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Part Worn Stamp: Used Tyres

We are being warned that some part worn tyres being sold may be dangerous which could lead to accidents or collisions. Simon Blackburn from the Local Government Association stated that “Cheap used tyres might be tempting to buy but if they don't have the correct legal markings, motorists could unknowingly buy illegal tyres which could contribute to a major accident”.

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Buyers should look for the “Part Worn Stamp”, used by reputable retailers, where the buyer will know they have been checked for puncture, rips and tears.

Unsafe Tyres Are Always A Risk

Ben Aldous the RAC Patrolman of the year, states that unsafe tyres are always a risk even with a good condition vehicle.

The RAC attend hundreds of callouts every year where tyres are a factor. Of course some could be accidental, like hitting a pothole, but too many times it is down to excess tyre wear.

Tyres should have a full 2mm of tread right across its surface, without this means there is less surface grip and a reduced ability to disperse standing water.

Tyresafe recently carried out a survey where is believed that 98% of used tyres sold were illegal to sell and 38% were in fact dangerous. Ref Autocar

A cheaper but safer form of buying tyres could be to buy remoulds, which when bought from a reputable dealer are still legal.

So if you are in the market for used tyres, make sure that Part Worn Stamp is in place and check for too much wear, or better.