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Drivers too keen to cut tyre costs

Safety concerns over part-worn rubber

Car tyre safety concerns

Part-worn tyres are increasingly popular

An internet-based tyre retailer has revealed survey findings that suggest six out of every 10 motorists are considering part-worn or retread tyres in an effort to cut costs.

Tyre retailer Blackcircles.com conducted the study to coincide with National Tyre Safety month – October – and found that 59% of drivers would now consider buying part-worn or retread . This compares with just 35% of buyers three years ago. (Blackcircles surveyed a sample of 400 motorists.) 

The current economic recession is said to be at the root of this change, since such are usually cheaper than their brand new counterparts. However, part-worn and retread are not subject to the same regulations as brand new tyres and are unlikely to come with a guarantee. 

Tyre safety concerns

Blackcircles.com Managing Director, Mike Welch, explains: ‘Part-worns and retreads are effectively second-hand. They have already been used for an unspecified number of miles on a different vehicle, so are inherently sub-standard compared to brand new models.’ This could increase their risk of failure.

‘These “second-hand” may have been run over – or under-inflated, and may have sustained irreparable and invisible damage to their structure,’ adds Welch.

‘If you want to cut back on your monthly outgoings then change your supermarket or spend less on clothes, but don’t make the mistake of scrimping on something as important as car and ultimately your safety.’

Don’t scrimp on tyres

Which? adds that are one of the most vital aspects of any car’s performance – they are, after all, the only point of contact with the road surface.

To find out how to get the best tyres for your money, read the for our Best Buy recommendations, and don’t forget to shop around. Internet retailers, such as Blackcircles, etyres.co.uk and mytyres.co.uk all offer strong value compared with traditional fitters, and have an extensive network of fitting services. But don’t rule out your local supplier – it is always worth getting as many quotations as possible and they may be able to match the prices of online suppliers.


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