Sale of used tires in Ouagadougou: A business that is doing well

Sales of used tires have multiplied a lot in Burkina Faso and especially in the capital in recent years. If most Burkinabè prefer these tires instead of new ones, it is because of their affordable prices. But these “France au-revoir” tires are not without risk to the lives of users and others. Proper fitting of your vehicle to minimize the risk of tire accidents requires that the use intended by its owner be taken into account, but also the climatic conditions that impose the use of a type of tire in relation to the climate.

Rightly or wrongly, used tires are purchased as “hot bread” in Ouagadougou without necessarily taking into account the hazards they may cause during their use. These tires are actually sometimes the cause of accidents because of their poor quality, but also because of the misuse that motorists make of them, according to the cases of accidents recorded in Burkina Faso.

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In almost every neighborhood of the city you will definitely find one, if not more sellers of tires “France bye bye” as the people commonly call them. From Tampouy to Larlé, via Cité An 3 to the city center, these tires are easy to find on the edge of paved roads.

In Cité An 3 (residential district in arrondissement No. 2 of Ouagadougou), a stone’s throw from the Nerwaya cinema, Abdoulaye Sankara is one of those who has started this business for a few years now.

“It’s more than two months ago that someone bought one of my tires. While before the security crisis I could sell two to three tires a day,” Abdoulaye Sankara, seller of used tires at Cité An 3

Ten thousand CFA francs, used tires

“I sell tires for Mercedes vehicles at a price of 10,000 CFA francs per unit. My customers are people who can afford new tires but prefer the ones we have. There are also people whose funds are lacking who buy them to help for a while, ”he said.

Sir. Sankara suggests he was facing a drop in his tires due to the crises the country is going through. “It’s more than two months since someone bought one of my tires. While before the security crisis I could sell two to three tires a day,” he says. When asked where the tires he puts on the market came from, Mr Sankara is still vague in his reply. “We are sources from someone who sends used tires in a truck. Once we are there, we sort out the best tires that we come to resell, ”he said a little suspiciously.

For Gérard Hien, an official in the capital, (met near the ministry responsible for national education located in the city center), the reasons why people are pushing people to buy used tires, primarily the fact that they are ” cheap “. “We would have liked tires directly from the factory instead of used tires. But I think it is primarily a medium problem that at some point one prefers these tires because they are cheaper. This makes it possible to compensate for pneumatic faults for a while, ”he explained.

“I chose the new tires because people are able to present used tires to you as being of good quality,” said Modeste Ouédraogo, a citizen of Burkina Faso.

While some believe that these tires are more resistant than those sold by local tire companies, the main reason for choosing used tires remains “a problem with financial means”, confirms Mr. He. He said he had recently purchased such tires for his personal vehicle, but stressed that their lifespan often did not exceed three months for someone traveling long distances.

To protect itself from possible incidents, such as the bursting of tires in full circulation, Modeste Ouédraogo (crossing at the same station mentioned above) chose to equip his vehicle with new tires. “On certain tracks, if one of your tires explodes in traffic, it’s a disaster! I chose new tires because people are able to present used tires to you as being of good quality. While they simply made sure to clean them good for cheating customers’ vigilance, ”he explains.

When the funds are lacking, the motorist, according to him, may be required to buy used tires. On the other hand, when his financial ability allows it, it is better, he recommends getting brand new tires.

The new tires are sold by Boubakari Savadogo

The criteria for a good choice of tires

Over time, the category of people who are aware of the harmful consequences that can result from the use of “cheap” tires has grown. This caused Boubakari Savadogo, (dealer of new tires in Larlé) to switch from selling used tires to brand new ones. “Used tires are used tires. Even though they are good, they are even better from the factory, ”he maintains.

According to Mr. Savadogo many customers buy their tires without taking into account important items written on them, such as the expiration date. To him, the studs on the tires can visibly appear in good condition when their expiration date has expired. Which therefore makes them useless even though the latter continues to exploit them.

“When people buy their tires without paying attention to features such as speed, they can burst when the speed limit is not met,” said Boubakari Savadogo, a tire salesman in the Larlé district.

“When people buy their tires without paying attention to features like speed, they can burst when the speed limit is not met. This situation is common among users of used tires, ”said Mr. Savadogo.

Due to its tropical (warm) climate, the most recommended type of tire in Burkina Faso is the “summer tire” used exclusively for the hot period in western countries, he mentioned.

Amado Sankara, CEO of Eza Group (a company that sells new tires in Cité An 3), said he did not understand Burkinabe’s position in their choice of tires and urges them to do so, for more of Warning. “My advice to motorists is that they should make a wise choice when buying tires. “If a person can afford a car for at least seven million CFA francs, I think he can make a greater effort to procure good quality tires for his own, his family’s and others’ safety,” he said.

“My advice to motorists is to make a wise choice when buying tires”, Amado Sankara, general manager of Eza Group at Cité An 3

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From his place of work, in the Koulouba district (located in Ouagadougou 1st arrondissement), the mechanic Lucien Kaboré noticed that there were “France goodbye” tires that were much more resistant than those sold by the in the capital. “One of my customers put his vehicle back on, and right after a ride, those tires were obscured,” he confided.

He added that the latter went to explain to the merchant his misfortune. However, he made it clear that it was not he who made these tires. The mechanic also stated that his client had acquired his tires without warranty, a carelessness which cost him dearly.

Thus, mechanic Lucien Kaboré urges Burkinabè to be careful about choosing their tires well so as not to be cheated by refurbished parts.

Sir. Kaboré therefore urges Burkinabè to be careful in choosing the right tires so as not to be cheated by refurbished parts. It is therefore necessary, according to him, to ensure the good quality of the tire before any purchase.

Any purchase of tires for a vehicle must be based on the use intended by its owner. Depending on whether the vehicle is intended for commercial or personal use, the type of tire varies. “For two vehicles with the same tire dimensions, eg 165 / 70R14, one will be equipped with” C “type tires, which are best suited for a car carrying more cargo than a passenger vehicle”, stated the General Manager of Good Year, Pierre El Turk.

The Good Year business in the Koulouba district

The tire categories “C” or “LT” (light truck) are actually tires dedicated to commercial vehicles and have a load index of less than or equal to 128, ie. a maximum acceptable load of less than or equal to 1800 kg. These tires are characterized by a load capacity greater than that permitted by a tire of a passenger vehicle of the same size.

The motorway code requires changing the tires as soon as the wear indicator at a height of 1.6 mm is reached, but we note that this standard is unfortunately not respected by many motorists in Africa and in Burkina Faso in particular. This quite often causes accidents related to the poor condition of the tires, which are sometimes fatal.


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