How Much Do Retread Tires Cost? | The Benefits of Retreading

A Wonderland Tire employee uses AcuTread® Computerized Buffing technology to remove the old, worn tread for retreading.

The retreading industry is known for its cost-effectiveness, but just how much would you be saving? There are several things to consider beyond just the price when it comes to evaluating your cost savings with retreading.

What are Retreaded Tires?

Retread tires, also known as remanufactured, remolded, recapped, or refurbished tires, are tires that have undergone a retreading or remanufacturing process, where the old, worn tread is replaced by a new tread. This process extends the life of premium tires by preserving the tire body (or casing) and replacing the tread.

The two most common retreading processes are mold cure (sometimes called hot retreading) and precure (sometimes called cold retreading). See how these processes differ.

Retreading can save you as much as 50% when compared to the price of a new tire.

How Much Do Retread Tires Cost?

Retread tires cost anywhere from 30-50% less than the price of a quality new tire. Because most of the manufacturing cost of a new tire goes into the tire casing, the tread is only a fraction of a new tire’s cost. This means that retreading allows you to save on tire replacement costs by only replacing the tread on worn casings you already own.

Retreading: Long Term Considerations

Extend Your Tire’s Lifespan

Remanufacturing your tires extends their lifetime value and allows you to get more miles out of your tire casings. You can expect AcuTread® retread products to perform just as well as, if not better than new premium tires do—delivering the same mileage and safety benefits. With the proper maintenance, you can retread your tires repeatedly—offering them a lifetime of up to 600,000 miles vs the 100,000-mile lifespan without!

NOTE:  Send your tires in for retreading BEFORE they get down to the legal minimum tread depth (4/32” for steer tires and 2/32” for drive and trailer tires) to ensure they qualify.

Buy Fewer New Tires

Depending on the application and use, tires can be retreaded anywhere from 2 to 5 times (or more with proper maintenance). Retreading your tires instead of buying new tires adds up over time, saving you 30-50% each time.

A Wonderland Tire employee carefully inspects the final AcuTread® retreaded tire to ensure unrivaled quality.

Enjoy the Same Level of Safety and Performance—if Not Better

Tires remanufactured with state-of-the-art retreading processes are just as safe as new tires. The remanufacturing process meets the same standards as the original tire manufacturing process and follows many of the same steps. Retreaded tires are manufactured with only certified materials and undergo multiple vigorous inspections.

When it comes to appearance, aesthetics, and performance, tires that are remanufactured with advanced retreading processes can both look and perform as well as new tires.

Our streamlined technology and safety benefits include:

  • Matched tire diametersThe AcuTread® segmented molds produce a fixed diameter every time—just like new tires. Each tire, regardless of brand, is within 1/32” in diameter. This important feature promotes even distribution of load, extending mileage and reducing heat build-up.
  • Superior adhesion valuesEach AcuTread® tire is cured with direct physical pressure resulting in very high adhesion values. AcuTread® products can withstand severe twisting, turning, and higher running temperatures—just like new tires.
  • Contoured tread The technology of the AcuTread® process ensures that every casing is prepared to an exact width and contour each time. Properly buffed casing dimensions reduce casing fatigue, shoulder separations, and tread edge lifts while also promoting even wear for extended mileage.
  • Splice-freeUsing a computerized rubber extruder, specialized rubber compounds are applied to the casing in one continuous strip, eliminating the possibility of a splice. Alternative precure retreading processes apply fully cured tread to casings and splice it together where the ends meet. Some tires may have more than one splice. The splice can cause a weak point and ride disturbance from an out-of-balance condition.
  • Full-depth sipingSiping assists in dispersing heat from the tread and providing more traction on icy roads. This “new tire” feature reduces casing fatigue and stress due to excessive heat build-up in the tread. Lower tread temperature is a key factor in extended wear and fuel economy.

For more information, Wonderland Tire, a co-developer of the AcuTread® process, answers the question “Are Retreads Safe?” in their guide to remanufactured tires and their benefits.

Enjoy the Same Fuel Mileage—if Not Better

Remanufactured tires have come a long way, now providing similar, if not better, fuel efficiency when compared to new tires. The AcuTread® product is no exception! Thanks to our specially formulated rubber compounds and properly buffed casing dimensions, AcuTread® remanufactured tires have superior fuel efficiency, adhesion, longevity, and cut resistance. View our low rolling resistance models that meet the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements for size, performance, and testing.

Learn more about low rolling resistance remanufactured tires.

You can save approximately 15 gallons of oil for every tire that is retreaded.

Go Green in More Ways Than One

Choosing to retread goes beyond just cost savings, delivering massive environmental savings as well. “A retread tire uses 15 gallons less oil and approximately 90-100 pounds less total material than a new tire. The U.S. and Canada tire retread industry, therefore, saves approximately 217.5 million gallons of oil and delivers 1.4 billion pounds of landfill avoidance on an annual basis,” said David Stevens, Managing Director of Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB).

Protecting Your Current Tire Casings For Retreading

Proper maintenance is essential for extending the longevity of your tires. Maintaining proper inflation, completing regular tire rotations, and avoiding road hazards can all help ensure your tire casing remains at retreading quality.

  • Proper tire inflationNothing damages a tire’s casing faster than improper tire inflation. Over-inflating wears out the center of the casing, while under-inflating wears on the tire’s shoulder and damages the casing’s structure.
  • Rotate your tires regularlyPeriodical tire rotations help to even out tire wear, extending their lifespan and maintaining their integrity for future retreads.
  • Take care of your current treadCleaning your tread regularly, driving carefully, and keeping an eye on your tread wear are all great ways to combat premature wear and preserve your tires for retreading.

Learn more about preserving your fleet’s tire casings.

Retreaded AcuTread tires on a conveyor line

The AcuTread® Difference

The AcuTread® remanufacturing process is a highly advanced retreading system, engineered second to none. It allows us to produce tires that are built expertly for safety, uniformity, reduced heat buildup, and longer tread life. 

Contact us to discover just how much you could be saving each year with AcuTread®!

Retread Tires Near Me

Interested in retreading your tires with an AcuTread® manufacturer? We have dealers located across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Find an AcuTread dealer near you.

AcuTread Videos Released

New videos that offer a glimpse into the world of AcuTread have been completed.  The videos aim to demonstrate the story of AcuTread.  Exhibited in the videos are the highly advanced retreading system that is engineered second to none.  AcuTread® uses leading edge technology to produce remanufactured tires that parallel the specifications, aesthetics, and performance of new tires.