A false economy

If you think buying a part worn tyre is cheaper than buying new, think again, as it’s certainly not usually the case.

Why? Part worn tyres have been used, so they have less tread left on the tyre, which means although the price you pay may be lower, you’ll need to replace it much more quickly. We stock a huge range of new budget tyres at discount prices.

A campaign carried out by TyreSafe discovered that 98% of part worn tyres they checked were sold illegally - with 34% of the tyre containing dangerous forms of damage.

Part worn tyres may seem cheap but could cost you more in the long-run. Part worn tyres have substantially less tread than a new tyre, so you’ll need to replace it much more quickly - potentially very quickly.

Minimum legal requirement of tread left on a part worn : 2mm

Minimum legal tread for a car or van tyre on Britain’s roads : 1.6mm

Difference - 0.4mm - half the thickness of a credit card

A new tyre’s tread depth : 7mm to 8mm

Penalties for driving a vehicle with tyres below the legal tread depth: Up to £2,500 and three penalty points - FOR EACH TYRE


If you still want to buy part worn tyres then check for the following;

  • Must have an EC approval mark and a speed & load capacity index

  • Be marked with 'PART-WORN' in upper case letters at least 4mm high.

  • Not have a cut over 25mm or 10% of the section width of the tyre

  • Not have any internal or external lump, bulge or tear

  • Not have any ply or cord exposed

  • Not have any penetration damage that has not been repaired

  • the original tread pattern of the tyre must be at least 2mm deep

Whats so Dangerous about Part Worn Tyres?

The biggest danger of buying part worn tyres is the potentially unseen or hidden damage to the internal structure of the tyre. Although the tyres do need to meet certain regulations, the test which take place when a part worn tyre is put through to deem whether it is safe for reselling does not make use of any x-ray machinery and as such it is impossible to tell what unseen damage may have occurred.

Most part worn tyres are imported, mainly coming from continental Europe, with many coming from Germany where the legal minimum tread depth is 3mm. In other European countries tyres are typically sold with around 50% of the original tread depth – meaning they have often been used for several thousand miles prior to the sale.

It is hard to know the full history of a part worn tyre. You can never truly know how often they have hit kerbs, been run with the wrong air pressure, or if there is any irreparable invisible damage.

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