Warning: Car Tire Scam Spreading Across The Country - What You Need To Know
Marilyn Caylor 1/9/2017
When it comes to owning a business, stocking a product that practically sells itself seems like a dream come true. In the automobile repair industry, there's one item that seems to fit the bill. Millions of people drive cars every single day, and there's one thing that none of them can do without - tires.
New car tires aren't always cheap - they're often upwards of $200 each! So, it's not uncommon for folks to try to find a bargain. Even used car tires can command quite a bit of cash, and unscrupulous tire repair shops have no qualms about taking advantage of unsuspecting people in order to earn a quick buck.
Before you buy your next set of tires, there's something very important you should be aware of. A new trend is taking over the tire industry, and it could cost you your life.
When it comes to car tires, what makes it safe is the tread. These are the little grooves that you see in the tire. Most of us know that bald tires that have no tread left in them are a safety hazard. But, you may not exactly know why the treads are so important.
Race cars have bald tires because it allows for better roadway grip - but only in dry conditions. Most of us aren't driving race cars, but we are driving in all sorts of weather conditions - such as rain, snow, ice, and muddy sludge.
The tread helps to siphon water away from the tire, which can prevent your car from hydroplaning. This is a dangerous situation in which the car seems to float on top of the water, which increases your chances of losing control of the vehicle. A deep tread allows water to be carried away in wet conditions.
Dishonest tire shops know just how important tire treads are to their bottom dollar. They are using a special tool to re-groove tires, which makes them look new again. By cutting into the tire and removing strips of rubber, the groove depth meets legal requirements.
Re-treading tires is a distinctly different and safe process in which new rubber is added to the tire - it's not being taken a way. Not all tires qualify for this process - it can only be found in the trucking and passenger transport industry.
It's super easy to find re-grooving tools online - they can even be found on Amazon for only $75. Apparently that's how much, or how little, your life is worth to these shady tire repair shops.
You may already suspect it at this point, but re-grooved tires are also more prone to punctures and shredding. Imagine driving down the highway at 70 miles an hour, and suffering from a sudden tire blowout. Actually that's probably something you don't want to imagine - it's a very scary thought!
But, this scenario may very well happen if you've been scammed into buying these tires. The cuts that were made into the rubber make it weaker. Before you know it, your tires have been shred to bits!
Also, since the "new" treads cut deeper into the existing rubber, it isn't as thick as it was when it was brand new. Since it's thinner, it won't be as puncture-resistant against sharp objects in the road.
Here's another scary scenario - the practice of re-grooving passenger tires is not against the law. Although having one of these faux tires on your car can invalidate your auto insurance, there's nothing currently on the law books that prevents this safety hazard from hitting the market.
When 3TV News contacted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they were told that the NHTSA only regulates re-groovable tires used on big truck trucks.
That means the only person out there that can protect you against this scam is "me, myself, and I."
Click the play button on the video below to start watching the scam in action.
Re-grooved tires are an accident waiting to happen - literally! To protect yourself and your family from the unthinkable, be sure to only buy tires from someone you know and trust. It could save your life.