Save money with part worn tyres

I’m not interested in fancy cars; they just don’t do anything for me. I like old cars with dented paintwork so I don’t get hung up when I knock it. I like practical cars that fit in camping gear, dogs and ferrets. I don’t like spending money on cars as they depreciate in value. I also buy part worn tyres instead of new.

Part worn tyres are typically tyres that have come from other vehicles and have previously been used. There is a lot of hypocrisy around the safely and economical value of part worn tyres but I am a firm supporter of their viability, when sourced from a trustworthy source. Part worn tyres must meet several requirements before they can be sold which, so as long as the retailer does the lawful check, make them perfectly adequate. You can read the regulations here.

New tyres for my Renault Kangoo cost around £45 where as part worn ones cost just £20 each. I looked at the tread of each tyre and did a general check over before accepting them. I measured the treads which were just short of 8mm each. New tyres come with 8mm as standard which indicates that my tyres are almost new.

My part worn tyre replacement 

My worn tyre
Typically, part worn tyres are imported from counties like Germany where drivers are required to fit winter tyres for certain months of the year. Many people can’t be bothered to swap them back over on the summer, so sell them.This means they are hardly used. Companies, like the one we use, import the tyres in large quantities, do the required checks and fit them for each customer.

There are lots of negative articles on the net slating part worn tyres but not all retailers are rogue. We, as a family, have used the same company for years and we always check the tread before agreeing to a purchase. By law, tyres must have at least 1.6mm of tread to be road safe. It can be false economy to buy tyres with a small amount of tread because it may work out cheaper to buy a brand new tyre. So, do a few simple calculations based on the amount of tread your chosen tyre has and the cost of a new tyre with 8mm thread.

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.