Yes we’ve brought it up before, and yes we’ve even got an entire page on the site dedicated to it, but todays report from LV Insurance has given us at Easywheels.co.uk another opportunity to highlight some of the pitfalls and safety issues with buying part worn tyres.
We’re not going to bore you with the details about safety issues with part worn tyres and all the technical reasons why they’re just a bad idea as you can find out all about that on our part worn tyre guide.
LV Insurance today announced that since 2009 there have been over 23 million part worn tyres sold in the U.K with sales benefiting from those having been hit by the recession. However, LV found that over 25% of those part worn tyres were illegal when they were sold with a huge amount more just scraping in to the legal category.
With fines of up to £100 per tyre and 3 penalty points for each illegal tyre, part worn tyres could end up costing you more than you bargained for. It’s not difficult to see the attractions of part worn tyres, particularly during a recession, but new tyres don’t have to cost a fortune. The average set of part worn tyres will cost you around £150 including fitting, but with Easywheels.co.uk offering full sets of new tyres including fitting, balancing, VAT, and disposal of your old tyres from £140, you could even save buying new.
Of course, we also have here at Easywheels.co.uk, a lot of motorists who have tried buying part worns and within a couple of months they’re needing new tyres, either due to poor handling or simply they’ve worn below the legal limit of 1.6mm across ¾ of the tyre. So it’s worth considering that part worn tyres are potentially not as cheap as you might have thought.
LV also found that over half a million motorists using part worn tyres had skidded and experienced noticeably longer stopping distances against new tyres, a worrying statistic for those focused on safety.
Finally, just remember, if you are set on buying part worn tyres and you’ve talked to the Easywheels.co.uk team or other professionals and we can’t convince you otherwise: Check to see if the part worn tyres you are buying comply with the law and are stamped to show they have been checked against legal standards.
(1.6mm minimum tread depth across ¾ of the tyre and covering 360 degrees is the bare legal minimum. Try not to go below 3mm if possible)