Tie the tire to a rope, and tie the rope around your waist. Now you can run and get in shape just like Albert Lewis used to do.

5. You can put a small child inside the tire and roll it down a hill. The child thinks it's fun, and it's a great way to rid yourself of a whiny child.

6. In World War II, rubber was a rationed item. Store the old tires in your attic, and they'll be quite valuable some day if Germany invades Poland again.

Phobia
04-20-2006, 09:57 AM
Okay funnyman, I don't go posting a bunch of sarcasm in your polls..... errr - uh.

Carry on.

Frosty
04-20-2006, 12:19 PM
Kind of a Catch-22. It's tough to sell a used car with bald tires but, for me, if I see an ad with "new tires" listed, I wonder if they are trying to hide something.

Personally, I would rather have the $500 off and get my own tires than buy a car with brand new cheap tires, which is what most people selling a used car are going to do.