When winter approaches, many Canadians turn to classified sites to find good deals on winter tires that meet their needs and still offer good mileage – whether new, previously owned or gently used.
With an estimated 30,000 tire listings on Kijiji, the number of winter tires ads has increased by 33% between 2011 and 2012. As for the total value of transactions, it increased by 94% since 2011 to reach $11.5 million in 2012.
To help Canadians look for winter tires at a good price without compromising road safety, Kijiji has some key tips to keep in mind:
Check for wear and tear. It is recommended to check the general wear and tear of tires. Check the entire circumference of your tire’s tread and note if there are any unusual wear patterns at extremities (tire lacking air), in the middle (tire too inflated) or on a side (which could indicate a problem of permutation or alignment).
Check if tires are at the end of their life cycle. There are three ways to do this:
- The traditional way – Using a quarter, it is possible to determine if your tires are still in shape for another season, which represents approximately 10,000 km. Insert the quarter in the tire grooves. If the tip of the caribou’s muzzle is not visible, then the tires are still good to go.
- Indication from the manufacturer – All tires have a wear indicator. The latter is a small rubber square elevation located inside of the main grooves. When the main grooves are worn to the point of being the same height as the indicator (1.6 mm or 2/32 of an inch), it is the time to change those tires.
- Using a Tire Groove Depth Gage – The tire groove depth gauge is a small tool to measure the groove’s thickness in 1/32 inches or in millimeters. It is also the most accurate way to determine whether or not it is the time to buy new tires. It is strongly recommended to change tires when the groove is less than 4millimetres high (5/32 inch), but the law allows them to be kept until the groove reaches 1.6 mm (2/32 inch).
Check the tires’ date of production. Even if the tire grooves remain deep enough for operational use in winter conditions, when your tires are older than 6 years, their life cycle is over. If you have any doubts on the status of a tire, please consult a specialist or your dealer for professional advice tailored to your needs.
For more information on tire listings currently on Kijiji, visit Kijiji.ca.