By Denna Bowman
Motorists are being warned to think twice before buying part worn tyres, by a leading motor trade insurance provider.
The recession has caused vehicle owners to opt for the second hand tyres as a way of saving money, according to Staveley Head.
However the Flintshire-based firm are advising that in most cases, this is false economy and drivers could in fact be putting themselves at risk, particularly as winter conditions continue to make for hazardous driving conditions.
Part-worn tyres have been previously used on another car and are mostly imported from Continental Europe, where stringent driving laws require motorists to change their tyres at every MOT, regardless of their tread or condition.
This has led to a surplus, which means that many motorists in the UK where tyres simply have to have a minimum tread of 1.6mm in order to be roadworthy, can purchase these tyres and make significant cost savings when compared to new tyres.
A spokesman for Staveley Head said: “In the current economic climate, it is understandable that people will want to make savings on the rising cost of motoring.
“However, buying part-worn tyres could be false economy and could put you and your vehicle at risk.”
Motorists can also save money by buying their tyres on the internet from etyres, the UKs leading online tyres company.
etyres operates a free mobile tyre fitting service, so its overheads are low and it passes the savings on to customers in the form of cheaper prices – up to 40% lower than the leading high street depots.