Now that your tires have run their course, you want to get some money out of them by selling them at a pawn shop. But do pawn shops buy tires?

Yes, you can pawn your old car tires at a pawn shop. However, you shouldn't expect to get too much from this sale. You might make anywhere between $20 and $70 per tire, depending on their condition, and around $100 to $300 for a whole set; again, depending on their condition.

That being said, just because you'll be taking your old worn-out car tires to the pawn shop doesn't mean they're just going to accept it willy nilly. Pawn Shops have certain requirements, too, when it comes to purchasing used car tires that you need to be aware of.

While we can't say that we've sold too many tires to pawn shops, we have facilitated these sales for a few customers. You might not get too much money for your tires, but we know enough about the process to ensure that you get the best deal possible (and that you go in with the right expectations). Let's get started.

Do Pawn Shops Buy Tires?

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Selling Your Tires

While most people turn to the local tire shop, tire recycling facility, or Craigslist, there's another place where you can sell your used car tires for some quick, hard cash. If you haven't guessed it already, we're talking about pawn shops. The good news is, if you take a quick look around your neighborhood, you are sure to find a pawn shop or two close by.

These pawn shops will have no qualms purchasing your used car tires for a fair price. Of course, this price is going to be a fraction of what you bought the tires for (if you did purchase them for your car), but it will be a good trade, especially considering you wouldn't get much if you threw the tires in the recycling bin or just left them at the mechanic.

But just because you will be selling your used car tires to the pawn shop does not mean you should just accept anything as payment for your old worn-out car tires. Smart folk who usually sell their old tires to pawn shops always make a quick stop at the tire retreading shop beforehand.

Why Retreading Your Tires Works

This is a great option for those who do not want to spend top dollar for new tires and are looking to continue using their current tires. It's also a smart option if you've got new tires and want to bump up the value of your old ones at the pawn shop. It goes without saying that your old car tires might be showing some serious signs of wear and tear, depending on the years you've used them and how you drive. However, there is an easy fix for all those cracks and scratches on your old car tires.

It makes sense to take your old tires to the retreading shop first, mainly because pawn shops don't buy car tires because they are valuable items but for their resale value. Old tires that show no treads are going to be harder to sell, even for a pawn shop. It is best to take all old bald tires (as in, have treads less than 2/16 of an inch) to the local tire retreading shop. Measuring the treads of the tires is easy, but you are going to need a device that can be purchased from your nearest auto parts store.

Selling at a Pawn Shop

When you think of pawning anything, wheels and tires aren't the first things that come to mind, and that's for good reason. That's because, at a pawn store, they aren't exactly in great demand. Besides, when was the last time you went to the pawn shop to buy a set of tires? That being said, there are some folks who are hard on cash who do turn to pawn shops to find old tires that are fit for the road and are available on a budget.

It is important to note that pawn shops will offer you money depending on the item's value as well as its potential for resale in their store. It's pointless for them to take something from you that they won't be able to sell.

As a result, whether a pawn shop will accept your tires is mostly determined by their demand in your area. Given what they initially cost and the tire's overall condition, what they are prepared to offer for them may be a bit disappointing to you. However, if it is sufficient to address your financial difficulties, it is always worthwhile to get some money for your old, worn-out tires.

The good news is that there are also pawn shops that specialize in tires as well, which means you are likely to get a better price if you find such pawn shops because they'll take your tires as long as they're in excellent working condition.

How Much Should You Expect?

The amount of money you receive will be determined by where you sell them and their condition. If you sell your tires to a local pawn shop, you may expect to make anything from $20 to $70 per tire. A whole set of four old tires is commonly priced between $100 and $300, depending on how worn they are and if all four tires are worn evenly. If you go to a pawn shop that only deals in tires and wheels, you could expect to get more for your old tires.

Again, you will need to make sure that the tires are in appropriate shape if you want to get the money you're asking for. This is why it is always a good idea to make a quick stop at the tire retreading store before you make your way to the pawn shop to sell your old car tires. You will be required to provide images as well as measurements. If you have a branded old tire, you may usually receive a better price. You will also need to take your ID along with you as well to the pawn shop for identification.

About THE AUTHOR

Charles Redding

Charles Redding

I've spent many years selling cars, working with auto detailers, mechanics, dealership service teams, quoting and researching car insurance, modding my own cars, and much more.

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