LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- For some items, saving a few bucks by buying them secondhand isn't worth the potential safety or health risks involved. Here are six things you should always buy new.
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1. Bike helmets - When it comes to your safety, you should never shop second-hand. Minor scratches or dings in helmets that you might be unable to spot right away can cause their safety rating to fall.
2. Footwear - Many websites advise against buying shoes used because they've probably already been formed to the foot of the person who wore them before you. Especially with running shoes, this could lead to discomfort or injuries.
3. Cookware - Non-stick cookware especially is something you want to invest in on your own. The coatings break down over time, making them more difficult to clean and potentially releasing harmful chemicals.
4. Upholstered furniture - Bed bug risk aside, odors in upholstered furniture can be difficult to get out, no matter how much Febreze you use. If you buy furniture used, it might be best to reupholster it yourself.
5. Vacuum cleaners - Vacuums are one of the most-used appliances and they don't last forever. If you need something that still has the suction power to clean the dust around your whole house, it might be best to buy a new one yourself.
6. Car tires - Buying tires used is never a good idea, since the tread could be worn and it may put your safety in danger. Tires wear out as they age, and it's best to buy them straight from the store.