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Brand new 1-2 year old tires?

Tires are stamped on them when they were manufactured.

When you purchase a new set of tires, how old should they be?

Ideally that same year would be best, but what about buying brand new tires that are stamped 1-2 years old?

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Tires are stamped on them when they were manufactured.

When you purchase a new set of tires, how old should they be?

Ideally that same year would be best, but what about buying brand new tires that are stamped 1-2 years old?

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Here is some information from Tire Rack

https://tires.tirerack.com/search?p=...Tire%20Be&rk=1

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They are still going to need to be replaced when they are between 6-10 years old (per the tire date code, not how long you own them). Will you likely wear them out in that time? If so then it probably makes little difference. But since many of us drive our Alfas only a few thousand miles a year, I'd want the newest tires I could get.
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I saw a nice set of Bridgestone's but they were stamped 2018, so I was just wondering if they would be considered "old" even though they are new.

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If they've been stored out of the sun and never mounted on rims then they'd be considered new. Perhaps NOS...?
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If they've been stored out of the sun and never mounted on rims then they'd be considered new. Perhaps NOS...?
Correct - NOS.

Still would prefer a tire manufactured in 2019.

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I just put another set of $$$ Michelins on the rear of my E-46 BMW M-3. These usually last me 20-30,000 miles. The set I removed was made in 2017 and new in 2017. The set I just installed last week were also made in 2017. I will have used them up by 2021, when they will be only 4 years old. This is a performance car that I drive as a performance car, with summer only, performance tires. If they happen to last 6 years, I still will not worry about age related failure as they come from a quality name manufacturer and are a speciality application design which are used as designed.
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I just put another set of $$$ Michelins on the rear of my E-46 BMW M-3. These usually last me 20-30,000 miles. The set I removed was made in 2017 and new in 2017. The set I just installed last week were also made in 2017. I will have used them up by 2021, when they will be only 4 years old. This is a performance car that I drive as a performance car, with summer only, performance tires. If they happen to last 6 years, I still will not worry about age related failure as they come from a quality name manufacturer and are a speciality application design which are used as designed.
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The conditions that age rubber and cause degradation, at least rubber tires, are not really prevalent in a warehouse storage rack with the tires in inventory. I'm talking about temperature extremes, exposure to road salt, chemicals and storm water, UV rays and direct sunlight. Even inflation and loading plays a part, if you think about it.

Obviously, there's always a limit, but I think we'd be surprised at how much time tires spend in storage and transport before they are finally sold and mounted as new tires.

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Tires are stamped on them when they were manufactured.

When you purchase a new set of tires, how old should they be?

Ideally that same year would be best, but what about buying brand new tires that are stamped 1-2 years old?

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I always think about the supply chain in this case. 1 year it is normal and can be considered as the latest supply. 2 years it is a leftover from the previous season. In any case try to find the most fresh week of the manufacturing. If you have a chance, check a batch of tires in a warehouse by yourself or ask a sales person
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Tires are stamped on them when they were manufactured.

When you purchase a new set of tires, how old should they be?

Ideally that same year would be best, but what about buying brand new tires that are stamped 1-2 years old?

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I saw a nice set of Bridgestone's but they were stamped 2018, so I was just wondering if they would be considered "old" even though they are new.
If they were made in Japan, it takes about 4-5 months to get them in North America, then they had sit in a central distribution center for few month. Even travelling between local warehouses takes from 1 to 2 weeks.

I think 2019 year of production you can find in November
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Anyone use Simple Tire?

Prices and selection are much cheaper than Tire Rack but I think I know why.

Some of the tires they sell can be NOS (4 years old).

We are unable to check DOT on specific tires. We use data and technology to aggregate tire inventory from more than 500 suppliers across the country. All of our tires are within 4 years. Most of the tires closer to that 4-year-old DOT are discontinued models, while most of our tires could range from 6 months-2 years.

That seems like a long time for a brand new tire even NOS.

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Wow, that's like giving away 4 years of life in your tires. Unless they're very cheap...but then you'll have to replace them sooner, so I'm not sure about the savings.


Maybe they're like wine, the older the better! They taste great, but don't put them on your car!

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The biggest problem with a discontinued tires you can't find a spare one (in a case of the sidewall puncture for instance)

P.S. I did the same research about 1 year ago and bought 5 tires of Good Year Eagle Sport. It is a good quality tires, available in H and V speed ratings for 195/60 R15.
Basically it's the only one choice we have now. Almost all other available tires of this size are low performance long lasting touring tires. We also can buy track tires of this size but I would say our cars and general roads are not suitable for them.

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Wow, that's like giving away 4 years of life in your tires. Unless they're very cheap...but then you'll have to replace them sooner, so I'm not sure about the savings.

Maybe they're like wine, the older the better! They taste great, but don't put them on your car!
I think most of these discount online tire stores are like this.

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