Last February I bought a 2019 Hyundai Kona 4 wd to replace my Yeti . It was fine , but always felt like it had very over-inflated tyres , as the secondary ride especially was pretty awful , as was the tyre noise. Worse still , it was flighty in the wet - very keen to aquaplane despite its weight - and even in diff lock mode very poor on grass etc. I blamed the size - 235 /18 seems over large for a small SUV .
My winter tyres for the Yeti were too small so it was a trip to Donald's , ,my local tyre guy who has kept me in tyres for 30 years . I opted for Goodyear all seasons , which D spoke highly of . When I picked the car up the hardly worn originals (Hankook ? ) were nowhere to be seen - I had expected to see them in the car , as usual . And this is where it got interesting...
'I've slung them ' said Donald . And this is why - Donald told me they were incredibly hard , and hence difficult to remove . He's seen it before, including on his own Jaguar and Covid is sort of to blame. My car had done 5000 miles in over 2 years , the Jag even less , just like some customers whi had had the same problem .
It appears that long periods of lack of use, with car parked up , often in sunlight can ruin a tyre quickly even though it is hardly worn . I knew old tyres were useless, but didn't realise that newish ones went off so fast .
The Goodyears are a revelation - hugely improved ride, road noise reduced , wet grip tenacious and mud shrugged off. Some is down to tread and compound but never have I felt such a difference.
So if your low mileage 2019/2020 secondhand car bargain has a s*** ride, and tries to kill you in the wet , now you know .