By Alex Kapadia
Vehicle owners who are switching to budget tyres to save money are “unwise”, according to a leading tyre manufacturer.
Continental tyres warned cost-conscious motorists who think that buying cheaper tyres saves them money that they will lose out in the long run.
The German tyre company points out that budget tyres may cost less, but they can turn out to be a more expensive option because they do not match the premium brands in durability.
Angus Smith, Continental sales director, said: “We are concerned about a recent rise in the number of motorists making the switch to budget-price tyres.
“While it is understandable that the need to cut costs has risen as a result of the recession, trying to save money on tyres is at best a questionable economy.
“Replacing covers that cost £100 with products priced at £50 might seem a good move at the time, but downgrading of this kind is unwise.
“The advantage is short term because the tests we have carried out prove these products don’t have the durability of premium tyres and they are also inferior in terms of handling and performance. And the safety element is a critical factory when you consider how often we have to drive in wet weather.”