Are Part Worn Tyres Actually "Cheap" and Do They Save Money?

We say a resounding 'No', but then we would say that wouldn't we?

Well here is some information that hopefully helps to explain why we believe you should always fit new tyres.

Below is a very well thought out video from Tyre Safe - Please watch it.

The message in the video is serious although there are places where you could just say 'So what? I only want some cheap tyres'

If you find yourself saying that, then there are some points that are slightly less obvious.

  • Why are the tyres available for re-sale? Why were these seemingly good tyres removed from the previous vehicle?
  • 97% of Part Worn Tyres are sold illegally, and 16% contain unsafe of dangerous repairs
  • If the tyre is not being sold as a 'legal' part worn tyre, what other short cuts is the seller taking?
  • Part worn tyres have less tread on them. Usually 3mm or less. This makes them less effective in the wet but also means that they have less than 1.4mm of usable tread. A new tyre with 8mm of tread may be twice the price, but will give 400% more tyre life!
  • The unfortunate motorist at the end of the video wasn't paralyzed because he bought part worn tyres. The accident happend because he had worn tyres. The key factor is that he had only had them on the car for 2 months so he assumed that they should be fine. The majority of motorists can expect new tyres to be servicable for 2 years or more.
  • ...and sometimes, just sometimes, it's not about the money.


Ultimately it is your choice as a motorist, but our recommendation would be to fit, at minimum, a 'mid brand' tyre such as BF Goodrich, Uniroyal Hankook or Avon

Mid Brand tyres are a safer option that will give much better value for money than part worn or second hand tyres.

Check out our Mid Brand tyres for many miles of trouble free motoring