Should You Buy Retread Tires?
Most people go through multiple sets of tires during the life of their car. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 1.2 million tons of tires ended up in the landfill in 2018 alone. But is tire retreading a more environmentally friendly way to extend tire life or are you better off buying a new set of good tires?
“Tire retreading involves taking a tire that is worn out and removing the remaining layer of old tread and applying a new tread to that tire so you have a fresh tread again,” says Ryan Pszczolkowski, Consumer Reports’ tire program leader. “This was common back in the day of bias tires when you only got 10,000 to 20,000 miles out of car tires. Nowadays, virtually all car tires are longer-lasting. Radial tire design can last 70,000 or 80,000 or more miles if properly maintained.”