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Should You Buy Part Worn Tyres?

Car Tyres

Here at ACC UK Ltd, multi award winning Independent Volvo and Toyota Service, Repair & MOT garage based in Farnborough, Hampshire, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.

The blog this week is about part worn tyres versus brand new tyres. We often get asked by customers who need new tyres if we supply and fit part worn tyres as a way of them saving money. We categorically NEVER fit part worn tyres and do not advocate the use of them for a number of reasons. Read on to find out why:

They may seem like a cheap alternative, especially if money is tight, however in our professional opinion part worn tyres are a potential accident in the making. Look at a different way of saving money. The tyres on your Volvo or Toyota are extremely vital in keeping you and fellow motorists safe on the road. They are the only part of the car that is in contact with the road and so a lot relies on their condition.

Most of the part worn tyres available for sale in the UK have been imported, mainly coming from continental Europe, with countless ones arriving from Germany where their legal minimum tread depth is 3mm. The legal minimum depth of tread in the UK is 1.6mm.  Obviously the cost of a part worn tyre is lower than the cost of a new tyre because it is second hand and has less tyre tread than that of a new tyre. A new tyre will have typically 8mm of tread a part worn one will have 4mm or less. Some part worn tyres may only have 2mm of tread. Yes you may be able to purchase part worn tyres for say £20-£25, whereas you may be able to purchase a brand new budget tyre for around £40. It is worth noting that budget tyres are probably more suited to town driving as you will be driving at lower speeds. So as you can see it really is a false economy to buy part worn tyres. There is obviously no price that you can put on the safety of yourself, your passengers and other road users – so please avoid putting part worn tyres on your Volvo or Toyota just to save money – you wont in the long run – trust us! Happy safe motoring folks!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015 and 2019, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, The Eagle Radio Biz Award – Entrepreneur of the Year 2020,  we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.