Cash-strapped motorists are keeping their cars for longer as they cut back on spending to survive the recession.
But hanging on to old or illegal car tyres is a dangerous false economy, according to etyres, the UK’s leading online tyres retailer.
Buying cheap, budget brand tyres can also cost more money in the long run, because they are not as long-lasting or efficient, etyres warns.
Statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that in 2008 cars licensed in Britain had been registered for an average of seven years, compared with 6.8 years in 2007 and 6.6 years in 2003.
Vehicle owners who are trying to save money might look to make savings on other motoring costs.
But driving on illegal tyres with less than 1.6mm tread can lead to accidents, insurance policies being invalidated, fines and penalty points on driving licences.
Tony Bowman, managing director of etyres where prices are up to 40 per cent cheaper than at leading high street tyre depots, said: ‘Replacing old tyres doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
‘We operate a mobile fitting service which means we don’t have expensive depots to run, so our overheads are low and the savings are passed on to customers in the form of lower prices.
‘Our low prices also mean customers don’t have to downgrade to cheap tyres which will wear out quickly and not offer the high levels of safety associated with premium brand tyres.’