Two tire sizes, same car?

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Old 12-30-16, 02:53 PM
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Exclamation Two tire sizes, same car?

We finalized the negotiations on selling a car today and dropped the price on it because it will need new tires soon. Well, we looked at it today and discovered a screw in the tire, in a non-repairable location. Supposed to do the sale transaction in the morning.
Size of that tire is 215/70R16.
So we also have another car that is the same make and model, but different year and trim and is 225/65R17 size tires.
We are wondering if we can purchase two new tires for the car we are keeping and put the still-in-good-condition-but-not-brand-new tires from that car onto the car we are selling.
In other words, the buyers low balled us and we don't feel like coughing up $300 if there's a way we can salvage some of the value.
So the real question is whether I can put two 225/65R17 tires on a car that currently has 215/70R16 tires on it.
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Old 12-30-16, 03:02 PM
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The general rule of thumb is that tires should be no more than 3% differencce. The real question, will the buyer accept?

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Not on the same rims, at least.

Whether you could swap the rims is not knowable from the information you provided but, generally speaking, all four wheels and tires on a normal car should be the same size.
 
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Marq - I think you missed that the rims are different sizes, 16" and 17"
 
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As SS stated you can't put 17" tires on a 16" rim or vice versus. Todays cars are usually fairly specific what size tires are supposed to be on it and usually the wrong size will throw off the speedometer and might cause it not to handle as good as it should. it might be possible to swap rims.
 
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Sorry. misread. Sizes are compatible but the 16/17 size rims are going to cause somebody a headache in the future.

If I was a buyer no way would I accept! Ever!

As a seller I would not sleep well trying to pull that one on a buyer!

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Thanks to all for the feedback and info. We were just hoping to minimize our losses, since we already agreed to a really low price just before this discovery. And wouldn't want to do anything that causes a problem for anyone down the road. Please understand I was not proposing anything to "pull" on a buyer. I was just asking about it because I had no idea about the implications and whether it would be ok or not.
 
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Some places sell "pull offs" at a reduced price. It may be that you could just buy one tire the correct size and have it installed on the correct size rim. All the sizes must be the same, especially if it is 4wd or AWD due to revolution consideration.
 
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Old 12-31-16, 04:37 AM
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Some places sell "pull offs" at a reduced price.
You can find single used tires on eBay, about every brand and size are available.

Sorry did not what to imply any type of slight of hand but different wheel sizes are not a god idea.

On another note, you stated that the sale price was lowered because the tires needed replacing, the screw just makes that action a little sooner.

No way would I chip in more since the price was lowered and agreed on.

Fix the tires and re-sell to someone else!
 
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What kind of car is it ???????? make/year/model
 
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