Some tyre shops save old used knock on wheel weights and reuse them when balancing new tyres and puncture repairs etc. One could dress this practice up with self serving claims to the effect it is eco friendly recycling; but the real motivation is to save a few bucks.
I am keen on saving money in my business too, but in this instance it means balancing new tyres on what are often high quality rims with old looking second hand weights which are likely to be mis matched, bent, scratched and liable to fall off.
I think that customers buying new tyres are entitled to have their wheels balanced with new weights; its as simple as that. As a consumer, I had an experience with second hand weights a few years ago; and I did not like it. I needed to balance the wire wheels on my 1969 MGB and as we can not balance wires at Megatyre, I got Pete to take them to a tyre shop on the other side of Auckland who could.
Yes, my wheels came back balanced with very obviously second hand motley looking weights. The job just looked awful and anyone with pride in their work would just not do this to a wheel, let alone to some wheels that are obviously from a car the owner cherishes. It was no drama for me, I just replaced the weights with new ones but I sure felt I had been given a second rate job. Also, the wheels were not particularly well balanced, which left me wondering if the tyre shops lack of pride in how their work looked also extended to the accuracy of their wheel balancing.
So at Megatyre we always use new wheel weights, and quite a few other tyres shops share this policy too. It shows respect for our customers and their vehicles and demonstrates pride in our work. Megatyre Browns Bay, North Shore, Auckland. www.megatyre.co.nz