Staveley Head

Staveley Head

December 01, 2009 23:00 ET

Insurers Warn Against Buying Part-Worn Tyres

FLINT, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2009) - Leading motor trade insurance providers Staveley Head are advising motorists to think twice before buying part worn tyres. Many people are turning to these as a way of saving money, 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 U.K, where tyres simply have to have a minimum tread of 2mm in order to be roadworthy, can purchase these tyres and make significant cost savings when compared to new tyres.

Part-worn tyres usually have around 50 per cent or less of their original tread remaining, yet will still usually be good for several thousand miles of motoring. Despite this, there is an element of risk in their purchase and although they will usually have been thoroughly examined by the seller prior to being sold, they could have been subject irreparable and invisible damage to their structure. Unconfirmed estimates say around 30% of part-worn tyres could be damaged and some of these have internal casing damage which could lead to a sudden blow out.

Despite these risks, reports suggest that more and more people are prepared to take the risk for the apparent cost-savings which they offer. According to Staveley Head, however, this could be false economy. A spokesperson commented:

"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."


"We would advise motorists to think very carefully before buying part-worn tyres. If you are looking to cut down on the cost of motoring, there are plenty of other things that you can do. These include driving more slowly and regularly checking tyre pressure, both of which can help you to improve fuel consumption and hence save money."

Based in Flintshire, North Wales, Staveley Head are one of the U.K's fastest growing motor trade insurance brokers. With over 15 years experience, they have earned a reputation for providing quality, low-cost insurance for all types of vehicle. Cover is provided from a panel of leading insurers, including Zurich, Allianz and Royal and Sun Alliance, meaning that the firm can offer the most appropriate cover at the most affordable prices.

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