Part worn, part safe?

The dangers of part worn tyres

Part Worn tyres appear to offer a cheaper alternative to brand new tyres, and can be tempting if you are looking to save money.  However, buying part worn tyres can present real risks to you and other drivers on the road, which is why we strongly advise against them.

We want to outline the dangers of buying part worn tyres, proving that they are, in fact, only “part safe”.

Part Worn Tyres Have Less Tread Depth

According to the UK’s legal requirements for tyres, grooves must be clearly visible on the whole tyre, to a depth of 1.6mm across the tread, around the tyre’s circumference.  The tread depth requirements for part worn tyres are just 2mm deep, which is only just scraping the minimum!  Without adequate tread depth, tyres won’t perform as well in wet weather which will make you unsafe on the road.

Part Worn Tyres Are Not Always Structurally Sound

The problem with buying part worn tyres is that you do not know exactly where the tyres have come from, or why they have been removed from another vehicle.  If the tyres have been on a car that has suffered an accident, the chances are that cuts or bulges are present, which are signs of internal damage.  Even if the tyres have come from a car that has never been in an accident, what’s to say that they have not suffered kerb damage, or have been badly repaired? Any damage like this is extremely dangerous, and could even be illegal. Which leads us to our next point….

Part Worn Tyres are often sold illegally

Part Worn tyres must meet certain requirements, including:

  • A tyre that has been retreaded needs the relevant British Standard mark ‘BS AU 144E’
  • ‘Part worn’ must be printed on the side of the tyre permanently and legibly in 4mm high lettering.
  • The tyre tread must span 3/4 across the tyre’s surface and around the entire circumference of the tyre.

However, a staggering 97% of part worn tyres are sold illegally.  With those odds, you’ll have a hard time finding a part worn tyre that is not breaking the law, and even then, it might still just be passing the minimum requirements.  We really don’t think it’s worth the risk!

We hope you are now feeling more informed about the dangers of part worn tyres.  Here at Eden Tyres, we only sell brand new tyres, so our customers don’t have to worry about tyres being “part safe”. Not only are brand new tyres the safer option, but they will actually cost you less in the long run.

For more information, read more about part worn tyres on our website or contact our friendly team.  We’d be happy to help!