By Katherine Clarkson
Car buyers should be vigilant when purchasing second hand vehicles to make sure they are roadworthy, from the tyres to the brake lights.
The warning comes from etyres, the UK’s largest online tyres retailer, after 22 vehicles were taken off dealers forecourts across Leicester in a crackdown on unroadworthy cars for sale.
Bald tyres and faulty brake lights were just some of the defects that were discovered during the investigation.
The dealers will have to repair the vehicles and pass them through MOTs before they can be advertised for sale. If they try to sell them without the repairs, they could be fined £20,000.
The legal minimum tread depth for tyres is 1.6mm, but anything less than 3mm is going to need replacing in the relatively near future and is not giving the buyer value for money.
Also check the manufacture date for the tyres, it is on the sidewall, because even if they are not heavily worn, tyres that are more than six years old have already reached a level of deterioration which could lead to accidents.