Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: One of the 13 Colonies
Buying new tires: how old should they be?
I recently bought 4 NEW BF Goodrich Radial T/A's P215 70R 14's for my '69 Camaro. It's a pretty big tire store, with dozens of outlets. I found it a little odd, that they had trouble finding them. They had to end up getting two from FLA and two from TX.
I got to looking at them closer and realized that 3 of them were made in March 2009, while the fourth was made in 2004. Two concerns I have are: the white lettering is faded, almost antique white-looking on the fourth tire, while the other 3 have nice bright white lettering. It really stands out as an oddball. My other concern is, that rubber, like everything exposed to oxygen, has a finite shelf life. Even if it was neglible, I'm not thrilled about paying for a 6 year old tire, as "new".
I went back this morning, and the guy agreed to order another one, although he won't be able to tell how old it is, until it arrives.
I'm glad they're are making this right. At the same time, I'm surprised they're trying to sell something that old, as "new".