By Denna Bowman
Cost-conscious motorists who buy second hand cheap tyres to save money could be putting their lives at risk, according to a recent investigation.
Worcestershire Regulatory Services ordered an independent examination of part worn cheap tyres being sold across the county to determine the number of companies complying with Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations.
Researchers checked 75 tyres and found that more than a quarter of them had a structural defect which made them unsafe to use. Even more worrying was the fact that none of these second hand cheap tyres were marked as part worn, despite sellers being required to do so by law.
Motorists who are looking to save money and buy cheap tyres are increasingly being drawn to part worn tyres because of their price and availability.
However, Coun Marcus Hart, joint committee chairman for Worcestershire Regulatory Services, said by doing so motorists could be gambling with their lives, according to a report in the Ridditch Standard.
Coun Hart warned: “In the current economic climate cash strapped motorists are looking to save money where ever possible but it is essential consumers are aware of the potential risks associated with buying a substandard part worn tyre.
“Everyone should carry out checks to ensure the tyres they are being sold are safe and carefully consider the options as tyres are one of the most important safety aspects of your car.”
Motorists who are looking for cheap tyres are advised to pay a little more money for a brand new economy tyre, which will offer safety and performance. etyres supply and fit a wide range of cheap tyres from its economy range.