By Katherine Clarkson
Motorists have been urged to put quality above price when it comes to choosing car tyres to avoid costly insurance claims, according to a leading insurance company.
Sacrificing standards to save a few pounds on cheap tyres could increase a drivers chance of being involved in an accident, according to Yes Insurance.
And buying budget tyres can also be a false economy if they lead to accidents, insurance claims and increased premiums.
The leading insurance company based its advice on the result of tests carried out by Autocar magazine.
The magazine compared five budget brands – the Triangle, GT Radial, Linglong, Nankang and Wanli – against a premium Continental tyre.
The Continental tyre – the most costly product – performed significantly better, coming out top in all but one assessment.
When braking performance was assessed, the test car was still travelling at 27.8 mph when using the Linglong product at the same point it had come to a complete standstill on the Continentals.
Jamie Corstorphine, senior tester with the magazine, said: ‘Having seen how the five cut-price tyres in this test perform, we’re in no doubt that quality pays dividends.’
However, opting for quality does not have to mean inflated prices.
etyres, the UK’s leading online tyres retailer, does not have expensive depots to run, because it offers a convenient mobile fitting service.
Therefore its low overheads mean savings are passed on to customers in the form of low prices – often up to 40% cheaper than the leading high street depots – on all premium range tyres.