I have a Subaru Outback that is a third car, and therefore not used much, low miles, always garaged and kept out of the sun. The tires are 6 years, one month old, look great, and have maybe 25-30k miles on them. They are Goodyear Integrity tires with 6/year 50,000 mile warranty. One tire had a small nail in it and had to be patched.
I got into an argument with the tire shop where I bought the tires: even though there is plenty of tread left, he said no one would patch a tire older than 5 years, it was a death trap, and I had to replace my tires. I got a huge whiff of salesman scare tactics from him, and the place is known (thanks, Yelp!) for being somewhat shady with their upsell practices. “Tires aren’t meant to last more than 5 years” is a direct quote.
I left and got the tire patched for free at another tire shop (one that gets great reviews). They didn’t have a problem with it.
So, my question is: who’s right, and when should I replace these tires? The car only gets 4-5k miles per year, so it’ll be several more years before I would replace them solely based on the tread wear. At what point is a tire unsafe due to age? I realize sun damage, extreme conditions make a difference, but I live in San Diego and keep the car garaged most of the time. Thanks!